Here are a couple additional book recommendations for you. Would you be interested in an optimistic, adventuresome story featuring a man who survives a fictional flu pandemic published in 2012? Or perhaps you’d enjoy a humorous, heart-warming true tale of a boy growing up with a pet raccoon? If so, read on for more book recommendations from our staff.
is one of my favorite books and a great pick for these times. Even
though it's a dystopian novel about a man and his dog existing outside
of what used to be Denver Colorado after a flu pandemic has destroyed
the world, it is also a love story and a story of resilience. It’s even
funny in some parts. I loved the main character’s relationship with his
dog who never leaves his side and even flies with him in his little
airplane. There are some long shoot out scenes and some gun violence
which may not appeal to everyone. However, these scenes are realistic,
detailed and keep the story moving. Dog Stars is one of Peter Heller’s best works. Honestly, it's not the kind of book I thought
I would like, but it drew me along from the very first page and I ended
up reading late into the night. I even cried in some parts. I ended up just loving the characters and the plot. I highly recommend this book and wish someone would make it into a movie.
Available in regular type: Here
Also available through digital media sources:
Read more about the author and his other work Here
Link to recent interview with author Here
Link to Youtube reading in conjunction with Broomfield Library Here
Rascal, a memoir of a better era
Sterling North tells his boyhood story of growing up in the Wisconsin north woods during World War I—with a pet raccoon. This classic childhood memoir is a fun read especially if you enjoy animals and nostalgic tales. It’s also a Newbery Honor Award winner.
Rascal was made into a movie by Disney—but please, read the book first! It’s so much better! This story would be a fun and engaging read-aloud for families as it appeals to both young and old listeners.
Find it in the library catalog: Here
Available through MontanaLibrary2Go as an audiobook Here
Movie version can be found Here
Learn more about author Sterling North’s life & love of raccoons Here