Even though we are all social distancing, sometimes it is nice to get together – even if only virtually. Libraries are a place of community and connection, and the libraries of Minnesota are working together to bring our patrons closer with our new program One Book | One Minnesota.
A statewide book club, One Book | One Minnesota asks Minnesotans to read the same book and virtually come together to discuss, reflect, and connect over the topics they’ve read. From October to December is the third installment of this program and this season’s title is The Plague of Doves by Minnesota author Louise Erdrich. “The Plague of Doves is a gripping novel about a long-unsolved crime in a small North Dakota town and how, years later, the consequences are still being felt by the community and a nearby Native American reservation,” (Amazon).
In a time of such diversity, One Book | One Minnesota seeks to remind Minnesotans of community and connection through books that tackle similar topics we are facing right now. This is a unique opportunity to take part in author videos, group discussions, reading guides, and much more. You can invite your friends to take part with you, or you can read alone and connect online with other Minnesotans across the state.
For more information, check out the official One Book | One Minnesota here:
Badger is a badger who does Important Rock Work. He likes quiet, order, and no interruptions. Skunk is a skunk who needs a place to stay. He likes chickens, preparing (and eating!) big, delicious breakfasts, and gazing at the moon. So, when Aunt Lula, who owns the brownstone where Badger does his Important Rock Work, learns that Skunk is a skunk without a home, it seems obvious – Badger will be getting a roommate.
When Skunk shows up at the brownstone, Badger (who has not yet taken the time to read Aunt Lula’s letter about his new roommate) is Not Pleased. When it seems obvious Skunk is not a sales skunk, and is not going anywhere, he offers Skunk his special Guest Closet for the night – the second floor bedroom is occupied by his collection of empty boxes of all sizes – and is sure things will sort themselves out. Skunk, however, is determined to make things work with his new roommate, no matter how prickly he might be (or how noisy the rock tumbler is) and sets out with great enthusiasm to win Badger over.
Newbery honor author Amy Timberlake pairs up with Caldecott medalist Jon Klassen for a marvelous tale of friendship, found family, a Rocket Potato, and a large assortment of chickens. Funny, heartwarming, and just the right size to savor in one sitting, Skunk and Badger is a perfect for reading aloud, reading on your own, and sharing with friends and family of all ages!
Summary from Amazon: “Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel, released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film, marks a new era of Hocus Pocus. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens. Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Massachusetts, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches, the Sanderson sisters, from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on earth to torment Salem for all eternity. Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest death-defying scheme.”
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Summary from Amazon: “Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.”
Summary from Amazon: “Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf? Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He’s fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would. Vivian’s divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really–human or beast? Which tastes sweeter–blood or chocolate?”
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Summary from Amazon: “A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.”
His hideous heart : thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s most unsettling tales reimagined / edited by Dahlia Adler
Summary from Amazon: “Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.
Contributors include Dahlia Adler (reimagining “Ligeia”), Kendare Blake (“Metzengerstein”), Rin Chupeco (“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”), Lamar Giles (“The Oval Portrait”), Tessa Gratton (“Annabel Lee”), Tiffany D. Jackson (“The Cask of Amontillado”), Stephanie Kuehn (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), Emily Lloyd-Jones (“The Purloined Letter”), Amanda Lovelace (“The Raven”), Hillary Monahan (“The Masque of the Red Death”), Marieke Nijkamp (“Hop-Frog”), Caleb Roehrig (“The Pit and the Pendulum”), and Fran Wilde (“The Fall of the House of Usher”).”
Slasher girls & monster boys / stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke
Summary from Amazon: “A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each author draws from a mix of literature, film, television, and music to create something new and fresh and unsettling. Clever readers will love teasing out the references and can satisfy their curiosity at the end of each tale, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From blood horror, to the supernatural, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.”
Summary from Amazon: “The monster in Conor’s backyard is not the one he’s been expecting — the one from the nightmare he’s had every night since his mother started her treatments. This monster is ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd — whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself — Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.”
Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe
Summary from Amazon: “Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch. History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features fifteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure—and to kill. A young witch uses social media to connect with her astrology clients—and with a NASA-loving girl as cute as she is skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. In Reconstruction-era Texas, a water witch uses her magic to survive the soldiers who have invaded her desert oasis. And in the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power in order to destroy their captors.”