As the days of summer wane and we transition to fall, some of us still feel that instinctual pull to go shopping for office supplies, pack lunch in an insulated box, and toss a backpack on our shoulders to head back to school. The campus can be a great setting for a novel with built-in conflicts of making the right grades, interpersonal relationships among students, and so much more.
With vacation season ramping up and the height of summer upon us, you may be looking for some water. Cold, refreshing water. We suggest starting with one of the biggest sources of water out there: the ocean. If the coast is a little too far for a trip, try these books about the sea. Adventure, romance, magic, and so much more await just beyond the horizon. Enjoy these books beachside or on the imaginary shore of your mind.
If you’ve been catching the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe installment, Loki, you might have a hankering for more Norse-inspired stories. Whether you’re looking for something specifically about the God of Mischief or you’re interested in something broader, we’ve got something for everyone.
For teens considering picking up a new hobby, look no further. This list of cookbooks written with teens in mind (and, in many cases, by teens) provides the framework and challenges aspiring chefs of all skill levels can enjoy. From comfort basics to more complex recipes featuring unusual ingredients, these recipes cover it all. Get hooked on cooking while developing problem solving skills, independence, and confidence (no matter your age)!
A complicated emotion, grief is one we all experience and respond to differently. These young adult novels take grief and show its transformative power in a number of different circumstances. From a girl fighting demons within and without to a summer vacation full of boys meant to distract from the one who can’t be there, these books offer heartbreaking and heart-mending stories.
Reading is always a fun experience, but there’s something extra special about stumbling upon a setting that holds familiarity. Whether the location is a surprise or you know about it before you pick up the book, recognizing places and descriptions -- and sometimes, visiting them -- can really impact the way we engage with a story. These books take place right here at home in Washington, D.C. but aren’t all about espionage and political intrigue. Find yourself right at home with one of these reads.