We’ve reached Day 3 of my weekend blog project: books that are perfect to enjoy on a summer day. On Saturday, I listed five picture books for young children and yesterday featured five books for 9-12 year-old readers. All of the books listed are meant to be light summer fare. Many of them have a timeless, old-fashioned feel that is perfect for a hot day with no homework to worry about. Kids, like adults, sometimes want to read a book because it’s enjoyable and an “escape,” not because it’s required for school. Today, the list is for teenagers. Many books for teens are written with a certain kind of reader in mind so these books are more gender specific – and more mature – than those on yesterday’s list.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly (Published in 1942 and still in print. This is considered to be the first “young adult” novel. I’ve handed it to girls who look somewhat hesitant about a book written so long ago, and then can’t tear themselves away from this classic novel about summer love.)
Centerfield by Robert Lipsyte
Baseball Great by Tim Green