Reading Challenge: A book featuring a protagonist with a disability

Have you started any of our three reading challenges for 2021?

If you’re participating in the category-based reading challenge, either by using the tracking sheet or on Beanstack, we can help you find books in each of the categories.

These aren’t the only books we have available in this category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.

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Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari (Children’s)

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (Adult)

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Young Adult)

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Moses Goes to a Concert by Isaac Millman (Children’s)

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A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kimmerer (Young Adult)

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Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom (Young Adult)

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Thank You, Mr. Falkner by Patricia Polacco (Children’s)

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert (Adult)

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Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Children’s)

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So Lucky by Nicola Griffith (Adult)

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Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (Adult)

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Adult)

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Joey: The Story of Joe Biden by Jill Biden with Kathleen Krull (Children’s)

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The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp (Young Adult Graphic Novel)

 

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Staff Favorites from 2020

The librarians and staff here at APL certainly read and listened to a lot of books in 2020.  From the hundreds that we read, we managed to identify the top books that we read in 2020:

Tom, Director

Cover images of False Values by Ben Aaronovitch, Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard, Harleen

 False Values by Ben Aaronovitch, Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard, Harleen

Sara, Support Librarian

Cover images of A Deadly Education by  Naomi  Novik, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green, The Switch by Beth O'Leary

 A Deadly Education by  Naomi  Novik, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green (on audio), The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Angela, Circulation Librarian

Cover images of The Summer Country by Lauren Willig, Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman, Who Speaks for the Damned by C.S. Harris

 The Summer Country by Lauren Willig, Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman, Who Speaks for the Damned by C.S. Harris

Kathy, Inter-Library Loan Librarian

Cover images of The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin

 All on audio: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, Oogy: The Dog Only a Family Could Love by Larry Levin

Kendra, Lead Circualtion Librarian and YA Consultant

Cover images of Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen, A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen, A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Sydney, Library Page

Cover images of  The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Jackie, Circulation Librarian and Programming Specialist

cover images of The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez, the Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn, The Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez, the Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn, The Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher

Jessica, Library Page

Cover images of Hazel's Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow, The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow, The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

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Circe: Escape from the Labyrinth Digital Escape Room

Andover Public Library’s newest digital escape room was inspired by Madeline Miller’s Circe.

Click here to play the Circe escape room.

Players will help Circe escort the Minotaur into Daedalus’ Labyrinth and then escape! Find historical information as you play games and solve logic puzzles. This digital escape room is intended for individuals and families of all ages. It is strongly recommended that you use laptops and computers to play this escape room rather than cell phones or tablets. Credits are located on the final page. 

This digital escape room was created in partnership with the Wichita Public Library and the NEA Big Read.

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