Amanda Brice’s 2013 Summer Reading List for Tweens & Teens

Summer vacation is looming in my house. That big blank spot on the calendar, which I am woefully unprepared for. I have two kids, 13 and 10, girl and boy. Both voracious readers with very different tastes. Five more days of school, then we enter the abyss.

In a panic, I turned again to my friend, the brilliant author Amanda Brice for help. My daughter has read and loved all of Amanda’s Dani Spevak mysteries, and while I really wanted Amanda to write a few dozen more of the dance-world set mysteries before next Tuesday, that wasn’t really feasible, so instead she compiled this list of mysteries for Tweens and Teens.

We are opening up the comments today for middle grade and young adult book recommendations in any genre. On Thursday I will post a PDF of all the books recommended by Amanda as well as all the recommendations from our readers, so be sure to come back on Thursday for a library/shopping list. One lucky commenter will win a copy of Amanda’s PAS DE DEATH plus one of the books recommended by Amanda (winner’s choice) for the voracious reader in their life!

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Thank you to Rachel and the rest of the Kill & Thrill ladies for hosting me today. I had so much fun making summer reading suggestions last year, I’m delighted to make this an annual tradition. Here’s to great summer reading for years to come!

Now that school is out (or will be shortly), moms and dads across the country are faced with the task of what to do with their kids for the next 2 months or so. I can’t help you with summer camps or childcare of occupying their every waking hour, but in keeping with the suspense theme of this blog, I can help provide you with a list of awesome YA and middle grade mysteries!

These books are in no particularly order, so please don’t try to interpret it as a ranking of preference. But they are just some of my faves, and I hope they’ll come your kids’ faves, too.

For the Tweens:

Chomp by Carl Hiassen

Wahoo Cray lives in a zoo. His father is an animal wrangler, so he’s grown up with all manner of gators, snakes, parrots, rats, monkeys, snappers, and more in his backyard. The critters he can handle.  His father is the unpredictable one.

When his dad takes a job with a reality TV show called “Expedition Survival!”, Wahoo figures he’ll have to do a bit of wrangling himself—to keep his dad from killing Derek Badger, the show’s boneheaded star, before the shoot is over. But the job keeps getting more complicated. Derek Badger seems to actually believe his PR and insists on using wild animals for his stunts. And Wahoo’s acquired a shadow named Tuna—a girl who’s sporting a shiner courtesy of her old man and needs a place to hide out.

They’ve only been on location in the Everglades for a day before Derek gets bitten by a bat and goes missing in a storm. Search parties head out and promptly get lost themselves. And then Tuna’s dad shows up with a gun . . .

It’s anyone’s guess who will actually survive “Expedition Survival”. . . .

The 39 Clues Book 1: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

The first book in this groundbreaking multimedia series sends readers around the world on the hunt for the 39 Clues. Written by #1 NYT bestseller Rick Riordan, and backed by $100,000 in prizes!

Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: “You have a choice – one million dollars or a clue.”

Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world’s most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 Clues hidden around the world will reveal the family’s secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what’s important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.

NOTE: Each of the books in this series is written by a different famous author: Gordon Korman, Peter Lerangis, Margaret Peterson Haddix, David Baldacci, Clifford Riley, etc.

Last Shot by John Feinstein

Steven Thomas is one of two lucky winners of the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association’s contest for aspiring journalists. His prize? A trip to New Orleans and a coveted press pass for the Final Four. It’s a basketball junkie’s dream come true!

But the games going on behind the scenes between the coaches, the players, the media, the money-men, and the fans turn out to be even more fiercely competitive than those on the court. Steven and his fellow winner, Susan Carol Anderson, are nosing around the Superdome and overhear what sounds like a threat to throw the championship game. Now they have just 48 hours to figure out who is blackmailing one of MSU’s star players . . . and why.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Sailing toward dawn, and I was perched atop the crow’s nest, being the ship’s eyes. We were two nights out of Sydney, and there’d been no weather to speak of so far. I was keeping watch on a dark stack of nimbus clouds off to the northwest, but we were leaving it far behind, and it looked to be smooth going all the way back to Lionsgate City. Like riding a cloud. . . .

Matt Cruse is a cabin boy on the Aurora, a huge airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferrying wealthy passengers from city to city. It is the life Matt’s always wanted; convinced he’s lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist’s granddaughter that he realizes that the man’s ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.

