The summer break is well underway and by now you might be looking for something to read beyond The Hunger Games trilogy. Not to say that those books aren’t terrific, but there are so many other great titles. And if you have a reading list for school…you weren’t planning on tackling that until August, right?
For suggestions that are almost definitely not on your school reading list, try the Thumbs Up! Award, sponsored by the Michigan Library Association. This award recognizes outstanding teen lit selected by teens. All you have to do is read any or all of the nominated titles and vote online. It’s just that easy! Voting takes place through August 31. Click here to vote.
The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
Divergent by Veronica Roth
I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
And if you have an Apple gadget, you can download the Teen Book Finder app by the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA). I’ve given it a test drive and it’s easy to use and has lots of great features. Download the app now! An Android version is planned for later in 2012.
–Lynn H., CADL Youth Services Specialist