October 20, 2017

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Those Endless Summer Reading Wish Lists | Authors and Illustrators Reveal Theirs

Existential crises and delicate rosebushes aside, for most of us summer reading conjures up sunny skies and time to indulge in a few guilty pleasures. Not surprisingly, fun and funny seem to be a theme this post-election year as are books featuring faraway places and cultures. Poetry, a few classics, beloved authors, and  a number of soon-to-be published titles also make appearances. And what appears to have become a tradition, our annual “What’s on Your Summer Reading List?” query inspired at least one contributor to respond in verse.

From Mac Barnett, author of Leo: A Ghost Story (Chronicle, 2015) and Triangle (Mar. 2017, Candlewick):
“I recently assumed responsibility for five very old, very beautiful rose bushes. Because I don’t want to kill them, I’m reading lots of gardening manuals. The plots are terrific. Terrifying villains: black spot, rust, powdery mildew. A clumsy, ill-prepared hero: me! I don’t want to know how it ends.”

From Julie Buxbaum author of What To Say Next (Delacorte, Jul. 2017):
“Being asked to write this list has brought on an existential crisis of epic proportions. It’s summer? Already? HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? In my mind, I’m still hanging Christmas lights and cozying by the metaphorical fire (I live in LA, so no real need for an actual fire). Also, that means school is almost out! Ahhh! But I digress. The good news is that I do have a lovely pile of books that I can’t wait to dive into once those pesky kids are sorted. On the YA front, I’m super excited about Maurene Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love, which is a rom-com inspired by K-dramas, and Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert, which has been getting starred reviews all over the place. On the nonfiction adult side, I’ll be reading Naoki Higashida’s Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8, a memoir by a 24-year-old nonverbal man with autism. And lastly, I’ve long enjoyed Janelle Brown’s work, so I have eagerly been waiting for Watch Me Disappear, which is her first psychological thriller. Turns out writing this list has totally changed my tune. Summer can’t come fast enough.”

From David Bowles, author of Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Origin Myths of Mexico (Cinco Puntos, Sept. 2017):
“One of the best things about the summer is getting caught up on books I haven’t had a chance to read, while snatching up new must-have titles. For me that means finally cracking open the immigrant coming-of-age novel American Street by Ibi Zoboi, The Inquisitor’s Tale by my homie Adam Gidwitz (sorry I’m just now getting to your Newbery Honor Book, dude), and Phillippe Diederich’s Playing for the Devil’s Fire, a harrowing YA murder mystery set amid drug violence in Mexico.

Summer also means monitoring the mailbox for the arrival of the monster sci-fi/K-drama of Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh and Brian Allen Carr’s weird Faulkneresque YA novel Sip, not to mention the new fantasy forays of my literary compadres: A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander, and Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older, the follow-up to his stunning Shadowshaper. And what would summer be without poetry on the beach, am I right? I’ve got Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s new collection, The Last Cigarette on Earth, queued up for my time on the towel. I’ll probably need a handkerchief, too. Ben always gets me right in the heart.”

From Jeff Mack, author of Good News, Bad News (2012) and Mine! (May, 2017, both Chronicle):

Of late, I’ve been having discussions
Of dystopian books with the Russians.
I just can’t resist!
Add my name to your list,
And I’ll pray there are no repercussions.

From Orwell to Shteyngart to Rand,
They’re all in surprising demand.
So help the cessation
Of disinformation
And read them before they get banned!

Back in high school, I thought it was fun
Reading Fahrenheit 451,
And The Lord of the Flies
It brought tears to my eyes,
But I’m bummed that I skipped Logan’s Run.

The Road gave me terrible dreams.
I woke the whole house with my screams!
And The Children of Men?
Well, I’ll try it again.
Is it really as bleak as it seems?

So this summer, it’s Infinite Jest
And it heavily weighs on my chest.
It’s massive in scope,
But I’m holding out hope
When I’m done I can finally rest!

