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Sachem Public Library
Sachem Public Library

150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook, NY 11741 • 631-588-5024

  • Monday – Friday 9:30am – 9:00pm
  • Saturday 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday CLOSED (through 9/22/24)

Book List: So Many Books, So Little Time

Sachem Public Library

Vinyl moon / Mahogany L. Browne

Vinyl moon / Mahogany L. Browne

A teen girl reeling from the scars of a past relationship finds healing and hope in the words of strong Black writers and the new community she builds in Brooklyn, New York.
The life and crimes of Hoodie Rosen / by Isaac Blum

The life and crimes of Hoodie Rosen / by Isaac Blum

Hoodie Rosen's life isn't that bad. Sure, his entire Orthodox Jewish community has just picked up and moved to the quiet, mostly non-Jewish town of Tregaron, but Hoodie's world hasn't changed that much. The people of Tregaron aren't happy that so many Orthodox Jews are moving in at once, but that's not Hoodie's problem. That is, until he meets and falls for Anna-Marie Diaz-O'Leary--who happens to be the daughter of the obstinate mayor trying to keep Hoodie's community out of the town. And things only get more complicated when Tregaron is struck by a series of antisemitic crimes that quickly escalate to deadly violence. As his community turns on him for siding with the enemy, Hoodie finds himself caught between his first love and the only world he's ever known.
Nick & Norah's infinite playlist / Rachel Cohn & David Levithan.

Nick & Norah's infinite playlist / Rachel Cohn & David Levithan.

High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.
Pet / Akwaeke Emezi

Pet / Akwaeke Emezi

In a near-future society that claims to have gotten rid of all monstrous people, a creature emerges from a painting seventeen-year-old Jam's mother created, a hunter from another world seeking a real-life monster.
If I stay / Gayle Forman

If I stay / Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.
Hazard / Frances O'Roark Dowell

Hazard / Frances O'Roark Dowell

Told in a series of reports to his therapist, Hazard is resentful about being forced into counseling after being suspended from his school football team for unsportsmanlike conduct, angry that his father has served four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, angry that his father has lost a leg when an IED blew up--but as his therapy progresses he begins to process what has happened to him and his family, including his father's psychological trauma that has made him refuse to see his sons.
Love in the time of global warming / Francesca Lia Block.

Love in the time of global warming / Francesca Lia Block.

After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, Penelope loses her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother. She must navigate a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.
Break this house / Candice Iloh

Break this house / Candice Iloh

Yaminah Okar left Obsidian and the wreckage of her family years ago. She and her father have made lives for themselves in Brooklyn. She thinks she's moved on to bigger and better things. She thinks she's finally left behind that city she would rather forget. But when a Facebook message about her estranged mother pierces Yaminah's new bubble, memories of everything that happened before her parents' divorce come roaring back. Now, Yaminah must finally reckon with the truth about her mother and the growing collapse of a place she once called home.
Kent State / Deborah Wiles

Kent State / Deborah Wiles

Told from different points of view of the protesters, students, National Guardsmen, and "townies" who were there that day, this recounts the story of what happened at Kent State in May 1970, when four college students were killed by National Guardsmen, and a student protest turned into a bloody battlefield.
Kiss me in New York / Catherine Rider

Kiss me in New York / Catherine Rider

Stranded at the airport after being dumped, British student Charlotte and New Yorker Anthony team up for a lonelyhearts tour of the snowy, holiday-decorated city before they are accidentally separated just as they discover that they are falling for each other.
She holds up the stars / Sandra Laronde

She holds up the stars / Sandra Laronde

A young Indigenous girl searching for a sense of home finds strength and courage in her gifts, her deepening connection to the land, and her own cultural awakening in this moving coming-of-age story. The last thing that twelve-year-old Misko wants to do is to move away from the city to spend time on the rez with her grandmother. She feels strangely compelled to go to the place where her dreams have been tugging at her to come home. Maybe she can finally find out what happened to her mother, who mysteriously disappeared when she was four years old. Misko discovers her unique ability to connect to a spirited horse named Mishtadim who is being violently broken in by the rancher next door and his son, Thomas. Although Misko and Thomas challenge one another, their friendship is forged through the taming of the wild horse. In the process, she realizes the true meaning of belonging and that you can never truly leave home.
Sunny / Jason Reynolds

Sunny / Jason Reynolds

Sunny, the Defenders' best runner, only runs for his father, who blames Sunny for his mother's death, but with his coach's help, Sunny finds a way to combine track and field with his true passion, dancing.
Orpheus girl / Brynne Rebele-Henry

Orpheus girl / Brynne Rebele-Henry

When sixteen-year-old, mythology-obsessed Raya and her true love, Sarah, are sent from their conservative Texas town to a re-education camp, Raya assumes the role of Orpheus to save them.
Answers in the pages / David Levithan

Answers in the pages / David Levithan

When Donovan left his copy of The Adventurers on the kitchen counter, he didn't think his mom would read it--much less have a problem with it. It's just an adventure novel about two characters trying to stop an evil genius. But soon the entire town is freaking out about whether the book's main characters are gay, Donovan's mom is trying to get the book removed from the school curriculum, and Donovan is caught in the middle.
Switch / A.S. King

Switch / A.S. King

Set in a parallel version of America where time has stopped, the novel tells the story of one teenage girl trying to untangle her toxic family's secrets, and maybe restart the world's clocks in the process.
Bronx masquerade / Nikki Grimes

Bronx masquerade / Nikki Grimes

While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.
Jumped in / William Kowalski

Jumped in / William Kowalski

Rasheed cares for his wheelchair-bound sister, tries to keep his addict mother in line, and stays away from the local gang, but exchanges with a college student and a local cop show him that he is responsible for his own life and that he can accomplish anything.
Careful what you wish for / Mahtab Narsimhan

Careful what you wish for / Mahtab Narsimhan

Eshana is a bit of a social misfit. She feels more comfortable talking to people online than in person. One day she discovers a website that claims to make users' dreams come true. Eshana starts talking with someone called "Wise One" on the site and admits to them how hard it is to make friends. So she is very surprised the next day at school when suddenly everyone wants to talk to her. But then, after telling Wise One about a girl who has been bullying her, something terrible happens. Are Eshana's wishes really coming true? Is it worth the cost?
The good war / Todd Strasser

The good war / Todd Strasser

There's a new afterschool club at Ironville Middle School. Ms. Peterson is starting a video game club where the students will playing The Good War, a new game based on World War II. They are divided into two teams: Axis and Allies, and they will be simulating a war they know nothing about yet. Only one team will win. But what starts out as friendly competition, takes an unexpected turn for the worst when an one player takes the game too far. Can an afterschool club change the way the students see each other ... and how they see the world?
Worser / Jennifer Ziegler

Worser / Jennifer Ziegler

William Wyatt Orser's life is turned upside down after his mother has a stroke, but the socially awkward, word-loving twelve-year-old finds glimmers of hope when he discovers friends who share his love of wordplay and books.
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