#TBT: 2009

Popular Books Published in 2009

The Lost Symbol / Dan Brown

A mysterious clue leading to a series of puzzles; a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing; ancient secrets; mysterious organizations that link past to present. (FIC BROWN, DAN)


Catching Fire / Suzanne Collins

By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion. (TEEN FIC COLLINS)

The Maze Runner / James Dashner

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. (TEEN FIC DASHNER)


Dark Places / Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas”. She escaped and survived to later testify that her 15-year-old brother Ben was the killer. Twenty-five years later she is contacted by “The Kill Club” and pumped for information they hope to use to free Ben. Libby hatches a plan to profit from her tragic past but ends up being chased by a killer. (FIC FLYNN)

If I Stay / Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death. (TEEN FIC FORMAN)


What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures / Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell (The Tipping Point ) has gathered 22 of his pieces that have appeared in The New Yorker since 1996, arranging them into three sections: “Obsessive, Pioneers, and Other Varieties of Minor Genius,” “Theories, Predictions, and Diagnoses,” and “Personality, Character and Intelligence.” (302 GLA)

The White Queen / Phillipa Gregory

A tale of the Wars of the Roses follows Elizabeth Woodville, who ascends to royalty and fights for the well-being of her family, including two sons whose imprisonment in the Tower of London precedes a devastating unsolved mystery. (FIC GREGORY)


Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen / Christopher McDougall

McDougall reveals the secrets of the world’s greatest distance runners–the Tarahumara Indians of Copper Canyon, Mexico–and how he trained for the challenge of a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of super-athletic Americans. (796.424 MCD)

The Last Olympian / Rick Riordan

The long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy Jackson’s sixteenth birthday unfolds as he leads an army of young demigods to stop Kronos in his advance on New York City, while the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster, Typhon. (J FIC / J PBK / TEEN FIC RIORDAN)


The Help / Kathryn Stockett

Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project. (FIC STOCKETT)


Did you know? The cost of a Superbowl ad in 2009 was $3,000,000. 

#TBT: 1953 & 1954

Popular Books Published in 1953 & 1954


Go Tell It On the Mountain / James Baldwin

While his family struggles with guilt, bitterness, and spiritual issues, John Grimes experiences a religious conversion in the Temple of the Fire Baptised. (FIC BALDWIN)


Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit. (PBK / FIC BRADBURY)


Casino Royale / Ian Fleming

In his first mission, James Bond (Agent 007) must neutralize a Russian agent known as “Le Chiffre” by ruining him at the baccarat table, thus forcing his “retirement.” However, a beautiful female agent leads him to disaster–and an unexpected savior. (FIC / PBK FLEMING)


The Silver Chair / C.S. Lewis

Two English school children share hair-raising adventures as they go on a search and rescue mission for the missing Prince Rilian, who is held captive in the underground kingdom of the Emerald Witch. (J FIC / J PBK LEWIS)


The Crucible / Arthur Miller

As a wave of anti-communist investigations swept across American society during the 1950s, Miller exposed the horror of such witch-hunts by retelling the story of the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts in 1692. (812.52 MIL)


Nine Stories / J.D. Salinger

“DeDaumier-Smith’s Blue Period,” “Teddy,” and “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” are among the nine works in a collection of Salinger’s perceptive and realistic short stories. (FIC SALINGER)


Lord of the Flies / William Golding

The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island. (FIC GOLDING)


I Am Legend / Richard Matheson

A lone human survivor in a world that is overrun by vampires, Robert Neville leads a desperate life in which he must barricade himself in his home every night and hunt down the starving undead by day. (FIC MATHESON)


Horton Hears a Who! / Dr. Seuss

A city of Whos on a speck of dust are threatened with destruction until the smallest Who of all helps convince Horton’s friends that Whos really exist. (E SEUSS)


The Fellowship of the Ring / J.R.R. Tolkien

Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to deliver the One Ring of Power to the dark land of Mordor in order to destroy the ring in the forge of its creation. (FIC / PBK TOLKIEN)


Did you know? The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II was on June 2, 1953. 

#TBT: 2007

Popular Books Published in 2007

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier / Ishmael Beah

In a heart-wrenching, candid autobiography, a human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army. (966.404 BEA)

City of Bones / Cassandra Clare

Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster. (TEEN FIC CLARE)


In the Woods / Tana French

Twenty years after witnessing the violent disappearances of two companions from their small Dublin suburb, detective Rob Ryan investigates a chillingly similar murder that takes place in the same wooded area, a case that forces him to piece together his traumatic memories. (FIC FRENCH)

Still Alice / Lisa Genova

Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away. (FIC GENOVA)


Heart-Shaped Box / Joe Hill

A collector of obscure and macabre artifacts, unscrupulous metal band musician Judas Coyne is unable to resist purchasing a ghost over the Internet, which turns out to be the vengeful spirit of his late girlfriend’s stepfather. (FIC HILL)