From Cath Crowley, author of Words in Deep Blue (Knopf, Jun. 2017):
“I can’t wait for a summer filled with long days of reading and not much else. (It’s winter in Australia at the moment, so this is my ongoing wish list.) On the top of my pile at the moment is Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything and Mackenzi Lee’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose has just won the Stella Prize here, so I’ll be moving on to that after these two. I’m also keen to start reading graphic novels—The Silence of Our Friends: The Civil Rights Struggle Was Never Black and White by Jim Demonakos, Mark Long, and Nate Powell, and orange: The Complete Collection 1 by Ichigo Takano are first on that list.

I’m desperate to get to Roxane Gay’s Difficult Women, and I’ll probably treat myself and reread Bad Feminist straight after. Whether it is winter or summer, I’m a big rereader, so I plan to revisit Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, Kirsty Eagar’s Summer Skin, Emily Gale’s The Other Side of Summer, Nova Weetman’s Everything is Changed, and the very gorgeous I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.

Not lastly (because there’s so much more on my list, it’s never-ending) is John Corey Whaley’s Highly Illogical Behavior and everything by Tom and Laura McNeal that I haven’t read yet.”

From Dana Allison Levy, author of the “Family Fletcher” titles and This Would Make a Good Story Someday (Delacorte, May, 2017):
“Living in New England, I’m always overly ambitious going into summer. Somehow I envision endless days of bone-warming sunshine, cold drinks, fireflies, and, of course, reading while supine on a beach, lawn chair, or couch. The reality is always somewhat more frenzied, itchy, and messy. But the reading…that always matches my fantasies. Summer is still a time when I give myself more lazy time with a book, more just-one-more-chapter nights.

So what’s on this year’s list? In summer I often return to reread old favorites from Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks to Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News. But I also get that irrational vacation spending mindset, and go wild at the bookstore. So far that list includes:

  • Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  • The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
  • The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  • The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
  • The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue

There will be more, of course, as I discover enticing covers, provocative reviews, and, best of all, friends who say, ‘You HAVE to read this one!’ and pass along a new favorite. Here’s to long days, starry nights, and a good book!”

From Lesléa Newman, author of Heather Has Two Mommies and Sparkle Boy (Lee & Low, Jun. 2017):
“Sitting under a beach umbrella, slathered in suntan oil, listening to the ocean, and diving into a book is my idea of Paradise. If there is a snack bar that sells ice cream nearby, so much the better! Since I write poetry and prose for kids and grown-ups, I try to read in as many different forms as possible. This summer I plan to read a variety of books:

For kids: the picture book memoir, Someone Like Me by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Chris Sheban; the middle grade novel, One Shadow on the Wall by Leah Henderson; and the young adult novel, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

For adults: Molly Peacock’s poetry collection The Analyst, Melodie Winawer’s novel The Scribe of Siena, and Lillian Faderman’s memoir My Mother’s Wars.

I confess I know each of these authors personally. It is a particular pleasure to read the work of friends whose writing I admire. I know the sound of their voices well, so it feels like I am spending time with them, head-to-head and heart-to-heart. Happy summer!”

From Laurel Snyder, author of Charlie & Mouse (2017) and the forthcoming Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy (Chronicle, Oct. 2017):
“This may sound funny, but I have a handful of books I reread a lot, and special seasons when I like to return to them. Elizabeth Enright’s Gone-Away Lake and Return to Gone-Away—about a crew of kids who discover a sort of ghost town in a bog—are two books I love to read in the summer. They’re books that feel magical, even though nothing in the books is actually magic.

I’m also excited to get my hands on a copy of Tracey Baptiste’s new book, Rise of the Jumbies, which comes out next fall.  I loved the first book, and can’t wait to dive into the second.”

From Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The “Mysterious Benedict Society” titles and The Secret Keeper (Little, Brown, 2016):
“What will I be reading this summer? I’ve just started Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, so that’s a sure thing. And I have in my possession a tantalizing ARC of a debut middle grade novel called Nevermoor: the Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, which seems like exactly the kind of book I would have dreamed of reading when I was a kid. (My kids are too old to let me read to them now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t read the books I wish they were letting me read to them.) It’s possible I will finally read Cervantes’s Don Quixote. I know, I know, how is it that I haven’t read Don Quixote yet? And for that matter, how is it that I haven’t read Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook? And how…?

No, I’m stopping there, for sanity’s sake, and making my list both brief and official. I’m going to read Don Quixote and The Golden Notebook this summer. Whew. Glad we had this little chat.”

From Axie Oh, author of the upcoming young adult novel Rebel Seoul (Lee & Low, Sept. 2017):
“I’m most looking forward to reading Cindy Pon’s Want this summer. Ever since her short story “Blue Skies” in the anthology Diverse Energies, I’ve been eagerly anticipating another sci-fi thriller from Pon!

Summer is also a time when I like to sit back and enjoy some good YA romances. I’m excited for all the K-drama references and hijinks in Maurene Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love, the cuteness and banter in Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi, and returning home to the beloved characters of Jenny Han’s Always and Forever, Lara Jean.

Lastly, I want to read more comics and manga this summer. Looking forward to catching up with Marjorie M. Liu’s Monstress and Naoko Takeuchi’s Pretty Guardian: Sailor Moon!”

From Anne Fleming, author of The Goat (Groundwood Books, Mar. 2017):
“I love to go to summery places like the Vancouver Folk Music Festival or the Pride Parade and just park myself somewhere and read. I have to take several books because I don’t know which is going to feel right in the moment. This becomes a problem when it comes to backpacking and kayaking trips, when only one book is takeable.

This summer, I’m hoping to catch up on never-read Newbery Award winners both older (Adam of the Road, Elizabeth Janet Gray) and newer (Kira-Kira, Cynthia Kadohata), and, for parity, Canadian Governor General’s Award winners: Martine Leavitt’s Calvin and Paul Yee’s Ghost Train. I also have on hand the Celtic story cycle The Mabinogion, for weirdness and beauty; and for something knotty, Walter Benjamin’s Illuminations. Eden Robinson’s Son of a Trickster will make me laugh and cry. And I can’t not read poetry, so I’ll be reading When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz and Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong. Lastly, or maybe not, nonfiction: Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution by Lisa Jardine (novel research), and Joy Kogawa’s memoir Gently to Nagasaki by. Oh, and something by A.S. King, because I’ve never read anything by her and someone compared us.”

From Andrew Shvarts, author of Royal Bastards, (Disney-Hyperion, May 2017):
“I’ve spent most of this year reading debuts and new series, so this summer, I’m planning to catch up on a long list called “Sequels To Books I Loved That I Haven’t Had A Chance To Read Yet.” It includes Sabaa Tahir’s A Torch Against the Night, Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom, V.E. Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light, and N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate.”

 

From Joyce Sidman, author of Before Morning (2016) and Round (HMH, Mar. 2017):
“I always think I’ll have more time to read in summer, but I get distracted by sunlight, frogs, and odd-looking insects. When I finally settle down with a book, here’s what I plan to read and why:

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, because My Name is Lucy Barton haunted me.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, because when everyone says a book is fabulous, you gotta read it.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, because my daughter-in-law liked it and she’s got excellent taste (and it will give us something to talk about).

Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radke, because I adore graphic novels, and this one sounds like fiction, nonfiction, and memoir all rolled into something amazing.

Shell, Beak, and Tusk: Shared Traits and the Wonders of Adaptation by Bridget Heos, because I’m an animal nut and love finding out new stuff.

Vincent and Theo: the Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman, because I loved Heiligman’s Charles and Emma. She is such an intelligent, engaging writer—and given the subject matter, I know it will be a great read.”

From Kate Messner, author of Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt (2015) and Over and Under the Pond (Chronicle, Mar. 2017):
“My teetering reading stack is already perilously tall. It includes two September books that I started reading in ARC form—Tracey Baptiste’s Rise of the Jumbies and Sarah Albee’s Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines. I love them both so much that I’ve been rationing them, reading slowly, but I suspect that once the long reading days of summer arrive, I’ll lose all sense of restraint and devour the rest. I’ve been saving Laurel Snyder’s Charlie & Mouse to share aloud with my niece’s twins, Abby and Will, when I see them in August. On the research side of things, I have a pile of Titanic books waiting, since that’s the setting for the “Ranger in Time” adventure I’ll be writing this summer.  Other books waiting on my sunporch are Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl, David George Haskell’s The Forest Unseen, Jesmyn Ward’s The Fire This Time,  Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Thompson’s Two Truths and a Lie, E. Lockhart’s Genuine Fraud, Leah Henderson’s One Shadow on the Wall, Madelyn Rosenberg & Wendy Wan-Long Shang’s This is Just a Test, and Patina by Jason Reynolds.”

From Dan Santat, author and illustrator of the After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again (Roaring Brook, Oct. 2017):
While juggling the duties of multiple book projects, taking kids to summer activities, and traveling for work and vacation, I’m also a very slow reader. With that said, I’m currently in the middle of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad and Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

I’m also a voracious comic reader so I’ve got Shannon Hale’s Real Friends, Jason Shiga’s Demon, and Nick Drnaso’s Beverly. I”ll be attending San Diego Comic-Con so I know I’ll be picking up some unexpected treasure that I don’t know about, yet.

Finally, as a huge follower of David Sedaris, I’m eager to read his new book, Death by Finding: Diaries (1977- 2002).”

From Holly M. McGhee, author of Matylda, Bright and Tender (Candlewick, Mar. 2017):
“I’m determined to do some reading for fun this summer, and I bought prescription sunglasses last month with that in mind!!  At the top of my list is Paulo Coelho’s The Spy, which was a gift from a dear friend. I’m dying to read Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They CommunicateDiscoveries from a Secret World, too, because I just kind of know it must be true and now here comes this book! I want, want, want to finish Jostein Gaarder’s Sophie’s World—I made it halfway through last year and never finished And YA-wise Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer is at the top of my list (recommendation from another author).”

From David Elliot, author of Bull (HMH, Mar. 2017):
“O dear. At the top of my list is The Divine Comedy and right after it, The Canterbury Tales. Awfully highfalutin, I know, which is funny since the truth is I am probably the lowestfalutin guy around. But I’m working on a new project, and since I can’t get back to the Middle Ages myself, I’m counting on Dante and Chaucer to take me there. (If it makes anyone feel better, I’m also planning to get through as many of the “Brother Cadfael” mysteries by Ellis Peters as I can.)  For a change of pace, I’m looking forward to David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI. After that, I’ll need to be reminded that there is innocence in this weary world, so I’ll reread a book that, along with Willa Cather’s My Antonia, Charles Dickens’s Bleak House and Great Expectations, is in my top 10: Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.”

By Ethan Long, co-author and illustrator (with Travis Foster) of Give Me Back My Book! (Chronicle, Sept. 2017):
“This summer, I plan to read the following books in the same way I eat at restaurants: For the appetizer, it will certainly be James Marshall’s delicious George and Martha, or maybe Istvan Banyai’s zesty Zoom, and it might even include Theo LeSieg’s ever-flavorful Ten Apples Up On Top! As my salad, it would be tasteless not to reread Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach or dive into Janice Elsheimer’s The Creative Call, but I could be tempted to take a really big bite out of The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes. Of course, I will still be hungry, so for my main course, I am 100 percent sure that I will order either a reread of at least the first three  of J.K. Rowling “Harry Potter” books or decide on something with more roughage like Robert McKee’s Story, which always helps with my digestion. If there’s room for dessert (who am I kidding? There’s always room for dessert!) I will order one small scoop of Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon. After this reading binge is complete, I will loosen my belt, yawn, and immediately fall asleep on my IKEA love seat.”

 

From Kayla Cagan, author of Piper Perish (Chronicle, Mar. 2017):
“My summer stack overflows!

