Summer 2021 edition
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It’s summer vacation, and Jake is convinced he’s about to have the worst summer ever. After his military father is injured fighting in Afghanistan, Jake is shipped off to his grandma’s house on an island with no access to wifi or video games. After a misadventure with his new friends, the kids find themselves doing community service checking the beach each morning for sea turtle nests. While Jake and his friends are learning more about nature and ecology each day, I was learning too. Peppering in animal facts and journal entries throughout, I felt like I was part of the group joining in on the adventure. I can’t wait to see what The Islanders get into next!
One Great Lie is your one-stop-shop for summer romance, intriguing mystery, a destination vacation, and men behaving badly. Charlotte earns a scholarship to a once-in-a-lifetime summer writing workshop with her favorite author, Luca Bruni, at his home in Venice. She’s so excited for a chance to write all summer and possibly search for more information about her ancestor Isabella’s poetry, she’s willing to overlook the discomforting feeling Luca gives her when he flirts with all the young girls in the program. Deb Caletti’s mastery of intriguing YA is evident in this latest novel from the Printz honoree.
Lee thinks she has everything figured out—she’s going to move in with her boyfriend, Vincent, after their high school graduation and collaborate on their podcast about relationships. When Vincent breaks up with her on air right after graduation, Lee finds out her parents are getting a divorce and she loses her job. Lee throws herself back into her work with the help of her friends and they create a new podcast called Indestructible Objects, exploring the love stories around them—exploring if love is real at all. Told in a fast-paced narrative with interspersed podcast scripts, this emotionally driven, LGBTQ‑friendly story is perfect for young people who are trying to figure out who they are.
The girls who belong to the Wild Ones found each other in times of need, saved by a boy made of stars who now requires their help. In a tiered world of humans, magical middle worlders, and the Between, the Wild Ones’ quest to protect Taraana draws them from Lebanon to Fiji to Taiwan to Turkey, each place with its own ancient histories. With screams as weapons, a shared language of pain, beautiful companionships, and a desire to better the lives of those they encounter, The Wild Ones welcome readers to an atmospheric fantasy world not unlike our own, opening conversations about the expectations placed on women, the burdens they carry, and the shapes of fear.