Superhero Summer Reading List for Kids

Article by Joy

With classic favorites, award-winners, anthologies, brand new titles, and hidden gems that might have slipped under your radar, our summer reading list has something for everyone! (Some books are out now; others will release throughout the summer, so our display will stay fresh and new!)

FOR READERS AGE 6 AND UP

1. LOUISE TRAPEZE WILL NOT LOSE A TOOTH by Micol Ostow

Louise Trapeze never loses anything. But then her tooth starts to feel wiggly-jiggly . . . This series (all of which can be read as standalones) is perfect for Ivy and Bean fans who are ready to read ‘up’.

2. SMASHIE MCPERTER AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING GOOP by Nicole Griffin

We love the slyly humorous voice of this series so much! When the third-graders of Room 11 learn that they all must take part in a musicale, Smashie can't wait to sing something heartfelt and loud. That is, until their special jars of hair gel go missing and Smashie and her best friend Dontel must investigate!

3. STICK DOG DREAMS OF ICE CREAM by Tom Watson

Stick Dog and his pals are back, but this time the temperature is rising and they're all feeling the heat. They need cold, cold ice cream on this hot, hot day. It will take all of Stick Dog's smarts to guide his friends to a scrumptious ice cream feast.

4. CRASH! By Nancy Krulik

When Zeke Zander's spaceship crashes on Earth, he and his family must pretend to be humans until they can fix the ship and return home to Planet Z. But with antennae on their heads and a talking cat named Zeus, fitting in is easier said than done.

5. DATA: INVASION OF THE INSECTS by Ada Hopper

The town of Newtonburg has been invaded by all sorts of creepy-crawlies from mosquitoes to bees to ants and more. Can the DATA Set find their missing friend in time?

6. SHE PERSISTED by Chelsea Clinton

In this book for our youngest readers, Chelsea Clinton celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity.

7. WHOOSH! By Chris Barton, Don Tate **Haisln

Love, love, love this perfect summer picture book by two of our favorite Austin authors about the true story of inventor Lonnie Johnson and how the Super Soaker came to be!

8. THE AIRPORT BOOK by Lisa Brown **Haisln

Another perfect summer vacation read! In a book that is as intriguing as it is useful and entertaining, we follow a family on its way through the complexities of a modern-day airport.

9. ESCAPE FROM THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE by Kate Messner

From Kate Messner’s wonderful RANGER IN TIME series. Read this one and then read all the rest about a time traveling dog named Ranger and his all over history adventures! This one takes place during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

10. ROSIE REVERE ENGINEER by Andrea Beaty ** Haisln

The second in the series that includes IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT and ADA TWIST SCIENTIST. Perfect for encouraging everyone to find their passions. Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer.

11. THE PRINCESS IN BLACK TAKES A VACATION by Shannon Hale **Haisln

So perfect for emerging readers! After battling monsters all night, a sleepy Princess in Black decides that she needs a vacation. But just as she is about to take a nap on her hammock, she hears a "ROAR " Could a sea monster really ruin this vacation for the Princess in Black?

12. DORY DORY BLACK SHEEP by Abby Hanlon **Haisln

Ever since Dory met Rosabelle, a real true friend whose imagination and high spirits match her own, school has been pretty good. But now the class is learning to read, and it's proving to be a challenge for Dory. Another fun DORY installment.

13. THE STORY OF DIVA AND FLEA by Mo Willems **Haisln

From everyone’s favorite, Mo Willems, comes an adorable story of Diva the dog and Flea the cat. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

14. LOLA LEVINE MEETS JELLY AND BEAN by Monica Brown

A fun, humorous read! The Levines are excited about adopting a kitty they name Jelly, but they don't get very far in the process when Ben starts sneezing. Oh no, he's allergic! Lola is devastated and sets out to find Jelly a good home.

