Books & Reading
Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock
Told in three separate voices, dreamy Claire, seventeen, with her complicated home and love life, shy Max, also seventeen, a state senator’s son whose parents are too focused on the next election to see his pain, and twenty-one-year-old paranoid schizophrenic Barkley, teeter on the brink of destruction.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Diligently chronicling colorful versions of his family’s history, 16-year-old Austin and his best friend, Robby, accidentally trigger a disaster that could potentially destroy humanity by unleashing an army of giant praying mantises on their small hometown, a catastrophe they evaluate from inside an underground bunker.
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
An adventure of two boys’ incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.
Until It Hurts to Stop by Jennifer R. Hubbard
A former victim of middle school bullying, seventeen-year-old Maggie struggles to navigate the high school world of love and friendships, finding solace in her love of hiking.
Shadows by Robin McKinley
While in the midst of suspecting that her mother’s Old World boyfriend, Val, is practicing illegal magic, Maggie meets and falls in love with Casimir, who believes he knows the truth about Val’s magic and who Maggie must rely on in the face of world-changing events.