In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor

Kids who grew up with Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy picture books can spend some quality time with their BFF: Nancy Clancy is now starring in her novels!

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth is the first in a series of delightful middle-grade mysteries. Sassy Fancy Nancy is now a detective. When one of her classmate’s most special possessions disappears from school, it’s up to Nancy to save the day. With the help of her friend Bree, she follows the clues to an unexpected source.

Fans of Nancy Drew’s Clue Crew will be happy to see a new Nancy join the ranks of super sleuths.

Gone by Michael Grant

In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.

Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.

Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…

For the Teens:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel” in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.

Paper Towns by John Green

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers. (Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery.)

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

protect the diamonds

survive the clubs

dig deep through the spades

feel the hearts

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail.

That’s when Ed becomes the messenger.

Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

A 2005 Michael L. Printz Honor Book and recipient of five starred reviews, I Am the Messenger is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love by the author of the extraordinary international bestseller The Book Thief.

Investigating the Hottie by Juli Alexander

Peterson. Amanda Peterson. When my life suddenly turns into the Princess Diaries meets Mission Impossible, can I do in a week what I haven’t managed to do in all my fifteen years—reel in a hottie?

When Amanda spends a week with her aunt, Christie, she learns that her aunt is a spy. Christie admits that Amanda has security clearance and has already started her training. When her aunt asks her to investigate a teenage hacker, Amanda thinks that spending time with a nerd should be doable despite her social ineptitude. Unfortunately for Amanda, the hacker is a hottie.

Also Known As by Robin Benway

Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She’ll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school’s security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.

Demons of the Rich and Famous by Tawny Stokes

Supernatural possession is the new “disease” and teen exorcist Caden Butcher is the cure…

Caden Butcher, known as the whiz-kid exorcist to the stars, loves the Hollywood limelight. Or at least that’s what he wants people to believe so he can earn enough cash from his high profile exorcisms to take care of his ailing father. The problem is, not everyone’s happy with Caden’s star status, particularly Remy Martin, a high ranking member of the International Order of Exorcists, who suspects the truth, that these Hollywood exorcisms are staged with the help of Caden’s demon BFF, Dan.

So when a real exorcism goes bad and a nasty demon jumps bodies, the crap hits the supernatural fan. The Order strips Caden of his exorcism license right before he discovers the unleashed demon is one he knows well, very well. This demon is hell bent on destroying Caden’s life and everyone else who gets in his way. Now with the help of his demon buddy, and Caden’s girlfriend Aspen Spencer, a necromancer in training, Caden must defy the Order, track down the rogue demon and send him back to hell before it’s too late.

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

What if the world’s worst serial killer…was your dad?

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he’s also the son of the world’s most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could–from the criminal’s point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo’s Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret–could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

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Thank you, Amanda, for putting together such a great list! Now it’s time for me to add my own recommendation:

Pas De Death by Amanda Brice

pas de deux: (NOUN: pl. pas de deux)
1. A dance for two, especially a dance in ballet consisting of an entrée and adagio, a variation for each dancer, and a coda.
2. A close relationship between two people or things, as during an activity.

pas de death (NOUN: yeah … totally made up)
1. A dance of death.
2. When Dani Spevak stumbles over a dead body and gets into another crazy situation.

Aspiring ballerina Dani Spevak is back home for the summer, recovering from an injury. What was supposed to be a simple day trip into New York City to visit her friends at the Manhattan Ballet Conservatory turns deadly when Dani discovers that the world of professional dance can be cutthroat — literally.

Please give us your recommendations for teens and tweens in the comments, all genres welcome! One lucky commenter will get a copy of PAS DE DEATH and their pick of one of the books Amanda recommended.

About Rachel Grant

Former archaeologist & four-time Golden Heart® finalist, I write romantic suspense where archaeology, politics, and war collide.

Posted on June 11, 2013, in book recommendations, Guest blog, Rachel Grant and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 74 Comments.

  1. Terrific list, Rachel and Amanda! My daughter loved THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky. It’s on my TBR list for this summer. The other book I’d like to read is THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak. Happy summer reading!!

