December Midwest Connections!


Bookseller selected, Midwest approved! Indie booksellers throughout the Midwest have hand-selected these titles based on their discoverability and regional value. From small towns to bustling cities, many of the most celebrated writers have roots in the middle of the country and explore this distinctly American landscape and experience. Discover your next great read and explore a whole region of amazing literature.


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Nothing More Dangerous Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316509725
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mulholland Books - November 12th, 2019

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“Nothing More Dangerous buzzes along with the tempo of a boyhood story that almost tells itself. . . . The story is gripping and yet reassuring as the boys' friendship deepens. Their summer adventures exploring the woods take on a ‘Stand By Me’ quality with Stephen King-like dread around every bend.” -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

When an African-American teenager and his family move in across the road, 15-year-old Boady discovers another side to things he’s always taken for granted in 1976 Missouri. As secrets hidden in plain sight slowly emerge, the boys come face-to-face with the forces that make a town, and a person, dangerous.

Midwest Connection: Allen Eskens lives in Minnesota, but was raised in Missouri where the book is set. It features a family that moves to a small, rural town from the Twin Cities suburbs.

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Catfishing on CatNet: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250165084
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Published: Tor Teen - November 19th, 2019

“The characters offer positive, realistic LGBTQIA+ representation—especially nonbinary identities and characters still exploring their identities. Refreshingly, the characters also feel like generally-woke-but-still-imperfect humans. Wickedly funny and thrilling in turns; perfect for readers coming-of-age online.” -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Steph hasn’t lived anywhere longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I. When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.

Midwest connection: Naomi Kritzer lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story Cover Image
By John Coy, Gaylord Schanilec (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781681340081
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - October 1st, 2019

"The scope of time is apparent from the first words of this impressive book, which traces a waterfall on the Mississippi River from the robust days of the woolly mammoth to its more restrained incarnation today: 'For those who came before, those now, and those to come.'" -- Star Tribune

My Mighty Journey is the story of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River—and the changes it has witnessed over twelve thousand years. Written from the perspective of the waterfall, the narrative considers the people who lived nearby, the ways they lived, and how the area around the waterfall changed drastically in the past two centuries.

Midwest Connection: Both the subject of the book, the St. Anthony waterfall on the Mississippi River, and the author and illustrator live in the Midwest.

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What Color Is Night? Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452179926
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Published: Chronicle Books - November 5th, 2019

"If you think the night is black, think again. Snider's elegant nocturnal idyll explores the many colors visible to those who 'look closer.' [What Color is Night?] will have young readers hoping to stay up for a glimpse of 'colors unseen.'" -- Kirkus Reviews

Look closer. Grant Snider's beautiful debut picture book explores the wonders-and colors-of nighttime. For night is not just black and white. Ending in colors yet unseen, and a night of sweet dreams, this lilting lullaby is sure to comfort those drifting off to sleep. With luminous art as spare and glowing as the moon, and lyrical text that reads like a friend leading the way through the wilderness, What Color Is Night? is a rich and timeless look at a topic of endless fascination, and a perfect bedtime read-aloud.

Midwest Connection: Grant Snider is an orthodontist by day and an author and artist of comics and picture books by night. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.

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