Sizzle Up Your Summer With These Fine Reads

8/2/2013 -- Summer ReadingReady to heat up your summer experience? 


These books ought to do the job!


Check out these hot books we recommend for sizzling up your summer!


We have adventurous, suspenseful, humorous and fun reads for children, teens and adults below.


Get them at your Lorain Public Library System Libraries.


Have a great summer!


Summer Book Recommendations List Compiled by our Columbia Branch Library Staff


Book Recommendations for Adults


List Compiled by Sandy Mitchell, Columbia Branch Librarian Supervisor


The Orchardist: A Novel by Amanda Coplin

William Talmadge’s father died in a mining incident in the early 20th century.  His mother took him and his sister on a long journey and found the perfect land to settle on in the Northwest.  His mother dies and his sister never returns after going outside one day.  Talmadge leads a solitary life for years, tending his orchard.  He reflects on how he could have treated his sister in a kinder way.  Then two starving, pregnant sisters steal fruit from his fruit stand and he befriends them.  This is Amanda Coplin’s first novel.  She grew up in Wenatchee, Washington. 


The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs by Dana Bate

Dana Bate’s first book, a chick lit novel,  is a humorous  and fun read, centering around Hannah Sugarman, who works at a think tank in Washington, D.C.  She is 20 something and searching to find herself.  She parts with her boyfriend in a less than amicable way, has parents wanting to shape her career in a direction she’s not keen on, and a job that’s well, not exactly what she wants.  Her real love is cooking.   Don’t miss the recipes at the end of the book. 


Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox and husband Elgie Branch tell their daughter, Bee, she can take a trip anywhere she wants, if she gets a straight “S” (“A”) report card.  When she does, she wants the family to take a trip to Antarctica, which is agreed upon.  Right before the trip, Bernadette disappears.  Her mother is known for her unconventional ways, including having a personal assistant in India.  Through emails and letters, a hilarious and telling picture of the family, friends and acquaintances come to light.



Book Recommendations for Teens


List Compiled by Nicole Katz, Library Associate Columbia Branch Library


Wonder by R. J. Palacio

It has been awhile since I've read a book that touched me like this one. This is such a heartfelt, honest, collaborative view on being born different and how the world and those closest to you react and evolve from the experience of it all. It is a testament to the cruelties that is childhood and the beautiful and fierce friendships that can come of it. I highly recommend this book. It is truly wonderful.


Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School Book the First by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage is the first in this awesome teen steampunk series. It has it all: ticktock machinery, dirigibles, ball gowns and lessons on proper poise and poisoning. Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. She is always climbing on things: furniture, trees and even people! Well, that was only once and she was eight years old. She loves to read and take apart every piece of machinery just to see how it works. So unlady like! At the end of her wits, Sophronia's mother enrolls her in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing School for Girls of Quality - only this isn't your run of the mill finishing school. This is a delightful, humorous and adventurous story.  


The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks

Toby Vanderveld woke up in the middle of a dingo pen this morning (naked), with no recollection whatsoever of how he got there. His doctor believes he may have had an epileptic fit and wandered there. His mother is convinced that he was kidnapped in the night. Toby is pretty convinced that his best mate, Fergis, is behind it somehow, but the truth is, Toby is a werewolf. It takes an actual kidnapping and waking up in an underground cell where other werewolves are being held against their will and forced to fight to the death on the full moon for him accept the truth of it.  


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

September is as ordinary as an ordinary girl can be - except that she has a lifelong once-a-year pass to Fairyland. It has been a year since she saved Fairyland. Her father has gone to war and her mother works in a factory building airplanes in boring Omaha. One night, September is washing the tea cups and out the window sees the green wind flying about in a row boat. Of course, September jumps out the window to take chase, loses a shoe in the process and stumbles right into Fairyland - only Fairyland is not the same as it was when she left. An evil Marquess has taken over and there are no more tea parties, or fun of any sort. All of the flying folk have their wings shackled; I mean who ever heard of a dragon not being allowed to fly? And to top it all, shadows are disappearing en masse, all of Fairyland is losing its magic and they are being forced to use magic ration cards! Can September defeat the evil Marquess and put Fairyland back in the right?    



Book Recommendations for Children (Picture Books)


List Compiled by Kerri L. Williams, Library Associate Columbia Branch Library


Ribbit, written by Rodrigo Folguiera and illustrated by Poly Bernatene (Ages 3 – 6)

The big question in this book is: why would a pig be visiting a group of frogs and saying “Ribbit?” The frogs aren’t sure what the pig wants and get annoyed when he says “Ribbit” to all of their questions. With the help of their animal neighbors, they decide to ask the wise old beetle what this pig could possibly want! This is an adorably illustrated book (note the shape of the pig’s nose on several pages) that tells children it’s ok to be different and you can still be accepted by your friends. Favorite excerpt: “’Maybe,’ said the wise old beetle, ‘he just wanted to make new friends.’ “  


The Dark, written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen (Ages 3 – 6)

In Lemony Snicket’s newest book, the dark lives in the basement (and sometimes in the closet or behind the shower curtain) with Laszlo. While Laszlo is afraid of the dark, the dark tries to show him that he doesn’t have to be – in fact, the dark can help Laszlo!  Laszlo shows how brave he is and works with the dark to get past his fears. Strikingly vivid illustrations show just how heavy the dark can be in all parts of a creaky house. Favorite excerpt: “Without a closet, you would have nowhere to put your shoes, and without a shower curtain, you would splash water all over the bathroom, and without the dark, everything would be light, and you would never know if you needed a light bulb.”  


Chu’s Day, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Adam Rex (Ages 4 – 8) Chu is having a very busy and fun day with his parents! But they have to keep asking him, “Are you going to sneeze?” because bad things happen when Chu sneezes. The story is simple and easy to follow, while the art is richly drawn and wonderfully detailed. Find out how such a tiny panda can cause such big trouble for the whole town! Favorite excerpt: “When Chu sneezed, bad things happened.”  


How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers: A Simple, but Brilliant Plan in 24 Easy Steps, written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein (Ages 4 – 8)

This imaginative book by Caldecott-winning author Mordicai Gerstein lays out a genius plan to plant sunflowers on the Moon so it won’t look so sad and lonely. The spunky boy who hatches this crazy plan has an infectious enthusiasm and even peppers in some outer space facts! Gerstein illustrates the elaborate plan with spirited comic panels, making this book an exciting read. Favorite excerpt: “Dear NASA, I have a simple but brilliant plan to bicycle to the moon. (Describe the plan). Would you please loan me a space suit, size extra small, for a few months? I promise to return it in good condition and give you a full report on my journey.”