Check out the top 5 summer reads for teens
Summer is almost here, which means plenty of time to read whatever you want. In case you’re wondering where to start, take a look at the Teens’ Top Ten list, where teens from all over the country nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. This year’s list includes 20 fantastic titles. There’s something for everyone. Here’s a quick look at a few “unputdownable” choices from the nominated list to get you started.
“Turtles All the Way Down”
by John Green
Meet Aza Holmes, a high school student who struggles with anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student and maybe even a good detective while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. An emotionally intense book about love, resilience and the power of lifelong friendship.
“Wonder Woman: Warbringer”
by Leigh Bardugo
Meet Diana, Princess of the Amazons. She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: Wonder Woman. This is a coming of age story in which Diana proves to herself she is worthy of being an Amazon. But she’s not the only heroine in this story. Meet Alia, the “Warbringer” of the subtitle, a high school student who’s been hit with one tragedy after another. Together they will face an army of enemies and stand side by side against the tide of war.
“Long Way Down”
by Jason Reynolds
Meet 15-year-old Will Holloman. This novel in verse takes place in 60 potent seconds — the time it takes him to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother. With his brother’s gun tucked into his waistband, he gets on the elevator to head down from his eighth-floor apartment. But it’s a long way down to the ground floor.
“One of Us is Lying”
by Karen M. Mcmanus
Meet four students at Bayview High: Bronwyn, the brain; Addy, the beauty; Nate, the criminal; and Cooper, the athlete. When fellow student, Simon is found dead, they all become suspects in what, according to investigators, is murder. Told in alternating perspectives among the four, this fast-paced thriller will keep you guessing right up to the end.
“Strange the Dreamer”
by Laini Taylor
Meet twenty-year-old Lazlo Strange, an orphaned young librarian raised by monks. Since he was five years old, he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep and dreams of traveling across a dangerous desert to find it. With strange and whimsical fantasy worlds, sympathetic monsters, a star-crossed romance and a cliff-hanger ending, what more could readers ask for? The sequel, of course, coming in October.
Vote for your favorite books online starting in August. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/services/teens for more information.
These books are available at Off the Beaten Path and Bud Werner Memorial Library.
Alison Lambart is the teen services at Bud Werner Memorial Library.
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