Summer Reading Suggestions

If you’re taking our Summer Reading Challenge or just looking for something new, check out our book suggestions.

Non-Fiction Suggestions

Grossology - Sylvia Branzei and Jack Keely
Amusingly illustrated book explains the scientific facts of some of the more disgusting aspects of human physiology.

Oh, yuck! : the encyclopedia of everything nasty - Joy Masoff and Terry Sirrell
From ants to zits, this reference guide to the gasiest, slimiest, most noxious things on earth is backed with loads of scientific research, photographs, and cartoons to explain all the gross things around us.Table of Contents

The art of the catapult : build Greek ballistae, Roman onagers, English trebuchets, and more ancient artillery - William Gurstelle
The history of siege warfare is explored through the stories of Alexander the Great and his battle of Tyre; Saladin; Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade; pirate-turned-soldier John Crabbe and his ship-mounted catapults; and others.Table of Contents

Bones : dead people DO tell tales - Sara L. Latta
Uses true crime stories to explain the science of forensics and physical anthropology.Table of Contents

Naked eggs and flying potatoes : unforgettable experiments that make science fun - Steve Spangler
A collection of easy and entertaining home science experiments from the creator of the popular “Mentos soda geyser” viral video.

Doctor Who : the visual dictionary - Neil Corry
Packed with details and photos of monsters, gadgets and other wonders from across time and space, this updated guide to the hit television program has been expanded to include the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors.

Electrified Sheep : Glass-Eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon, and More Bizarre Experiments - Alex Boese
Chronicles eccentric, irrational and extreme scientific experiments that have been performed throughout history by famous and lesser-known figures, including a team that attempted to set off nuclear explosions on the moon, a doctor who performed his own appendectomy and Benjamin Franklin’s mouth-to-beak resuscitation on an electric-shocked chicken. Table of Contents

The stunning science of everything : science with the squishy bits left in! - Nick Arnold and Tony De Saulles
Funny twists and turns take a realistic look at the world in which we live, highlighting strange and disturbing facts about our environment, planet, and universe.

Why Pandas Do Handstands : And Other Curious Truths About Animals - Augustus Brown

Ideas that changed the world - Julie Ferris
An in-depth reference guide to technological developments that changed the world describes each invention and explores its place in history and how it influenced civilization, discussing inventions from the wheel to computers.

How to be a genius - John Woodward, Serge Seidlitz and Andy Smith
Kids will learn how the brain works and how it makes them the people they are in this challenging, informative, and practical look at the different functions, areas, and states of the brain; at each stage, there are cool games, quizzes, puzzles, brain teasers, and more.Table of Contents

How I killed Pluto and why it had it coming - Mike Brown
A dramatic account by the astronomer who inadvertently triggered the “demotion” of Pluto in his effort to officially recognize the solar system’s 10th planet describes ensuing debates and public outcry while revealing the behind-the-scenes story of his discovery.First Chapter  Table of Contents

Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers - Mary Roach
A compelling look inside the world of forensics examines the use of human cadavers in a wide range of endeavors, including research into new surgical procedures, the testing of the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, space exploration, a Tennessee human decay research facility, and a Scandinavian funeral directors’ conference on human composting. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.

The disappearing spoon : and other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements - Sam Kean
Explores intriguing tales about every element of the periodic table, sharing their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, evil, love, the arts, and the lives of the colorful scientists who discovered them.

Primates : the fearless science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas - Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
An engrossing, graphically illustrated introduction to the lives and work of three eminent primatologists shares insights into their educations under mentor Louis Leakey while exploring their pivotal contributions to 20th-century natural science. By the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Feynman.

Mythbusters : don’t try this at home! - Mary Packard
Presents various urban myths and legends, describes how the “Mythbusters” set out to prove the myths, explains the results, and provides instructions for how to do similar “mythbusting” at home.First Chapter

The new way things work - David Macaulay, Neil Ardley and David Macaulay
A Caldecott winner demystifies the machinery of the computer age with the help of a charming woolly mammoth in a completely updated version of an earlier work which details the latest innovations from cars and microchips to watches and lasers.

Popular mechanics 101 things that go fast : planes, trains, and automobiles you can make and ride - Inc. Hearst Communications
Features 101 projects that capture the self-sufficient spirit of the 1910s and 1920s, calling for raw materials and limited technology to complete such projects as attaching a sail to a bicycle and making a monorail sled.

