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Survival Stories

Books about surviving in the wilderness have been classic reads for generations of children. I remember reading Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and more in elementary school. Here’s a list of survival stories to read if you grew up loving these tales of endurance or want to live vicariously through someone else’s harrowing adventure.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Refugee 87 by Ele Fountain
  • Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Hideout by Watt Key
  • A World Below by Wesley King
  • The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence
  • Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr
  • Stranded by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts
  • The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
  • The Trap by John Smelcer
  • I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis
  • Memory Boy by Will Weaver
  • Horizon by Scott Westerfeld

Young Adult Fiction

  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
  • The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
  • Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
  • The Goats by Brock Cole
  • The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
  • When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn
  • Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks
  • Lost in a River of Grass by Ginny Rorby
  • Switchback by Danika Stone
  • A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Adult Fiction

  • California by Edan Lepucki
  • Lord Grizzly by Frederick Manfred
  • The Revenant by Michael Punke
  • Midnight Sun by Elwood Reid
  • Winter World by A. G. Riddle
  • The Martian by Andy Weir

Nonfiction

  • Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
  • Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival by Yossi Ghinsberg
  • The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Lost in the Wild by Cary J. Griffith
  • Lost in the Amazon by Stephen Kirkpatrick
  • Into the Wild by John Krakauer
  • The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston

-Emily

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Page to Screen Reads

Screened

There’s still time to assemble your team and sign up for Screened, our cinema-themed escape room. Here’s a list of books that inspired recent or upcoming screen adaptations that you can watch on TV, at the movie theater, or from your favorite streaming service.

Young Adult Fiction

  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Movie retitled Ashes in the Snow)
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Adult Fiction

  • The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Nonfiction

  • Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom
  • Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
  • Shrill by Lindy West

-Emily

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Home Run Reads

Few things feel as summery as a day at the ballpark. Here are some baseball books to read, whether you’re waiting for a game to start at the park or watching the Twins on TV.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Goodbye, Mr. Spalding by Jennifer Robin Barr
  • Soar by Joan Bauer
  • The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop
  • Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
  • The Big Field Mike Lupica
  • Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta

Young Adult Fiction

  • Swing by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess
  • Battery Boys by Steven Carman
  • See No Color by Shannon Gibney
  • Stealing Parker by Miranda Keannelley
  • Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
  • The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith
  • A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White

Adult Fiction

  • Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
  • The Kansas City Cowboys by Johnny D. Boggs
  • Calico Joe by John Grisham
  • The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
  • One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

Nonfiction

  • Tony Oliva by Thom Henninger
  • We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
  • Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season by Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King
  • Town Ball: The Glory Days of Minnesota Amateur Baseball by Armand Peterson and Tom Tomashek
  • Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure by Craig Robinson
  • Baseball in Minnesota by Stew Thornley

-Emily

 

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Classics Remixed

I watched the movie Clueless countless times before I found out that it’s based on Jane Austen’s Emma. This revelation completely blew my mind and made reading Emma a much richer experience. Retellings are a chance to explore familiar stories and beloved characters from a different angle, whether the retelling modernizes Shakespeare, looks at Frankenstein from a side character’s point of view, turns Sherlock Holmes into Charlotte Holmes, or sets Pride and Prejudice in a fantasy world with dragons.

If contemplating classic retellings sounds good to you, there is a list below. Or if you want to read the originals first, consider joining our new classic literature lunchtime book club. You can give us a call, stop by the library, or attend our introductory meeting at 12:00pm this Thursday, July 18.

Shakespeare

  • The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson (Much Ado About Nothing)
  • Exit Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston (The Winter’s Tale)
  • Warm Bodies by Issac Marion (Romeo and Juliet)
  • Fool by Christopher Moore (King Lear)
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley (Macbeth)
  • Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler (The Taming of the Shrew)
  • The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters (Hamlet)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
  • Unmarriagable by Soniah Kamal
  • Heartstone by Elle Katherine White
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  • Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz
  • This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee
  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
  • Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon by Larry Millett
  • A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

  • The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
  • Splintered by A. G. Howard
  • A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer

More Retellings

  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray (Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes)
  • Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens)
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling)
  • We Are the Perfect Girl by Ariel Kaplan (Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand)
  • The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (Dracula by Bram Stoker)
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire (The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum)
  • Circe by Madeline Miller (The Odyssey by Homer)
  • Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins (The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer)

-Emily

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World War II Stories

A perk of working at the library is getting to talk to everyone about what they are reading and loving, which often leads to what a person should read next. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah has been one of the most raved about books at Meinders Library in the past couple years, and inevitably, readers want more books like it. Here’s a list of some of our newer titles set during World War II.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Grenade by Alan Gratz
  • Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
  • The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet
  • Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Once Was a Time by Leila Sales
  • Making Bombs for Hitler by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
  • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban

Young Adult Fiction

  • Lovely War by Julie Berry.
  • The Girl in the Blue Coat & The War Outside by Monica Hesse
  • The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
  • Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper
  • Code Name Verity & Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  • White Rose by Kip Wilson

Adult Fiction

  • Transcription by Kate Atkinson
  • The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
  • Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker
  • We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
  • The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet
  • The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce
  • At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino
  • The Huntress by Kate Quinn
  • The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

Nonfiction

  • Symphony for the City of the Dead : Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson
  • The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neil Bascomb
  • The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History: the Story of the Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
  • The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose
  • Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janeczko
  • Little Minnesota in World War II : The Stories Behind 142 Fallen Heroes from Minnesota’s Littlest Towns by Jill A. Johnson and Deane L. Johnson
  • The Perfect Horse: the Daring Rescue of Horses Kidnapped by Hitler by Elizabeth Letts
  • A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein

-Emily

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Books about Town Festivities

As Pipestone gears up for the Water Tower Festival later this week, we’ve got a list of books featuring town celebrations and festivities. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, you are in luck, because we discovered no one loves a festival setting like cozies.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Summerlost by Ally Condie
  • Eva’s Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott
  • The Maple Festival by Poppy Green
  • All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

Young Adult Fiction

  • Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
  • Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
  • The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

Adult Fiction

  • Silence of the Llamas by Anne Canadeo
  • Chocolate Falcon Fraud by JoAnna Carl
  • Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle
  • Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanna Fluke
  • Spiderweb by Earlene Fowler
  • Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  • The Cats Come Back by Sofie Kelly
  • Playing with BonBon Fire by Dorothy St. James

-Emily