Feels Like Summer
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… The weather is starting to warm up, but it’s not quite summer yet. If you’re yearning for those hot-hot days and warm nights around the campfire, visit June, July and August through these stories. These YA and juvenile reads are great for their target audience -- and adults too! From a hot and sticky summer spent in a hot and sticky food truck to a classic road trip with a twist and a mermaid, it may be summertime in these books -- but the livin’ might not be so easy after all.
All Summer Long by Hope Larson
Thirteen-year-old Bina’s plans for the summer have been shattered now that Austin has announced he’ll be spending a month at soccer camp. Their annual Summer Fun Index is out of the question, and Bina is left to entertain herself. At least she’s got her guitar. And then there’s Austin’s older sister, who maybe isn’t so bad after all...
Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim
A take on the classic road trip novel, Mariam Sharma Hits the Road introduces readers to Mariam, Umar and Ghazala. After Ghaz’s image is broadcast in Times Square to the shock of her parents, Umar and Mariam perform a rescue mission and carry her to the American South, where the three face racism, compassion and the truths they must share with the world to be their complete selves. Buckle up -- it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
At Arundel, the Penderwick sisters have a carefree summer ahead of them -- until they learn they must be on their best behavior at the estate. After all, Mrs. Tifton personally advises them to toe the line. This turns out to be more challenging than the girls originally anticipated, however, with nearly free run of the estate and a very interesting boy named Jeffrey Tifton. Throw in a couple of rabbits and there’s no telling what kinds of adventures the Penderwicks will get up to.
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
Summer is hot and sticky, but no hotter and stickier than in a food truck. Clara is a prank pro, but when her latest one goes too far, she’s sentenced to spend the summer with her school enemy working in her father’s Korean-Brazilian fusion food truck. In such close quarters, the girls are bound to learn a thing or two about each other. And Clara wouldn’t mind learning something about the cute mobile barista, Hamlet, either.
Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman
Usually, summer means long days together for best friends Hailey and Claire. But this year, their days together are coming to an end as Claire’s family prepares to move far away. There’s one last adventure to be had, though, and when the girls discover a mermaid at the bottom of the Capri Beach Club pool, they know they’re the ones to help Aquamarine find love.
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Rose can always count on Windy to be at her family’s summer getaway at the beach. Much like a little sister, Windy is a bit like Rose’s shadow. But shadows have been cast on Rose’s family for a while now, leaving Rose somewhat disillusioned with her parents. Try though she may to escape the drama, Rose is about to encounter more this summer -- and it involves the cute boy at the general store.
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
After her mother publishes a novel based on Molly’s personal life and the whole town finds out, Molly feels she’s done a pretty good job living under the radar at boarding school. She just has to make it through one more summer -- ninety-nine days -- before heading out to the East Coast for college. But that’s not so easy when Patrick (a.k.a. her ex-boyfriend) and Gabe (a.k.a. the guy she cheated on Patrick with and Patrick’s brother) seem to be around every corner. And there’s something to be said for the fact that Molly’s shouldering the worst of the community’s wrath around the debacle -- when, after all, it takes two to tango.
Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
Between junior and senior year, Ivy is really feeling the pressure to be something great. It’s in her blood -- or, it’s supposed to be. With her grandfather hovering, Ivy feels has never felt less prepared to take on the world than when her mother shows up with two sisters who believe Ivy is their aunt. Ivy’s quiet summer in her Maryland beach hometown is thrown into turmoil, and the heat is turned up due to the cute intern her grandfather’s got working on a project in her house. Whether she can even survive the summer -- let alone live up to her family’s name -- is just the first of many questions Ivy will have to ask herself.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
It’s the summer before college, and Dimple Shah is headed to San Francisco’s Insomnia Con, where teams will compete to code the best program in hopes of being mentored by Dimple’s hero. Her plans are complicated, though, when her intended future husband, Rishi -- about whom she has no idea -- is sent to the same camp, and she discovers her parents hope he will woo her there. Will Dimple win the chance to work with her mentor? Will the awkward but yes-if-she-has-to-admit-it adorable Rishi win her over?
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Without Sloane, Emily is a bit aimless; after all, it was Sloane who made Emily, well, interesting. When Sloane disappears one summer, leaving nothing behind but a list of tasks for Emily, Emily isn’t sure how she’ll make it alone. Especially because the tasks are a bit...daunting. Skinny dipping? Kissing strangers? Sharing secrets? And then there’s Frank, who might be filling some sort of void in Emily’s life without Sloane. This summer of adventure is about to begin -- if Emily can be brave enough.