Staff: KENDRA'S PICKS

KENDRA'S PICKSKendra likes mysteries, historical fiction and contemporary romance as well as puzzles and activity books.

July 20, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is the picture book, "Chickadee: Criminal Mastermind" written by Monica Silvie and illustrated by Elina Ellis. This is a fun story about a Chickadee who thinks he is a mastermind criminal because he stole from a vault of gold (which turns out to be a bird feeder)! Great pictures and lots of interesting facts about our beloved state bird.

July 13, 2022:  Kendra's pick this week is an "Island Wedding".  Yeah! Just in time for summer reading, a new Jenny Colgan! In a return to the Scottish Island of Mure, Flora and Joel are finally getting married in a small wedding. But the unexpected homecoming of the beautiful and glamorous Olivia, who wants an over the top, blowout wedding, is causing some snags in Flora's careful plans.
June 15, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is "My Blue-Ribbon Horse" by Elizabeth Letts. When I first read the adult version of this true story about an unlikely horse who goes on to win the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, I thought it would make a great children's book. Here it is! Purchased for only $80.00, Snowman became a national American hero for his courage and perseverance.

June 8, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is "Something Wilder". She really enjoyed this fast-paced funny romance/mystery from the team writers,  Christina Lauren. Lily Wilder is just scraping by, using her father's old maps to lead treasure hunting tourists through the canyon lands of Utah. But this latest trip has taken a turn for the worse and she has to solve a real treasure hunt before it gets even more deadly. Great escape beach read.

June 1, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is "The Complete Waste of Time" by Louis Catlett.  Keep your brain active!  These puzzles for grown-ups are fun, addictive, and some are very hard!

May 24, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is picture book, "Hot Dog" by Doug Saluti. Poor little dog is just too hot! An escape to the beach is exactly what he needs! Very engaging illustrations and the simple story make this a read aloud for those "dog days" of summer.

May 17, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is "Summer on the Bluffs" by Sunny Hostin, co-host of "The View". Every summer "Ama" Vaux Tanner invites her 3 goddaughters to visit her in Oak Bluffs, but this season will be their last. Ama is going to leave the house to one of the young women. A story of relationships and secrets, last year's terrific beach read is now available in paperback!

May 10, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is "Big Truck Little Island" by Chris Van Dusen. When a big truck gets stuck on a small island road, big trouble happens! Van Dusen's illustrations are, as always, bold and colorful and the rhyming text is great for reading aloud. Based on an actual event that occurred on Vinalhaven, an island off the coast of Maine. Chris Van Dusen is our featured author of the week.

May 3, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is "The Newcomer" by Mary Kate Andrews. Last summer's hot beach read is now available in paperback! Part mystery and part romance, this novel is the perfect beach read. "I really enjoyed it."

 

April 27, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is the new picture book in "The World of Claris", "Abigail Fig the Secret Agent Pig" by Megan Hess. Abigail Fig is a "wonderful, curious Parisian Pig". She loves to ask questions, but her employers do not appreciate her nosiness! But it turns out to be a good thing when a kidnapping occurs and Abigail must come to the rescue. A rhyming story with great illustrations!

April 20, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is the classic mystery, "Death on the Nile", featuring the unforgettable Hercules Poirot, from the queen of detective novels, Agatha Christie. A luxury cruise on the Nile is shattered by the murder of a beautiful young woman and Poirot must use all of his "little gray cells" to solve the puzzle. Recently made into a film starring Kenneth Baranagh, this is one of Christie's best!

April 13, 2022:   Kendra's pick this week "Welcome to the School by the Sea" by Jenny Colgan, is the first in a new series set at an English borading school in Cornwall.  The new teacher, Maggie, is determined to break out of her dreary life in a city classroom and actually teach to students who want to learn.  Then there are the girls, some of whom are thrilled to be there, and others who are not.  Fun, engagiing, and a peek into life in a boarding school.  Loved it!

April 6, 2022: Kendra's pick this week in honor of Poetry Month is "Sylvia Long's Mother Goose", a classic anthology of the simplest poems for the very young! Beautiful illustrations with an element in each rhyme that connects to the next. Fun! 

March 30, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is "Knight Owl" written and illustrated by Christopher Denise.  Ever since he hatched, Owl hs always waned to be a Knight.  So when the opportunity arises to become one he applies to Knight School and is accepted!  A cute story about being brave and using your talents to outwit even the scariest opponent.  Gorgeous illustrations!

March 23, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is "The Last Chance Library" by Freya Sampson.  The sleepy little village of Chalot is about to lose their library due to budget cuts.  Quiet, shy librarian, June Jones, needs to break out of her shell and find a way to save it.  With the help of an odd assortment of eccentric characters, she sets out to try her very best.  A fun, witty and charming story.  Loved it!

