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Circus and Magic Acts for Kids

The show must go on! by Kate Klise ; illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
Two mice and a crow, who travel with a circus, cleaning up the spilled popcorn after every performance, come to the rescue when a greedy con artist takes over the management of the circus. Book #1 in The Three-Ring Rascals series

Escape!: the story of the great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
A biography of the magician, ghost chaser, aviator, and king of escape artists whose amazing feats are remembered long after his death in 1926.

Unreliable Narrators and other Plot Twists

Who's telling the truth here? What is dream or reality? Can you figure out the twist before the reveal? These are stories that require some sleuthing to figure out what's real and what's fake.

We were liars by E. Lockhart

A monster calls: a novel by Patrick Ness ; inspired from an idea by Siobhan Dowd ; illustrations by Jim Kay

Code name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Going bovine by Libba Bray

Teen Detectives on the Page

The girl is murder by Kathryn Miller Haines

The adventures of Tintin. Vol. 5 by Herge ; [translated by Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner]

Dead Girl Moon by Charlie Price

Endangered by Lamar Giles

Jackaby by William Ritter

Books Made Into Movies

The Da Vinci code: a novel by Dan Brown

The Devil wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

Seabiscuit: an American legend by Laura Hillenbrand

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

The notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The pursuit of happyness by Chris Gardner with Quincy Troupe

The help by Kathryn Stockett

Easy Reader Friendships we Love

Cork & Fuzz by Dori Chaconas ; illustrated by Lisa McCue

Brownie & Pearl see the sights by Cynthia Rylant ; pictures by Brian Biggs

Frog and friends by written by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Josée Masse

Shoo, Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

Tales of the Dark and Mysterious

Start with one in these short story and novella collections, and see if you can stop.

The cabinet of curiosities: 36 tales brief & sinister by Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire Legrand, Emma Trevayne ; illustrated in black-and-white by Alexander Jansson

Different seasons by Stephen King

The wonderful story of Henry Sugar, and six more by Roald Dahl

The lottery and other stories by Shirley Jackson

Trigger warning: short fictions and disturbances by Neil Gaiman

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Through the woods by stories by Emily Carroll

Discover Shakespeare

As you like it by William Shakespeare ; edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine

Cymbeline by William Shakespeare; edited by Robert B. Heilman

Hamlet by edited and rendered into modern English by Alan Durband

Henry VI, part one ; Henry VI, part two ; Henry VI, part three by William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

King Henry VIII by William Shakespeare ; edited by R.A. Foakes

Foodie Fiction

Take a bite out of great novels and graphic novels that work food/eating into the narrative ingredients.

Letting Ana go by Anonymous

Kitchen princess omnibus. 1 by Natsumi Ando; story by Miyuki Kobayashi ; translated by Satsuki Yamashita; adapted by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir



Hot lunch by Alex Bradley

Taste test by Kelly Fiore



Peanut by Ayun Halliday; illustrated by Paul Hoppe

Otomen. Vol. 12 by Aya Kanno

Going to the Doctor: Easy Readers

Clark the Shark tooth trouble by written by Bruce Hale ; illustrated by Guy Francis

Little Elephant's blocked trunk by text and illustrations by Dosh Archer

Charlie the ranch dog: Charlie goes to the doctor by Ree Drummond, the pioneer woman and Diane deGroat

Digger and Daisy go to the doctor by Judy Young ; illustrated by Dana Sullivan

Big Bad Wolf by Dosh Archer

Monkey and Elephant get better by Carole Lexa Schaefer ; illustrated by Galia Bernstein

Classics to Love

There's a reason some books stick around for years. A short list of well-loved classics to try this summer:

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen ; edited with an introduction and notes by Marilyn Butler

Oliver Twist, or, The parish boy's progress by Charles Dickens ; edited with an introduction and notes by Philip Horne

The wind in the willows by Kenneth Grahame ; illustrated by David Roberts

The princess bride: S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure by the "good parts" version, abridged by William Goldman

Romance for Adults

The 100 best romance novels: from Pride and Prejudice to Twilight, books to fall in love—and lust—with by Jennifer Lawler and the editors of Crimson Romance

Fifty shades of grey by E.L. James

Beautiful disaster: a novel by Jamie McGuire

Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen ; edited with notes by Vivien Jones

The notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Bared to you by Sylvia Day

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë ; edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davies

Teen Books to Movies

Popular fiction that's already been - or should soon be - turned into film. 

The giver by Lois Lowry

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Daughter of smoke & bone by Laini Taylor

It's kind of a funny story by Ned Vizzini

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My Favorite Girls: Chapter Books

Whether you're revisiting old favorites or experiencing them for the first time, here are some great characters, beloved of one life-long reader.

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Dealing with dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Little women by Louisa May Alcott

Ballet shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace ; illustrated by Lois Lenski

The Baby-sitter's Club. Vol. 1. Kristy's great idea by Ann M. Martin ; artist, Raina Telgemeier

Elder Care: An Exploration

Time Traveling Adventurers

Honus & me by Dan Gutman

Secret in the tower: a tale of the American Revolution by Candice Ransom ; illustrated by Greg Call

Dinosaurs before dark by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

2095 by Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Lane Smith

Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court by written by Mark Twain ; illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

Mistaken or Assumed Identities for Teens

People don’t always need a stage and a spotlight to play a role. Whether it’s a case of mistaken identity, trying to become someone they aren’t, or maybe serving as a spy, people don't need a stage to assume new identities.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore — In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.


What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen — Seventeen-year-old Mclean begins to lose sight of who she really is after she tries to reinvent herself at each school she attends after her parents' divorce and her father moves her from town to town.


Openly straight by Bill Konigsberg — Tired of being known as "the gay kid", Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he comes east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school--but trying to deny his identity has both complications and unexpected consequences.

So Real You Can Taste It: Food-Themed Picture Books

Take a taste of some great picture books that put a twist on food and mealtime. They are great for sharing with a hungry young mind!

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett



Peanut Butter & Cupcake! by Terry Border



The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle



Foodie babies wear bibs by Michelle Sinclair Colman and Nathalie Dion

The best lunch by Terri Dougherty and Patrick Kouse


You are the pea, and I am the carrot by J. Theron Elkins and Pascal Lemaitre

Deep in the Forest

The princess bride: S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure by the "good parts" version, abridged by William Goldman

Through the woods by stories by Emily Carroll

Into the forest by Jean Hegland

Journey into Mohawk Country by as written by H.M. van den Bogaert ; with artwork by George O'Connor ; and color by Hilary Sycamore

West of the moon by Margi Preus

Time Travel

Musically "Note"able Teen Fiction

Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin — A teenaged guitarist in a rock band deals with loss and anger as he relates the events that landed him in a juvenile detention center.

Audrey, wait! by Robin Benway — California high school student Audrey Cuttler dumps self-involved Evan, the lead singer of a little band called The Do-Gooders. Evan writes, "Audrey, Wait!", a break-up song that's so good it rockets up the billboard charts. And Audrey is suddenly famous! Now rabid fans are invading her school and the Internet is documenting her every move!

Nick & Norah's infinite playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan — It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City--and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.