A Thousand Splendid Suns / Khaled Hosseini

A breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years-from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding that puts the violence, fear, hope and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. (FIC HOSSEINI)


Einstein: His Life and Universe / Walter Isaacson

A narrative portrait based on the complete body of Einstein’s papers offers insight into how the iconic thinker’s mind worked as well as his contributions to science, in an account that describes his two marriages, his receipt of the Nobel Prize, and the influence of his discoveries on his personal views about morality, politics, and tolerance. (921 EINSTEIN)

The Titan’s Curse / Rick Riordan

When the goddess Artemis disappears while hunting a rare, ancient monster, a group of her followers joins Percy and his friends in an attempt to find and rescue her before the winter solstice, when her influence is needed to sway the Olympian Council regarding the war with the Titans. (J PBK / TEEN FIC RIORDAN)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows / J.K. Rowling

Burdened with the dark, dangerous, and seemingly impossible task of locating and destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes, Harry, feeling alone and uncertain about his future, struggles to find the inner strength he needs to follow the path set out before him. (J FIC / J PBK ROWLING)


The Invention of Hugo Cabret / Brian Selznick

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized. (J FIC SELZNICK)


Did you know? The iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. 

#TBT: 1964 & 1965

Popular Books Published in 1964 & 1965


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Roald Dahl

Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way. (J FIC / J PBK DAHL)


Harriet the Spy / Louise Fitzhugh

Eleven-year-old Harriet, who wants to be a writer, writes down everything she sees, but alienates her friends in the process. (J PBK FITZHUGH)


I Never Promised You a Rose Garden / Joanne Greenberg (Hannah Green, pen name)

Chronicles the three-year battle of a mentally ill, but perceptive, teenage girl against a world of her own creation, emphasizing her relationship with the doctor who gave her the ammunition of self-understanding with which to destroy that world of fantasy. (FIC GREEN, HANNAH)


Sometimes a Great Notion / Ken Kesey

The aggressive scion of an Oregon lumber empire struggles against the conformity of townspeople. (FIC KESEY)


The Giving Tree / Shel Silverstein

A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return. (J 811 SIL)



The Mouse and the Motorcycle / Beverly Cleary

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling. (J FIC / J PBK CLEARY)


Over Sea, Under Stone / Susan Cooper

Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur. (J PBK COOPER)


The Man with the Golden Gun / Ian Fleming

Pitted against the sophisticated and deadly villain Scaramanga and his arch rival Hi Fat, Bond is assigned to recover a small piece of equipment which can be utilized to harness the sun’s energy. (FIC FLEMING)


Dune / Frank Herbert

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, this is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, and bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. (FIC HERBERT)


The Autobiography of Malcolm X / Malcolm X

The Black leader discusses his political philosophy and reveals details of his life, shedding light on the ideas that enabled him to gain the allegiance of a still growing percentage of the Black population. (921 MALCOLM X)


Did you know? The game show Jeopardy! debuted on NBC in 1964. 

#TBT: 2010

Popular Books Published in 2010

The Gifts of Imperfection / Brene Brown

An expert of the psychology of shame presents advice on how to overcome paralyzing fears and self-consciousness, and at the same time increase feelings of self-worth, gratitude, and acceptance. (158.2 BRO)


A Dog’s Purpose / W. Bruce Cameron

Searching for his purpose over the course of multiple canine lives, Bailey is reborn as a golden-haired puppy after a tragic death as a stray and shares a loving bond with young Ethan before he again dies and starts over. (FIC CAMERON)


Clockwork Angel / Cassandra Clare

When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell’s older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. (TEEN FIC CLARE)

The Passage / Justin Cronin

The latest test subject in a covert government experiment, abandoned six-year-old Amy is rescued by an FBI agent who hides them in the Oregon hills, from which Amy emerges a century later to save the human race from a terrifying virus. (FIC CRONIN)


Fall of Giants / Ken Follett

This is a huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. (FIC FOLLETT)


Winter Garden / Kristin Hannah

Reunited when their beloved father falls ill, sisters Meredith and Nina find themselves under the shadow of their disapproving mother, whose painful history is hidden behind her rendition of a Russian fairy tale told to the sisters in childhood. (FIC HANNAH)


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption / Laura Hillenbrand

Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war. (940.5472 HIL)


I Am Number Four / Pittacus Lore

In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien. (TEEN FIC LORE BK.1)

Anna and the French Kiss / Stephanie Perkins

Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to spend her senior year at a boarding school in Paris? Anna Oliphant, that’s who. Besides barely speaking French, Anna is perfectly happy at home in Atlanta, Georgia. But Anna’s father insists, so Paris it is. And Anna does warm up to the city…especially after she meets gorgeous Etienne St. Clair, who seems to return her interest but already has a girlfriend. (TEEN FIC PERKINS)

The Lost Hero / Rick Riordan

Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for “bad kids,” find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself. (J FIC / J PBK RIORDAN)


Did you know? The population of the U.S. in 2010 was 308,745,538. 

