SUMMER BEACH READS!IT'S SUMMER TIME! Time to get out, get a tan, go swimming, and hit the beach! Here's a list of books for all sorts to read to keep them relaxed while out there in the warm sun with the feeling of sand between your toes!
Like Funny Stories?'Swim the Fly' by Don Caleme
In the spirit of a Hollywood comedy, screenwriter Calame ("Employee of the Month") unleashes a true ode to the adolescent male, in this story about three teenage boys with a single goal: to see a real-live naked girl.
Love a Great Thriller?'Stolen' by Lucy Christopher '
Drugged and kidnapped from her parents at the Bangkok airport, English teen Gemma wakes to find herself in the weirdly beautiful but desolate Australian outback. Her only company is her captor, a handsome young Australian named Ty, who is obsessed with her. Indeed, he tells her that he has been watching her since she was a child and now
How about an Urban Fantasy?'Numbers' by Rachel Ward
Whenever Jem meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such an awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships.
Want a Tear Jerker?'Life of Glass' by Jillian Cantor
Before he died, Melissa’s father told her about stars. He told her that the brightest stars weren’t always the most beautiful—that if people took the time to look at the smaller stars, if they looked with a telescope at the true essence of the star, they would find real beauty. The last thing that Melissa's father told her was that it takes glass a million years to decompose. But while it may seem to her that glass lasts forever, Melissa's family is falling apart. Her father is taken by cancer, her sister acts like Melissa is a freak, and her mother is moving on with her life with her new cowboy boyfriend. And now, her best friend Ryan seems more interested in his new girlfriend than their friendship. Through it all, Melissa must learn to recognize inner and outer beauty and realize that sometimes, you can have
Marlene Perez Mysteries.
- Dead is the New Black
- Dead is a State of Mind
- Dead is so Last Year
Anthony Horowitz Mysteries.
- Three of Diamonds
- The Falcon's Malteser
- South by Southeast
Caroline Cooney Mysteries.
- Face on the Milk Carton
- Whatever Happened to Janie?
Robert Parker Mysteries:
- The Boxer and the Spy
- Edenville Owls
Others that would also be enjoyed:
- 'Ghost Canoe by Will Hobbs'
- 'Fade to Black by Alex Flinn'
- 'Disappearance by Jude Watson'
Adult Mystery Authors that teens would like:'
- 'Agatha Cristie'
- 'M.C. Beaton'
- 'Donna Leon'
Point of View NovelsEdit
Examining suicide, eating disorders, death, and risky behaviors.
- 'Speak' by Laurie Hals Anderson
Since the beginning of the school year, high school freshman Melinda has found that it's been getting harder and harder for her to speak out loud: "My throat is always sore, my lips raw.... Every time I try to talk to my parents or a teacher, I sputter or freeze.... It's like I have some kind of spastic laryngitis." What could have caused Melinda to suddenly fall mute? Could it be due to the fact that no one at school is speaking to her because she called the cops and got everyone busted at the seniors' big end-of-summer party? Or maybe it's because her parents' only form of communication is Post-It notes written on their way out the door to their nine-to-whenever jobs. While Melinda is bothered by these things, deep down she knows the real reason why she's been struck mute...
- 'Paper Towns' by John Green
Green melds elements from his Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines— the impossibly sophisticated but unattainable girl, and a life-altering road trip—for another teen-pleasing read. Weeks before graduating from their Orlando-area high school, Quentin Jacobsen's childhood best friend, Margo, reappears in his life, specifically at his window, commanding him to take her on an all-night, score-settling spree. Quentin has loved Margo from not so afar (she lives next door), years after she ditched him for a cooler crowd. Just as suddenly, she disappears again, and the plot's considerable tension derives from Quentin's mission to find out if she's run away or committed suicide.
- 'Wintergirls' by Laurie Hals Anderson
Lia and Cassie had been best friends since elementary school, and each developed her own style of eating disorder that leads to disaster. Now 18, they are no longer friends. Despite their estrangement, Cassie calls Lia 33 times on the night of her death, and Lia never answers. As events play out, Lia's guilt, her need to be thin, and her fight for acceptance unravel in an almost poetic stream of consciousness in this startlingly crisp and pitch-perfect first-person narrative. The text is rich with words still legible but crossed out, the judicious use of italics, and tiny font-size refrains reflecting her distorted internal logic. All of the usual answers of specialized treatment centers, therapy, and monitoring of weight and food fail to prevail while Lia's cleverness holds sway. What happens to her in the end is much less the point than traveling with her on her agonizing journey of inexplicable pain and her attempt to make some sense of her life.—
- 'Looking for Alaska' by John Green
Sixteen-year-old Miles Halter's adolescence has been one long nonevent - no challenge, no girls, no mischief, and no real friends. Seeking what Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps," he leaves Florida for a boarding school in Birmingham, AL. His roommate, Chip, is a dirt-poor genius scholarship student with a Napoleon complex who lives to one-up the school's rich preppies. Chip's best friend is Alaska Young, with whom Miles and every other male in her orbit falls instantly in love. She is literate, articulate, and beautiful, and she exhibits a reckless combination of adventurous and self-destructive behavior. She and Chip teach Miles to drink, smoke, and plot elaborate pranks. Alaska's story unfolds in all-night bull sessions, and the depth of her unhappiness becomes obvious.
- 'Thirteen Reasons Why' by Jay Asher
When Clay Jenson plays the casette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he's surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He's one of 13 people who receive Hannah's story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah's voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit. The text alternates, sometimes quickly, between Hannah's voice (italicized) and Clay's thoughts as he listens to her words, which illuminate betrayals and secrets that demonstrate the consequences of even small actions. Hannah, herself, is not free from guilt, her own inaction having played a part in an accidental auto death and a rape.
- 'If I stay' by Gayle Forman
The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents' corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state (Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live.