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Jun 21

Summer Reading!

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

MurphyS.jpgWith the summer upon us, you may find yourself with more time to read a book or start a new series.  I know that I am constantly trying out new books in the summer, whether it is a beach read or an author I cannot wait to read again.  One thing that always seems popular in the summer is the Harry Potter series.  No matter the age, Harry Potter seems to be one of those favorite summer reads because there is finally enough time to devote to reading all seven books.  And now that the school libraries are closed, lots of kids come in looking for a series that they started over the school year, or an author that they had read in class and really liked. 

Below is a list of series and authors that kids and adults may enjoy!

The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley

Description: Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.

Lunch Lady by Jarrett Krosoczka

Description: Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered about their school lunch lady, but little do they know, Lunch Lady doesn't just serve sloppy joes -- she serves justice -- and whatever danger lies ahead, it is no match for her.

Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson

Description: Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, is hired to be hologramed as a Disney World park "guide" but soon finds himself being transported into the Magic Kingdom in the dead of night to help fight a group of Disney villains, led by Maleficent, who want to take over Disney World--and maybe more.

Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

Description: Takes a humorous look at the normal way cats behave, why it is inappropriate for humans to behave that way.

39 Clues by various authors

Description: When their beloved aunt--matriarch of the world's most powerful family--dies, orphaned siblings Amy and Dan Cahill compete with less honorable Cahill descendants in a race around the world to find cryptic clues to a mysterious fortune.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan

Description: Percy Jackson, who is dyslexic and has ADHD, can never seem to stay out of trouble; his life becomes even more complicated when he finds out that he is actually the son of the Greek god Poseidon. He is sent to Camp Half-Blood where he meets other young demigods and soon becomes involved in exciting quests and adventures battling mythological creatures and the evil Titan Lord Kronos.

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Description: Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for "bad kids," find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.

Charlie Bone (Children of the Red King) by Jenny Nimmo

Description: Charlie Bone's life with his widowed mother and two grandmothers undergoes a dramatic change when he discovers that he can hear people in photographs talking.

For kids that that want to be challenged this summer, the library has the Summer Reading Program that allows them to keep track of their minutes and earn achievements.  This year, we have three levels of achievement: Bronze, Silver & Gold.  For more information, stop by the library or visit our website at http://www.flwlib.org/index.aspx?nid=130.

Don’t think we have forgotten about the teens!  Now is the time when teens are not bogged down by homework assignments, sports events and extracurricular activities.  So, all those books teens wanted to read during the year, but didn’t have time for, this is their opportunity to catch up!

Below is a list of series and authors that teens and adults may enjoy!

Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans

Description: Michael Vey, a fourteen-year old who has Tourette's syndrome and special electric powers, finds there are others like him, and must rely on his powers to save himself and the others from a diabolical group seeking to control them.

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Description: Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Description: A fearful sixteen-year-old princess discovers her heroic destiny after being married off to the king of a neighboring country in turmoil and pursued by enemies seething with dark magic.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Description: As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Description: Visiting their grandparents in Connecticut, siblings Kendra and Seth Sorensen discover a secret sanctuary for mythical and magical creatures called Fablehaven and learn that its caretaker is their grandfather. The siblings become involved in protecting and defending Fablehaven from outside forces and saving the creatures from evil and plagues.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Description: In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Description: In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Description: Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

Legend by Marie Lu

Description: In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Description: As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.

Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan

Description: Join Will Treaty, an apprentice Ranger, as he endeavors to protect the kingdom of Araluen under the guidance of his mentor Halt and with the help of his best friend Horace in this action-packed fantasy series.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Description: A veteran of years of simulated war games, Ender believes he is engaged in one more computer war game when in truth he is commanding the last fleet of Earth against an alien race seeking the complete destruction of Earth.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Description: Set in an alternate present-day Manhattan where humans unwittingly live side-by-side with monsters, demons, fairies, and all manner of supernatural beings, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

The library also has a combined Adult & Teen Summer Reading Program this year.  For every book read, you get entered into a weekly drawing for a chance at a travel mug and your choice of 2 free books.    For more information about the Adult & Teen Summer Reading Program, stop by the library or visit our website at http://www.flwlib.org/index.aspx?nid=141.

The library will also be holding a drawing for all registered participants in the Summer Reading Program for “Gathering on the Green” tickets, but you must be registered by June 29th!

Have a great summer and happy reading!