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Our Updated Recommended Pleasure Reading List!

Our Updated Recommended Pleasure Reading List!

We have updated our Recommended Pleasure Reading List in time for your break! Coming in at over 120 books, this list is specially selected by your librarians, to help sixth through twelfth graders find great books to read in their free time.

The new edition includes our regular range of genres, and now includes nonfiction books and memoirs. There should be something here for everyone! Click on the publication to view in fullscreen.

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Ebooks for Summer

Ebooks for Summer

Looking for something good in our digital library for the summer? Here’s some books to get you started!

Dystopias

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: A girl with a killer touch rebels against the society that uses her as a weapon.

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau: The last bastion of humanity is failing. Is there a way out?

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau: To rebuild the world, this group of teens must first survive the Testing.

Arclight by Josin L. McQuein: The alien Fade can’t get across the lights protecting the last of humanity. But when one does, only one girl can save the city.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver: In a world where love is a disease we must be saved from, a rebellion begins.

The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke: With the land all but dead, a group of genetically altered children must begin creating a new future under the sea.

Stray by Elissa Sussman: Girls must not stray from the Path. But what if the Path is wrong?

 

Space Themed

The Martian by Andy Weir: Alone on Mars, an astronaut struggles to survive.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis: When cryogenically frozen Amy wakes on a spaceship 50 years before she’s supposed to, she must solve the mystery of who woke her and why.

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass: Three narratives weave together as thousands gather to watch a solar eclipse.

Boom! By Mark Haddon: Charlie and Jimbo are certain there’s something weird about their teacher…

Across a Star Swept Sea by Diane Peterfreund: This gender swapped, science fiction take on The Scarlet Pimpernel is sure to delight fans of spies, romance, or futuristic technology.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams: Arthur Dent is lying in the mud protesting his house being bulldozed to make way for a freeway when aliens show up to destroy the earth to make way for an interstellar hyperloop. Try this bonkers classic of science fiction to finally understand the importance of towels.

 

Historical Fiction

The Uninvited by Cat Winters: Ivy’s world is falling apart as World War I rages in Europe and the flu epidemic rages in the United States, but most troubling for her, she is seeing more and more ghosts.

Soulless by Gail Carriger: Alexia Tarabotti–half-Italian spinster, possessed of an extremely annoying family, and not possessed of a soul–has just been attacked by a vampire. How rude.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig: On her father’s ship, Nix can go anywhere in time as long as they have a map–except the one place her father is intent on getting to.

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz: Sick of her family’s cruelty, Joan runs away to make a new life for herself and gets hired as the shabbas goy for a Jewish family.

Jackaby by William Ritter: Cross Sherlock Holmes with Supernatural and a smidge of Doctor Who, and you’ll get paranormal private investigator Jackaby. Whatever you do, don’t look at the frog.

Something catch your fancy? Check it out from our ebooks here!

 

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Summer Adventures

Summer Adventures

TA Elyse has kindly put together some recommendations for books featuring summer adventures!

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

If you love fantasy novels or enjoyed reading The Odyssey, Summer of the Mariposas is a good book for you! This novel is about five sisters who find a dead body and go on an adventurous journey to Mexico to return him to his family. After they had returned the body, they meet a ghost, La Llorona, who guides them while returning home to Texas. Along the way, they meet other supernatural beings such as a witch, a warlock, a half-human barn owl, and a vicious chupacabras.

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Towards the beginning of the First World War in Europe, Mrs. Ramsay, her peculiar husband, and their children come to the Hebrides, a few islands near the west of Scotland, for their summer holiday. After having postponed a visit to a lighthouse, their trip begins to open complex tensions and conflicts between the men and women of this family. War breaks out in Europe and their joy comes to a close as they face tragedy, jealousy, and grief.

This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

Rose and her parents spend every summer in a house by Awago Beach. They often bring Rose’s friend Windy, and the two have a very close, almost sisterly relationship. One summer, however, Rose’s parents face conflict and fight often, so the two girls spend their time away to distract themselves from it. Unfortunately they get caught up in an issue revolving some of the local teenagers, who have done something horrible and life threatening. This summer turns out to be a time of growing up, keeping secrets, and staying close to true friends.

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

A group of college-aged friends meet up at a party and accidentally kill a boy. After such an incident, Barry, Helen, Ray, and Julie all swear to keep it to themselves, until a year later they receive a note that says: “I know what you did last summer.” The four friends must team up together to outsmart this anonymous killer, or else they will be the next to die.

Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull

Two sisters wake to find out their parents have disappeared in the middle of the night. When Summer and Bird go on a quest to find them, they find their way to a gate in the woods. Soon they are lead to a different, fantastical world, inhabited by talking animals and a Puppeteer queen. The two sisters are separated and have to find their parents and defeat the evil queen on their own.

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

Haven grows overwhelmed due to all of the change in her life: her sister gets engaged her old boyfriend, her father gets remarried, her best friend changes a lot, and she does not know where she fits in. She misses the previous summer when she was happy and everything seemed to be going just right. She decides to run away and as time passes, she realizes that change is perhaps a good thing.

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Summertime, and e-reading is easy!

Summertime, and e-reading is easy!

Worried that you’ll miss the Casti Library this summer? You don’t need to be! Our collection of more than 1700 ebooks is open 24/7. You can log in whenever you like. Click here to visit our digital library!

Ebooks are readable on many different devices and apps. Learn more on our FAQ or stop by the library to talk to one of your librarians before you head out on summer vacation. We can also show you how to download audiobooks from your public library.

So what’s in the digital library? Something for everyone, we hope! From childhood classics to YA to adult; from science fiction to historical fantasy to contemporary realism; from popular bestsellers to spectacular under-the-radar releases; the collection has a lot to choose from. If you need a book recommendation, click on the purple square to your right and look at our recommended reading booklet, Pinterest account, NoveList Plus, and recommended other sources for finding great books. Happy reading!

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Summer Bay Area Literary Events

Summer Bay Area Literary Events

May

Evelyn Skye in conversation with Sabaa Tahir
The Crown’s Game
Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here

 

Dana Gioia, Poet Laureate of California
Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
99 Poems: New and Selected
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here

 

 

June


LaCour-Levithan-MasonDavid Levithan, Nina
LaCour and Jane B. Mason
You Know Me Well and Without Annette
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA
More information here

 

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
My Lady Jane
Redwood City Library
1044 Middlefield Rd.
Redwood City
RSVP here

 

 

 Boldly Bookish Tour: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Tiffany Schmidt, and Tara Altebrando
Thursday, June 9, 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here

 

 

City Arts and Lectures Presents Mary Roach in conversation with Adam Savage
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
Monday, June 13, 2016, 7:30 pm
Nourse Theater
More information and tickets here

 

 

In Deep Radio with Mary Roach, live at Kepler’s
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tickets available here or at Kepler’s

 

 

July

Firoozeh Dumas
It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel
Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 7:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here

 

 

geminiSonya Mukherjee
Gemini
Thursday, July 28, 2016, 7:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

 

 

 

pottermore special rehearsal edition ebook coverMidnight Release Party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II
Saturday, July 30, 2016, 11:30 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
More information here.

 

 

August

William-RitterWilliam Ritter
Ghostly Echoes, the third book in the Jackaby series
Monday, August 29, 2016 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
3515 California St
San Francisco, CA
More information here.

 

 

Sabaa Tahir in conversation with Stephanie Garber
A Torch Against the Night, sequel to An Ember in the Ashes
Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 7:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here

 

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