#TBT: 1986

Popular Books Published in 1986

The Prince of Tides / Pat Conroy

Spanning forty years, it is a story about Tom Wingo, his twin sister, Savannah, and the dark and violent past of an extraordinary family into which they were born. (FIC CONROY)


Going Solo / Roald Dahl

As a young man working in East Africa for the Shell Company, Roald Dahl recounts his adventures living in the jungle and later flying a fighter plane in World War II. (921 DAHL)


The Whipping Boy / Sid Fleischman

A bratty prince and his “whipping boy” have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. (J PBK FLEISCHMAN)


C is for Corpse / Sue Grafton

He was young-maybe twenty or so-and he must once have been a good-looking kid. Kinsey could see that. But now his body was covered in scars, his face half-collapsed. It saddened Kinsey and made her curious. (PBK GRAFTON)


Redwall / Brian Jacques

When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall’s inhabitants destroy the enemy. (TEEN FIC JACQUES)

Howl’s Moving Castle / Diana Wynne Jones

Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl. (TEEN FIC JONES)


It / Stephen King

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they were grown-up men and women who had gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry, Maine to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name. (FIC KING, STEPHEN)

The Bourne Supremacy / Robert Ludlum

Super-diplomat Raymond Havilland sets up the kidnapping of Jason Bourne’s wife, in order to draw Bourne out of retirement and into a Taiwanese plot to seize Hong Kong and incite China against the West. (PBK LUDLUM)


Batman: The Dark Knight Returns / Frank Miller

It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. (GRAPHIC BATMAN)


Love You Forever / Robert Munsch

As her son grows up from little boy to adult man, a mother secretly rocks him each night as he sleeps. (E MUNSCH)



Did you know? Burning Man was started in 1986, with 35 attendees and free admission. 

#TBT: 1959

Popular Books Published in 1959

To Sir, With Love / E.R. Braithwaite

Candidly describes the problems overcome by this Black teacher in teaching distrustful, rebellious teenagers in a London slum school. (921 BRAITHWAITE)


Goldfinger / Ian Fleming

A friendly game of two-handed canasta that turns out thoroughly crooked. And a beautiful golden girl who ends up thoroughly dead … In Bond’s first encounter with the world’s cleverest, cruellest criminal, useful lessons are learned. (FIC FLEMING)


My Side of the Mountain / Jean Craighead George

A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship. (J PBK / J FIC GEORGE)


The Tin Drum / Gunter Grass

On his third birthday, Oskar decides to stop growing. Haunted by the deaths of his parents and wielding his tin drum, Oskar recounts the events of his extraordinary life; from the long nightmare of the Nazi era to his anarchic adventures in post-war Germany. (FIC GRASS)


A Raisin in the Sun / Lorraine Hansberry

An African-American family is united in love and pride as they struggle to overcome poverty and harsh living conditions. (812.54 HAN)


The Haunting of Hill House / Shirley Jackson

Anthropologist and ghost hunter Dr. John Montague invites three strangers to stay in haunted Hill House for the summer. One of the guests is 32-year-old Eleanor, for whom three months in a haunted house is preferable to caring for her invalid mother. Soon, Eleanor begins to see and hear things that the other guests cannot. (FIC JACKSON)

A Separate Peace / John Knowles

A conflict of loyalties between Gene and his fearless friend, Phineas, leads to tragedy. (FIC / TEEN FIC KNOWLES)



Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage / Alfred Lansing

Describes how twenty-eight men battled against almost insurmountable odds to return to civilization after their ship sank near the South Pole. (919.8904 LAN PB)


Little Blue and Little Yellow / Leo Lionni

A little blue spot and a little yellow spot are best friends, and when they hug each other they become green. (E LIONNI)


Happy Birthday to You! / Dr. Seuss

Describes a birthday celebration in Katroo presided over by the Birthday Bird. (E SEUSS)



Did you know? The Disneyland Monorail System opened to the public in Anaheim, California in 1959. 

