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Summer Reading List for Pre-K

Here are our favorite summer books for pre-K readers and listeners:

 

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Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra

Found by Salina Yoon

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Maple by Lori Nichols

Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos

Pete the Cat Erin Litwin

Pigeon books (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, et al) by Mo Willems

Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

 

 

Summer Reading List for Grades 9-12

Here are some of our favorite books for grades 9-12:

 

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Chilling Tales of Horror: Dark Graphic Short Stories, adaptation by Pedro Rodriguez

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Maximum Ride: The Manga #7 by James Patterson and NaRae Lee

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Zombicorns (available exclusively as a FREE ebook; get it here) by John Green

 

Miss our earlier lists? Check out previous lists for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8! Stay tuned for our picks for pre-K readers!

Summer Reading List for Grades 6-8

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

 

Siblings Josh and Sophie discover that the owner of a bookstore is none other than the famous Nicholas Flamel.First in a series.

 


Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

In this graphic novel, Lyle, Karen, Janie, and Reese must find a way off an island while they dodge strange and dangerous creatures.


 

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Nate has a plan that—with a little luck—will take him from his non-fabulous Pennsylvania town to New York City and land him a role in E.T.: The Musical.


 

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

A gripping account of the development of nuclear weapons and the global fight for control of power.


Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Tragedy changes Willow’s quirky but comfortable life, and as she adapts, she changes the lives of those around her.


 

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Outspoken and funny sixteen-year-old Amal, lover of shopping and television, decides to wear the hijab full time and perseveres despite resistance from classmates, townspeople, and even relatives.


Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan, illustrated by Nathan Fox

This graphic novel tells the unforgettable true stories of three wars heroes from three different eras—World War I, World War II, and Vietnam—and they all happened to have four legs.


 

The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner

Meet amazing dolphins that have learned to use tools to hunt for their dinner.


 

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Drama abounds on and off the stage in this hilarious graphic novel about school theater productions.


Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

In this fairy tale world, Raven Queen does not want to be evil like her mother, and Apple White, daughter of Snow White, is willing to be a little bad.


The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Jackson Greene vowed never to get involved in another middle-school con, but he is put to the test when the girl of his dreams runs for class president.


 

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

When Elizabeth begins working in the New York Circulating Material Repository, she learns that some of the objects (and people) aren’t as normal as they seem.


Legend by Marie Lu

For those who like The Hunger Games, meet slumborn Day and elite-born June as they fight to save their lives and their world. First in a trilogy.


The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

In 1958, in Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration.


The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

When plucky machinist Piper rescues Anna after a meteor shower, both girls stow away on an armored train to escape the man chasing them.


Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park

Rafe’s plan to break every rule in the school handbook is soon out of his control.


One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Three girls spend an unforgettable summer in the 1960s with their longlost mother and learn about Black Power, revolution, and forgiveness.


Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen

Initially expecting a simple trip to rescue a border collie, Ben finds himself traveling by school bus with his enthusiastic father, a crusty mechanic, and other colorful characters.


 

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

In a London overrun by ghosts, Lucy works with the ghost-hunting agency Lockwood & Co. to combat hauntings. First in a series.


A Song for Bijou by Josh Farrar

When Alex falls head over heels in love with the mysterious Bijou, he is going to have to break out of his shell to woo her.


Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

When Nick holds a yard sale to get rid of the junk in the attic of his new home, he realizes too late that all the objects have mysterious powers and he needs to get them back.


Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Survivors’ accounts bring the Titanic disaster to life.


 

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

A heartfelt story of the coming of age of seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood in the 1960s, as he struggles with the everyday traumas of adolescence and matures under the watchful eyes of his teacher and through the words of William Shakespeare.


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Miranda receives a series of mysterious notes, but will she be too late to stop the tragedy the notes predict?


Wonder by R. J. Palacio

August Pullman, a fifth-grader born with a facial deformity, is about to start mainstream school for the first time in this funny, touching book.


 

Stay tuned for our staff picks for pre-K and grades 9-12!

2014 Summer Reading List for 3rd-5th Grades

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of The American Library Association (ALA) has released its 2014 summer reading lists for grades K-8. Encouraging children to read over the summer can help them retain more information so that they are ready for the next school year.

Here are the books ALSC recommends for those in grades 3-5:

The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut: Bowling Alley Bandit
by Laurie Keller
Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano
Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780805090765.
Arnie the pet “doughnut dog”
always has a fun time at the
bowling alley, until something
causes his owner to throw
gutter ball after gutter ball.