  2. Eat Your Math Homework by Ann McCallum is a lot of fun — a cookbook for kids that illustrates math concepts from probability trail mix to tessellating brownies. The math and recipes hold the interest of a wide age group, too.

    Thanks for being here Amanda. Pas de Deux is great.

  3. Thanks for bringing more suggestions, Amanda! Rachel, props for inviting her back. 🙂 I can always use good suggestions for my teen boys. They’re hard to find books for. Both of them really liked Harlan Coben’s Mickey Bolitar book SHELTER. His next installment SECONDS AWAY is on their list for this summer.

    Can’t wait for the full list on Thursday!

  4. The nancy drew mystery series is really good.

  5. A great list, Amanda! Now to carve out some more reading time.

  6. Good morning! Okay, I have a bunch of recommendations – all from my daughter. I’ll be posting them throughout the day.

    And because I’m a mom and think it’s adorable (also to prove these recommendations really come from my 13-year-old), I’ll be posting her handwritten list on FB and Twitter – and deciphering her terrible spelling. You’ll be able to see her list at: https://www.facebook.com/RachelGrantauthor and https://twitter.com/rachelsgrant.

  7. Amanda is having trouble commenting through WordPress. Hopefully that will be fixed soon, but in the meantime, I’m going to pass on one of Amanda’s recommendations.

    Amanda says the Shadow Falls series by CC Hunter is soooo good!

  8. Great list (which I will probably be grabbing books from.)
    It was never a challenge to get my daughters to read – it was the youngest son. Then he found Harry Potter, moved on to Narnia and fell in love with the Lemony Snickett series.
    Anything to keep them reading was my motto.

    • Thanks, Nan! No reading list is complete without Harry Potter. Not only did I love those books, but I’m grateful to JK Rowling for showing my son that reading is exciting and fun.

  9. Thank you, ladies. This is a wonderful idea. I have two books I’d like to add, one that is available now and another that will be released in July. DISCOVERY by Lisa White is a wonderful paranormal YA romance, the first in a series, in which a teenage waitress and her best boy friend battle evil forces in a world where superheroes are real. DISCOVERY is available now. The second novel is the forthcoming VIGILANTE NIGHTS by Erin Richards. The premise is gripping, involving twins who are separated by death, but who maintain a supernatural connection as the survivor seeks vengeance for his sister’s demise. VIGILANTE NIGHTS will be released on July 18, 2013, and is available for pre-order.

  10. I’m not much for MG books, but I did read Carl Haissen’s HOOT back when it was first released and thought it was pretty neat.

    For teens (and adults, too!) Steve Brezenoff’s BROOKLYN, BURNING blew me away. The story of Kid falling in love, told over two meltingly hot Brooklyn summers, was a beautiful and beautifully told story (and I got it out of the library!) Honestly, this is my go-to YA recommendation. I heart this book so hard.

  11. Agree with the CC Hunter series (a great friend and mentor for years), and SOPHIE JORDAN’s FIRELIGHT series (Hollywood rights bought on proposal alone!) and MARY LINDSAY’s SHATTERED SOULS.

  12. I just posted pictures of my daughter’s list on Twitter and will head back there in a bit to decipher her writing. In the meantime, I need to list a few of her recommendations here.

    My daughter’s notation: “★ are ones I realy realy reomend.” She gets her spelling skilz from me.

    ★Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan

    ★Wreckless by Bria Quinlan

  13. Here is a recommendation from a friend on my Facebook page:

    Does she like historical fiction? Just finished reading the second of the “His Fair Assassin” trilogy (third not out till next spring) about convent-trained young female assassins in 15th century Brittany. Based on historical events and well-written, a little romance too. By Robin LaFevers.

  14. I loved TWO-WAY STREET by Lauren Barnholdt – one of my favorite He Said/She Said books. THE SCORPIO RACES just won me over like I couldn’t believe. I didn’t see falling in love with it coming at all. EASY – not really YA. The first “big” NA of this run at the genre, but I’d recommend it to older YA readers in a heartbeat – Also, give it to every girl about to go off to college so she understands what’s out there. I’ll second Rachel’s daughter’s rec of MAID OF SECRETS by Jenn McGowan. I can’t WAIT for the next one…

