This summer, the Library is challenging you to expand your reading horizons! Hunt down titles to meet the challenge of your choice, chat with staff for help, browse our displays, or check out the picks below.
For every week you try something new, enter our prize draws at any WPL branch!
Week 5 is Voices Week, so prepare to hear from a new point of view.
- Challenge 13: A book written for teens
- Challenge 14: A graphic novel
- Challenge 15: A book on LGBTTQ* issues
*All of the picks below can be requested for pickup at your closest branch! Search and place holds with our catalog.
Staff picks for Challenge 13: A book written for teens
CRANK by Ellen Hopkins
Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter, but she meets a boy who introduces her to drugs and becomes a very different person, struggling to control her life and her mind.
THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp
The principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama has just finished her speech welcoming the students to a new semester, when they discover that the auditorium doors will not open. Someone starts shooting, and four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.
TINY PRETTY THINGS by Sona Charaipotra
Three students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet academy compete for the status of prima ballerina, each willing to sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab their way to the top.
THE BOOK THIEF Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution
UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld
In a world where mandatory cosmetic surgery is performed on everyone when they turn sixteen, Shay escapes to join a band of outsiders avoiding surgery, and Tally is forced to find her and turn her in.
Staff picks for Challenge 14: A graphic novel
THE EXILE: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon
Retells in graphic novel format the first Outlander novel from Jamie Fraser’s point of view, revealing events never seen in the original story.
THE GIGANTIC BEARD THAT WAS EVIL by Stephen Collins
The fastidious life of clean-shaven Dave is upended on a fateful day when he grows an unstoppable, impressive beard, in a darkly comic, award-winning meditation on life, death and what it means to be different.
BLACK HOLE by Charles Burns
Seattle teenagers of the 1970s are suddenly faced with a devastating, disfiguring, and incurable plague that spreads only through sexual contact.
CAN’T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? by Roz Chast
A loving celebration of the final years of the author’s aging (and quirky) parents through cartoons, family photos, and documents.
MARCH by John Lewis
A first-hand account of the author’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights spans his youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.
HABIBI by Craig Thompson
Follows the relationship between two refugee child slaves, Dodola and Zam, who are thrown together by circumstance and who struggle to make a place for themselves in a world fueled by fear and vice.
Staff picks for Challenge 15: A book on LGBTTQ* issues
BECOMING NICOLE: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
The inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the right to be different.
MISSISSIPPI SISSY by Kevin Sessums
A celebrity journalist chronicles his bullying behaviors throughout his Southern youth, his friendships with such figures as Eudora Welty, and the impact of journalist Frank Hain’s murder on his career.
I’M SPECIAL: AND OTHER LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Ryan O’Connell
Part-memoir, part-manifesto from a super popular web writer chronicles the coming of age story of a gay man with cerebral palsy in an all-wired, overeducated, and underemployed world.
ANNABEL by Kathleen Winter
Born a boy and a girl but raised as a boy, Wayne or “Annabel” struggles with his identity growing up in a small Canadian town and seeks freedom by moving to the city.
FUN HOME: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
An unusual memoir done in graphic novel format offers a darkly funny family portrait of her relationship with her father, a historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the family’s Victorian home, funeral home director, high-school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
One night, when Clementine goes with her friend to a gay bar, she becomes captivated by Emma, a punkish girl with blue hair. This event leads Clementine to discover and explore new aspects of herself.
Only one week left to jump in. What challenges have you tried?