Battle Bunny
by Jon Scieszka and Mac
Barnett, illustrated by
Matthew Myers
Simon & Schuster, 2013
ISBN: 9781442446731.
Gran Gran gave Alexander a
beautiful book about Birthday
Bunny, but Alexander decides
to “create” his own book
about Battle Bunny, which
suits his tastes much better.

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself
by Lincoln Peirce
HarperCollins, 2010
ISBN: 9780061944345.
Supremely confident middleschool
student Nate Wright
manages to make getting
detention from every one of
his teachers in the same day
seem like an achievement.
First in a series.

The Birchbark House
by Louise Erdrich
Hyperion, 1999
ISBN: 9780786814541 (PB).
Omakayas, a young Ojibwa
girl living near Lake Superior in
the mid-1800s, cares for her
baby brother and experiences
the growing settlement of
white people on her family’s
land. First in a series.

Bluffton: My Summers with Buster
by Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780763650797.
Muskegon, Michigan, is an
ordinary town until a band
of vaudeville performers,
including young Buster
Keaton, decide to spend the
summer there.

Clementine
by Sara Pennypacker,
illustrated by Marla Frazee
Hyperion, 2006
ISBN: 9780786838820.
While sorting through
difficulties in her friendship
with her neighbor Margaret,
eight-year-old Clementine
gains several unique hairstyles
while also helping banish the
pigeons from her apartment
building. First in a series.

The Day-Glo Brothers
by Chris Barton
Charlesbridge, 2009
ISBN: 9781570916731.
The true story of two brothers
who, messing around in their
basement, discover colors
that glow in the dark.

Doll Bones
by Holly Black, illustrated by
Eliza Wheeler
Simon & Schuster/Margaret K.
McElderry, 2013
ISBN: 9781416963981.
Three friends set off for an
adventure to bury a haunted
doll made of the bones of a
long-ago girl.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
by Chris Grabenstein
Random House, 2013
ISBN: 9780375870897.
Kyle, a huge lover of games,
G r a d e s 3 – 5
gets to spend the night in Mr.
Lemoncello’s amazing new
library and join in the biggest
game of all—with a prize
beyond his imagination.
The Grand Plan to Fix

Everything
by Uma Krishnaswami,
illustrated by Abigail Halpin
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2011
ISBN: 9781416995906 (PB).
Bollywood fan Dini is moving to
India. Will she get a chance to
meet her favorite movie star?
Inside Out and Back

Again
by Thanhha Lai
HarperCollins, 2011
ISBN: 9780061962783.
Hà escapes South Vietnam
with her family and finds that
life is very different in the
United States.

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
by Marilyn Singer, illustrated
by Josée Masse
Dutton, 2010
ISBN: 9780525479017.
Read these poems both
forwards and backwards for a
wild new spin on your favorite
fairy tale characters!

The Mysterious Benedict
Society
by Trenton Lee Stewart,
illustrated by Carson Ellis
Little, Brown; 2007
ISBN: 9780316057776.
After passing a series of
mind-bending tests, four
children are selected for a
secret mission that requires
them to go undercover at the
Learning Institute for the Very
Enlightened, where the only
rule is that there are no rules.
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous

Tales: One Dead Spy
by Nathan Hale
Abrams/Amulet Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781419703966.
Just before Nathan Hale
is hung as a spy in the
Revolutionary War, he tells
a British soldier and the
hangman a bit of American
history.

Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum,
2010, ISBN: 9781416971702.
Considered by many to be
intellectually disabled, a
brilliant, impatient fifth-grader
with cerebral palsy is given
her voice with a technological
device, opening the door to a
new life.

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin
by Liesl Shurtliff
Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
ISBN: 9780307977939.
Twelve-year-old Rump goes
on a quest to discover his true
identity and to break a magical
curse in this humorous take
on the classic fairy tale.

Serafina’s Promise
by Ann E. Burg
Scholastic, 2013
ISBN: 9780545535649.
Serafina, who lives in Haiti,
longs to become a doctor, but
how will she find the money
and the time, when her family
needs her help with chores,
and earthquakes and floods
keep setting them back?
Spirit Animals, Book One:

Wild Born
by Brandon Mull
Scholastic, 2013
ISBN: 9780545522434.
In Erdas, four children have
four mighty spirit animals,
but can these kids and their
animals save their world?
First in a series.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger
Abrams/Amulet Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780810984257.
Sixth-grader Tommy and
his friends describe their
interactions with a paper
finger puppet of Yoda as they
try to figure out whether or not
the puppet can really predict
the future. First in a series.