FOR READERS AGE 8 AND UP

1. WELCOME TO WONDERLAND #2: Beach Party Surf Monkey by Chris Grabenstein

From Chris Grabenstein, the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and co-author with James Patterson of I FUNNY, HOUSE OF ROBOTS, and TREASURE HUNTERS, comes the second hilarious, fun-in-the-sun adventure in his new illustrated series about all the wacky things that happen when you live in a motel.

2. THE MAGNIFICENT MYA TIBBS: SPIRIT WEEK SHOWDOWN by Crystal Allen * Bluebonnet List

Crystal Allen is one of our very own awesome Houston authors with a huge national following! Nine-year-old cowgirl Mya Tibbs is boot-scootin' excited for the best week of the whole school year--SPIRIT WEEK. But even the best plans don’t go as expected...

3. UNIDENTIFIED SUBURBAN OBJECT by Mike Jung *Bluebonnet list

From one of the founding members of #WeNeedDiverseBooks, comes a very engaging read! Korean-American Chloe’s parents don't want to have anything to DO with their Korean background. But when Chloe finally gets to explore her family history for a class project, what she unearths is light-years away from what she expected.

4. ONE TRICK PONY by Nathan Hale

The latest from everyone’s favorite HAZARDOUS TALES graphic novelist is sci-fi! In the Earth of the future, humans are on the run from an alien force--giant blobs who suck up electrical devices wherever they can find them.

5. GNOME-A-GEDDON by K.A.

Holt Austin author K.A. Holt is a middle-grade writer and poet you absolutely should know! Her latest is goofy, clever, and ultimately thoughtful fun! Buck is a super fan of the book series, The Triumphant Gnome Syndicate. But when the book's author disappears, Buck realizes that the world of gnomes and trolls might really exist.

6. JOPLIN, WISHING by Diane Stanley

A heartfelt and magical middle grade novel in the tradition of TUCK EVERLASTING and BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, about family, wishes, and the power of true friends to work magic.

7. PENNY FROM HEAVEN by Jennifer Holm

Summer is the perfect time to rediscover this Newberry Award winner. School's out for summer, and Penny and her cousin Frankie have big plans to eat lots of butter pecan ice cream, swim at the local pool, and cheer on their favorite baseball team--the Brooklyn Dodgers. But sometimes things don't go according to plan.

8. THE GREAT SHELBY HOLMES by Elizabeth Eulberg *Bluebonnet list

Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She's the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen. When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that's eluded her up till now: a friend.

9. APARTMENT 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou

Bestselling middle grade author Lisa Papademetriou is back with a playful, poignant story about a girl named Callie, a prickly ‘unschooled’ guy named Cassius, a series of museum adventures, a family secret– and a New York City-set tale. One of our favorite middle grade reads for the season!

10. ORPHAN ISLAND by Laurel Snyder

From the author of many books, including the award-winning SWAN: THE LIFE AND DANCE OF ANNA PAVLOVA, comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious, perfect island. Only one thing ever changes: on one day each year, a boat appears carrying one young child to join them and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again. Until today that is...

11. FUNNY GIRL by Betsy Bird

For those more reluctant readers in the middle, an anthology - especially a funny one with stories by favorite authors-- is always welcome.

12. GUYS READ: HEROES AND VILLAINS by Jon Scieszka

Like with FUNNY GIRL (above), HEROES and VILLAINS satisfies the need for a great anthology by amazing authors for young people! This one features ten all-new, original stories that run the gamut from fantasy to comics to contemporary adventure to nonfiction.

13. THE FORGETTING SPELL by Lauren Myracle

This one’s perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo and Ingrid Law, from one of kid lit’s best contemporary writers! Wishing Day is a rite of passage for girls growing up in Willow Hill but thirteen year-old Darya has seen what wishes can do to a family. And now it’s her turn to wish…

14. YORK by Laura Ruby

From National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner Laura Ruby (BONE GAP) comes the first book in an epic alternate history series about three kids who try to solve the greatest mystery of the modern world: a puzzle and treasure laid into the very streets and buildings of New York City. A perfect summer book adventure!!

