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Librarians' Picks of the Week: Amelia Earhart and Dangerous Pie

Montgomery County librarians pick their favorites and popular selections from the public library system.

Each week, librarians from Montgomery County Public Libraries will pick a few books they think should be added to your summer reading list.

Take a look and let us know what you think of the read!

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared, by Alice Ozma

Section: Adult Nonfiction

Call number: 028.9 OZM

When Alice Ozma was in 4th grade, she and her father decided to see if he could read aloud to her for 100 consecutive nights. On the hundredth night, they shared pancakes to celebrate, but it soon became evident that neither wanted to let go of their storytelling ritual. So they decided to continue what they called "The Streak." Alice's father read aloud to her every night without fail until the day she left for college.

Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story, by Will Hillenbrand

Section: Picture Books

Recommended Ages: 3 to 6

Bear and Mole build a kite and take it out on a windy day, but when the weather suddenly turns stormy, there are unexpected consequences for some birds.

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, by Candace Fleming

Section: Children’s Nonfiction, J B EARHART     

Recommended: Grades 4-7

With the renewed interest in searching for Amelia’s plane, readers may like this biography. Chapters alternate between the search for her plane and her personal life, giving the reader a complete picture of a complex woman.

Three Stations, by Martin Cruz Smith

Section: Adult Fiction 

Struggling with a prosecutor's refusal to send work his way, investigator Arkady Renko of Moscow finds his efforts to watch out for teen chess prodigy Zhenya challenged by a case involving a kidnapped baby, a dead prostitute, and police corruption. [Annotation from Baker & Taylor.]

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, by Jordon Sonnenblick

Section: Young Adult Fiction

Recommended: Age 12 and up

Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: He plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece. Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie is a heart-warming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis. [Annotation from Scholastic.]

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