Welcome to Langley-Adams Library's Reader's Advisory blog!

For anyone who doesn't know us, we are a small library in Groveland, Massachusetts. We have a small, dedicated staff with all kinds of favorite books to read! 

We will be posting reviews of recommendations of books that we have our library collection as well as information about upcoming titles! No spoilers, we promise! 


The Langley-Adams Library Staff

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña are three teenagers who all have reasons to escape their neighborhood in Guatemala and run to the freedom of the United States. Pequeña has just given birth to a baby born of violence that she doesn’t want, and Pulga and Chico are running from gang violence.

Except the trip from Guatemala to the United States is not easy, and it is dangerous. Throughout the book, Pulga, Chico, and Pequeña encounter obstacles that stand in their way, attempting to prevent them from making the trip that many are unable to make. Along the way, they will see people who are also trying to make the trip who are unable to go on, and they will have to face just how much they really want to do this, and if they can even continue.

This book is a brutal, honest, and important look at migration. Even though it is a young adult book, I believe it is necessary for everyone to read to understand that migration is truly an act of courage. The three teenagers in this book are fictional, but thi…

The Power of Ritual: How to Create Meaning and Connection in Everything You Do by Casper ter Kuile

"We are in crisis today. Our modern technological society has left too many of us—no matter our ages—feeling isolated and bereft of purpose. Previous frameworks for building community and finding meaning no longer support us. Yet ter Kuile reveals a hopeful new message: we might not be religious, but that doesn’t mean we are any less spiritual. In The Power of Ritual, ter Kuile invites us to deepen these ordinary practices as intentional rituals that nurture connection and well being. With wisdom and endearing wit, ter Kuile’s call for ritual is ultimately a call to heal our loss of connection to ourselves, to others, and to our spiritual identities. The Power of Ritual reminds us that what we already do every day matters—and has the potential to become a powerful experience of reflection, sanctuary, and meaning." ( book was a very approachable guide about how to practice spirituality without religion, it comes in at under 250 pages, making it a quick read wit…

The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity by Axton Betz-Hamilton

"Axton Betz-Hamilton grew up in small-town Indiana in the early '90s. When she was 11 years old, her parents both had their identities stolen. Their credit ratings were ruined, and they were constantly fighting over money. This was before the age of the Internet, when identity theft became more commonplace, so authorities and banks were clueless and reluctant to help Axton's parents. Axton's family changed all of their personal information and moved to different addresses, but the identity thief followed them wherever they went. Convinced that the thief had to be someone they knew, Axton and her parents completely cut off the outside world, isolating themselves from friends and family. 
As a result, Axton spent her formative years crippled by anxiety, quarantined behind the closed curtains in her childhood home. Years later, her parents' marriage still shaken from the theft, Axton discovered that she, too, had fallen prey to the identity thief, but by the time she …

Layoverland by Gabby Noone

"Beatrice Fox deserves to go straight to hell. At least, that's what she thinks. On her last day on Earth, she ruined the life of the person she loves most--her little sister, Emmy. So when Bea awakens from a fatal car accident to find herself on an airplane headed for a mysterious destination, she's confused, to say the least. Once on the ground, Bea receives some truly harrowing news: not only is she in purgatory, but she has been chosen to join the Memory Experience team. If she wants another shot at heaven, she'll have to use her master manipulation skills to help 5,000 souls suss out what's keeping them from moving on.
There's just one slight problem. Bea's first assigned soul is Caleb, the boy who caused her accident, and the last person Bea would ever want to send to the pearly gates..." (
Despite being written about purgatory and death this book made me physically laugh out loud. I have found that a lot of books are written without…

Middle Grade Book Recommendations

The Bookwanderers by Anna James
Genre: Fantasy

Tilly discovers that she has the ability to walk inside books when she brings two of her favorite characters into her grandparents’ book shop!

Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy
Genre: Adventure

Twins Maudie and Arthur go on an adventure to defend their family name – and to escape a bad situation. This book has an intriguing villain, wolves that talk telepathically, and disability representation! 
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
Genre: Fantasy

Best friends Lucely, who can see ghosts, and Syd, whose grandmother is a witch, go on a supernatural adventure to save their town from an evil spirit. This book includes Latinx and Black representation!

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
Genre: FantasyMarinka lives in a house with chicken legs with her grandmother, who is a Yaga, a witch who guides the dead to the afterlife. Marinka wants a normal life, but when she tries to have a normal life she faces dire consequences!

King and the Dragonflies b…

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

In The City of Brass, twenty year old con artist Nahri lives in Cairo, Egypt. She has real healing abilities, but she keeps that fact to herself. During one of her cons, she performs a ritual she believes is just made up, but doing so she summons Dara, a Daeva (also known as a djinn) warrior. Dara says that Nahri is the last living member of a power family of healers and to stay safe she should go to the magical city of Daevabad. He agrees to escort her to Daevabad, though it’s clear he is apprehensive about returning to his home city due to his own history.
Ali, who lives in Daevabad, is the son of the king. He is very devout in his faith, and isn’t too social, but he also has a secret. Against his father’s wishes, he is helping the shafit, part-djinn, part-human residents of Daevabad by giving them money and assistance on secret missions.
When Nahri arrives in Daevabad with Dara, she begins to learn more about her own magical abilities as well as the tribes inhabiting Daevabad that ha…

Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World by Zahra Hankir

"In Our Women on the Ground, nineteen of these women tell us, in their own words, about what it's like to report on conflicts that are (quite literally) close to home. From sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo to the impossibility of traveling without a male relative in Yemen, their challenges are unique—as are their advantages, such as being able to speak candidly with other women or gain entry to places that an outsider would never be able to access. Their daring, shocking, and heartfelt stories, told here for the first time, shatter stereotypes about Arab women and provide an urgently needed perspective on a part of the world that is often misunderstood." (

For as long as I can remember there has always been conflict in the Middle East but I can't say that I know a lot about the Middle East in general (besides what I've learned in school). So when this book came out I picked it because not only is it about women journalists but the essays are…