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Get Ready for Summer 2015

Get Ready for Summer

Get Ready for Summer 2015

It's time to think about summer reading. We're talking about the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back with and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf and great reading. We'll give you some fantastic ideas in our First Get Ready for Summer promotion. While the contest portion of this feature is now closed, we encourage you to take a gander at the list below for some great summer reading recommendations.

This year's featured titles include:

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL: Just My Rotten Luck by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
  • PIP BARTLETT'S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATUES by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce
  • STONEBIRD by Mike Revell
  • TREASURE HUNTERS: Danger Down the Nile by James Patterson


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Marsha from Pasadena, CA
Sarah from Hamilton, OH
DK READERS L2: LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Amazing Battles! by DK Publishing - Fiction


Discover a thrilling new world of action with the latest 2015 LEGO® DC Comics™ Super Heroes. Featuring a host of fun characters, DK's new Level 2 reader, LEGO® DC COMICS™ SUPER HEROES: AMAZING BATTLES!, showcases some of DC's most notorious villains as they plot yet another evil scheme while dynamic images and scenes and clear text help children to improve their reading skills.

Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts - Fiction


In this seventh Middle School episode, Rafe heads back to the place his misadventures began: the dreaded Hills Village Middle School, where he's now being forced to take "special" classes.. He also finds himself joining the school's football team --- alongside his main tormenter, Miller the Killer! But Rafe has grand plans for a better year: First, he decides to start a super-secret art project that's sure to rock the school. Then, if Rafe manages to make a play to save his team, he might have to deal with something completely new: popularity!

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce - Fantasy


Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. Her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. Because of a Unicorn Incident at her school (it was an accident!), Pip is spending the summer with her Aunt Emma at the Cloverton Clinic for Magical Creatures. And her new friend Tomas is allergic to most magical creatures. When things go amok --- and they often go amok --- Pip consults Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures, a reference work that Pip finds herself constantly amending. Because dealing with magical creatures like unicorns, griffins, and fuzzles doesn’t just require book knowledge --- it requires hands-on experience and thinking on your feet. For example, when fuzzles (which have an awful habit of bursting into flame when they’re agitated) invade your town, it’s not enough to know what the fuzzles are --- Pip and Tomas also must trace the fuzzles’ agitation to its source, and in doing so, save the whole town.

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus by Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat - Fiction


Ricky Ricotta loves his Mighty Robot, but sometimes it's hard having a best friend who is so BIG! If only his Mighty Robot had someone his own size to play with, Ricky could have some fun by himself. Little does Ricky know, his wish is about to come true. Ugly Uncle Unicorn is hatching a hideous plan to take over Earth, and he's got a supersized surprise for Ricky and his Robot friend!

Stonebird by Mike Revell - Fiction


When 10-year-old Liam's family moves to be near his grandmother who is suffering from dementia, he's left to navigate his new neighborhood, school and grandmother's illness all by himself. The one place he seems to find solace is a rundown church where he finds an over-sized gargoyle that keeps drawing him in. Shy Liam's only means of confidence during shared story time is to tell tales of the gargoyle. His classmates mock him at first but are soon captivated by his storytelling. As his home life gets harder and the bullies more relentless, the gargoyle seemingly brings Liam's stories to life. But is the old stone bird really alive, or is it just Liam's imagination finding ways to help him through a difficult time?

Super Shark Encyclopedia by DK Publishing - Nonfiction


SUPER SHARK ENCYCLOPEDIA uncovers the secrets of the oceans by exploring a remarkable array of 80 sharks and other sea creatures --- from Barrel Shrimp to Blue Sharks, Starfish to Bat Fish, and Hammerhead Sharks to Sandtiger Sharks, plus surfing penguins, deep-sea monsters, rays, eels and more.

Treasure Hunters: Danger Down the Nile by James Patterson - Fiction


The Kidd siblings have grown up diving down to shipwrecks and traveling the world, helping their famous parents recover everything from swords to gold doubloons from the bottom of the ocean. But after their parents disappear on the job, the kids are suddenly thrust into the biggest treasure hunt of their lives. They'll have to work together to defeat dangerous pirates and dodge the hot pursuit of an evil treasure hunting rival, all while following cryptic clues to unravel the mystery of what really happened to their parents --- and find out if they're still alive.

Learn more about the next book in the series here, TREASURE HUNTERS: Secrets of the Forbidden City, which comes out September 14th.