You might be looking for a new book to read. Maybe you’ve grown weary of yet another dystopian novel or vampires or cats who rule a kingdom. If that is the case, do not despair. There are lots of great books in the Sussman library – just ask Ms. Powers. Also, the Downey Public Library is a terrific resource. Take advantage of FREE BOOKS at the library!!

In no particular order, here are some books that I loved reading and felt sad when I turned the last page. BTW, I tend to read realistic and historical fiction. No talking cats, vampires, world-wide devastation…just stories about life and people.

I plan to add to the list, so if you don’t see something you like, check back. And remember, don’t judge a book by its cover (or the first chapter).

Interesting fact: girls will read books with a male or female protagonist, while boys tend to read only books with male protagonists. Boys, don’t write off a book just because the main character isn’t a guy.

P.S. Be sure to comment and mention some of the books you think are worthy of reading.

UPDATE: newly read & recommended titles at the top

WonderR.J. Palacios *

The Penderwicks of Gardam Street Jeanne Birdsall *

I Will Always Write BackMartin Ganda *

Beholding BeeKimberly Newton Fusco *

All the Light We Cannot SeeAnthony Doerr *

Orbiting JupiterGary D. Schmidt *

We Are All Made of MoleculesSusin Nielsen *

The Higher Power of LuckySusan Patron

Waiting for NormalLeslie Connor

Anything written by Ruth White. I love all of her stories!

PieSarah Weeks

So. Be. It.Sarah Weeks

Each Little Bird That SingsDeborah Wiles

A Thousand Never EversShana Burg

ChainsLaurie Halse Anderson

ForgedLaurie Halse Anderson

House of DanceBeth Kephart

The Birchbark HouseLouise Erdrich

Rain ReignAnn M. Martin

Counting by SevensHolly Goldberg Sloan

Three Little WordsAshley Rhodes-Courter

The Kind of Friends We Used to BeFrances O’Roark Dowell

Kira-KiraCynthia Kadohata

Outside BeautyCynthia Kadohata

Smiles to Go Jerry Spinelli

StargirlJerry Spinelli

Eggs Jerry Spinelli

The Red Blazer Girls (a series) – Michael D. Bell

Black PotatoesSusan Campbell Bartoletti

Cicada SummerAndrea Beaty

PorcupineMeg Tilly

Dead End in Norvelt – Jack Gantos

Everything On a WafflePolly Horvarth

The Wild GirlsPat Murphy




2 thoughts on “FAVORITE BOOKS

  1. For a few nonfiction titles that have been very popular this year, check out the following:

    Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl in Hitler’s Army, by Garner, Eleanor (921 GAR)

    Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny & the Fight for Civil Rights, by Sheinkin, Steve (940.54 SHE)

    Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army, by Rauch, Georg (940.54 RAU)

    Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries, by MacLeod, Elizabeth (614 MAC)

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  2. Although these are all great books..my personal favorite is The Great Gatsby. I love any book by Rick Riordan…he is my Ruth White..i’m pretty sure that you already have, but i recommend that you read The American classic that is F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. A shot in the dark here but i’m guessing that you like Jerry Spinneli’s books?


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