We’re pleased to announce the following are our June selections for the Featured Book of the Month program!
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
“English Quaker Honor Bright wants nothing more than to lead a simple and righteous life, but when her engagement to her childhood sweetheart is broken, Honor sails for America and the great unknown of the Ohio frontier. Though she begins her journey with optimism, it quickly fades when tragedy strikes, and Honor finds herself alone and afraid in her new home, depending, for the first time, on the kindness of strangers. Swept up in America’s antislavery movement, forced to choose between loyalties to those she loves and the greater good, Honor discovers that the world is not as simple as she once believed. Chevalier’s (The Girl with the Pearl Earring) writing continues to have that can’t-put-it-down quality, and her change in settings from Europe to 19th-century frontier America is a welcome one.”
The Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
“Being the most feared assassin in Adarlan is a notoriety 17-year-old Celaena considers an honor, even though it has landed her in a slave-labor prison no one has ever survived. A year into her sentence, the Crown Prince offers to sponsor Celaena in a competition with 23 other criminals and murderers that, should she win, will result in her freedom. The only catch? She’ll become the king’s personal assassin for four years, the same dark-hearted king who sentenced her to imprisonment. Celaena’s world is one where magic is outlawed and power is snatched through greed and genocide. And though violent combat and whispers of the occult surround her, Celaena is still just a teenager trying to forge her way. She might be in the throes of a bloodthirsty competition, but that doesn’t mean she’s not in turmoil over which tall, dark and handsomely titled man of the royal court should be her boyfriend--and which fancy gown she should wear to a costume party. This commingling of comedy, brutality and fantasy evokes a rich alternate universe with a spitfire young woman as its brightest star.”
The Paradise Trap by Catherine Jinks
“On summer vacation at overcrowded Diamond Beach, Marcus and his new friend Edison discover an impossible cellar in Marcus’s trailer leading to a choice of dream vacations--but once in, you can’t leave. Their families join the peril before Marcus figures out how to escape. Fast-paced computer-game-type action will especially please boy readers.”
— Horn Book Guide Reviews
Look for displays of all our Featured Book of the Month titles at your local branch and the Main Library!