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2023 Staff Picks | Summer Sandford

Summer Sandford, Youth Enrichment Manager 


A colorful book cover for "Valentina Salazar is NOT a Monster Hunter" by Zoraida Córdova, featuring a whimsical illustration with a VW bus and creatures.

Valentina Salazar is Not a Monster Hunter
by Zoraida Cordova

Delightful fantasy read revolves around a protagonist hailing from a family dedicated to safeguarding monsters and transporting them back to their parallel universe. However, tragedy strikes, forcing our main character into a life of normalcy. The narrative unfolds post-tragedy, delving into the struggles of our protagonist as they navigate the challenges of fitting into the ordinary world while harboring a deep desire to continue finding and protecting these fantastical creatures. A delightful and engaging read that seamlessly blends fantasy elements with the complexities of the human experience.


DVD cover of "Letterkenny" Seasons 1 & 2 with two people, a truck, and rural backdrop.

TV: Letterkenny

This binge-able Canadian series is a treasure trove of delightful dry humor, brimming with clever puns and wordplay that adds a playful and entertaining layer.


A book cover titled "The Last Mapmaker" with an illustration of a girl on a ship's prow, maps, and a pink sky.

The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat

Embark on a high-seas adventure within a captivating Thai-inspired fantasy realm. Follow the compelling journey of a young woman as she grapples with the weight of her past, striving to carve her own destiny in a world veiled in secrets. This thought-provoking narrative explores themes of identity and integrity, weaving an intricate tale as elaborate as the maps of old.


A book cover titled "The City of Brass" by S.A. Chakraborty, featuring fiery elements and ornate designs.

City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

This fantasy novel, set in the enchanting backdrop of the Middle East, invites readers into a mesmerizing realm of magic and djinns. A captivating read that skillfully turns the tables on expectations, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats as the fantastical world unfolds. The narrative surprises and delights, making it a truly engaging and unpredictable journey.