Picks of the Week-August 24

It is the “Dog Days of Summer” and what better way to cool off than with a good book. We understand that at times it could be a challenge narrowing down your next listen, but don’t worry. Our acquirers have selected some of their top picks for you.


Maybe a Mermaid

Josephine Cameron’s energetic and heartfelt debut raises timeless questions about truth, lies, and the hope that grows between them.

Note: Eleven-year-old Anthoni doesn’t have time, nor does she believe in the rumors about the lake mermaid. This summer she is determined to make a life long friend. But, things take a turn when she gets pulled into the town gossip. This is a wonderful book that the whole family can enjoy together! Jannah McCowan

Publishing Date: 8/25/2020

Written by: Josephine Cameron

Narrated by: Karissa Vacker



Shifty’s War: The Authorized Biography of Sergeant Darrell “Shifty” Powers, the Legendary Sharpshooter from the Band of Brothers

From D-Day to the Battle of the Bulge and more, here is the authorized biography of one of the most celebrated paratroopers of Easy Company, Sergeant Shifty Powers, the legendary sharpshooter from the Band of Brothers.

Note: History buffs will love this in-depth biography of World War II hero and expert marksman, Darrell “Shifty” Powers! Maddy Collins

Publishing Date: 8/25/2020

Written by: Marcus Brotherton

Narrated by: Graham Halstead



Second Dad Summer

Jeremiah just wants a normal summer with his dad. But his dad has moved in with his new boyfriend Michael, who serves weird organic food and is constantly nagging him. Worst of all, Michael rides a bicycle decorated to look like a unicorn. This is not the summer Jeremiah wanted. But Jeremiah soon learns that being a family comes in many surprising forms.

Note: Jerimiah has been looking forward to spending the summer with his dad, like he does each year, but he feels embarrassed by his dad’s new boyfriend.  Michael is flamboyant and rides a Uni-Cycle, a bicycle decorated like a unicorn around the neighborhood and eats weird organic foods. Jerimiah feels like his dad is disappearing into their strange group of friends and doesn’t know where he fits in anymore. Jeremiah makes a new friend, Sage, who has two mothers and he starts to feel like less of an outsider and decides to give this summer a chance, after all. This unforgettable middle-grade debut by Benjamin Klas is a heartwarming family story that highlights diversity and acceptance and celebrates our differences and the love that unites us all. Kim Budnick

Publishing Date: 8/25/2020

Written by: Benjamin Klas

Narrated by: Brian Holden



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