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Summer Romance, High Flying Fantasy, Dark Mysteries - Where to Start?

May 7, 2018 - 2:40pm -- Dodie
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Stay Sweet book cover
Wallaconia book cover
Hiding book cover
Boomerang book cover
Beyond a Darkened Shore book cover
The Outcast book cover

Finally! School is almost over and soon you will have time to read whatever you want. It's hard to know where to start though - a lot of new books have come out while you've been toiling away at senior essays, standardized testing, and textbooks. You could start with the Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award nominees for 2018, or maybe look at the YALSA 2018 Teens' Top 10? Or, how about a Personalized Reading List, custom-made for you by librarians who love teen reads as much as you do?

Requesting a personalized reading list is a snap - just fill out the form, tell us what you like and don't like (The Odyssey, The Bluest Eye, Calculus for Dummies) and what you want to read or listen to next, and we'll email you a response with 5-7 title suggestions in a week. If you need help knocking out your summer reading list, we can help with that too - just ask!

Just in case you're shy or just too busy right now, you'll find a short list of titles below, one of which may catch your eye. Click on the title to put it on hold, and soon, it will be winging its way to the branch of your choice. Happy summer reading!

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian - it has always been girls scooping cones at Meade Creamery, going back to WWII days. Now Molly Meade, the matriarch, is gone and her grandson is in town and ready to make some changes. But he'll have to get past Amelia, now managing the ice cream shop, who respects the traditions and families formed around this venerable institution.

Wallaconia by David Pratt - Jim is about to turn 18, and is convinced that losing his virginity with his girlfriend will make him feel "normal." Then a neighbor asks for some help in his shop during a holiday rush, and Jim starts to question what normal really is. This is a wonderful portrayal of the relationship between an older mentor and a young man, as the latter discovers his sexuality.

Hiding by Henry Turner - a teen who is very good at breaking and entering and hiding conceals himself in his ex-girlfriend's basement, then finds himself trapped. This tense psychological thriller explores family secrets and concealed truths, and more than a little bit about what goes on in one teen's somewhat twisted head.

Boomerang by Helene Dunbar - five years earlier, twelve year old Michael Sterling felt like he had no choice but to run away from home. His alcoholic mother is neglectful and makes her living dancing in a strip club. He stows away in a builder’s truck then reinvents himself as Sean Woodhouse. For the next five years, he lives in seclusion with the Woodhouses where he is homeschooled and befriends neighbor, Trip Marchette. When he returns home to collect an inheritance, he finds that he is not the only one who has changed.

Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake - the people of Mide have always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn but the entire world. 

The Outcast by Taran Matharu - when stable boy Arcturus accidentally summons a demon and becomes Hominum's first common summoner, he becomes the key to a secret that the powerful overlords would do anything to keep hidden. Whisked away to Vocans Academy so he can be kept watch over, Arcturus finds himself surrounded by enemies. But he has little time to settle in before his life is turned upside down once again, for Hominum Empire is in turmoil. This is the prequel to Matharu's fantastic Summoner series!