Good Summer Reading for Teens...from teens to their teacher.

A Listmania! list by Ruth Veselka "Mommy and H.S. English Teacher" (Minot, ND)
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The list author says: "I am often asked by parents what would be good for their kids to read over the summer. It is as important for students to take time off from school as it is for adults to have vacation time from work. With reading it's necessary that they find things to read that will be interesting and intriguing while offering them a strengthening of vocabulary and an ability to use the knowledge gained from the year...blah, blah, blah...grab a book!

This top ten list is in no particular order and I hope you find something good to read!"
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
1.  Percy Jackson and the Olympians Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by Rick Riordan
The list author says:
  "If you haven't read these books yet...what's wrong with you?  I had a set in my classroom and couldn't keep them there. My student's (10th -12th grade) would fight over who had what book.  They are a fun easy read and good information (especially if you play the "God of War" Play Station games or have a Greek Mythology test)."
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The Five People You Meet In Heaven
2.  The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
The list author says:
  "Haven't found a student yet who doesn't like this book.  It's a quick read and will keep even the shortest attention span."
$17.65   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,793 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Peak
3.  Peak by Roland Smith
The list author says:
  "For the student who loved the novel "Hatchet" in middle school, "Peak" is a good novel to begin with and then work into "Into Thin Air" and "Into the Wild" by John Krakauer."
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Hush, Hush (The Hush, Hush Saga)
4.  Hush, Hush (The Hush, Hush Saga) by Becca Fitzpatrick
The list author says:
  "One of my student's brought me this book and even I couldn't put it down.  While the book is "Twilight-esque" I found it refreshing after so many &^%$#@ (translation: not so good) vampire books."
$14.09   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,165 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

Thirteen Reasons Why
5.  Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The list author says:
  "This book offers an interesting glimpse into how much our words and actions effect how others view themselves and the world around them.  This book makes the list because of a discussion I had with three students about the '13 reasons' and if they were good enough reasons...their answer was "no"...what is yours?"
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Graceling
6.  Graceling by Kristin Cashore
The list author says:
  "For me this was the first "realistic" fantasy book I have come across in a long time that I really liked.  I have passed it on several times and have heard the same from other students."
$7.63   Used & New from: $0.01
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Shiver
7.  Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
The list author says:
  "So...if you read this and can only think of "Twilight"... STOP! 
This isn't Twilight, but for an authors first novel it's is wonderfully written and offers different character perspectives(especially on werewolves)."
$12.95   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,211 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

The Secret Life of Bees: Tie In Edition
8.  The Secret Life of Bees: Tie In Edition by Sue Monk Kidd
The list author says:
  "Most kids have seen the movie, but the book offers so much more...they will want to watch the movie again (and should).

You may think it's a 'chick-flick' movie but the book is not...comment from one male student to another on why they should read the book."
$14.30   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,607 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

The Book Thief
9.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The list author says:
  "This is a FANTASTIC book! I don't know what more to say...FANTASTIC!!!"
$8.52   Used & New from: $1.67
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16,238 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Until They Bring the Streetcars Back
10.  Until They Bring the Streetcars Back by Stanley Gordon West
The list author says:
  "This is one of those books that your assigned for a class and think...nooooo!!
Then when your done you're asking the teacher what else the author has done and if they have those books...Good Book!!

Oh and this author wrote some more fantastic books!"
$13.04   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 3/20/10
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