Tween/Teen Summer Reading List 2017
Building a Better World Teen Summer Reading Program 2017
This year’s summer reading theme, Build A Better World, is seen through the lens of building a stronger community through acts of service and charitable work, both locally and globally.
Sign ups for our 2017 Build A Better World Summer Reading program will begin at Miss Susan's Potluck & Campout on Friday, June 9 and will continue through Sunday, August 20 in the Children’s Library. For more information on the program, click here.
Below is a list of suggested, but not required reading.
1. Frogkisser, by Garth Nix (For high-schoolers) – Armed with a curse-breaking kiss, Princess Anya sets off on a fantastic and uproarious Quest to free her kingdom from the evil schemes of her stepstepfather.
2. X: A Novel, by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon (For high-schoolers) – Malcolm seeks freedom in the urban world of jazz and fancy suits, but he knows whatever freedom he finds is short-lived…
3. Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor (For high-schoolers) – The lost city of Weep has always haunted the orphan Lazlo Strange who never suspects that he’ll be given the opportunity to find and repair it.
4. The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas (For high-schoolers) – After witnessing the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter is forced to give her recounting of the community-shattering event.
5. Max, by Sarah Cohen-Scali (For high-schoolers) – Max is raised to be the perfect Aryan specimen under the Third Reich, but all of that changes when he befriends the young Jewish boy he is meant to loathe.
6. A Taste for Monsters, by Matthew J. Kirby (For high-schoolers) – Because of her disfigured face, Evelyn prefers ostracism, but when Jack the Ripper’s recently deceased victims begin to haunt her, she realizes that she must go out into the world and confront true monstrosity.
7. Unearthly Things, by Michelle Gagnon (For high-schoolers) – In this modern retelling of Jane Eyre, Janie travels to San Francisco to live with her mysterious relatives, the Rochesters, who are hiding a sinister secret.
8. The Careful Undressing of Love, by Corey Ann Haydu (For high-schoolers) – The girls of Devonairre Street don’t believe in the curse that states any man they love is doomed to die, but their disbelief dissolves when the boy they all adore dies suddenly and violently.
9. Loving vs Virginia, by Patricia Hruby Powell (For high-schoolers) – This novel tells the true story of the love between a white man and black woman and the obstacles they had to face in the segregationist South for their marriage.
10. A List of Cages, by Robin Roe (For high-schoolers) – When Adam Blake encounters his foster brother Julian after five years, he will stop at nothing to uncover the strange secrets that surround him.
11. Ronit & Jamil, by Pamela L. Laskin (For high-schoolers) – In this lyrical retelling of Romeo & Juliet, Ronit, an Israeli girl, and Jamil, a Palestinian boy, fall in love despite the generations of conflict between their countries.
12. City of Saints and Thieves, by Natalie C. Anderson (For high-schoolers) – In Sangui City, Kenya, a thief named Tina seeks revenge on the wealthy family that brought about her mother’s death.
13. The Upside of Unrequited, by Becky Albertalli (For high-schoolers) – Molly Peskin-Suso has resigned herself to the pangs of unrequited love, but all of that changes when her twin sister falls in love.
14. Bone Sparrow, by Zana Fraillon (For high-schoolers) – Subhi is a refugee born in an Australian permanent detention center, but his elaborate dreams and stories help carry him beyond his small world.
15. Gem & Dixie, by Sara Zarr (For high-schoolers) – Gem and Dixie are two sisters who have always relied on each other—and on one else, but when their father returns to their lives, Gem realizes that she may have to sever ties with her sister.
16. Forget Me Not, by Ellie Terry (For middle-schoolers) – Callie June is a girl with Tourette Syndrome who learns how to accept her differences after moving to a new town.
17. Lucky Broken Girl, by Ruth Behar (For middle-schoolers) – Ruthie Mizrahi, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant living in New York in the 1960s, realizes the sweetness of life when she’s confined to a body cast after a car accident.
18. Me and Marvin Gardens, by Amy Sarig King (For middle-schoolers) – Obe Devlin befriends a strange creature that eats only plastic and must decide if he should keep his newest friend a secret.
19. Short, by Holly Goldberg Sloan (For middle-schoolers) – Julia is very self-conscious about her shortness, but when she is cast as a Munchkin in a summer production of The Wizard of Oz, she learns how big she is on the inside, where it counts.
20. Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier (For middle-schoolers) – Cat and her family have moved to the cold seaside town of Bahía de la Luna for her sister Maya’s health. When they realize the town is haunted by ghosts, Cat must face her fears for her sake and her sister’s.