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School’s Out: 25 Spectacular Summer Reads

  • TEEN

    FOUR EIDS AND A FUNERAL

    JUNE 4, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

FOUR EIDS AND A FUNERAL

by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé & Adiba Jaigirdar

A love story that successfully blends the lighthearted with the serious to demonstrate the power of community. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    THIRSTY

    MAY 14, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

THIRSTY

by Jas Hammonds

A gut-wrenching story that honestly explores the normalization of alcoholism. Full review >

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  • TEEN

    WILD ABOUT YOU

    MAY 21, 2024

TEENS & YOUNG ADULT

WILD ABOUT YOU

by Kaitlyn Hill

A lesson in trusting oneself when doubts (and stakes) are high. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SPY RING

    MAY 21, 2024

CHILDREN'S

SPY RING

by Sarah Beth Durst

Compelling and fascinating; brings history to life. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    UPSTAGED

    MAY 28, 2024

CHILDREN'S

UPSTAGED

by Robin Easter ; illustrated by Robin Easter

Summer theater camp sets the perfect stage for an angsty, queer, and romantic middle school story. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    FELIX POWELL, BOY DOG

    JULY 16, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    CAMP SYLVANIA

    MAY 14, 2024

CHILDREN'S

CAMP SYLVANIA

by Julie Murphy & Crystal Maldonado ; illustrated by Emma Cormarie & Jenna Stempel-Lobell

A fun summer romp with honest portrayals of friendship woes and the pitfalls of well-meaning adults. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BAND CAMP!

    SEPT. 3, 2024

GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS

BAND CAMP!

by Brian "Smitty" Smith ; illustrated by Brian "Smitty" Smith

Pitch-perfect and fast-paced, this series hits all the right notes. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE LAST RHEE WITCH

    MAY 14, 2024

CHILDREN'S

THE LAST RHEE WITCH

by Jenna Lee-Yun

Rich in Korean mythology and suspense; will keep readers guessing. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    THE WORLD IN OUR BACKYARD

    MAY 21, 2024

CHILDREN'S

THE WORLD IN OUR BACKYARD

by Jami Gigot ; illustrated by Jami Gigot

There’s lots of fun to be had in your own backyard—and in this lively book. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    ON A SUMMER NIGHT

    MAY 14, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    MAMA'S LIBRARY SUMMERS

    MARCH 12, 2024

CHILDREN'S

MAMA'S LIBRARY SUMMERS

by Melvina Noel ; illustrated by Daria Peoples

A sumptuous story of summertime Black joy, and a master class in fostering family literacy. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    GARBAGE GULLS

    JUNE 4, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    FOUND

    MAY 28, 2024

  • CHILDREN'S

    SUMMER IS HERE

    MAY 7, 2024

CHILDREN'S

SUMMER IS HERE

by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Bea Jackson

An utterly immersive celebration of the boundless joys of summer—may they never end! Full review >

FULL REVIEW >
  • CHILDREN'S

    BEACH HAIR

    JUNE 4, 2024

CHILDREN'S

BEACH HAIR

by Ashley Woodfolk ; illustrated by Niña Mata

A radiant love letter to family, beachy summer days, and the freedom to let your hair down. Full review >

FULL REVIEW >

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