The 13-Story Treehouse
by Andy Griffiths, illustrated
by Terry Denton
Feiwel and Friends, 2013
ISBN: 9781250026903.
Join Andy and Terry for
adventures in their amazing
treehouse, complete with
bowling alley, see-through
swimming pool, lemonade
fountain, and man-eatingshark
tank!

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
by Stephan Pastis
Candlewick Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780763660505.
Introducing Total Failure, Inc.,
the best detective agency in
town, run by eleven-year-old
Timmy Failure and his partner,
Total, a 1,500-pound polar
bear. First in a series.

Tuesdays at the Castle
by Jessica Day George
Bloomsbury, 2011
ISBN: 9781599906447.
On Tuesdays, Castle Glower
takes on a life of its own,
magically rearranging itself.
When the castle is ambushed,
it’s up to Princess Celie to
save the day. First in a series.
Weird but True: 300

Outrageous Facts
National Geographic Children’s Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781426305948 (PB).
These facts are outrageous,
wacky, funny, weird . . . and
all true! You won’t be able
to stop flipping through this
incredible book.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin
Little, Brown; 2009
ISBN: 9780316114271.
Minli and a dragon begin a
quest to find the Old Man
on the Moon, who may have
answers to Minli’s family’s
troubles.
Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy
by Tui T. Sutherland
Scholastic, 2012
ISBN: 9780545349185.
Five young dragons from
different tribes must face
treachery and deceit and work
together to fulfill the prophecy
that will bring an end to the
dragon wars. First in a series.

Check back soon for grades 6-8, as well as our staff picks for pre-K and grades 7-9! 

2014 Summer Reading List for K-2

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of The American Library Association (ALA) has released its 2014 summer reading lists for grades K-8. Encouraging children to read over the summer can help them retain more information so that they are ready for the next school year.

Here are the books ALSC recommends for those in grades K-2:

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad. From the creator of the New York Times bestseller Boing! comes the riotous story of a cat gone berserk–four times over in alphabetical order.


A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems
Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them. An Elephant & Piggie book.


Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Having to take her younger sister along the first time she is invited to a birthday party spoils Rubina’s fun, and later when that sister is asked to a party and baby sister wants to come, Rubina must decide whether to help.


Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han, illustrated by Julia Kuo
Korean American fourth-grader Clara Lee longs to be Little Miss Apple Pie, and when her luck seems suddenly to change for the better, she overcomes her fear of public speaking and enters the competition.


Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
The reader is invited to count the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.


Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.


Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins
Profiles a series of animals with unusual eyes and explains how such animals use their uniquely evolved eyes to gain essential information about the biological world.


How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a Velociraptor for a walk, or try to brush a Tyrannosaur’s teeth? We think of dinosaurs as colossal giants, but how big were they REALLY?


I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.


Journey by Aaron Becker

A wordless picture book.

Using a red marker, a young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and through it enters another world where she experiences many adventures, including being captured by an evil emperor.


Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! by Grace Lin
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Bored with city life and the proper behavior it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature.


Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.


Old Mikamba Had a Farm by Rachel Isadora
The inhabitants of Old Makimba’s farm in Africa, including a baboon, an elephant, and a lion, are described, verse by verse. Includes facts about African animals.


Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
Ol’ Mama Squirrel has raised many babies and kept them all safe from predators, but she may have met her match when a determined grizzly bear threatens to eat her entire family tree.


Panda Kindergarten by Joanne Ryder, photographs by Katherine Feng
Meet the 16 panda cubs who live at the Wolong Nature Reserve in China.


Part-Time Princess by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cambria Evans
A girl escapes her annoying little brother and the drudgery of school and home life when she travels to a magical kingdom each night and embarks on a series of adventures.


Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Ben Cort
Laugh along to rhyming text about pirates on the search for the Pants of Gold.


Rain! by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson
As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear.


Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Meet Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who never leaves his nut tree because he’s afraid of the unknown “out there.” But then, something unexpected happens that may just change his outlook.


Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
A shark and a train compete in a series of contests on a seesaw, in hot air balloons, bowling, shooting baskets, playing hide-and-seek, and more.


This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Wilfred is a boy with rules. He lives a very orderly life. It’s fortunate, then, that he has a pet who abides by rules, such as not making noise while Wilfred educates him on his record collection. There is, however, one rule that Wilfred’s pet has difficulty following: Going whichever way Wilfred wants to go. Perhaps this is because Wilfred’s pet doesn’t quite realize that he belongs to anyone.


The Three Ninja Pigs by Cory Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat
In this twist on “The Three Little Pigs” tale, Pig One and Two neglect their ninja school martial arts training and are no match for the wolf, but Pig Three’s practice and dedication saves the day. Includes glossary of Japanese martial arts terms.


Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
Envy turns to admiration and finally to friendship for Goat and Unicorn.


The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter
This book traces out the life and career of Jane Goodall as a watcher of English fauna to her adult work as scholar of animal behavior in Africa.


Check back soon for grades 3-5 and 6-8, as well as our staff picks for pre-K and grades 7-9! 

Skype with author Kathleen Duey today at 1 pm!

Our final summer book club session is today, Monday, July 11 at 1 pm. We’re concluding with a special program – a live video chat via Skype with award-winning author Kathleen Duey!

Kathleen is the author of many popular series for kids & teens, including Faeries’ Promise, Hoofbeats, & Resurrection of Magic. Her novel Skin Hunger (book 1 in Resurrection of Magic) was nominated for the prestigious National Book Award in 2007.

Join us for this wonderful opportunity on Monday, July 11  at 1 pm! We’ll also have autographed books (signed by an author of a super popular series) & other gifts!

Skype with author Kathleen Duey!

Our final summer book club session will be this Monday, July 11 at 1 pm. We’re concluding with a special program – a live video chat via Skype with award-winning author Kathleen Duey!

Kathleen is the author of many popular series for kids & teens, including Faeries’ Promise, Hoofbeats, & Resurrection of Magic. Her novel Skin Hunger (book 1 in Resurrection of Magic) was nominated for the prestigious National Book Award in 2007.

Join us for this wonderful opportunity on Monday, July 11  at 1 pm! We’ll also have autographed books (signed by an author of a super popular series) & other gifts!

Summer reads for teens

Now that summer is in full swing, take some time to catch up on new books that are guaranteed to take your mind off the heat and school’s impending return. Here are some picks for teens:

 

Orchards by Holly Thompson

Sent to Japan for the summer after an eighth-grade classmate’s suicide, half-Japanese, half-Jewish Kana Goldberg tries to fit in with relatives she barely knows and reflects on the guilt she feels over the tragedy back home.

 

Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr (a Wicked Lovely book)

The political and romantic tensions that began when Aislin became Summer Queen threaten to boil over as the Faerie Courts brace against the threat of all-out war.

 

Girls in Love by Hailey Abbott (a Summer Girls novel)

Spending another summer in the picturesque town of Pebble Beach, Maine, teenaged cousins Jessica, Lara, and Greer face new dating challenges.

Tighter by Adele Griffin

Based on Henry James’s “The Turn of the Screw,” tells the story of Jamie Atkinson’s summer spent as a nanny in a small Rhode Island beach town, where she begins to fear that the estate may be haunted, especially after she learns of two deaths that occurred there the previous summer.

Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell (a Carrie Diaries novel)

This new book in the Carrie Diaries series brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around Big Apple, going from being a country “sparrow” to the person she always wanted to be.

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han (sequel to It’s Not Summer Without You)

The summer after her first year of college, Isobel “Belly” Conklin is faced with a choice between Jeremiah and Conrad Fisher, brothers she has always loved, when Jeremiah proposes marriage and Conrad confesses that he still loves her.

Viola in the Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani

Back home in Brooklyn, fifteen-year-old Viola has big summer plans but with one best friend going to camp and the other not only working but experiencing her first crush, Viola is glad to be overworked as an unpaid lighting intern when her grandmother’s play goes to Broadway.

OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy

Fourteen-year-old Ellie will do almost anything to win a scholarship to the best speech school in the country, but must decide if she is willing to hide her Jewish heritage while at a Phoenix, Arizona, summer camp that could help her reach her goal.

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

Over the course of several summers on the Atlantic coast, Chase struggles with his feelings for his best friend’s sisters in the beach house next door while trying to get his own family through seemingly insurmountable problems.

Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz

Allie, a sixteen-year-old who is obsessed with LPs, works at the used record store on Telegraph Ave. and deals with crushes–her own and her mother’s–her increasingly popular blog and zine, and generally grows up over the course of one summer in her hometown of Berkeley, California.

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If you’re looking for a fast-paced, thrilling read, check out one of these new releases:

 

The Dead by Charlie Higson

As a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers head to London. Ed, Jack, Bam and the other students at Rowhurst School learn more about the Disaster, and meet an adult who seems to be immune to the disease.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

The Dark City by Catherine Fisher (Relic Master, book 1)

Sixteen-year-old Raffi, Master Galen, and a mysterious traveler, Carys, enter the ruined city of Tasceron seeking a relic that may save the world, while evading the Watch, a brutal organization opposed to the Order to which Raffi and Galen belong.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

The Warlock by Michael Scott (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, book 5)

Fifteen-year-old Josh has chosen to side neither with his twin sister Sophie nor with the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel, but rather to fight alongside Dr. John Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare, while the immortal Machiavelli and Billy the Kid follow the Elders’ plans to set loose the monsters of Alcatraz on San Francisco and trigger the end of the humani race.

Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison

Technically dead seventeen-year-old Madison must choose between reclaiming her body and continuing as Dark Timekeeper, struggling in the war between Light and Dark reapers while trying to change the rules.

Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

In a future Manhattan devastated by environmental catastrophes and epidemics, sixteen-year-old Lucy survives alone until vicious hounds target her and force her to join Aidan and his band, but soon they learn that she is the target of Sweepers, who kidnap and infect people with plague.

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

When shy sixteen-year-old Helen Hamilton starts having vivid dreams about three ancient, hideous women and suddenly tries to kill a new student at her Nantucket high school, she discovers that she is playing out some version of an old tale involving Helen of Troy, the Three Furies, and a mythic battle.

 

 

Talk with author Jessica Burkhart today!

Today is our first author video chat via Skype with Jessica Burkhart. Ms. Burkhart is offering us 1 hour of her time to answer questions, talk about her books (the popular series Canterwood Crest), and discuss the process of writing and getting published.

Please stop by the 2nd floor Conference Room today at 1 pm for this exciting author chat!

Summer reads for ages 9-12

Here’s a list of recently published books that are great for long road trips and lying by the pool on these hot summer days.

Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman

For ten-year-old Gabe, the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment is all that he dreamed it would be, but he must work hard to write about the fun in letters to Zach, his cool future stepbrother, without revealing that it is a camp for “nerds.”

The Summer Before by Ann M. Martin (The Babysitter’s Club prequel)

During the summer before their seventh-grade year, Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey tackle difficulties, including family problems, crushes, moving, and making new friends.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer by Megan McDonald

Judy’s big plans for the summer seem ruined when two of her best friends go away, and then her parents leave her and Stink with Aunt Opal, but a new “thrill-a-delic” plan has her racing toward fun.

Scones and Sensibility by Lindsay Eland

In a small New Jersey beach town, twelve-year-old Polly Madassa, who speaks like a character in her two favorite novels, “Pride and Prejudice” and “Anne of Green Gables,” spends the summer making deliveries for her parents’ bakery and playing matchmaker, with disastrous results.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (2011 Newbery Honor book!)

In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

As Simple as it Seems by Sarah Weeks

Eleven-year-old Verbena Polter gets through a difficult summer of turbulent emotions and the revelation of a disturbing family secret with an odd new friend who believes she is the ghost of a girl who drowned many years before.

After All, You’re Callie Boone by Winnie Mack

Runaway ferrets, former BFF drama-trauma, and one gigantic (and very, very public) belly flop. No doubt about it, Callie Boone’s summer is crummy. The only things keeping her afloat are dive practice with her dad and a top-secret Olympic dream. Then a boy named Hoot-who is not her boyfriend!-moves in next door and turns her world upside down and right-side up.

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (2011 Newbery Winner!)

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

*This Newbery Winner is not only a great read for girls, but boys will enjoy it as well because of the interesting stories about Abilene’s father as a kid.

A Summer Secret by Kathleen Fuller (Mysteries of Middlefield series)

Thirteen-year-old Mary Beth Mullet and her twin brother, Johnny, discover that someone has been spending time in the old barn Mary Beth escapes to when she needs time to herself.

Summer According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney 

When summer arrives, Humphrey, the pet hamster of Longfellow School’s Room 26, is surprised and pleased to learn that he will be going to Camp Happy Hollow.

The Worst Things in Life Are Also Free by Jim Benton (Dear Dumb Diary series)

It is summer vacation, and Jamie, Angeline, and Isabella need money so that they can go to Screamotopia Amusement Park, but none of their money-making schemes are very profitable.

The Pickle King by Rebecca  Promitzer

During an endlessly rainy summer in the town of Elbow, twelve-year-old Bea and her misfit friends solve an unlikely mystery involving an unidentified dead man who’s missing an eye, an evil surgeon, a ring shaped like an old castle, a bag of smelly intestines, and a helpful ghost.

Gold Medal Murder by Carolyn Keene and Franklin W. Dixon (Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mystery)

Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys team up to investigate when a swimmer competing in the upcoming Summer Olympics starts receiving death threats.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm (2011 Newbery Honor book!)

In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.

*Don’t be misled by the girly cover – boys will enjoy this one, too!

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