Friday, June 3, 2011

Fun Summer Reading List for Girls!

Does Nancy Drew make you yawn? Do you want books that last a little longer than the Dork Diaries? Before long you'll be fighting boredom with this collection of good reads.

The Molly Moon Series by Georgia Byng – When Molly discovers a strange book, she soon learns that she possesses the extraordinary ability to hypnotize people and animals, and oh, did I mention she can make time stand still? The books include a sprinkle of time travel, a tablespoon of magical crystals, and a heaping cup of girl power!

The Daring Book for Girls by Andrea J. Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz – This book isn't really for reading the whole way through; it's more for flipping through for fun activities and ideas. It's a great one to have by your side the whole summer! I mean, what other book tells you Japanese T-Shirt Folding, Fourteen Games of Tag, and How to Be a Spy?

There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar – Louis's books are always great summer reads, and this one is no exception. Wit and humor are added in the book throughout as you follow the amazing transformation of a boy that everybody hates.

Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke – I recommend these adventures to everybody. Read a review here!

Theodore Boone by John Grisham – Don't let the title fool you; this series is not just for boys! John Grisham's new series targeted for a younger crowd is great! Read the review here!

Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman – This humorous and adventurous tale gives you a realistic look at the diary of a noble teenage girl growing up in England during the Medieval time period.

The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling – Even if you're not a big fan of fantasy, give these books a try. They're great for drives to the beach or sitting poolside. Be prepared to think a little with these though.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry – All summer reading doesn't have to lack substance! This WWII dramatic tale set in Denmark is quite moving and highly recommended!

Agatha Christie – mysteries girls enjoy too; read a review here!

Nine Days a Queen by Ann Rinaldi – An historical novel about Lady Jane Grey who was Queen of England for just nine days when she was just 16 years old!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fun Summer Reading List (for boys, mostly)

If you’re a little too old for the Hardy boys and have already read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid 8 times, here are a few ideas to keep your summer reading on!

Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr) – the fourth book in this cycle comes out in November; read the review of Eragon here!

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke – read the review here!

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson – read the review here!

Ranger's Apprentice Series by John Flanagan – short, fun reads; it’s a series that must be read in order

Agatha Christie – mysteries we never get tired of; read a review here!

100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson – the first book in a series of 3, and rumor has it, they are making a movie!

Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson – a Disney World action/adventure series that might make you want to take a vacation to Florida

The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima – start out with The Warrior Heir in a 3 book series that’s best read in order

Theodore Boone by John Grisham – the best-selling author has a new series for a younger audience; read the review here!

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan – another series from the Percy Jackson author; read a review of The Red Pyramid here!

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan – and another series from the Percy Jackson author (book 2 comes out in October)

I Am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore – the book is better than the movie, and the next in the series comes out in August

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – the best-selling survival story of an American in WWII

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling – if you haven’t read these yet, you must

Brad Thor – a Tom Clancy style thriller author (contains some language) whose books can be read in any order; read a review here!