Thursday, July 28, 2011

End of Summer Reading Suggestions

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,  Hope to see you for the rest of the summer vacation at your library!

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