The book of general ignorance - John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
Presents a whimsical compendium of popular misconceptions, misunderstandings, and common mistakes based on “common knowledge,” culled from the fields of history, science, literature, and biography, presenting such “helpful” facts as French toast comes from Rome, camels originated in North America, coffee is not made from beans, and more. 80,000 first printing.First Chapter  Table of Contents

Fiction Suggestions

Ender’s game - Orson Scott Card
An expert at simulated war games, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin believes that he is engaged in one more computer war game when, in truth, he is commanding the last Earth fleet against an alien race seeking Earth’s complete destruction. Nebula and Hugo Winner.

The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy - Douglas Adams
Chronicles the journeys, notions, and acquaintances of reluctant galactic traveler Arthur Dent, accompanied by never-before-published material from the late author’s archives as well as commentary by famous fans.First Chapter

The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
In the best-selling first volume of the trilogy set in the cruel world of Panem, the annual Hunger Games pit young children against one another in a battle to the death on national television, so when Katniss is ordered to represent her district, she knows an important decision between survival and the love of another will have to be made when she is called to enter the ring.

Matched - Allyson Braithwaite Condie
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate–until Ky Markham’s face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The maze runner - James Dashner
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

Delirium - Lauren Oliver
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until right before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.

Code Orange - Caroline B. Cooney
While in a panic to do a last minute report for his Advanced Bio class, Mitty Blake glances through some old medical books in his family’s weekend house and discovers an old envelope containing two things that will forever alter his life.First Chapter

Gone - Michael Grant
In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.First Chapter

The 100 - Kass Morgan
Sent from cities in orbit around Earth’s toxic atmosphere to recolonize the planet, 100 juvenile delinquent teens endure a brutal crash landing on the savagely beautiful planet, where they struggle to form a tentative community and scavenge for resources while learning how to trust and love each other.First Chapter

Across the universe - Beth Revis
Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet three hundred years in the future, but her frozen slumber abruptly ends when someone on board the ship tries to murder her.

Robopocalypse : a novel - Daniel H. Wilson
A tale set in the near future finds the world thrown into chaos by rebelling artificial intelligences under the leadership of a murderous technology called Archos that kills its creator and takes over the global network, triggering an unprecedented united front among all human cultures.First Chapter

Adaptation - Malinda Lo
In the aftermath of a series of plane crashes caused by birds, 17-year-old Reese and her debate-team partner, David, receive medical treatment at a secret government facility and become tangled in a conspiracy that is, according to Reese’s friend Julian, connected with aliens and UFOs.

Ashfall - Mike Mullin
After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a new society.

Black hole sun - David Macinnis Gill
On the planet Mars, sixteen-year-old Durango and his crew of mercenaries are hired by the settlers of a mining community to protect their most valuable resource from a feral band of marauders.

Cinder - Marissa Meyer
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson
It’s 1914 and Europe is on the precipice of war–the German Clankers and British Darwinists are armed with futuristic weaponry and biotechnology; in the midst of the chaos, Alek, a Royal and potential threat to the throne, and Deryn, a common Darwinist, meet on the run and forge an uneasy alliance that will dramatically change the course of the Great War and their lives.First Chapter

Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally’s best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

The giver - Lois Lowry
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.First Chapter

The house of the scorpion - Nancy Farmer
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrón, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. A Newbery Honor book. Reader’s Guide available. Reprint.

I am number four - Pittacus Lore
John Smith–one of nine aliens from the planet Lorien–struggles to outrun his past, discover his future and live a normal life in Paradise, Ohio, as one by one his fellow Loriens are being killed by evil beings.

Legend - Marie Lu
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

These broken stars - Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
The first novel in a sweeping science fiction trilogy tells a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds as two star-crossed lovers, Lilac and Tarver, must fight for survival when they crash land on a seemingly uninhabited planet.

Among the hidden - Margaret Peterson Haddix
Due to government restrictions on family size, Luke is born an illegal third child who must hide from sight for his own safety, yet when he secretly encounters another “shadow child” on the connecting farm, Luke is willing to take big risks to develop the friendship.

Rot & Ruin - Jonathan Maberry
In a post-apocalyptic world where fences and border patrols guard the few people left from the zombies that have overtaken civilization, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura is finally convinced that he must follow in his older brother’s footsteps and become a bounty hunter.First Chapter

The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.First Chapter

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