March 16, 2022:  Kendra's pick this week is "All the Queen's Men" by SJ Bennett.  In the second installment of Her Majesty the Queen Investigates series, Elizabeth II probes into the murder of a housekeeper who has worked in Buckingham Palace for decades.  There is also a mystery involving a painting of her beloved yacht, Britannia, which was hung outside her bedroom.  Could the two be somehow connected?  Witty, suspenseful, this book is full of intriguing glimpses of life at the palace - a great follow up to "Windsor Knot".

March 9, 2022:  Kendra's pick this week is "The Soulmate Equation" by Christina Lauren. What would happen if you could find your soulmate through a DNA-based matchmaking company? Jessica and River are about to find out! A fast paced and funny romance for anyone looking for an easy read.

March 2, 2022:  Kendra's pick for this week is "The Christie Affair" by Nina De Gramount.  On December 3, 1926 the famous writer, Agatha Christie, disappeared for 11 days.  She never explained her whereabouts or her reasons.  Nina De Gramont has taken this mystery and wrapped it up in an ingenious series of plot lines, characters, and an even bigger mystery.

February 9, 2022: Kendra's pick for this week -- one of her favorites is now in paperback: "The Windsor Knot" by SJ Bennet, the first in the new series, Her Majesty the Queen Investigates.  An intriguing murder occurs at Windsor Castle and the Queen is not happy with the direction the investigation has taken.  With the help of her assistants, she sets out to solve the crime herself.

January 26, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is the picture book, "A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Perfect Valentine" by Amy Young. Sparkle the Unicorn (really a goat in disguise!) wants to make a Valentine for Lucy, the person he loves the most in the world. However, Sparkle can't cut or paste or draw, but he tries his very best!

January 19, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is the interactive large board book, "Mermaid Dance" by Matthew and Mara Van Fleet. The MerKids have been invited to a ball but they do not know how to dance! Not to worry, the other sea creatures will show them how! Six sturdy pull tabs make the characters move! Fun!

January 12, 2022: Kendra's pick this week is "A Deadly Affair" by Agatha Christie. This is an all new collection of love gone horribly wrong -- a great Valentine's Day gift for mystery fans! 

January 5, 2022:Kendra's pick this week is "The Vineyard at Painted Moon" by Susan Mallery. This big hearted novel set in beautiful wine country tells the story of a young woman's search for family and love. A warm novel, for a cold winter's day!

December 29, 2021:  Kendra's pick this week is "The Treasure Hunt" by Nick Butterworth Recently republished, this book in the best selling classic series, Percy the Park Keeper, will delight young readers as they search the park looking for clues and the treasure!

December 15, 2021:  Kendra's pick this week is one of her favorite Christmas books of all time, "Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree" by Robert Barry.  Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree is too big to fit in his house, so the top is chopped off and thrown away.  What happens to the little treetop? Ryming text is great for reading aloud and the illustrationsare adorable.

December 8, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "Deck the Halls Crossword Puzzles" edited by Will Shorts.  Take a rest from the holidays and relax with a New York Times crossword puzzle!

December 1, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "Hercule Poirot's Christmas" by Agatha Christie.  Snuggle up with this classic, cozy mystery.

November 24, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone" by Diana Gabaldon. Finally!! The long awaited ninth book in the Outlander series! It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are reunited with their family on Fraser's Ridge. But the Revolutionary War is having an effect and tensions are running high. This is a nice long novel to enjoy over the Winter!

November 18, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "The Man Who Died Twice" by Richard Osman.  The Thursday Murder Club is back! This time the four septuagenarians are facing a powerful arms dealer, a drug lord, and the mafia; all while searching for $20 million worth of stolen diamonds.  Kendra loves this series!

November 10, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "Grand Jete and Me" by Allegra Kent and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser (Fancy Nancy). This is a delightful story about a little girl's trip to the Nutcracker ballet with her Grandmother, Grand Jete, an ex Prima Ballerina. The tale of the Nutcracker is simply told and the pictures are gorgeous!

November 3, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is the book, "Chez Bob" by Bob Shea. What would happen if a hungry alligator opened a birdseed restaurant on his nose? A lot of birds would come to dine and Bob could have a bird for lunch! This picture book has great illustrations with an ending for everyone to love!

October 6, 2021: Kendra's picks today remind us that Halloween is on it's way.  We have fun and spooky titles for infants though adults such as "Find Spot at the Halloween Party" by Eric Hill, "Monster Mash Mad Libs" by Tristan Roarke,  "What Is the Story of Dracula?" by Michael Burgan, and "In the Tall Grass" by Stephen King and Joe Hill.

