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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Reading ... FOR FUN

I normally refrain from quoting an author unless I can trace the exact origin of the quote, but I found this one quoted on some 20 or so somewhat reputable websites:  
Margaret Haddix and Hannah in 2012
“I was lucky enough not to face any required summer reading lists until I went to college. So I still think of summer as the best time to read for fun.”Margaret Peterson Haddix  
Here is a link to a video interview about READING with Margaret Peterson Haddix    Her Latest Novel -  Full Ride -- Becca’s claim to fame is one she’s been hiding from for the past three years: Her father is a notorious embezzler, and when he was caught, his excuse was, “How else is a guy like me supposed to put his kid through college?” ... But as college—and its cost—looms large, Becca begins to wonder how they’ll afford it.  -- from the publisher

Do certain books put you in the mood for vacation, or summer break?  
Sorry kids, I can't talk anyone out of required summer reading, but here are some books with summer themes that might put you in vacation mode.  


Books with Summer moods and motifs
descriptions provided by the publishers 


Swim the fly / Calame, Don.


Swim team members and best friends Matt, Sean, and Coop, set themselves the summertime goal of seeing a live girl naked, and while the chances of that happening seem very dim, Matt's personal goal to swim the one-hundred-yard butterfly to impress the new girl on the team seems even less likely to happen.
The Moon and more /Dessen, Sarah.
"During her last summer at home before leaving for college, Emaline begins a whirlwind romance with Theo, an assistant documentary filmmaker who is in town to make a movie."
Paper towns / Green, John,
One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness 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.
The Summer I turned pretty / Han, Jenny.
Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.
Girlfriend material / Kantor, Melissa.
Kate has never had a boyfriend. But while crashing at her mother's wealthy friends' home at Cape Cod for the summer, Kate meets Adam. But when her breezy summer romance with Adam becomes more complicated, Kate asks herself if she is girlfriend material.
Rules of summer: a novel / Philbin, Joanna.
"Poppy.".
Spending the summer working as an errand girl for the Rule family in the Hamptons, seventeen-year-old Rory befriends the family's teenaged daughter and develops feelings for their older son, but she finds that societal rules can be hard to break.
Monsoon summer / Perkins, Mitali.
Secretly in love with her best friend and business partner Steve, fifteen-year-old Jazz must spend the summer away from him when her family goes to India during that country's rainy season to help set up a clinic. Jasmine "Jazz" Gardner heads off to India during the monsoon season. The family trip is her mother's doing. But going to India isn't Jazz's idea of a great summer vacation.
This one summer / Tamaki, Mariko
Rose and her parents go on vacation to Awago Beach like they do every year, but this year Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting and she turns to her friend Windy for help dealing with her troubled family life.


How to ruin a summer vacation / by Simone Elkeles.
When sixteen-year-old Amy, a spoiled American, goes to Israel for a three-month summer vacation with a father she barely knows, she is not prepared for his Jewish family and the changes they bring about in her life.                                          
One Crazy Summer / Williams-Garcia, Rita. 
Eleven-year-old Delphine is like a mother to her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. She's had to be, ever since their mother, Cecile, left them seven years ago for a radical new life in California. When they arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with her, Cecile is nothing like they imagined. While the girls hope to go to Disneyland and meet Tinker Bell, their mother sends them to a day camp run by the Black Panthers. Unexpectedly, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern learn much about their family, their country, and themselves during one truly crazy summer.