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Get Ready for Summer 2016

Get Ready for Summer

Get Ready for Summer 2016

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 Second Annual Get Ready for Summer promotion. While the contest portion is now over, we encourage you to check out the featured titles. Scroll down to see if you were one of five lucky winners.

This year's featured titles include:

  • THE DRAGON WAKING by Grayson Towler
  • DREAMBENDER by Ronald Kidd
  • THE ENEMY ABOVE: A Novel of World War II by Michael P. Spradlin
  • HUNDRED PERCENT by Karen Romano Young
  • LOOK OUT FOR THE FITZGERALD-TROUTS written by Esta Spalding, illustrated by Sydney Smith
  • THE LOST CIPHER by Michael Oechsle
  • THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
  • MS. BIXBY'S LAST DAY by John David Anderson
  • THE TAPPER TWINS GO TO WAR (With Each Other) by Geoff Rodkey


Jared from Cincinatti, OH
Margaret from Port Carbon, PA
Natalia from Landing, NJ
Phyllis from Carlisle, AR
Rebecca from Northampton, MA
The Dragon Waking by Grayson Towler - Fantasy

Thirteen-year-old Rose Gallagher's best friend is a dragon. The more Rose learns about her friend Jade and the world of dragons, the more dangerous her life becomes. Helped only by her fantasy-obsessed friend and a local occult enthusiast, Rose soon finds herself risking her life to help Jade recover a mysterious fragment of a meteorite called the Harbinger, which has the power to awaken countless dragons from their 65-million-year slumber. Can they find the Harbinger before Jade's enemies?

Dreambender by Ronald Kidd - Fiction

Everyone in the City is assigned a job by the choosers --- keeper, catcher, computer. Callie Crawford is a computer. She works with numbers: putting them together, taking them apart. Her work is important, but sometimes she wants more. Jeremy Finn is a dreambender. His job is to adjust people’s dreams. He and others like him quietly remove thoughts of music and art to keep the people in the City from becoming too focused on themselves and their own feelings rather than on the world. They need to keep the world safe from another Warming. But Jeremy thinks music is beautiful, and when he pops into a dream of Callie singing, he becomes fascinated with her. He begins to wonder if there is more to life than being safe. Defying his community and the role they have established for him, he sets off to find her in the real world.

The Enemy Above: A Novel of World War II by Michael P. Spradlin - Historical Fiction

In 1942 12-year-old Anton, his family, and their small community of Ukrainian Jews are hiding from the advancing Nazis troops, and from the Gestapo, in a web of underground caves, and one officer in particular, Major Karl Von Duesen, is determined to catch or kill every Jew he can find --- but as the tide of war turns, a final confrontation between Anton and his enemy is looming.

Hundred Percent by Karen Romano Young - Fiction

Christine Gouda, who's in her last year at elementary school, faces change at every turn, starting with her own nickname --- Tink --- which just doesn't fit anymore. Readers will relate to this strong female protagonist whose voice rings with profound authenticity and absolute novelty, and her year's cringingly painful trials in normalcy --- uncomfortable Halloween costumes, premature sleepover parties, crushed crushes, and changing friendships. Throughout all this, Tink learns, what you call yourself, and how you do it, has a lot to do with who you are.

The League of Unexceptional Children by Gitty Daneshravi - Fiction

What is the League of Unexceptional Children? I'm glad you asked. You didn't ask? Well, you would have eventually and I hate to waste time. The League of Unexceptional Children is a covert network that uses the nation's most average, normal and utterly unexceptional children as spies. Why the average kids? Why not the brainiacs? Or the beauty queens? Or the jocks? It's simple: People remember them. But not the unexceptionals. They are the forgotten ones. Until now!

Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts written by Esta Spalding, illustrated by Sydney Smith - Children's Fiction

Meet the Fitzgerald-Trouts, a band of four loosely related children living together in a lush tropical island. They take care of themselves. They sleep in their car, bathe in the ocean, eat fish they catch and fruit they pick, and can drive anywhere they need to go --- to the school, the laundromat or the drive-in. If they put their minds to it, the Fitzgerald-Trouts can do anything. Even, they hope, find a real home. 

The Lost Cipher by Michael Oechsle - Children's Fiction

Lucas's father has recently died in Afghanistan, and to help him cope, his grandmother sends him to Camp Kawani, a camp for kids who have lost a parent. While there, he hears about the local legend of Thomas Jefferson Beale. Beale supposedly hid a hoard of gold in the mountains 200 years before. The location is encrypted in a set of codes no one has ever been able to decipher. Lucas and his newfound friends decide to track down the treasure.

The Map to Everywhere written by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis - Young Adult Fantasy

To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it's her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway that connects every world in creation. With the help of a bumbling wizard and his crew, they must scour the many worlds of the Pirate Stream to gather the pieces of the Map to Everywhere --- but they aren't the only ones looking. A sinister figure is hot on their tail, and if they can't beat his ghostly ship to find the Map, it could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear!

Ms. Bixby's Last Day by John David Anderson - Fiction

Everyone knows there are different kinds of teachers. Ms. Bixby is the sort of teacher who makes you feel like school is somehow worthwhile. Who recognizes something in you that sometimes you don’t even see in yourself. Who you never want to disappoint. What Ms. Bixby is, is one of a kind. Topher, Brand and Steve know this better than anyone. And so when Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year, they come up with a risky plan to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves.

The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other) by Geoff Rodkey - Fiction

This brand-new series by a popular screenwriter is a pitch-perfect, contemporary comedy featuring twelve-year-old fraternal twins, Claudia and Reese, who couldn't be more different...except in their determination to come out on top in a vicious prank war! But when the competition escalates into an all-out battle that's fought from the cafeteria of their New York City private school all the way to the fictional universe of an online video game, the twins have to decide if their efforts to destroy each other are worth the price.