    Sooooo many good books. Also, Anne. I’ll always stand by Anne of Green Gables 🙂

  15. More recommendations from Amanda. So sorry she can’t post right now!
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    Anyway some more suggestions for teens (that have not been mentioned yet):

    BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS by P.T. Michelle
    PRIDE’S RUN by Cat Kalen
    FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund
    WRECKLESS by Bria Quinlan
    INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows
    CATCHING JORDAN by Miranda Kenneally
    ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen
    DEFIANCE by CJ Redwine
    QUEEN BEE OF BRIDGERTON by Leslie DuBois
    MYSTERY AT OCEAN DRIVE by Jan Hurst-Nicholson
    CINDERELLA IN SKATES by Carly Syms
    SUDDENLY ROYAL by Nichole Chase
    TOTALLY TUBULAR by Gwen Hayes
    MODEL SPY by Shannon Greenland

    And of course, check out the suggestions I gave in last year’s edition of this list. Still awesome, all of them.

  16. Another rec from Amanda:

    DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Darynda Jones

  17. I’ll be posting book covers/Amazon links for recommended books throughout the day, but I know I’ll never keep up!

  18. Another rec from my Facebook page:

    The Infinite Summer by Greta Rose Evans http://amzn.to/YPyJvH

  19. Great blog, Rachel! And a special thanks to your daughter for her recommendations! For teens I will add my voice to the recommendations for Shelter, and Welcome Caller This is Chloe. I read and loved both those books myself.

    For middle-graders I highly recommend the Narnia series by CS Lewis, the Little House on the Prairie series, Caddie Woodlawn, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, anything Goosebumps. Hmm. I’m a little heavy on the classics here. Guess I haven’t read the newer middle grade stuff, but I must add these timeless books to the list.

    • A note from Amanda:

      Chasing Puberty is recommended reading in some middle school health classes. I thought that was pretty cool! I haven’t read that one, but loved Through the Eyes of a Geek.

      ~~~~~

      How cool! Will definitely check out Chasing Puberty for my daughter!

  20. Time for more recommendations by my daughter. There are so many! I’ll post covers for all the ones she starred on her list.

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer

    Defiance by C.J. Redwine

  21. I totally second ALL of Jodi Meadows books (yes, all of them *hugs secret copy of Book 3 woo hoo) And of course, Gwen Hayes. It always feels like cheating to rec Gwen, but I totally believe in here and LOVE her stuff.

    I’d add Sarah Dessen’s JUST LISTEN. I love all her stuff, but this would be my favorite.

    I keep thinking of more books *will not bombard the list*

  22. I’ll make a quick plug for my own book – Feyland: The Dark Realm, a YA fantasy where high-tech computer gaming meets the treacherous Realm of Faerie. And yes, my daughter is one of my beta-readers. 🙂

  23. One of my favorite grown-up mystery writers, Jane Casey, has a YA mystery out now called HOW TO FALL. Here’s a link to it in Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16138782-how-to-fall

    And, I’m looking forward to GH winner in YA, Romily Bernard’s FIND ME which comes out September 24. Here’s the Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13645069-find-me

    Love seeing all these suggestions!

  24. More recs from my daughter:

    The Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce

    For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

  25. A rec from me (and my daughter and husband):

    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

    My son is currently reading this book to get ready for the movie in the fall. We saw the trailer before Star Trek a few weeks ago and my daughter and I were both squealing with joy. Can’t wait.

  26. More recs from my daughter.

    Anything by Rick Riordan

    Eragon by Christopher Paolini

  27. Books both my daughter and I loved:

    Cold Magic by Kate Elliott

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

    Harry Potter (of course!) already linked above.

  28. Oops. Forgot one – this is also a rec from both my daughter and me.

    Anything by Shannon Hale. We started with Princess Academy, but she wrote The Goose Girl on her list, so I’m guessing that one is her favorite.

  29. My daughter also gave a star to Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell and is looking forward to the upcoming Goodbye, Rebel Blue.

  30. Thanks Amanda and Rachel!! Finding out a school in Boston is using Chasing Puberty in their classroom meant so much. It’s already been mentioned, but Amanda’s Dani Spevak is awesome. Trish Milburn’s book White Witch is a recommended read for sure. http://www.amazon.com/White-Witch/dp/B009M5FGRG/ref=la_B00350UE26_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370977466&sr=1-5

  31. And finally, it will be no surprise my daughter gave a star to Amanda Brice’s Dani Spevak series. She really loves these books!

