"The Paris Architect," by Charles Belfoure: Recommended by Christina Kuntz, Westminster Branch Manager. "Nazi-occupied Paris, an edge-of-your-seat story of an architect charged with creating undetectable hiding places for the hunted. Written by Westminster's own Charles Belfoure."
"The Goldfinch," by Donna Tartt: Recommended by JoAnna Crone, communications coordinator for the Carroll Arts Council. "A 13-year-old boy, Theo, survives a terrorist attack on the Metropolitan Museum of Art and 'accidentally' runs away with a famous Dutch painting ... In a weird coincidence, the book was released the same day the Frick Collection in New York opened an exhibition that includes the actual painting, a 1654 masterpiece by Carel Fabritius."
"Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library," by Chris Grabenstein: Recommended by Darrell Robertson, Finksburg Branch Children's Services Supervisor. "Can 12 12-year-olds escape from the most ridiculously brilliant library ever created? And can you figure out all the clues and puzzles in this extremely clever and hysterically funny new mystery?"
"An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth," by Col. Chris Hadfield: Recommended by National Aerospace Institute educator in residence at McDaniel College, Sharon Wensel Bowers. "Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut who also sings and there are Youtube videos of him singing David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in space. It's his perspective on life as a result of having been on the International Space station and looking back on earth."
"Life After Life," by Kate Atkinson: Recommended by Kathy Mangan, professor of English at McDaniel College. "Book of the year. The time frame moves around and the woman lives several different lives. I thought it sounded like science fiction, but it's not. It's really a magical handling of the question of 'what if? What if this had happened instead of that? There are many different turning points where, and I'm not giving anything away, she dies ... but then she doesn't die. She lives and then she dies again."