Here’s what I’ve got lined up so far: Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, Julie Buntin’s Marlena, Elif Batuman’s The Idiot, Leila Howland’s Hello Sunshine, Brandy Colbert’s Little & Lion, Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up, and Plum Sykes’s Party Girls Die in Pearls.

I’m a slow reader, so this should take me well into fall. I’m finishing up an ARC of Angelica Baker’s Our Little Racket, a very decadent, juicy family drama. If you can get your hands on this fun one, do!”

From Katherine Applegate, author Crenshaw (2015) and the forthcoming Wishtree (Feiwel & Friends, Sept. 2017):
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… and as far as I’m concerned, the readin’ should be, too.

I’m weary of apocalyptic op-eds and perpetual Breaking News. I’m going for flat-out funny.

Some of these I’ve read, some I’m supposed to have read, some I’ve pretended to have read:

Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
Furiously Happy – Jenny Lawson
Self-Help – Lorrie Moore
Bossypants – Tina Fey
Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
The Code of the Woosters – P.G. Wodehouse
Three Men In A Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) – Jerome K. Jerome
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence – Amy Sedaris
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

I’m just praying not one of these contains the phrase ‘Presidential Tweet.’”

From Michelle Markel, author of Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books (Chronicle, Apr. 2017):
“Where I live, in the San Fernando Valley, summer days can heat up to a scorching 110 degrees. So I plan to dip into the damp, gloomy biography of Edgar Allan Poe by Arthur Hobson Quinn.  Like Edgar, I’m a fan of ravens and other big birds, so I also hope to read Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, followed by a chaser of Pamela S. Turner’s Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird. But then again, I may be swept away by books unknown to me now, books encountered at a store or library or someone’s home, and if the chemistry and mood are right, if we connect on a deep personal level—that could change everything….

If there’s time, I may finally go through boxes of unfinished New Yorkers. I’ll allow myself only the short stories, personal histories and poems. OK, maybe the humor. Maybe the biographies. It’s very, very hard to pass up on fine writing.”

Lauren Eldridge, illustrator of Dev Petty’s Claymates (Little, Brown, Jun. 2017):
“When I’m not putting eyeballs into dozens of clay characters or making train cars out of cardboard I love losing myself in a great book. Since I’m taking the summer off to recharge, I plan to read myself silly!I can’t wait to read Jenny Lawson’s book Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things. It’s an honest, humorous take on Lawson’s struggle with mental health issues…and it has a fantastically creepy raccoon on the cover. So, there’s THAT. Another book I’m pumped about is Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. edited by Betsy Bird who is, herself, a HOOT! It’s a compilation of short stories written by some of the sharpest, coolest women I know (or have seen from a distance at a conference). I’m also excited to read ALL of these in no particular order:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
A Rambler Steals Home by Carter Higgins
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Conversations with Frank Gehry by Barbara Isenberg
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: The Novelization by Jim Henson and A.C.H. Smith
Also: ALL THE PICTURE BOOKS.”
From Hervé Tullet, author of Press Here (2011) Say Zoop! (Aug. 2017, both Chronicle):
“There are so many books I’ve recently bought that that I can’t wait to read! I’m finishing reading the wonderful Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, which take place in Nigeria during the Biafra‘s war in the late 1960s. As I’ve now been living in New York for almost two years, I’m more focused than I have been before on American literature. At the moment my pile of books includes:
a Lance Weller, American Marchlands,
a William Finnegan, A Surfing Life,
a Alysia Abbot, Fairyland,
and a Michael Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
Happy summer reading to everyone!

From Sonia Patel, author of Rani Patel in Full Effect (2016) and the forthcoming Jaya and Rasa. A Love Story (Sept. 2017, both Cinco Puntos):
“Summer reading for me is all about sharing with my kids. I love reading books with strong, complicated female protagonists and then passing them along to my teenage daughter. Two such books I’m hoping to get to this summer are Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. As for my son, he’s a little younger, but I remember reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy when I was about his age. I would love to reread those books with him. This may be a bit ambitious, but I like to aim high. There is one book I’d like to reread just for myself—Preeta Samarasan’s Evening Is the Whole Day. I adored everything about this book, especially the elaborate plot, the bold and flawed characters, and the vivid Malaysian setting. The intricacies of the Indian family dynamics resonated with me.”

