Here Comes Summer


With frost on the ground in lovely Central New York, it is hard to imagine that summer is right around the corner, but so it is, and with it comes the lazy days of summer vacation.  From now until August, Read & Shine will continue to bring you the latest and greatest in the children’s literature world just at a slightly slower pace in the form of a bi-weekly vs. a weekly newsletter.  What, you may ask, will they do with all their time now?

Well, just like you, your users, your patrons, and your students, we will be reflecting on the past year, catching up on some much-needed R&R, looking forward to a new school year, and of course, reading!   Check out these top YA book suggestions, courtesy of middle school English teacher Erin Gray, and be sure to put them on display for your summer readers.

9781442472426 Scythe
By: Neal Shusterman

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes’). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe–a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t.  Ages 12 and up.

0062349856 The heir
By: kiera cass

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story … but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.  Ages 12 and up

0553539485 How to hang a witch
By: Adriana Mather

Follows fifteen-year-old Samantha Mather, who has moved to Salem with her stepmother 300 years after her family hanged witches there, to find she is ostracized by the witch descendants at school, as she unravels the lost secrets of the hangings and her family.  Ages 12 and up

1478938358 The wild robot
By: Peter Brown

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? Most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz’s only hope is to learn from the island’s hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her. Heartwarming and full of action, Peter Brown’s middle grade debut raises thought provoking questions about the environment, the role technology plays in our world, and what it means to be alive.  Ages 8-11

006244588X The Hidden Memory of Objects
By: Danielle Mages Amato

Megan Brown’s brother, Tyler, is dead, but the cops are killing him all over again. They say he died of a drug overdose, potentially suicide — something Megan cannot accept. Determined to figure out what happened in the months before Tyler’s death, Megan turns to the things he left behind. After all, she understands the stories objects can tell — at fifteen, she is a gifted collage artist with a flair for creating found-object pieces. However, Megan now realizes that her artistic talent has developed into something more: she can see memories attached to some of Tyler’s belongings — and those memories reveal a brother she never knew. Enlisting the help of an artifact detective who shares her ability and specializes in murderabilia — objects tainted by violence or the deaths of their owners — Megan finds herself drawn into a world of painful personal and national memories. Along with a trusted classmate and her brother’s charming friend, she chases down the troubling truth about Tyler across Washington, DC, while reclaiming her own stifled identity with a vengeance.  Ages 14 and up

9780545540612 Ghosts
By: Scholastic

Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis–and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one.  Ages 8-12

0451477537 Rebel of the sands
By: Alwyn Hamilton

Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan’s army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji…and herself.  Ages 12 and up

9781481450157 Ghost
By: Jason Reynolds

Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential.  Ages 10 and up

9780545867474 Kill the boy band
By: Goldy Moldavsky

Four fan-girls of The Ruperts, sneak away to a hotel in Manhattan to see their favorite boy band, but when one of them literally drags Rupert Pierpont to their room and they tie him up, things get complicated–and when Rupert is killed things go from bad to worse.  Ages 15 and up

0062391992 The siren
By:Tiffany Reisz

Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again. Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude… until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And although she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny… and Kahlen doesn’t want to. Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.  Ages 11 and up

28374007 Three dark crowns
By: Kendare Blake

On the night of their sixteenth birthday, a set of triplet sisters, each born a queen with her own unique magical power, must fight each other to the death with the last queen standing getting the crown.  Ages 14 and up

1481452231 Six kids and a stuffed cat
By: Gary Paulsen

Six misfits get stuck together in a middle school restroom and discover friendship. Includes playscript of the story.  Ages 8-12

no-book Exit, pursued by a bear
By: E.K. Johnston

At cheerleading camp, Hermione is drugged and raped, but she is not sure whether it was one of her teammates or a boy on another team–and in the aftermath she has to deal with the rumors in her small Ontario town, the often awkward reaction of her classmates, the rejection of her boyfriend, the discovery that her best friend, Polly, is gay, and above all the need to remember what happened so that the guilty boy can be brought to justice.  Ages 15 and up

0553497812 The smell of other people’s houses
By: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Growing up in Alaska in the 1970s isn’t like growing up anywhere else: Don’t think life is going to be easy. Know your place. And never talk about yourself. Four vivid voices tell intertwining stories of hardship, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation.  Ages 15 and up

0062398903 A study in Charlotte
By: Brittany Cavallaro

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, students at a Connecticut boarding school, team up to solve a murder mystery.  Ages 14 and up


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