The libraries may be closed, but our love of reading and recommending never ends!
Your Plano Public Library staff are virtually recommending our latest favorite reads, and below is the list of these titles, with additional read-alikes you can checkout on Overdrive and the Libby app.
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Author Andrew Clements
Recommended by: Andrea at Haggard Library, available as eBooks and eAudiobooks
Genre: juvenile fiction and literature
Description from NoveList: Best known for his humorous and thought-provoking realistic portrayals of 5th and 6th grade school life, Andrew Clements wrote captivating books with believable characters to whom readers connect.
Andrew Clements Read-alikes
The Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken
Recommended by: Amy B. at Haggard Library, available as eBooks
Genre: young adult science fiction
Description from Overdrive: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
The Darkest Minds Read-alikes
I Am a Cat 我是猫 by (Sun) Natsume Soseki
Recommended by: Amy C. at Davis Library, available as an eBook
Genre: science fiction, in Chinese
Description from Overdrive: The writing angle of “I am a cat” is very novel, from the perspective of a cat to observe the people and things around.
I Am a Cat Read-alikes
Vicious series by V. E. Schwab
Recommended by: Tenille at Haggard Library, available as eBooks and eAudiobooks
Genre: fantasy fiction
Description from Overdrive: Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Recommended by: Abby at Schimelpfenig Library, available as an eBook
Genre: nature and science non-fiction
Description from Overdrive: Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices.
Braiding Sweetgrass Read-alikes
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf
The Botany of Desire: a Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan