With summer in full swing and having absolutely nowhere to go due to COVID-19, you may find yourself with a LOT of free time. No problem. Here’s a list of some great books to keep you reading over the summer. My friends, Lacey and Maggie, helped me with some book suggestions.
The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson
With all of us stuck in our own “towers,” why not try out this amazing Rapunzel retelling. Rapunzel is definitely not how we thought her to be. She’s clever, resourceful, and can throw a knife better than anyone. Her only wishes are to learn how to read and to marry one day. So when her mother and she moves to Hagenheim, she might finally get her chance. But when a long-hidden secret arises, the simple life she’s only known may change. And what is she supposed to do about Sir Gerek, the arrogant knight who agrees to teach her to read?
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura and her family are living in Dakota Territory when a blizzard hits. The blizzards last from October through May, leaving many people from the small town without food or coal. A young man named Almanzo Wilder has a plan to save the town, but it could mean risking his own life. Another thrilling installment in the Little House series.
Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
Maddie Manchester used to be best friends with the president’s son, Logan, until her dad whisked her off to Alaska. For the past six years, Maddie has been bedazzling hatchets, chopping wood, and doing whatever her new life demands. All without getting a letter from Logan. And then one day, Logan shows up. An assailant follows, pushing Maddie off a cliff and kidnapping Logan. With a deadly storm brewing, Maddie knows she has no choice but to go after him. Not If I Save You First is one of those fast-pace tales that keep you clinging for more, and Maddie is a character you’re sure to love.
Mananaland by Pam Munoz Ryan
Maximiliano Cordoba (Max) wants to know what the future holds, whether he’ll make the Santa Maria’s futbol team or if he’ll ever see his mother again, who went missing when he was a baby. When he uncovers a buried family secret, he decides to seek answers on his own. With a girl, a dog, and a cat, he sets out on a dangerous journey to find out what the future holds and to see if he is true of heart. Mananaland is a great book to read when you want to get out of your house.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
When Stargirl arrives, it’s a new journey for Mica High School. She’s different and students are unsure of what to think of her. The whole school changes because of Stargirl, and Leo Borlock is captivated by her confidence to stand out. Stargirl is not just about being different; it’s also about thinking of others. This book is inspirational and a must read this summer.