Are you looking for something to read while you're at the beach in the sun or maybe sitting in the backyard, sipping some lemonade? Or maybe curled up in front of the AC. Wherever you plan to read this summer, we've got some teen titles for you. The following are a selection of summer-themed books, ranging from light romances to something a little darker.
Check out the display in the library for these, and other, summer reads! Click on the book cover for more information about each title.
Marcus Sedgwick won the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for Midwinterblood. Four honor books were selected: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell; Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal; Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner; and Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (tween fiction, also available on audio).
Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn won the William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. Here are the four remaining finalists: Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian; Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos; Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (on order); and In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters.
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo (replacement ordered) both won the Stonewall Book Award for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. There were also three honor books, including two for teens: Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington (nonfiction); and Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (Knopf).
Other awards included the Pura Belpré Author Award, which went to Meg Medina's book Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Three honor books were selected, including YA title The Living by Matt de la Peña.