Summer Reading

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What better time to grab a book, prop your feet up, and delve into a great story.

Here is a list of some books to accompany you on your travels, to join you on the beach, or to curl up with in the comfort of your own home.

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The Fault in our Stars by  John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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Looking for Alaska by  John Green

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

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The Book Theif by Markus Zusak

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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The Giver Series by  Lois Lowry

In the future, society has eliminated discord, converting everyone to “Sameness.” In three linked stories, Jonas, destined to hold memories of the time before Sameness; Kira, an orphan with a twisted leg; and healer Matty must discover the truth about their society and restore emotion, meaning and balance to their world.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

In a thought-provoking, coming-of-age novel, teenager Charlie struggles to cope with the complex world of high school. He deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs and the pain of losing a close friend and favorite aunt.

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Paper Towns by  John Green

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable bordom of his life, until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

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Flowers for Algernon by  Daniel Keyes

When brain surgery makes a mouse into a genius, dull-witted Charlie Gordon wonders if it might also work for him. It does … but then the mouse begins to regress.

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Speak by  Laurie Halse Anderson

After being raped at a party, teenage Melinda is unable to tell angry party-goers why she called the police — and eventually stops speaking all together. Speak follows Melinda as she overcomes her past, and finds her voice.

Some sites to review YA literature:

Young Adult Book Reviews

Athena’s Books

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