From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:
Sweetgirl: A Novel by Travis Mulhauser (Ecco, $26.99, 9780062400826). "When her addict mother goes missing, Percy James is determined to find her before a winter storm descends upon their rural Michigan town. When Percy arrives at the drug dealer's house, the smells and clutter don't surprise her, but the discovery of a screaming infant does. Percy grabs the child and sets out to find help for her, no matter what the cost. Determined to save this little girl, Percy takes risks she never thought she could assume, and through the journey she finds she can save herself as well. Fans of Ron Rash will fall in love with Percy in Mulhauser's debut!" --Teresa Steele, Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, Colo.
The Forgetting Time: A Novel by Sharon Guskin (Flatiron Books, $25.99, 9781250076427). "Psychologist Dr. Jerry Anderson is literally losing his mind--aphasia is taking away his memory and his ability to communicate--when he is introduced to the severe behavior problems of four-year-old Noah. From the few clues, it seems Noah has lived a previous life. Anderson fights to keep his lucidity long enough to complete this final investigation of his career, trying to make sense of this young boy while also attempting to make sense of his own life. A compelling, dynamic, and intriguing debut novel." --Allen Murphey, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, Ohio
Get in Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link (Random House, $16, 9780812986495). "Short stories often get ignored in favor of longer works, but that's a mistake when an author is as talented as Kelly Link! Not only are her stories beautifully, exquisitely written, each one is as different from each other as they are from anything else on the bookshelves. She writes about the future, both near and far, and a present day that's stranger than anything I've ever known. But at the heart of all her stories are relatable characters who yearn for love and security. If you are in the mood for mystical, moody stories that you can finish in 20 minutes, but think about for hours, Get in Trouble is perfect!" --Lauren Peugh, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, Ariz.
For Ages 4 to 8
The Plan by Alison Paul, illustrated by Barbara Lehman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99, 9780544283336). "It's hard to believe so much action can happen in a book only written with words that begin with the letter 'p,' but author Paul makes it so. There is a plan with a plane that involves planets. And don't forget your pants! This one is perfectly playful and 'peautiful' in every possible way!" --Jessilynn Norcross, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, Mich.
For Ages 9 to 12
The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels, illustrated by Emma Block (Tundra Books, $17.99, 9781770495005). "I love these whimsical stories from Michaels and the lovely full-color illustrations from Block! Sweet and endearing with just the right touch of fanciful adventure, this is perfect for cat-lovers of all ages and especially those young readers with an interest in writing down their own adventures." --Johanna Albrecht, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, N.C.
For Teen Readers
Need by Joelle Charbonneau (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99, 9780544416697). "What do you need? The students at Nottawa High School are asked this question when they join an exciting new social networking site created just for them. Some ask for phones. One asks for better grades. One asks for more winter break. Kaylee asks for a kidney for her brother. Little does she know that her request sets in motion a chain reaction that will have catastrophic consequences for her and her friends. Need will redefine how you look at social networking and have you asking, What do I really need? You need to read this book!" --Carolyn Roys, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, Ill.
[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]