Librarian specializes in recreational reading

Erin DeCoeur is a book lover, a cat lover, and Recreational Reading Librarian at Wake’s Northeast Regional Library.

Recommended read: Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein is a YA historical fiction book about two girls during WWII – one an aviator, one a spy. One is captured and forced to write out her story and her secrets. Love and loyalty for one’s country and one’s friend are at the core of this heartwrenching novel. I was in tears at the end and now feel it’s my mission in life to recommend this book to everyone I can. So I do.

Currently reading:The Lake House” by Kate Morton, “Walk the Edge” by Katie McGarry, and “Among Others” by Jo Walton.

What favorite book from childhood have you kept? A very tattered paperback “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It’s actually in pieces and only kept together with a rubber band.

What is your favorite reading memory? Reading the scene in “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith about Francie sitting out on her fire escape reading a book fresh from the library, with ice water in a chipped teacup and several cookies (wafers?) fanned out on a pretty plate. I did that too, except my wafers were Cool Ranch Doritos and my ice water was root beer!

What is your favorite book that nobody’s heard of?The Changeling” by Zilpha Keatley Snyder.

What movie was better than the book? Not better, really, but I fell in love with the movie “The Neverending Story” long before I even knew it was adapted from a book. I was a teenager when I found a used copy of the book, translated from the German, in a used bookstore. I thought that it couldn’t be the same, but it was!

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Code Name Verity

Elizabeth Wein

Disney-Hyperion, 368 pages