It’s SUMMER!!! Time to hit the beach with a book or lounge by the pool with a cold drink.
Or, if you’re a kid, time to carve out a secret hide-away and spend a whole day lost in an imaginary world. Heck, this sounds pretty good as an adult, too!
Here are a few of my favorite books, along with several of my sons’. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. This book is simply stunning and reminds me a bit of Jellicoe Road and Revolution in how it feels. It’s the story of two British girls during World War II – one a spy and one a pilot – and what happens to them before and after being shot down over occupied France. Historical fiction.
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta. The second book in the Lumatere Chronicles, Froi builds on the world established in Finnikin of the Rock (one of my all-time favorite books). Beautiful story-telling, gorgeous prose, and characters that somehow repel and intrigue simultaneously. Fantasy.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Prague art student Karou knows little of herself. She’s been raised by a group of “monsters” who send her on errands around the world collecting teeth. And then one day she meets Akiva and nothing about her strange life seems right anymore. Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.
These are recommendations from my sons since I don’t read Middle Grade.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy. My 5th and 3rd grade sons LOVED this book. They spent a great deal of time discussing who the best was and whether or not girls would like this book (verdict: yes). Fantasy.
Lisel and Po by Lauren Oliver. My 3rd grader says this is the best book he’s ever read. I think it’s one of the prettiest books I’ve ever seen. I worried about the subject matter (dead parents, loss, loneliness), but as he told me, “It’s really about having an adventure and finding your real friends.” Fantasy.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherine M. Valente. I don’t know much about this one other than my kids thought it was great. Fantasy.
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier. A blind orphan who attends a school for thievery? My kids were sold right there. Fantasy.