1. I'm going to start with the most awesome book series on THE.PLAN.ET!!!! This will keep your adventurer busy for the whole summer. Warning: as fantastic as Brandon Mull is as author of this amazing series, he falls short on his other book series, Beyonders. Honestly, we couldn't even get through it. I can't even believe it's the same author. But, Fablehaven, I can stand behind 100%
|The Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull|
2. Legend is a classic story of the haves versus the have-nots but set in what used to be the Western United States. It's got a great twist that just stuns the young reader! This book is being made into a series, as well.
|Legend by Marie Lu|
4. This next book is as great as the title: Ida B:...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World. Author, Katherine Hannigan, has a flair for words in this touching story of hardship, growth, and determination. You'll fall in love with Ida B and her shenanigans. Rest assured, this is not an Anne of Green Gables girly book. Ida B has a spunk any adventurous boy could appreciate!
5. Kiddo read Hatchet in school during 4th grade and loved it so much, he insisted we read it together as a family one rainy summer afternoon last year. WOW! This tale has you gripping your seat there's so much action. The author really has a way of having you hang on to every word, wondering what will happen next. It's a nice, quick read.
6. This next book is NOT for the faint of heart. The Goats, by Brock Cole, offers quite an adventure between a boy and a girl camper that begins in a very mean, bullying way. Their adventure remains at a steady-pace and some of the subject matter is mature in an adolescent sort of way (Think, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume). It's an old classic, but a must-read for any young literary scholar.
7. Another book about a futuristic, fantasy city. Mortal Engines is first in the series of books named Predator Cities. I can't claim to know about this one because only Kiddo read it. But, he seemed to enjoy it and read it quite willingly, without being told. Always a good sign!
|Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve|
|Amulet: Graphic Novel Series|
|The Trilogy: Lord of the Rings|
Stop by this Thursday and take a gander at what will be sitting on my nightstand this summer!