15. THE WORST FAIRY GODMOTHER EVER by Sarah Aronson

Fairy-godmother-in-training Isabelle is pretty sure she has what it takes to pass fairy godmother training with flying colors. But then Isabelle is assigned a practice princess who is not a princess at all. Nora is just a normal girl – a normal girl who doesn't believe in fairy godmothers, or wishes come true, or happily ever afters.

16. POINT GUARD By Mike Lupica

We can always count on New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica to tell a great sports story! Everyone assumes that Gus, whose family is from the Dominican Republic, is a baseball guy. He's been practicing some new moves and lately he's more surprised when he misses his shot than when he scores. But this isn't going to be the season Gus expected…

17. CHESTER AND GUS by Cammie McGovern

Cammie McGovern’s books always satisfy with their authentic, nuanced emotions. Chester has failed his certification test to be a service dog when a family adopts him to be a companion for their ten-year-old son, Gus, who has autism. Chester's not sure how to help Gus since this isn't exactly the job he trained for– but he's determined to figure it out.

FOR READERS AGE 10 AND UP

1. THE LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar

In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative–based on the author's childhood in the 1960s– a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie's plight will intrigue readers, and her powerful story of strength and resilience, full of color, light, and poignancy, will stay with them for a long time.

2. THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA by Pablo Cartaya

Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL?

3. FELIX YZ by Lisa Bunker

When Felix Yz was three years old, a hyper-intelligent fourth-dimensional being became fused inside him after one of his father's science experiments went terribly wrong. A risky procedure is planned to separate them . . . but it may end up killing them both instead.

4. YOU MAY ALREADY BE A WINNER by Ann Dee Ellis

Twelve-year-old Olivia Hales has a foolproof plan for winning a million dollars so that she and her little sister, Berkeley, can leave behind Sunny Pines Trailer Park. But first she has a long list of things to do. Who knows? She may already be a winner.

5. BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk

This lyrically written middle grade novel by Lauren Wolk, Newbery Honor winner of last year’s WOLF HOLLOW, is one of our most-anticipated. Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow's only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar. But an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.

6. BLOOMING AT THE TEXAS SUNRISE MOTEL by Kimberly Willis Holt

National Book Award winner Holt has written another book sure to become a classic. Stevie's life seems safe and full of love until the day tragedy strikes. Stevie is sent to live with her estranged grandfather Winston at his rundown motel. Though the colorful tenants who inhabit the motel are quickly charmed by Stevie, she struggles to connect with her grandfather. What dark secret is he keeping from her?

7. LION ISLAND: CUBA’S WARRIOR of WORDS by Margarita Engle *Haisln

In a haunting yet hopeful novel in verse, award-winning author Margarita Engle tells the story of Antonio Chuffat, a young man of African, Chinese, and Cuban descent who became a champion of civil rights. LION ISLAND’S verse format is good for reluctant readers who want something with deeper content!

8. POSTED by John David Anderson

From John David Anderson, author of the acclaimed MS. BIXBY’S LAST DAY, comes a humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, and the failures of communication between kids.

9. ROLLER GIRL by Victoria Jamieson

This debut graphic novel earned a Newbery and five starred reviews! For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid goes to roller derby camp while Nicole splits for dance camp, Astrid struggles to keep up with the older girls, hold on to her old friendship, and forge new ones.

10. FISH GIRL by Donna Jo Napoli

We adore this graphic novel for its art and its coming-of-age tale that begins underwater when a young mermaid, called Fish Girl, in a boardwalk aquarium has a chance encounter with an ordinary girl.

11. EDGELAND by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

A solid upper middle grade thriller for fans of MAZE RUNNER. Orphaned Wren has spent most of her life on Edgeland, a nearby island where people bring their dead to be blessed and prepared for the afterlife. Orphaned and alone, Wren dreams of escaping Edgeland, but when her chance finally comes, she discovers secrets beyond what anyone could have imagined.