September 28, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is the Highlights book, 'Jumbo Book of My First Hidden Pictures" which will provide hours of fun for young puzzlers! Besides hidden pictures ,  there are mazes, connect the dots, matching, and more!

September 21, 2021: Kendra's pick this week is "The Ghostly Tales of New England" by Carrie Juettner. This book in the Spooky America series is adapted for younger readers (ages 10 to 12). Learn all about the ghosts and haunted places of New England!

September 15, 2021: Kendra's pick this week, "We're All In the Same Boat" by Barney Saltzberg is a cute little story about we all have to work together to get things done. Simple illustrations truly get the point across and don't forget to find the frog!  

September 8, 2021: Kendra's pick is "Norman Didn't Do It", a new picture book by one of her favorite children's authors, Ryan T. Higgins (Mother Bruce). Norman is a porcupine and his best friend is Mildred, a tree. But when a visitor arrives, their friendship is tested. Fun text and great illustrations.

September 3, 2021:  Kendra's pick this week is Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. In a peaceful retirement community in England, four friends have formed the Thursday Murder Club,where they discuss cold crimes and try to solve them.  But when a real murder occurs in their midst, all kinds of things start to happen.  Witty, fast paced and a lot of fun!

Chickadee: Criminal Mastermind  By Monica Silvie, Elina Ellis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Monica Silvie, Elina Ellis (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781525303388
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Published: Kids Can Press - June 7th, 2022

An Island Wedding: A Novel By Jenny Colgan Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063141889
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Published: Avon - June 21st, 2022

My Blue-Ribbon Horse: The True Story of the Eighty-Dollar Champion By Elizabeth Letts, Kayla Harren (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Elizabeth Letts, Kayla Harren (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593173855
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2022

Something Wilder By Christina Lauren Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982173401
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Published: Gallery Books - May 17th, 2022

The Complete Waste of Time Puzzle Book: Highly Addictive Puzzles Ahead By Louis Catlett Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781398815698
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Published: Sirius Entertainment - June 1st, 2022

Hot Dog By Doug Salati Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593308431
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 24th, 2022

Summer on the Bluffs: A Novel (Summer Beach #1) By Sunny Hostin Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062994189
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 17th, 2022

Big Truck Little Island By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536203936
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Published: Candlewick - May 3rd, 2022

The Newcomer: A Novel By Mary Kay Andrews Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250256959
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 26th, 2022

Abigail Fig: The Secret Agent Pig: World of Claris By Megan Hess Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781760507725
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Published: Hardie Grant - April 26th, 2022

Death on the Nile [Movie Tie-in 2022]: A Hercule Poirot Mystery By Agatha Christie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063143241
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Published: William Morrow - January 25th, 2022

Welcome to the School by the Sea: The First School by the Sea Novel (Little School by the Sea #1) By Jenny Colgan Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063141711
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Published: Avon - March 29th, 2022

Sylvia Long's Mother Goose: (Nursery Rhymes for Toddlers, Nursery Rhyme Books, Rhymes for Kids) By Sylvia Long, Sylvia Long (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sylvia Long, Sylvia Long (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9780811820882
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 1st, 1999

Knight Owl By Christopher Denise Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316310628
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Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - March 15th, 2022

The Last Chance Library By Freya Sampson Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593201381
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Published: Berkley - August 31st, 2021

All the Queen's Men: A Novel (Her Majesty the Queen Investigates #2) By SJ Bennett Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063051140
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Published: William Morrow - March 1st, 2022

The Soulmate Equation By Christina Lauren Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982171117
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Published: Gallery Books - February 8th, 2022

The Christie Affair: A Novel By Nina de Gramont Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250274618
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 1st, 2022

The Windsor Knot: A Novel (Her Majesty the Queen Investigates #1) By SJ Bennett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063050013
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 8th, 2022

A Unicorn Named Sparkle and the Perfect Valentine By Amy Young, Amy Young (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Young, Amy Young (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780374314224
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - December 14th, 2021

Mermaid Dance By Matthew Van Fleet, Mara Van Fleet (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matthew Van Fleet, Mara Van Fleet (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781665904919
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 18th, 2022

A Deadly Affair: Unexpected Love Stories from the Queen of Mystery By Agatha Christie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063142343
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 4th, 2022

The Vineyard at Painted Moon By Susan Mallery Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335418784
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Published: Hqn - January 4th, 2022

The Treasure Hunt By Nick Butterworth, Nick Butterworth (Illustrator) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780008356941
Published: HarperCollins Children's Books - October 12th, 2021