The library is finally back open and summer is quickly approaching! This year the library is letting students check out books for the whole season. If you have a clear library account and need some great things to read during your time off, come by and check out some of these titles that are perfect for lazy summer days.
THIS ONE SUMMER BY MARIKO TAMAKI: "Rose and her parents go on vacation to Awago Beach like they do every year, but this year Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting and she turns to her friend Windy for help dealing with her troubled family life."
BURN BABY BURN BY MEG MEDINA: "Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Nora's family life isn't going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, and her father calls only on holidays. All Nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. And while there is a cute new guy who started working with her at the deli, is dating even worth the risk when the killer likes picking off couples who stay out too late?"
FOREVER SUMMER: LAGUNA COVE AND CRUEL SUMMER BY ALYSON NOEL: "Contains two novels, including Laguna Cove, in which Anne, a newcomer to Laguna Beach, California, decides to learn to surf to fit in, but her competition, Ellie, still will not give her a break; and Cruel Summer, iin which Colby Cavendish, having shed her dorky image, is looking forward to an exciting summer with the 'in crowd,' including handsome Levi Bonham, but she gains a new perspective on her life and priorities when she is shipped off to Greece instead to spend the season with her eccentric Aunt Tally."
THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY BY JENNY HAN: "Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different as she finds herself falling for a boy she has known since childhood."
BITTERSWEET BY MIRANDA BEVERLY-WHITTEMORE: "Winning a scholarship to a prestigious college where she befriends a beautiful girl of privilege, unassuming Mabel joins her friend during a lakeside summer surrounded by wealthy vacationers only to discover morally ambiguous truths about her friend's family fortune."
SECOND CHANCE SUMMER BY MORGAN MATSON: "After Taylor Edwards' family gets devastating news, they decide to spend one last summer all together at their lake house in the Pocono Mountains, they get to know each other again and bond, and Taylor remembers her past friends and crush."
WE WERE LIARS BY E. LOCKHART: "Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer."
ONE CRAZY SUMMER BY RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA: "In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp."
SHOW AND PROVE BY SOFIA QUINTERO: "Friends Smiles and Nike spend the summer of 1983 in the South Bronx working a job at a summer camp, chasing girls, and breakdancing."
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time set aside to spread the word about the importance of mental health. Below are some books that deal with different aspects of that subject, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. William Nicholson once said, "We read to know we are not alone." For those of you who struggle with mental health, you're not alone. Keep reading for some book recommendations that prove it.
FINDING AUDREY BY SOPHIE KINSELLA: "Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum."
DR. BIRD'S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS BY EVAN ROSKOS: "A sixteen-year-old boy wrestling with depression and anxiety tries to cope by writing poems, reciting Walt Whitman, hugging trees, and figuring out why his sister has been kicked out of the house."
THE NATURE OF JADE BY DEB CALETTI: "Seattle high school senior Jade's life is defined by her anxiety disorder and dysfunctional family, until she spies a mysterious boy with a baby who seems to share her fascination with the elephants at a nearby zoo."
FIG BY SARAH ELIZABETH SCHANTZ: "In 1994, Fig looks back on her life and relates her experiences, from age six to nineteen, as she desperately tries to save her mother from schizophrenia while her own mental health and relationships deteriorate."
SCHIZO BY NIC SHEFF: "A teenager recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown is driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother and becomes wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing."
MILES FROM ORDINARY BY CAROL LYNCH WILLIAMS: "Thirteen-year-old Lacey must face the reality of what life with her mother means for both of them as her mother's mental illness spins terrifyingly out of control."
HOW I MADE IT TO EIGHTEEN: A MOSTLY TRUE STORY BY TRACY WHITE: "The author shares her struggles with self-esteem, drug addiction, and depression; and describes how she admitted herself to a mental institution after she put her fist through a window. Presented in graphic novel format."
THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY BY LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON: "Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a 'normal' life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives."
LINCOLN'S MELANCHOLY: HOW DEPRESSION CHALLENGED A PRESIDENT AND FUELED HIS GREATNESS BY JOSHUA WOLF SHENK: "A dramatic reassessment of the life and era of Abraham Lincoln argues that America's sixteenth president suffered from depression and explains how Lincoln used the ailment and the coping strategies he had developed to deal with the crises of the Civil War and personal tragedy."
REASONS TO STAY ALIVE BY MATT HAIG: "In a moving and entirely relatable account, an internationally best-selling author shares his struggle with depression and, helping those who are confused or daunted by the illness, reveals how he was able to triumph over the disease on order to live again."
It's National Poetry Month, a time when poems and poets get an extra bit of appreciation. Not to be overlooked are novels in verse. I like this simple description of the form from NoveList's Krista Biggs: "Novels in verse showcase a variety of poetic forms and techniques while telling great stories."
Keep reading for a list of titles that do just that.
AUDACITY BY MELANIE CROWDER: "A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York."
INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN BY THANHHA LAI: "Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama."
KARMA BY CATHY OSTLERE: "Fifteen-year-old half Hindu, half Sikh Maya, having traveled from Canada to New Delhi to put her mother's ashes in their final resting place, finds herself in the middle of chaos after Indira Gandhi is assassinated and must disguise her identity and rely on a boy she just met in order to be reunited with her father and remain safe."
AFTER THE KISS BY TERRA ELAN MCVOY: "A novel in verse which follows the thoughts and frustrations of Becca and Camille, both involved with Alec, as they go through their final semester of high school."
THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY BY DAVID LEVITHAN: "A variety of students at the same high school describe their ideas, experiences, and relationships in a series of interconnected free verse stories."
SOLD BY PATRICIA MCCORMICK: "Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape."
UNDER THE MESQUITE BY GUADALUPE GARCIA MCCALL: "Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry."