Summer Book List

Grab a book this summer and head to the beach! What better way to soak up some rays then in the pages of a good read!

(The following are books from The Horn Book, Inc. Summer Reading List)

For Kids
Grades: Preschool to 6th Grade

Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue
Written by Jon Agee
Ever-effervescent Agee fashions thirty-four comic tongue-twisting verses, each featuring daft characters and a succinct scenario.
Grade level: 1–4

The Pencil
Written by Allan Ahlberg
After a pencil draws a world into existence, it’s threatened by a thuggish eraser run amok in this wry, madcap, loving story of the power of artistic expression.
Grade level: K–3

Chicken Little
Written by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley
The Emberleys’ irreverent re-visioning of the classic folktale plays up the bird-braininess of the participants in Chicken Little’s ill-informed sky-is-falling crusade.
Grade level: Preschool–2

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
Written by Brian Floca
Floca selects the exact details to transform science into relatable experience in this artistic history of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Grade level: 1–4

Paddington Here and Now
Written by Michael Bond
Fans will be relieved to know that in this fiftieth-anniversary offering of new stories nothing has changed: Paddington gets into trouble, usually because of a misunderstanding, always ending in a glorious muddle.
Grade level: 1–3

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Rain or Shine
Written by Erica Silverman
Cowgirl Kate and cowhorse Cocoa return in four rainy-day adventures that highlight the close friendship between girl and horse.
Grade level: 1–3

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
Written by Jeanne Birdsall
Life for the four Penderwick sisters is going along as it should, until their father contemplates dating, prompting his panicked daughters to concoct a “Save-Daddy Plan.”
Suggested grade level: 4–6

Zorgamazoo
Written by Robert Paul Weston
Human Katrina and zorgle Morty journey to the planet Graybalon-4 and back in search of the missing zorgles of Zorgamazoo in this whimsical, well-constructed story told entirely in rhymed anapestic tetrameter.
Suggested grade level: 4–6

For Teens
Grades: 8th through 12th Grade

Graceling
Written by Kristin Cashore
Katsa’s hyper-developed talent, or Grace, makes her feared throughout the Seven Kingdoms, but a wicked cute, super-sensitive prince helps her harness it as they solve a mysterious kidnapping together.

Along for the Ride
Written by Sarah Dessen
Spending the summer with her father, terminally perky stepmother, and newborn half-sister, studious Auden expands her horizons.

The Reformed Vampire Support Group
Written by Catherine Jinks
An ill-assorted, amusingly pathetic group of vampires committed to not “fanging” humans investigates the slaying of one of their number in this offbeat Australian novel.

The Carbon Diaries 2015
Written by Saci Lloyd
In this brilliantly conceived speculative drama, South London teen Laura chronicles in biting journal entries the first year of Britain’s new, stringent carbon rationing system, the small indignities, extreme lifestyle changes, and growing civil unrest.

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
Written by Tanya Lee Stone
The story of the ultimately unsuccessful effort to get women into NASA’s Mercury astronaut training program is meticulously researched and thrillingly told by Stone using first- and second-hand sources, including interviews with many of the women and outstanding historical photographs.

The Uninvited
Written by Tim Wynne-Jones
After Mimi flees to her father’s cabin and meets her previously unheard-of half-brother, the two discover a disturbing problem: someone has been watching the house and repeatedly breaking in.

Looking for other book options? Visit The Horn Book, Inc. for a complete Summer Reading List for kids!

For Adults

Firefly Lane
Written by Kristin Hannah
A powerful novel of love, loss, and the magic of friendship. It's the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It's about promises and secrets and betrayals. And ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you, and knows what has the power to hurt you, and heal you.

Angels and Demons
Written by Dan Brown
The story follows Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, as he tries to stop what seems to be the Illuminati, a legendary secret society, from destroying Vatican City with the newly-discovered power of antimatter.

Nineteen Minutes
Written by Jodi Picoult
The novel is a riveting, poignant, and thought-provoking novel that has at its center a haunting question. Do we ever really know someone? It's an emotionally charged novel, which delves beneath the surface of a small town to explore what it means to be different in our society.

House
Written by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker
An epic supernatural thriller that gives a new meaning to the phrase "haunted house." A modern tale that will have readers searching their own spiritual pulse long after they reach the last page.

Have a book you'd like to suggest? Send your comments below and tell us about your summer reading list!

Also, check out a visual preview of some of the latest books to hit the shelves this spring/summer!


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