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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (2011)
A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love with a human. R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Not just another zombie novel, this is funny, scary, and deeply moving. (Young Adult to Adult)

Penny Lee and Her TV by Glenn McCoy (2002)
Penny Lee loves to watch television so much that she has no time for anything else, but one day when the television stops working, her dog Mr. Barkley shows her some of the other fun things they can do. (Preschool through Grade 2)

Tek, the Modern Cave Boy by Patrick McDonnell (2016)
Cave boy Tek is obsessed with his electronic devices and ignores the world around him, until his family and friends hatch a plan to get him to unplug. (Preschool through Grade 3)

Blackout by John Rocco (2011)
When a busy family’s activities come to a halt because of a blackout, they find they enjoy spending time together and not being too busy for once. (Preschool through Grade 2)

The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg (1991)
In a story recounted through the daily log of Captain Allan Hope, the sailors aboard the Rita Anne become mesmerized and transformed by a mysterious glowing rock, and only music and books can restore them to normal. (Preschool through Grade 3)

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (2003)
The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race. Two hundred years later, the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s sure it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must race to figure out the clues before the lights go out on Ember forever. (Grades 3 through 7)

The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993)
The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. (Grades 7 through 9)