The Sioux Center Public Library has more book recommendations from our staff.

We are huge fans of author Gary Schmidt at the library. We were privileged to have him speak a couple of years ago to our patrons and his books are often recommended to parents who want their kids to read a quality young adult novel. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy is an earlier book that Gary wrote, but we don’t want you to miss it if you’re new to this author. Turner Buckminster doesn’t fit in when his minister father moves their family from Boston to small town Phippsburg, Maine in 1912. After dodging bullies and his father’s nosy and controlling congregation members, he is grateful to find a friend in another “misfit,” Lizzie Bright, a free-spirited African American who faces her town on the nearby Malaga Island being demolished by greedy businessmen seeking to expand Phippsburg tourism. This story has a strong message about friendship and the courage to stand for truth over popularity. It’s filled with wit, lovable characters, and unexpected heroes. Perfect for middle grade readers who love historical fiction.


A junior novel that recently received the John Newbery Medal that one staff member loved is Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. It follows several characters across the world during WW2, and how their lives connect and intertwine by way of a harmonica. The staff person who recommended this books is a music lover and she enjoyed how music played such an important role in the story, as well as listening to the various songs that are mentioned in the book.


This book isn’t a recent release, but many librarians and patrons have enjoyed A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. This book is about a grumpy old man whose life is turned upside down when a young, boisterous family moves in next door. This book is sure to make you want to see the story behind the person. Once you read this book you’ll be hooked on the author and may also want to read his recent release Britt-Marie Was Here.

Our staff loves to share great reads so please stop in and ask us if we can help you find something. We look forward to seeing you in the library.