#TBT: 2005

Popular Books Published in 2005

The Lincoln Lawyer / Michael Connelly

Mickey Haller, who represents some unsavory characters in his work as a defense lawyer, takes on his first high-paying and possibly innocent client in years, but finds the case complicated by events that suggest a particularly evil perpetrator. (PBK CONNELLY)


The Year of Magical Thinking / Joan Didion

An autobiographical portrait of marriage and motherhood by the acclaimed author details her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief. (070.92 DID)


The Memory Keeper’s Daughter / Kim Edwards

In a tale spanning twenty-five years, a doctor delivers his newborn twins during a snowstorm and, rashly deciding to protect his wife from their baby daughter’s affliction with Down Syndrome, turns her over to a nurse, who secretly raises the child. (FIC EDWARDS)


A Breath of Snow and Ashes / Diana Gabaldon

In 1772, on the eve of the American Revolution, Jamie Fraser is asked by the governor to help protect the colonies for King and Crown, but, thanks to his time-traveling twentieth-century wife, Claire, Jamie is aware of the ultimate result of the rebellion. (FIC GABALDON)


Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln / Doris Kearns Goodwin

An analysis of Abraham Lincoln’s political talents identifies the character strengths and abilities that enabled his successful election, in an account that also describes how he used the same abilities to rally former opponents in winning the Civil War. (973.7 GOO)


Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything / Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubner

The author offers his view of how the economy really works, examining issues from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, offering a very different view on what drives the economy. (330 LEV)


Twilight / Stephanie Meyer

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. (TEEN FIC MEYER)


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan / Lisa See

A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language. (FIC SEE)


The Glass Castle / Jeannette Walls

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family’s nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities. (362.82 WAL)


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. (TEEN FIC / FIC ZUSAK)


Did you know? The price of a gallon of gas in 2005 was $2.34. 

#TBT: 1982

Popular Books Published in 1982

The House of the Spirits / Isabelle Allende

The Trueba family embodies strong feelings from the beginning of the 20th century through the assassination of Allende in 1973. (FIC ALLENDE)


The BFG / Roald Dahl

Kid snatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants. (J FIC / J PBK DAHL)


Annie on My Mind / Nancy Garden

Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people. (TEEN FIC GARDEN)


North and South / John Jakes

Chronicles two great American dynasties over three generations. Though brought together in a friendship that neither jealousy nor violence could shatter, the Hazards and the Mains are torn apart by the storm of event that has divided the nation. (FIC JAKES)


Schindler’s List / Thomas Keneally

A wealthy German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member named Oskar Schindler builds a factory near a concentration camp to save the lives of over 1,300 Jews. (FIC KENEALLY)


The Gunslinger / Stephen King

Roland, the world’s last gunslinger, tracks an enigmatic man in black toward a forbidding dark tower, fighting forces both mortal and other-worldly on his quest. (PBK KING)


V for Vendetta / Alan Moore

In a near-future Britain ruled by a totalitarian regime, Evey is rescued from certain death by a masked vigilante calling himself “V,” a beguiling and charismatic figure who launches a one-man crusade against government tyranny and oppression. (GRAPHIC MOORE)


War Horse / Michael Morpurgo

Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.   (J PBK MORPURGO)


Master of the Game / Sidney Sheldon

Three generations of Blackwell women–each endowed with passion, ambition, and tormenting secrets–gather at Dark Harbor, Maine, to pay homage to Kate Blackwell, ninety-year-old head of the world’s largest conglomerate. (FIC SHELDON)


The Color Purple / Alice Walker

The lives of two sisters–Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a southern woman married to a man she hates–are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years. (FIC WALKER)



Did you know? The musical Cats opened on Broadway on October 7, 1982. 

#TBT: 1963

Popular Books Published in 1963

Planet of the Apes / Pierre Boulle

A scientist and a journalist become locked in a struggle for survival on a planet where men and apes have exchanged roles. (PBK BOULLE)


Clifford, the Big Red Dog / Norman Bridwell

Emily Elizabeth describes the activities she enjoys with her very big, very red dog and how they take care of each other. (E BRIDWELL)


The Feminine Mystique / Betty Friedan

Views the distorted image of women that prevailed from the end of the Second World War through the early sixties and reflects upon changes. (396 FRI)


The Spy Who Came In From the Cold / John Le Carre

Secret agent Leamas is on a mission in East Berlin, but he has doubts about the organization he serves. (FIC LE CARRE)


Never Cry Wolf / Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat’s true story of life among Artic wolves as a naturalist with the Canadian Wildlife Service. (599.773 MOW)


Amelia Bedelia / Peggy Parish

A literal-minded housekeeper causes chaos in the Rogers household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions. (ER 3 PARISH)


The Bell Jar / Sylvia Plath

Presents the American poet’s semi-autobiographical account of Esther Greenwood, a talented writer who struggles for intimacy and meaning in her artist life. (FIC PLATH)


Where the Wild Things Are / Maurice Sendak

A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king. (E SENDAK)


Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective / Donald Sobol

Ten-year-old Leroy Brown, son of the police chief of Idaville, opens a detective agency and before the summer is over solves nine baffling cases, the solutions to which are found in the back of the book. (J PBK SOBOL)


Cat’s Cradle / Kurt Vonnegut

A young writer decides to interview the children of a scientist primarily responsible for the creation of the atomic bomb. (FIC VONNEGUT)



Did you know?The price of a postage stamp in 1963 was 5 cents.