Meet our Staff · Valerie Morris

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Valerie Morris, Youth Services Librarian

I have been at the Whitefish Bay Public Library since March of 2012. Starting my position at this library was a dream come true and my first since finishing my master’s degree in library science in 2001. My joy is in doing storytime and planning arts and science programs for kids. I, of course, enjoy reading as much as my time allows, mostly historical, fantasy/sci-fi, realistic, and classic fiction. Occasionally, I actually get to read a grownup book however most of my reading is children’s and young adult books. When not reading, I enjoy travelling and exploring with my family.

v.morris@wfblibrary.org

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

The first installment in the Diviner series, The Diviners does not disappoint. The historical setting of 1926 New York City, the diverse cast of well-developed characters and the paranormal, combine to keep the reader engaged. Follow this book with Lairs of Dreams and Before the Devil Breaks You to continue the series.

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor is a master of world building and the myths that go with it. In this fantasy, the reader is transported to the lost city of Weep where blue-skinned gods control the city from their citadel floating above. It is a fast, fascinating read and the perfect beginning to a new series.

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Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys

It is at the end of WWII, the Germans are losing and the Russians are advancing westward. Thousands of refugees are fleeing and seeking escape on the German ship Wilhelm Gustloff. The story is told from the point of view of four refugees of four differing homelands who must unite for survival on the journey to the coast. This is the tragic story of history’s most tragic (and little known) ship sinking in which 9,400 civilians died in the Baltic Sea. A gripping tale that you will not be able to put down!

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Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo

I love historical fiction and this rich, multi-layered story does not disappoint! This book offers the historical setting of WWI and the sinking of the Lusitania but also mystery, friendship, community, and survival.

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

This is the story of the author’s childhood told in verse. Woodson tells of her experiences as an African American child growing up in the dual worlds of the Jim Crow South and New York City in the 60’s and 70’s. Brown Girl Dreaming is a beautifully written journey of identity as well as an inspiring life for children and adults.

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