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Christine Catallo, MLIS
Teen Librarian
(203) 259-0346 ext. 19

Jane Manners
Children's Librarian
(203) 259-0346 ext. 16


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Teen & Tween Summer Reading Program: Will Read for Nuggets

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 A new Summer Reading Program for teens and tweens going into Grades 6-12, designed to encourage young adults, our Pequoteens, to continue reading during the summer months by incorporating nuggets.

  • Choose a book on the list, and while you’re reading it, look for nuggets of information
  • It can be a quote that you really like, a character that you find interesting, a theme that’s captivating, or anything that inspires you
  • Record that nugget in your book journal
  • Your book journal can be your favorite notebook or a computer document
  • Write about as many nuggets as you like
  • Each nugget is a point, so the more nuggets you include in your journal, the more points you earn
  • At the end of the summer, bring your journal to the Teen Librarian, Christine, at Pequot Library
  • She’ll tally up the points
  • The three Pequoteens with the most points will win free chicken nuggets from Garden Catering, plus cash prizes

Teen Summer Reading List

  1. Gabi, a girl in pieces, by Isabel- From college applications, to her best friend’s pregnancy, to her own poetry, Gabi records her senior year of high school in her diary.
  2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz – Despite their differing backgrounds and personalities, Ari and Dante forge an unusual friendship that will reveal the mysteries of the universe and, more importantly, themselves.
  3. The Trouble in Me, by Jack Gantos – In his explosive memoir, Jack Gantos explores his own decline as a fourteen-year old into trouble.
  4. Love & Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch – After her mother’s death, Lina travels to Tuscany to spend the summer with the father she never knew. There, she finds her mother’s old journal and ventures on a journey of love and self-discovery.
  5. Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys – As World War II draws to a close, a ship carrying ten thousand refugees to freedom encounters disaster and what follows is a harrowing tale of triumph, tragedy and survival, based on a true, little-known story.
  6. Althea & Oliver, by Cristina Moracho – Althea and Oliver have been best friends since they were six, but when illness strikes Oliver, Althea decides that she wants more than friendship.
  7. Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby – Bone Gap is a town full of gaps in reality, gaps that people slip through. So when Roza disappears, the people of her town assumes that she has fallen through a gap, but Finn suspects something more.
  8. All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr – The events of World War II unite a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed member of the Hitler Youth in an extraordinary way.
  9. Devil in the White City, by Erik Larsen – During the 1893 World’s Fair, a serial killer strikes, using the appeal of the fair to lure in his victims.
  10. Dairy Queen, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock – Fifteen-year old D.J. lives and works on a dairy farm with her family. They live in a tense silence, not discussing any of the issues between them, until the summer D.J. decides to try out for her high school football team.
  11. Every Day, by David Levithan – Every day, A wakes up in a different body, a different life. To cope, he does not get attached to anybody in these various lives, until he meets Rhiannon.
  12. Check out the YA book of the week, on display at the Pequot Library and posted on our social media feeds for parental viewing
  13. Pick a book from your school reading list

Tween Summer Reading List

  1. Paper Wishes, by Lois Sepahban – After Pearl Harbor, ten-year old Manami and her family are sent to a Japanese prison camp in the American desert, where they must learn to rely on each other for hope.
  2. Secrets of the Dragon Tomb, by Patrick Samphire – Mars, 1816: in a world of proper manners and clockwork machines, twelve-year old Edward Sullivan sets out on a harrowing journey across the Martian wilderness to save his parents.
  3. Pax, by Sara Pennypacker – Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued Pax as a kit. When Peter’s father enlists him in the army, the two friends are forced to part and so begins a journey of reunion.
  4. The Thickety: a path begins, by J.A. White – Kara’s village lives in fear of the mysterious forest, called the Thickety, but it is in the Thickety that Kara’s adventure begins.
  5. The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud – Nathaniel is a magician’s apprentice who gets a little more than he bargained for when he summons the cunning, wisecracking djinni, Bartimaeus.
  6. The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman – Bod has grown up in a graveyard, where he has been raised by ghosts and now must learn to navigate a life between the living and the dead.
  7. When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead – Miranda lives in New York City with her mom and is always searching for the fantastic, so when cryptic notes begin to arrive, she suspects something magical may be at hand.
  8. The Underdogs, by Sara Hammel – Twelve-year olds Evie and Chelsea investigate the mysterious death of a local teen beauty whose body was discovered in the pool at an elite tennis club.
  9. Wishing Day, by Lauren Myracle – On the third night of the third month after a girl’s thirteenth birthday, every girl in the town of Willow Hill makes three wishes. This is the story of Natasha’s three wishes.
  10. Holes, by Louis Sachar – After being blamed for stealing a pair of sneakers, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a camp for boys, where he is forced to dig holes. There, he discovers a mystery from the Wild West.
  11. The Giver, by Lois Lowry – A painless futuristic society is not the paradise it pretends to be.
  12. Check out the YA book of the week, on display at the Pequot Library and posted on our social media feeds for parental viewing
  13. Pick a book from your school reading list

 Happy Reading!

Registration is NOT required. The Will Read For Nuggets Teen Summer Reading Program begins on June 20th and will end on August 26th, 2016. Please call Christine Catallo at (203) 259-0346 ext. 19, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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