    She can’t wait until Amanda’s next series launches in the fall!!

  32. I am reading “Savvy” and though I am only partway through, it is riveting. If the rest of the book is anything like the beginning, it is a must read!

  33. Here are my daughter’s Middle Grade books recommendations (she added the note “can still be enjoyed by older people”)

    The City of Ember by by Jeanne Duprau
    The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman
    The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart and Carson Ellis
    Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
    Anything by Rick Riordan
    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari

  34. I could go on (and on) with historical titles but my niece just read an old favorite of mine – and loved it! THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND by Elizabeth George Speare. 🙂

  35. Here are her YA recommendations:

    Oh. My. Gods. by TeraLynn Childs
    Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
    Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1) by Susan Ee
    The Blemished by Sarah Dalton
    Divergent by Veronica Roth
    Unwind (Unwind Dystology) by Neal Shusterman
    I Am Number Four (The Lorien Legacies) by Pittacus Lore
    The Childe by C.A. Kunz
    Matched by Ally Condie
    Anything by Ally Carter
    The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
    Firelight by Sophie Jordan
    The Candidates (Delcroix Academy, Book 1) by Inara Scott
    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

  36. Whew! I think that’s all of my daughter’s book recs! Can you see why I need a stockpile of books heading into summer?!

    Keep the recommendations coming! She often reads a book in just a few hours and we’ve got 2 1/2 months to fill.

  37. When looking for a book for my teenage daughter I try to find a book that will not only entertain her but will motivate and inspire her. If I can find a book with a strong lead heroine I will usually pick it up 🙂 I think it’s so important for young girls to read about self sufficient, intelligent leads! There are so many books out there about girls falling in love and losing themselves in the relationship. The book that I have to recommend that meets all of my criteria is “The Beat on Ruby’s Street” by author Jenna Zark (http://www.jennazark.com). Ruby is 12 going on 30 and her stubbornness and humor seems to aid in quite a few bad decisions! Ruby lives in Greenwich Village and dreams of meeting the famous poets of her time (e.g. Jack Kerouac) while writing her own poetry. Instead, she is accused of trying to steal fruit from a local vendor and ends up in a children’s home. The book goes into detail about the “Beat Generation” a fascinating culture that rebels against mainstream society. Ruby’s parents have taught her creative freedom and to fend for herself but her lack of real schooling and structure ultimately lead to her poor choices. Once in the children’s home Ruby has to follow her heart to get back to her parents and to the life she once knew. A book that I enjoyed and my daughter enjoyed! I hope you and your teens/pre-teens will give it a read!

  38. I LOVE seeing all these amazing recs!!! And of course, so many I would have recommended have already had shout outs (i’m looking at Bria for taking my fav SCORPIO RACES–outta my head!)

    I don’t believe I saw these on this list, but for the paranormal fans in the house, these are must reads and SERIES books!

    Melissa Marr’s WICKED LOVELY series

    Cassandra Clare’s MORTAL INSTRUMENT series AND her historical companion series INFERNAL DEVICES

    Looking for unique dystopian? Check out…
    BIRTHMARKED & PRIZED by Caragh M. O’Brien (i think there’s a third by i haven’t read it yet)

    Happy Reading 😉

  39. I want to thank Amanda for all her wonderful book recommendations! So sorry WordPress wasn’t behaving and she couldn’t comment yesterday.

    It’s not too late to recommend books for the PDF file that will be posted tomorrow. I’ll compile the list late afternoon PST so keep those suggestions coming!

    Don’t forget one lucky commenter will receive a copy of PAS DE DEATH and one of the books Amanda suggested in the blog (winner’s choice)!

  40. Here is a recommendation that came to me via email:

    The Lance Temptation (The Edgemont Collection) by Brenda Maxfield

    ASIN: B00BERGAHU
    ISBN: 978-1483919034

  41. I love summer reading lists!
    I want to add my MG novel, The Devil’s Backbone (ISBN 978-0-9889826-0-4).
    Here are the links: Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/cg8loth
    BN.com: http://tinyurl.com/a4j5utu
    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17885923-the-devil-s-backbone
    Thank you for all the great reading recommendations.
    Rae Ann

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