Say Hello to August and this Month’s Must-Reads

It's time to get in some last-minute reading before you head back to school.


1. What Goes Up, Katie Kennedy

Goodreads

"Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA’s mysterious Multi-World Agency. After rounds of crazy-competitive testing they are appointed to Team 3, along with an alternate, just in case Eddie screws up (as everyone expects he will). What they don’t expect is that aliens will arrive from another dimension, and look just like us. And no one could even imagine that Team 3 would be the only hope of saving our world from their Earth-destroying plans. The teens steal the spacecraft (it would be great if they knew how to fly it) and head to Earth2, where the aliens’ world and people are just like ours. With a few notable exceptions. "

- Goodreads

This is the sci-fi adventure you didn't know you needed this summer. Get ready for an out-of-this-world adventure with a surprising twist. 

2. The Unicorn in the Barn, Jacqueline K. Ogburn

Goodreads

"For years people have claimed to see a mysterious white deer in the woods around Chinaberry Creek. It always gets away.
      One evening, Eric Harper thinks he spots it. But a deer doesn’t have a coat that shimmers like a pearl. And a deer certainly isn’t born with an ivory horn curling from its forehead.
      When Eric discovers the unicorn is hurt and being taken care of by the vet next door and her daughter, Allegra, his life is transformed."

- Goodreads

If your favorite animal is a unicorn, then this tale about keeping one safe is definitely for you.

3. Once and For All, Sarah Dessen

Goodreads

"Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants. "

- Goodreads

They say every summer needs a romance. Maybe this amazing story by Sarah Dessen will be this year's summer romance. 

4. The Leaf Reader, Emily Arsenault

Goodreads

"Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. It’s not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, who’s been their guardian since Mom took off is…eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old book about reading tea leaves and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knows—and hopes everyone else does too—that none of it’s real.

Then basketball star Matt Cotrell asks for a reading. He’s been getting emails from someone claiming to be his best friend, Andrea Quinley, who disappeared and is presumed dead. And while they’d always denied they were romantically involved, a cloud of suspicion now hangs over Matt. But Marnie sees a kindred spirit: someone who, like her, is damaged by association.

Suddenly the readings seem real. And, despite the fact that they’re telling Marnie things about Matt that make him seem increasingly dangerous, she can’t shake her initial attraction to him. In fact, it’s getting stronger. And that could turn out to be deadly."

- Goodreads

This hobby turned mystery might just evolve into something a bit more intense. Unleash your inner detective as Marnie tries to solve the mystery of Andrea Quinley's disappearance. 

5. Internet Famous, Danika Stone

Goodreads

"High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included."

- Goodreads

Maybe you wish you were internet famous, maybe you already are. Let's just hope your mass of anonymous followers isn't this sinister. 

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