Summer Reads


Looking for a summer read? Check out the books listed below.

  • The Penderwicks: a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy by Birdsall
  • Summerlost by Condie
  • Charlie Jo Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation by Greenwald
  • The Summer I Saved the World … in 65 Days by Hurwitz
  • One Fat Summer by Lipsyte
  • Summer Ball by Lupica
  • A Summer of Kings by Nolan
  • The Hidden Summer by Phillips
  • Summer of Monkeys by Rawls
  • The Sword of Summer by Riordan
  • Twisted Summer by Roberts
  • One Crazy Summer by Williams-Garcia

Happy Summer Reading,

The Library Ladies

Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis

Imara is a young girl living in a small village in the Democratic Republic of Congo when she is taken captive by a rebel group who pillages villages and illegally mines for coltan used for cell phones. In order to survive, she convinces the rebel leader that she possesses powers that can protect him.

Bobo f30227877-_uy200_ears his park ranger father has been killed while moving a gorilla family group to a safer area in the nearby national park.

These two stories come together when the kids work to save Kitwana, a young gorilla stolen by the rebel group.

Great story that addresses several global issues including child labor, child soldiers, illegal mining, and animal rights.

Other global issue stories:

Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo

Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs

Happy Reading,

Library Ladies

Mayday by Karen Harrington

51byz0-hjilBefore and After split Wayne’s world in half.

Before – Wayne shares trivia facts with anyone who will listen, eats cheeseburgers with his Uncle Reed, and buys poinsettias from the prettiest girl at school.

After – Uncle Reed dies overseas, Wayne and his mom survive a plane crash, and Wayne loses his voice.

How can Wayne deal with the trials and tragedies of life with only a pen and notepad?

Happy Reading – The Library Ladies

Graphic Novels

Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer – A continuation of the Lunar Chronicles – Iko is sent to earth to locate rogue packs of wolf/soldiers.29772863

Human Body Theater by Maris Wicks – Learn about the human body systems with humor and lots of color.

Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli – Mira is a mermaid trapped in an aquarium. When she makes a friend, she starts to
explore the world outside her fish tank.

Stone Heart
 by Faith Erin Hicks – Who should control the N51tqdfroualameless City? The struggle continues when the General of all Blades is assassinated.

NewsPrints by Ru Xu – Blue loves working as a newsboy but could lose everything if her secret is discovered.

Happy Reading  – The Library Ladies
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The Big Dark by Rodman Philbrick

51gi3pkphpl-_sx350_bo1204203200_On New Year’s Eve the people of a small village in New Hampshire gather to witness a light display of the Northern Lights. Suddenly, a solar flare cuts off all electrical currents, and they are left in the dark. No phones, no lights, no heat, not even a charge to start a car. The village is immediately cut off from the rest of the country. They are left to wonder and worry. What happened? How long will it last? And how will we survive the cold?

Happy Reading – The Library Ladies

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

18584855“Off with his head” is the well-known line of the Queen of Hearts in the classic story of Alice in Wonderland.

Have you ever wondered how the Queen of Hearts became so heartless? Why is she so heartless? Was she always this way?

Marissa Meyer creates a story which explains how the sweet young Lady Catherine, who loves to bake and hopes to own her own bakery someday, becomes the infamous Queen of Hearts. The story includes forbidden love, lost dreams, and the terrible Jabberwock. Although you know the ending, you won’t be disappointed.

Happy Reading – The Library Ladies

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

ityily-cvr-199x300Gallagher Academy, aka Spy School, is more than meets the eye. The private school housed in an old mansion appears to be a school for wealthy, spoiled girls. At least, that is what the town is led to believe. However, behind the stately walls classes include advanced encryption and covert operations, and the language of conversation changes regularly at mealtimes.

But living in a bubble hidden from the outside world leaves the girls unsure of how to handle normal teenage life, like boys. So when Cammie and her friends find themselves on a CoveOp field assignment one night, the biggest challenge is not accomplishing the mission, but not getting noticed by the boy on the street.

Happy Reading – The Library Ladies

OCDaniel by Wesley King

ocdaniel-9781481455312_hrDaniel has many little habits that seem to control his life like flicking light switches and avoiding cracks in the sidewalk. He is on the football team as the backup kicker which means he is the water boy. He enjoys playing video games with his friend and has a crush on a cute girl named Raya.

But his life starts to take a turn when Daniel receives a note asking for his help. He finds himself in the middle of a mystery that is staring to get out of control.

Happy Reading – The Library Ladies

10 Great Historical Fiction Books

Ready to travel through history? Try out these great historical fiction books from the library!912h52sjaql

  1. Breathing Room by Hayles -While Evelyn Hoffmeister  is confined to a sanitarium or hospital with tuberculosis, she learns about friendship and strength.
  2. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by Boyne – Bruno must adjust to moving away from friends to a new home where he is separated from strange neighbors by a tall fence.
  3. Chains by Anderson – Isabel, a slave, fights for her own freedom while her country fights during the Revolutionary War.
  4. Echo by Ryan – Follow the stories of a harmonica woven through three different stories in three different time periods.
  5. Keeper of the Grail by Spradlin – Tristan becomes a squire for a knight headed to the Holy Land in search of the Holy Grail.
  6. Listen to the Moon by Morpurgo – Lucy looses her memory after she is shipwrecked off the coast of England during the first days of World War I.
  7. One Came Home by Timberlake – Georgie Burkhardt sets off to find her sister after a murder occurs in her quiet town in Wisconsin.
  8. Stella by Starlight by Draper – Stella lives in the segregated South during the Great Depression. Life becomes more tense when the Klu Klux Klan comes to town.
  9. The Rifle by Paulsen – Follow the story of a Revolutionary War rifle as it is passed on through history but never shot.
  10. The War that Saved my Life by Bradley – Ada and her brother leave London during the Blitz of World War II to live with Susan, a cranky woman in the country.


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Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart

29847473What would happen if 13 boys were on an island with no adult supervision? Would they get along? Would they have fun? Would they have rules? Who would decide?

The boys at Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys live in an old castle like structure on an island with limited food and harsh treatment. The admiral, who is in charge, uses the Sinner’s Sorrow to punish the boys for every small infraction. A sudden accident leaves the boys on the island with no adults. The boys are excited to have freedom, but things quickly begin to deteriorate – the boys, the weather, and the walls.

Happy Reading – The Library Ladies