I got my first sunburn of the year, so why even risk going outside again….
Where the Rock Splits the Sky by Philip Webb
The heat makes it feel like a post apocalyptic desert anyways… (review)
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
There’s no shame in starting your summer with a slightly-cliche-yet-still-entertaining tale about a case of mistaken identity starting up some real vacation drama.
Before Wings by Beth Goobie
Two years after surviving an aneurysm, Adrien still finds herself torn between the worlds of the living and the dead. Now spending the summer working at her aunt’s camp, she’s struck with visions on the lake that will both reveal secrets and help her find her place in life. (note- I may or may not have *taken this from the discard pile at the library, so it’s a little older.)
Sign of the Raven by Julie Hearn
Think sort of like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children only there’s a gap for time travel in the basement. And a dying mother. And more British. And being saved by a smoothie. And…
(note- see earlier note about slightly older text)
Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
… because living in Missouri isn’t confusing enough. (Okay, but really. Harsh and emotional reminder to pay attention to those tornado sirens.)
The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
This was my #1 favorite book when I was little(r), and remains near the top even well past middle grade reading level. Who doesn’t daydream about learning they’re a mermaid?
**The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose
Summer doesn’t mean you can’t learn anything. Better yet, you can go on adventure that feels better than fiction. (review)
***The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond
Summer= late nights= sleep deprived brain going all over the place. What if I had superpowers? What if the Germans won WW2… (review)
(and to my fellow fair skinned fellas, remember that there is no such thing as “too much” sunblock)
*This was my senior year act of ****rebellion.
**Original title- The Churchill Club; Knud Pedersen and the Boys Who Challenged Hitler
***I swear it was an accident putting two Nazi centered books on this list, let alone right next to each other.
**** *****It’s just as lame in writing as it is in my head. Good to know.
***** Yes, this is a footnote about a footnote that was adding on to a footnote.