We are nearing the end of the Campbell County Teen summer reading program; teens will finish their reading pages by Saturday, and we will be drawaing for grand prizes on August 10. Last week we featured activities from Western Europe -- a Celtic knot stationery craft, Scottish language trivia, time zone travels. This week, our afternoon activities center around Japan; teens are decorating flip-flops (slippers) and sampling wasabi peas, pocky, and green tea.
As I have been away from the computer much of the last two weeks, I haven't blogged about any literature selections. What follows is a list of a variety of teen books, chosen for locations that fit with our most recent themes. Any of these would be great reading selections for the month between the end of summer reading and the start of the school year.
Books set in Europe (in general):
A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes and The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Books set in England:
In the Shadow of the Lamp by Susanne Dunlap
A Spy in the House and The Body at the Tower by Ying S. Lee (The Agency series)
The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
Montmorency: Thief, Liar or Gentleman? and sequels by Eleanor Updale
Books set in Ireland:
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle
The Fire Opal by Regina McBride
The New Policeman trilogy by Kate Thompson
Books set in Scotland:
Islands of the Blessed by Nancy Farmer
Prophecy of Days by Christy Raedeke
Books set in France:
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Troubadour by Mary Hoffman
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Sovay by Celia Rees
Books set in Germany:
Ashes by Kathryn Lasky
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Books set in Japan:
Young Samurai trilogy by Chris Bradford
The Five Ancestors series by Jeff Stone
Also, if you are interested in Japanese culture, you should investigate our growing collection of manga series. "Manga" is a Japanese form of the graphic novel, and is unique to that culture. We have over twenty series, and continue to develop this collection, to come in for a sample of something new.
Research more about any of these titles on our web page, http://www.ccpls.org/. Hope to see you for the rest of the summer vacation at your library!