 

From Sherri Duskey Rinker, author of Mighty, Mighty Construction Site (Feb. 2017) and the forthcoming 12 Sleighs of Christmas (Chronicle, Oct. 2017):
“Four years ago, my oldest son (now 16), for whom I would do almost anything in the world, asked me to read a book that he’d just finished and LOVED. ‘Mom, you HAVE to read this; you HAVE to!’

How could I say no? He recommended Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief and challenged me to REALLY read Charles Dickens’s The Tale of Two Cities (which I had sworn off since high school). My kid has solid taste in books.

Then I looked at the cover of this latest recommendation: Sam Kean’s The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements.

Did I mention that my kid is math/science obsessed?

Bottom line: There is nothing about the subject matter of this book that even vaguely interests me. Not. One. Bit. But, I bought the book. Four years ago. It has sat on my bedside table. FOR FOUR YEARS. A year ago, I downloaded the audio book (It’s 12 hours & 35 minutes, btw. Not that I’ve checked.). Every few months (for four years), my kid asks me if I’ve read Kean’s book yet.

I lead a busy life. I have stacks (and stacks) of books strewn across my desk that I can’t wait to read. But, this summer, I’m reading The Disappearing Spoon. I AM. Because, well, sometimes moms have to do what they have to do. And, frankly, the guilt is killing me.

And, who knows? I might just love it.”

From Wade Albert White, author of The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes (2016) and the forthcoming The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me) (Sept. 2017, both Little, Brown):
“I tend to have two main reading periods each year: May–June and December. This means that the rest of the year I typically have an ever-growing stack of books that is constantly threatening to topple over and bury both me and the cat.

At the top of this year’s spring/summer reading pile is Casey Lyall’s Shadow of a Pug (the sequel to Howard Wallace, P.I., my favorite debut from last year; think film noir for middle grade readers and you’ve got the right idea). Then there’s the much lauded Caraval by Stephanie Garber, about which I’ve heard so many wonderful things, and the intriguing-sounding, stand-alone dystopian novel Orleans by Sherri L. Smith. I’m also eager to get into Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, which from everything I’ve heard is already the must-read book of the year. I’m also very much looking forward to Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Traci Chee’s The Reader (I was fortunate to get a signed copy!). Finally, there’s The Lost Compass by Joel Ross. I had intended to read this one much sooner, having thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, The Fog Diver, but our kids took off with my copy of Compass as soon as it arrived. This is a recurring theme in our house.

That’s not the entire list, but it’s enough to keep me going for a while.”

From Carter Higgins, author of the forthcoming This is Not a Valentine (Dec. 2017) and Everything You Need For a Treehouse (2018, both Chronicle):
“Summer is for the comfort foods of reading, so I plan to open up the first chapter of the first book J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series to get reacquainted with the boy who lived. My teetering pile also includes Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book; Tracey Baptiste’s The Jumbies (finally!); and The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano and Sophie Blackall. Will Schwalbe’s Books for Living also has me curious—I love the idea of understanding and celebrating the ways we have been connected to books. Here’s to lazy hours and late nights!”

Daryl Grabarek About Daryl Grabarek

Daryl Grabarek dgrabarek@mediasourceinc.com is the editor of School Library Journal's monthly enewsletter, Curriculum Connections, and its online column Touch and Go. Before coming to SLJ, she held librarian positions in private, school, public, and college libraries. Her dream is to manage a collection on a remote island in the South Pacific.

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  1. There is a new picture storybook for children ages 6-9 years old titled, “Three Best Friends.” This is a great summer read as children will learn how exclusion of children with mobility impairments from non-accessible playgrounds prevents healthy interactions with each other. The theme is how can you reconcile the high costs to build an accessible playground for all children with all abilities to participate together.

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