Notes from the Kids Staff: Vacation Reads


~post by Meghan G.

At our staff meeting this week, we decided to share our thoughts for a great vacation read. Here are some of the books we wouldn’t mind curling up with under a shady tree:

Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael Beil
Recommended for ages 8-12
“The perfect summer adventure! Nick does not want to leave New York City to spend the summer in a small town in Ohio (nothing to do and nobody to hang out with besides his younger sister). But then he makes a new friend, uncovers family secrets, solves a mystery, and finds a new love: sailing!”


Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool
Recommended for ages 8-12
“A wonderful summertime read that’s moody but not depressing, rich but not too complicated, puzzling but surprisingly easy to read. Early Auden is the younger brother of the school hero, lost in World War II. Now Early is lost (maybe a little bit crazy) and convinced that the numbers of Pi tell a vivid story of adventure, bravery, and danger. New student Jack Baker joins Early on a real life adventure in the Maine wilderness that’s as exciting as Pi’s stories.”


The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Recommended for ages 13+
“The books in this series are perfect summer reads. Filled with beaches, crushes, and first loves, what more could you ask for?”




Evermore by Alyson Noel
Recommended for ages 13+
“This book starts a fun and light series that’s perfect to dive into! Since the accident that claimed Ever Bloom’s family, Ever is left alone with a terrible secret. After the accident, Ever began seeing people’s auras, hearing their thoughts, and can know someone’s life with one touch. But the moment when Damen August steps into her life, all the voices quiet.”


Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Recommended for ages 13+
“In 1872, a young naturalist fell in love with the immortal mermaid Syrenka. In modern day Plymouth, Hester Goodwin is haunted by a family curse that means she can never fall in love or have children. How are these two facts connected, and can the mysterious stranger from the beach really help her lift the curse for good? You definitely want to read and find out.”

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