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
Wonder – R.J. Palacios *
The Penderwicks of Gardam Street – Jeanne Birdsall *
I Will Always Write Back – Martin Ganda *
Beholding Bee – Kimberly Newton Fusco *
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr *
Orbiting Jupiter – Gary D. Schmidt *
We Are All Made of Molecules – Susin Nielsen *
The Higher Power of Lucky – Susan Patron
Waiting for Normal – Leslie Connor
Anything written by Ruth White. I love all of her stories!
Pie – Sarah Weeks
So. Be. It. – Sarah Weeks
Each Little Bird That Sings – Deborah Wiles
A Thousand Never Evers – Shana Burg
Chains – Laurie Halse Anderson
Forged – Laurie Halse Anderson
House of Dance – Beth Kephart
The Birchbark House – Louise Erdrich
Rain Reign – Ann M. Martin
Counting by Sevens – Holly Goldberg Sloan
Three Little Words – Ashley Rhodes-Courter
The Kind of Friends We Used to Be – Frances O’Roark Dowell
Kira-Kira – Cynthia Kadohata
Outside Beauty – Cynthia Kadohata
Smiles to Go – Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli
Eggs – Jerry Spinelli
The Red Blazer Girls (a series) – Michael D. Bell
Black Potatoes – Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Cicada Summer – Andrea Beaty
Porcupine – Meg Tilly
Dead End in Norvelt – Jack Gantos
Everything On a Waffle – Polly Horvarth
The Wild Girls – Pat Murphy