Reading programs abound in summer (The Cincinnati Public Library and Joseph-Beth Booksellers are two terrific options) but even the most ardent young readers need a push during pool season. In this entirely unscientific poll of area bookworms aged 9-12, we’ve curated a literary menu for all palates.
1. Harry Potter Fans
Try The Thickety, A Path Begins by A.J. White. Witchcraft, magic, and a unique creature lure the heroine of this suspenseful tale into a mysterious forest where she discovers an unusual book with untold powers.
2. Classics Lovers
Nancy Drew, with her independent spirit and take-charge attitude (not to mention that sweet blue convertible roadster) gives readers a taste of old time language from an era when the prefix for phone was “tele” not i. The Secret of the Old Clock, published in 1930, is the first in the original 25 book series, which has since swelled to over 100 installments. Luncheon anyone?
3. Breakfast Club Lite
Told from the viewpoints of its characters, because of mr. terupt by Rob Buyea introduces the varied personalities of seven fifth graders at Snow Hill School who are brought together by a special teacher. Kids can chase it down with mr. terupt falls again and the newest, out in July, saving mr. terupt.
4. Nonfiction Fanatics
The young adult version of Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand’s powerful, best-selling biography of World Word II survivor Louis Zamperini gets the same rave reviews as the adult title.
5. Series Freaks
Five books, with a sixth due in September and a seventh planned for next spring, The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann follow the adventures of twins Aaron and Alex Stowe in the magical world of Quill.
Bonus: Impress Your Parents
Indie film fans may recognize Frank Cottrell Boyce’s screenwriting credit from flicks like 24 Hour Party People and Hilary and Jackie but his latest young-adult book, The Astounding Broccoli Boy, is meant for kids—especially those who have already devoured Boyce’s Millions and Framed. Boyce has also penned follow-ups to Ian Fleming’s classic Chittty Chitty Bang Bang.