I have two items today: my summer book reading list and a fun book-related event coming up soon.
First, the latter– The Ann Arbor Book Festival Crawl will take place on Thursday, June 20th, in the evening. This is a fun opportunity to cruise around to different book-related spaces, shop for books, and hear authors. The Crawl stops at Nicola’s Books at the Westgate Mall at 8 p.m. For more information, check The Observer or contact Nicola’s Books.
Secondly, here is the long awaited summer book list. I think it has something for everyone. Enjoy, and let me know about your favorite summer read:
- Touching Spirit Bear, Ben Mikaelsen
A 15-year-old, juvenile delinquent boy is banished to an Alaskan Island where he must face the legendary Spirit Bear. This novel features many Native American beliefs and carries a strong message about dealing with anger. Middle School but good for anyone.
- The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, Tim Angleberger
If you liked Diary of A Wimpy Kid, you will probably like this novel. Older Elementary.
- Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, Stephan Pastis
Again, if you liked Diary of A Wimpy Kid, you will probably like this novel. Older Elementary
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamilo. Older Elementary.
- Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25, by Richard Paul Evans
This is an exciting sci-fi action thriller. Give it a try!
- Z For Zachariah, Robert C. Obrien
This is a futuristic, post-apocalyptic novel told through the eyes of a teenage girl. I highly recommend this novel. Young Adult
- Forensic Science, DK Eyewitness Books
This one is for one student in particular. You know who you are.
Middle School to Young Adult
- The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
This is another post-apocalyptic novel. It is action-packed and suspenseful. Young Adult
- The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson
“In the futuristic Brazilian metropolis Palmares Tres, artist June Costa joins the bold new Summer King, Enki, to stage explosive, dramatic projects that the city will never forget. The pair adds fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech, and June falls deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.” Young Adult, NPR list.
- Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell
“Eleanor and Park meet on the school bus — she’s a defiantly weird poor girl (a redhead, no less!) from a broken family, he’s a solidly middle-class son of a veteran and his Korean wife (no here). They bond over X-Men comics and punk mix tapes…” Young Adult, NPR List
- Drama, Raina Telgemeier
“Drama is a lovely, gentle meditation on life, love and drama, both personal and theatrical, that will worm its way into the heart of any theater geek (or former theater geek). Seventh-grader Callie loves Broadway musicals with a passion, but she can’t sing — so she devotes herself to running tech…” Middle School to High School, NPR List
- The Universe versus Alex Woods, Gavan Extance
“Teenage British science nerd Alex (his mother calls him Lex, and yes, he is bald) was hit by a meteorite as a kid; it punched through the bathroom ceiling and whacked him in the head, leaving him with severe epilepsy.” Middle School to High School NPR List
- Divergent, Veronica Roth
Didn’t get enough of the Hunger Games? Try this trilogy out. The final episode is expected in October.
- The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Magic and the search for meaning….this is magical realism at it’s best. Middle School to Adult.
- Out of My Mind, Sharon Draper
This is the survival story of a girl with a severe handicap. Young Adult.
- Lawn Boy, Gary Paulsen
“One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa’s old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more. . . . One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about “the beauty of capitalism. Supply and Demand. Diversify labor. Distribute the wealth.” “Wealth?” I said. “It’s groovy…” Older Elementary through Middle School.
Books Your Mom Or Dad Might Have Read When They Were Younger
- Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes
This is an American Revolution novel revolving around a teenager in Boston. It’s a classic. Middle School to High School
- My Antonia, Willa Cather
“My Ántonia, first published 1918, is considered one of the greatest novels by American writer Willa Cather. It is the final book of her “prairie trilogy” of novels, the companion volumes being O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark.” Wikipedia
- The Pearl, John Steinbeck
“The Pearl is a novella by American author John Steinbeck, published in 1947. It is the story of a pearl diver, Kino, and explores man’s nature as well as greed and evil.” Wikipedia
- Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
“Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley and published in 1932. Set in London of AD 2540, the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological …” Wikipedia