Summer Reading List 2023
A book to read on a long flight. A book to read while lying in the hammock. A book to read while relaxing on the beach. A book to read when you wish you were relaxing on the beach. A guilt-free option for entertaining your children. A new summer read for your book club. A book to complete your summer reading bingo sheet or the summer reading challenge at your library.
Whatever it is you are looking for we listed a few suggestions to get you started.
With three books and two companion ebooks, this series will keep you reading through the summer!
“A story of complex relationships, expertly told in a memorable and beautiful read … leaves a desire to know more after the last page has been turned.”—Torey Malatia, journalist and CEO of Rhode Island Public Radio
“Captivating … I’ve never read a novel with such a twist on love.”—Sevim Whitaker, Educational Specialist
“Gavrihel’s words flow effortlessly through her pen. She has a gift and I predict that all her books will be treasures.” —Dr. Lisa Anne Wilson, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Witty and mixed-up high school senior, Rose Moon, suffers from unbridled anxiety as she struggles to cope with an increasingly jaded reality. Sarcasm, marijuana, and her best friend, Gabby Thomas, become Rose’s saving grace while trapped in a cycle of abuse with intoxicatingly handsome Devin Miller … the father of her unborn child.
“A truly great read, perfect for the summer beach bag or to binge-read all night. I could hardly put it down! Five stars!” –5-Star Amazon Review
“Owner of a Lonely Heart is a memoir about parenthood, absence, and the condition of being a refugee: the story of Beth’s relationship with her mother. Beth tells a coming-of-age story that spans her own Midwestern childhood, her first meeting with her mother, and becoming a parent herself. Vivid and illuminating, Owner of a Lonely Heart is a deeply personal story of family, connection, and belonging: as a daughter, a mother, and as a Vietnamese refugee in America.”
by Dana Stewart Quinney
2019 Idaho Library Association Book of the Year Award Recipient!
Wildflower Girl is the autobiographical story of Dana Quinney, a girl who grew up in Ketchum, Idaho during the 1950s and became a field biologist.
Born to love the richness and magic of the wilds, Dana rode horses and learned to fly fish from her father, a legendary guide. She learned the names of flowers and trees, and the habits of animals that lived nearby . . . she knew what forces built the landscape she saw from her bedroom window, and grew up to find adventure in the wild places of the world.
by Robert D. Gaines and Andrew Heidelberg
The true story of Andrew Heidelberg, who against incredible barriers, became the first African-American to play previously “white” high school football in the South. The story, as told by Andrew to Robert D. Gaines, covers his childhood in the racist South, the NAACP recruitment of children to integrate the white public schools, integration by The Norfolk 17 in 1959, and Andrew’s impact when he made and ultimately starred for the Norview High School football team.
“Superb … Gaines and Heidelberg dive deeply into a fierce, rich, and soul-stirring chronicle of how a Black teen passed through a gauntlet of jeering whites to eventually become the first to integrate all-white high school football in the South … a relentlessly honest account filled with pain, triumph, inspiration and transformation.”
– Luressa Heidelberg, Andrew’s widow, author of Breaking Silence
Books for Kids (and kids at heart!)
Reading Challenges, Resources, and Activities:
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Black History – On This Day in 1959
The Norfolk 17–February 2, 1959
Sixty-five years ago today, seventeen cautiously brave Black teenagers rocked the foundation of the racist South, accomplishing what many at the time had thought impossible … ending segregation at six public schools in Norfolk, Virginia. If getting there had been a war, being there was horrendous.
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