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Outdoor Fun and A Fast-Paced Read: This Week’s Book Picks

Staff members at the Brecksville branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library have some suggestions for local readers.

Spring is definitely here, and whether you’re looking for a book to enjoy in the sun or for some ideas for outdoor fun, the staff at the can help!

Public services assistant Rachel Vaughn wrote the adult book recommendations. And Karen Schmidt, public services assistant II of the children’s department, wrote the children’s book recommendation.

For adults:

Raylan by Elmore Leonard
If you’re a fan of the hit TV show Justified, then I know you’re familiar with trigger-happy, sarcasm-spittin’, Stetson-wearing U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens—he’s quite the character. Marshal Givens first starred in Elmore Leonard’s novel Pronto in 1993, followed by Riding the Rap in 1995, and Fire in the Hole, a novella released in 2001. In Marshal Givens’ return to print, he finds himself tracking a marijuana ring in his old childhood stomping grounds of Harlan County, Kentucky. But when one of the dealers is found in a bathtub with no kidneys, Raylan seems to have another kind of criminal ring on his hands as well—one that deals in black market organs.

No One is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel
When WWII is nipping at its heels and with nowhere to go, a small Jewish community in Romania decides to ignore the war completely and create a separate world of their own. As the war continues to rage around them it becomes apparent that they can only hide for so long and soon it is crashing on their doorsteps. Lena, the girl whose imagination leads this community to their new life, is now grown-up with a family of her own. Can Lena re-enter the real world while saving her family and surviving the war?

For kids:

Go Out and Play!: Favorite Outdoor Games from KaBOOM! 
Do you remember playing Kick the Can, Hopscotch, or Mother May I? This handbook contains over 80 classic kid games that require little or no equipment and few rules. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Summaries may be based in part from information in the library's catalog.

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