Book recommendations for the summer

With the summer months quickly approaching, students are beginning to wonder what they should do with all their free time. The best thing to do is to curl up in the sun with a good book. Here are some books the Publications Team recommends:

Emma’s recommendation: Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

“It’s really good. It is an updated book of Cinderella, except it follows her after she goes to the palace.”

Abigail’s recommendation: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

“Where the Crawdads Sing’ is a fantastic book, following the story of the ‘Marsh Girl’ otherwise known as Kya, and her life in the marsh. Along with this it follows the investigation of the murder of Chase Andrews. This story takes you on a crazy murder mystery adventure, that goes on a trillion twists and turns and leaves you guessing right till the end. I was able to finish the whole book over only four days.”

Bennett’s recommendation: Starships Troopers by Robert A.. Heinlan

“It’s really cool because it was written in the late ‘50s, and some of the stuff in the book is accurate to what we have today, and it’s cool because he predicted that we would have a lot of the things that we have today.”

Patrick’s recommendation: 1984 by George Orwell

“‘1984’ is a cautionary tale that reminds us to this day to never become complicit and always be vigilant when faced with an oppressive authority.”

Becca’s recommendation: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

“It’s pretty sad. The dog dies. It’s a good book, though.”

Minori’s recommendation: The Lord of the Flies by William Golding or If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

“I really like Simon. Read ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ if you want to cry.”

Molly’s recommendation: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

“It was really good at bringing cultural issues that aren’t really talked about into light.”

Chloe’s recommendation: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

“Who would have thought reading about a feisty English girl would be so entertaining? This was the first book I wasn’t able to put down in a while.”

Tyger’s recommendation: The Carpenter by Jon Gordon

“It’s the only book I’ve ever read and thought, hey, I want to keep reading this. It teaches you a lot about positivity and the importance of your daily mindset. I would read it.”

Connie King’s recommendation: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

“‘Just Mercy’ has left a huge impact on me. The story is a modern retelling similar to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ ‘Just Mercy’ is a true story about a man who was wrongfully accused of murder and winds up on Alabama's death row. The author writes about how he worked to prove the man’s innocence. It has brought more of my attention to racial equality.”

My recommendation: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

“This love story is set in an alternate world where the protagonist buys a slave and builds a relationship with him as he fights to free his people. It’s one of the best books that I’ve ever read.”


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