Youth Advisory Council Recommendations


The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle
Published 1/22/19

Fionn Boyle, terrified of the sea, must spend the summer with his older sister Tara and their grandfather on Arranmore, an island that has been known to make people disappear and seems to be restless again.

“I recommend this book for people who like adventure and mystery (and magic). I give it 4 ½ stars!”

—Ainsley, age 10

Recommended for ages 8 and up. Signed copies available.


A Circle of Elephants by Eric Dinerstein
Published 1/22/19

From the author of What Elephants Know comes this stunning companion novel about the complex relationship between people and nature coexisting in the Borderlands of 1970s Nepal. Thirteen-year-old Nandu lives in the newly established Royal Elephant Breeding Center on the edge of the jungle. Here, the King's elephants are to be raised under the protective watch of the stable. When Nandu's world is thrown into turmoil, so, too, is the world of Hira Prasad, the Center's powerful bull elephant. An unbreakable bond of brotherhood drives Nandu and Hira Prasad together as they struggle to maintain the delicate natural order of life in the Borderlands.

“I really liked this book. It was sad at times and happy at times, and it was inspiring. I loved it.”

—Kassie, age 10

Recommended for ages 9 and up.