Summer is the perfect opportunity to catch up on reading, plus maintain and strengthen reading comprehension and fluency skills. And with just a few weeks left before school starts, now is the time to do some end of summer reading!
Once the school year begins, most students will be too busy keeping up with their class assignments to read merely for pleasure. Over the summer Bookshare has added thousands of books, including many popular titles tweens and teens will love to read. In fact, did you know that Bookshare has the entire Twilight series, the Pretty Little Liars series, and the complete collection of Percy Jackson and the Olympians?
Download these books today and get in some end of summer pleasure reading before the school assignments start pouring in!
Here are some popular books that may pique your tween or teens interest:
Books to Movies
Beezus and Ramona – Nine-year-old Beezus Quimby has her hands full with her little sister, Ramona. Sure, other people have little sisters that bother them sometimes, but is there anyone in the world like Ramona?
Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal – Greg is a conflicted soul: he wants to do the right thing, but the constant quest for status and girls seems to undermine his every effort.
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel – Twin 15-year-old siblings Sophie and Josh Newman take summer jobs in San Francisco across the street from one another: she at a coffee shop, he at a bookstore owned by Nick and Perry Fleming. In the very first chapter, armed goons garbed in black with “dead-looking skin and… marble eyes” (actually Golems) storm the bookshop, take Perry hostage and swipe a rare Book (but not before Josh snatches its two most important pages).
The Hunger Games – In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games.
A Great and Terrible Beauty: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy – An interesting combination of fantasy, light horror, and historical fiction, with a dash of romance thrown in for good measure
Leviathan – “Full of nonstop action, this steampunk adventure is sure to become a classic.” – School Library Journal
The Gallagher Girls Series – Even though Ally Carter is the author of the popular Gallagher Girls series, she has never told anyone she loved them and then had to kill them. She does, however, frequently cross her heart and hope to spy.
The Luxe – The Luxe is a delicious portrait of late 19th century life for the teenage upper class of Manhattan. It is chock full of the glamour, romance and opulent splendor that existed during 1899 when class, status and wealth were the only things that mattered in life.
In Their Own Voices – Books by Tweens and Teens
Teen Ink: Our Voices, Our Visions – Written entirely by teens, TeenInk uniquely captures the essence of what it means to be a teenager. This collection of prose and poetry represents the honest, forthright and compelling moments that define their lives.
Eragon – While exploring the forest, 15-year-old Eragon discovers an odd blue gemstone—a dragon egg, fated to hatch in his care.
Check out the books by Margaret Peterson Haddix. My favorite is “Running Out of Time” but beware, the bookshare synopsis gives a spoiler, so try to download and read it without peeking at the synopsis. This book is about time travel but it isn’t science fiction. And it’s just as fun a read for adults as it is for kids.
Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception
Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie
All three of these books are by Maggie Stiefvater. I liked them a lot.