GET A LOAD OF THESE TITLES (SUMMER READING RECOMMENDATIONS)

Seriously. You want to get your hands on these books.

RUBY STARR: THE FANTASTIC LIBRARY RESCUE AND OTHER MAJOR PLOT TWISTS – DEBORAH LYTTON

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Like Ruby Starr, I also believe that every good book should always have a sequel…one that reminds you how much you loved the first, but takes you on an even more imaginative adventure—the kind that encourages every reader to put pen to their own epic poem. Besides, who could ever pass up a good pickle cupcake or another delightful dose of Ruby Starr? Brava!

Snag a copy here.

AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER – JENNIFER SALVATO DOKTORSKI

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As a child of the ‘90s, Doktorski already had me at the title of this fantastic new read. But soon after wading into the pages, it became clear that AUGUST is Doktorski’s strongest work to date. A delightful mixtape of ‘90s music, humor, and the kind of young-summer-romance that makes a life-changing impact on the characters. What YA should be—do not let the summer get by without reading AUGUST!

Snag a copy here.

Happy summer reading!

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: SUPERFAIL

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I’m officially in love with this book!

SUPERFAIL:

Laser vision isn’t so hot when you’re cross-eyed, and supersonic flight’s a real downer when motion sickness keeps you grounded.

Twelve-year-old Marshall Preston is a Defective–a person with superhuman abilities that are restricted by some very human setbacks. While other kids are recruited to superhero teams, Marshall’s stuck in seventh grade with a kid who can run at super speed but can’t turn a corner, another with a radioactive peanut allergy that turns him into a swollen Hulk, and a telepath who reads everyone’s thoughts out loud.

Defectives like Marshall aren’t exactly superhero material, but when he uncovers a plot to destroy one of the greatest superhero teams of all time, Marshall and his less-than-super friends set out to prove that just because you’re defective doesn’t mean you can’t save the day.
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Illustrated by a Disney animator, SUPERFAIL has such great visual appeal. It’ll immediately suck in any comic book reader. I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of one of my favorite spreads (love his Vans):

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Also, I love the fact that SUPERFAIL isn’t purely a graphic novel; rather than relying only on conversation bubbles, the book includes paragraphs of text, making it perfect for the reader you’d like to edge closer to non-illustrated books:

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This pic’s a little dark, because I might still read under the covers. 😉

And it comes with an uplifting, feel-good story to boot! Highly recommended for those looking for gift books for young readers. Grab your own copy of SUPERFAIL.

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: THE GREAT CAT NAP

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Humor and intrigue aside, A.M. Bostwick’s penchant for literary description is spectacular.

My favorite passage opens chapter one:

“Outside the double pane window, leaves grew crispy and dry in the cold autumn wind. Their pigment was fading, transforming to crimson, copper, and gold. The wind shook the leaves loose and they fell below the barren branches. It was a beautiful way to die.”

What a tale! What a detective! What a cat! (Yes, cat. I’m a total sucker for animal narrators.)

Grab a copy of Bostwick’s THE GREAT CAT NAP.