12. ALMOST PARADISE by Corabel Shofner

A sweet, warm-hearted middle grade debut. Twelve-year-old Ruby Clyde Henderson's life turns upside down the day her mother's boyfriend holds up a convenience store, and her mother is wrongly jailed for assisting with the crime. Ruby and her pet pig, Bunny, find their way to her estranged Aunt Eleanor, an ornery nun who lives in the midst of a peach orchard on Paradise Ranch.

13. WHEN FRIENDSHIP FOLLOWED ME HOME by Paul Griffin

As a former foster kid, Ben Coffin knows people can up and leave without so much as a goodbye. Ben prefers to spend his time with the characters in his favorite sci-fi books… until he rescues an abandoned mutt from the alley next door to the Coney Island Library.

14. THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill *Haisln

If you missed this one last fall, let us remind you that it went on to win the Newbery! A beautiful fantasy about a baby named Luna, left in the forest to die, but adopted by a kind witch and then mistakenly gifted with magic. Lots of magic.

15. REVENGE OF THE HAPPY CAMPERS by Jennifer Ziegler

One of our favorite Austin authors brings us a summer-themed return of the delightful Brewster triplets! Dawn, Darby, and Delaney would usually be thrilled to spend a week with their beloved Aunt Jane. She's fun and fearless and fascinating, and she loves to hang out with them. But Aunt Jane is taking the girls somewhere they've never been before: camping.

16. MIDNIGHT WITHOUT A MOON by Linda Williams Jackson

A stunning historical novel debut, set during the Emmitt Till tragedy. It's Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter is living with her sharecropper grandparents. When Till's murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change… and that she should be part of the movement.

17. ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Teri Kanefield

Do we even have to explain who this is about? This biography is perfect to introduce younger readers to the subject of Lin Manuel Miranda’s HAMILTON.

FOR READERS AGE 12/13 AND UP

1.THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli

How we love this book! Albertalli (SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIEN AGENDA) hits another homerun with this sweet, funny, contemporary family/sibling story about 17 year old Molly Peskin-Suso, who knows all about crushes, but is about to find out some unexpected things about love.

2. WINDFALL by Jennifer E. Smith

From the author of THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, comes a fabulous story of the crazy intersection of love and luck. Alice doesn't believe in luck– at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she's been pining for her best friend, Teddy. When she buys him a lottery ticket for his eighteenth birthday, everything changes.

3. ALEX and ELIZA: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz

Alex as in Alexander Hamilton. Eliza as in the Schuyler sister he marries. The YA love story version. Need we say more? Perfect beach read, and yet historical, too! From the NY Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz!

4. DRAGONS AND WITCHES edited by Madeline Smoot

A fun anthology by some of your favorite authors and some newer ones-- for those who want a little fantasy but prefer the quicker reads of short stories about two of our most iconic ‘baddies.’ Ten authors reimagine these villains in different guises and styles and in new and meaningful ways.

5. SHAME THE STARS by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

If you missed this when it first came out last year, now’s your time to read a glorious historical by one of Texas’s best writers for young people! Think Romeo and Juliet set in Texas during the explosive time of the Mexican revolution.

6. THE HIRED GIRL by Laura Amy Schlitz *Haisln

An award-winning novel from a Newbery medalist, this historical will become a quick favorite! It’s 1911, and fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer, Joan seeks a new, better life for herself.

7. THE SHADOWS WE KNOW BY HEART by Jennifer Park

Don’t let the sasquatches put you off. We adore this very nuanced book from Beaumont area debut author Jennifer Park. A haunting and luminescent debut novel about a girl whose complicated family life starts to unravel after she finds herself falling for a mysterious boy who lives in the forest behind her house.

8. WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon

Heartfelt, funny and definitely something new in YA! With graduation behind her, Dimple Shah more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma's inexplicable obsession with her finding the "Ideal Indian Husband." Rishi Patel, the “Ideal Husband” her parents have in mind, is a hopeless romantic ready to meet his future wife. And then they meet…

9. NORTH OF HAPPY by Adi Alsaid

Carlos Portillo’s life has been all mapped out for him, until his brother dies tragically and Carlos decides to go find the life he really should be living. Life, love, finding yourself. This one’s a good adventure and also perfect for foodies, since Carlos’s true passion is cooking!

10. GEM and DIXIE by Sara Zarr

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr is one of the best writers of contemporary YA– a strong, nuanced voice, complex stories, and characters you will never forget. Gem grew up taking care of her sister Dixie when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. And then dad returns…

11. THE LAKE EFFECT by Erin McCahan

Funny, smart and perfect for fans of books like ME, EARL, AND THE DYING GIRL. It's the summer after senior year, and Briggs Henry heads Lake Michigan and its miles of sandy beaches, to work as a personal assistant, and live in a gorgeous Victorian on the shore. But when he arrives, his eighty-four-year-old boss tells him to put on a suit for her funeral.

12. WAIT FOR ME by Caroline Leech

We hosted the launch for Leech’s debut and this historical fiction set in WWII rural Scotland has been flying off the shelves ever since. It's 1945, and Lorna Anderson's life on her father's farm in Scotland consists of endless chores. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy?

13. GRENDEL’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND WAR by A.E. Kaplan

This one is so clever and funny and also heartfelt! THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER meets Revenge of the Nerds in this tale of a teen misfit who seeks to take down the bro next door, but ends up falling for his enemy's sister and uncovering difficult truths about his family in the process.

14. DEVOTED by Jennifer Mathieu **Haisln

Award-winning Mathieu’s second novel is a coming of age story with an ‘extreme religion’ twist. Every part of Rachel Walker’s life is controlled, from what she reads to where she goes and what she wears. But when a former member of her community, a girl who escaped, moves back to her small Texas town, Rachel's world turns upside down.

15. SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman **Haisln

A new series from award-winning Shusterman. In a world with no misery or natural death, Scythes must control the size of the population. Two teens must learn the "art of killing" in this Printz Honor-winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

16. BLOOD ROSE REBELLION by Rosalyn Eves

Lush and imaginative 19th century fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. But her fate takes another course when Anna finds herself exiled.

17. ONCE AND FOR ALL by Sarah Dessen

If it’s June, it’s time for another light, romantic Sarah Dessen novel that never fails to please. Is it really better to have loved and lost? Louna's summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, even though she stopped believing in happily-ever-after when her first love ended tragically. But charming girl-magnet Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged now that he's met the one he really wants. Maybe Louna's second chance is standing right in front of her.

18. SUMMER DAYS SUMMER NIGHTS edited by Stephanie Perkins

We featured this anthology last summer, too, but now it’s out in paperback! A grand collection of summer-set love stories for all tastes by some of the best authors in YA!

FOR READERS AGE 14 AND UP

1. THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas

Possibly the best book of the spring season, this one is a must read for teens and adults alike. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. What Starr does– or does not– say could upend her community and endanger her life.

2. GOODBYE DAYS by Jeff Zenter

Zenter (The Serpent King) knows how to wrench our emotions! Carver can't stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation. Will Carter make peace with his losses? Or will he break down, or, even worse, end up in prison?

3. STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around. Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

4. AMERICAN STREETS by Ibi Zoboi

You will fall in love with this novel from the very first page. American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story. Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.

5. RAMONA BLUE by Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy’s DUMPLIN’ has been a huge store favorite. Her third novel is equally as addictive a read! From Julie Murphy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, comes another fearless heroine, Ramona Blue, in a gorgeously evocative novel about family, friendship, and how sometimes love can be more fluid than you first think. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Morgan Matson.

6. FINDING PARIS by Joy Preble

Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can't trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who's moved them all to Las Vegas. Until one night when Paris disappears, leaving a string of increasingly disturbing clues for Leo to find… Because sometimes you have to go to great lengths to get to the truth.

7. LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Cordova

A great fantasy from one of YA’s best new voices. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation, but she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she's not sure she can trust, but who may be Alex's only chance at saving her family.

8. THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ by Lilliam Rivera

You will race through this one and want to go back and read it over! Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted--from debut author Lilliam Rivera.

9. THE GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT by Monica Hesse *Haisln

A favorite and powerful historical, set during the Holocaust. THE GIRL IN THE BLUE COAT is a powerful, compelling coming-of-age story set against the dark and dangerous backdrop of World War II.

10. THE EMPEROR OF ANY PLACE by Tim Wynne-Jones

When Evan's father dies suddenly, Evan finds a hand-bound yellow book on his desk--a book his dad had been reading when he passed away. The book is the diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a small Pacific island in WWII. Why was his father reading it? What is in this account that Evan's grandfather, whom Evan has never met before, fears so much that he will do anything to prevent its being seen? And what could this possibly mean for Evan?

11. HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD by Kelly Jensen

A timely anthology that you can read all at once or pick and choose. Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction.

12. HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera

Like Jeff Zenter (see above), Silvera knows how to wring out our emotions. When Griffin's first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he's been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

13. WILDMAN by JC Geiger

A story of place, identity, and the speed at which a life can change. When Lance's '93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, he doesn’t panic. After all, he's valedictorian of his class. First-chair trumpet player. Scholarship winner. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks. But to the locals Lance could be anyone: a delinquent, a traveler, a maniac. One of the townies calls him Wildman, and a new world opens up.

14. SANDCASTLE EMPIRE by Kayla Olson

We’ll be hosting Kayla and her debut novel on 6/17 at 3 PM. Before the war, Eden's life was easy. Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. And even though Eden has lost everything to them, she refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores. But the island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, and surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

15. BAD ROMANCE by Heather Demetrios

Critically acclaimed Demetrious brings us another intense and moving novel. Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.

16. I SEE LONDON I SEE FRANCE by Sarah Mlynowksi

Oh how we love the easy readability of Mlynowski’s always funny and sweet YA! Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer in Europe all mapped out. But plans have a way of changing.

17. MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC by Jodi Lynn Anderson

England 1919. Oklahoma 1934. Kansas 2065. New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson's epic tale--told through three unforgettable points of view--is a masterful exploration of how love, determination, and hope can change a person's fate.

11TH AND 12TH GRADE (For our older, more mature readers who are reading everything: these can all be found in the adult sections)

1. KITCHEN by Banana Yoshimoto

KITCHEN is an enchantingly original book that juxtaposes two tales about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen and home in the lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan.

2. HERE by Richard McGuire

Our buyer, Keaton, is a huge fan! Richard McGuire’s HERE is an astounding graphic novel, a singular work in the medium. Charting the events occurring in a single spot--here--over the course of millennia, McGuire ingeniously overlays images from various epochs, creating a dreamlike tableau that alters the way time is perceived.

3. HOUSEKEEPER and the PROFESSOR by Yoko Ogawa “Set in Japan,

Yoko Ogawa's novel tells the story of a housekeeper and her son, and how they are drawn into the world of a brilliant professor of mathematics with severe memory impairment. A beautiful, tender novel.”

4. BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates *Haisln National Book Award winner.

We’d say it’s required reading about race in America.

5. THE LONG GOODBYE by Raymond Chandler *Haisln

Because everyone should read at least one Raymond Chandler novel.

6. THE WRIGHT BROTHERS by David McCullough *Haisln

For biography and history lovers-- and those who want to know more about Orville and Wilbur Wright!

7. HIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly

The book that inspired the film -- about the female African American mathematicians who helped win the space race. Read the true story.

 

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