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Your Librarians’ Favorite Reads This Summer

Your Librarians’ Favorite Reads This Summer

We, as librarians, tend to read a lot. We read because we love to, but we also read because we need to know what to recommend to you all, our students, when you come back from summer break. So here are our favorite things we read this summer:


Ms. Seroff:

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Seeking a new life, Boy moves to Massachusetts and marries a widower with a beloved daughter named Snow. But Boy soon births a dark-skinned child, transforming herself into the wicked stepmother who exposed the widower and his daughter as African-Americans passing for white, and the tale of Snow White into an exploration of race and passing in the 1950s.



Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

Adulthood is not what Jonathan was lead to expect. His boss is nuts, his apartment is less than legal and his girlfriend has found him wanting in the money department. But when his brother goes to Dubai for work, Jonathan agrees to look after his dogs, and finds that maybe answers can be found on the end of a leash.



The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

After the Fall of Saigon, a French-Vietnamese army captain comes to Los Angeles to rebuild his life with other refugees from Vietnam–or so it seems. A man of divided loyalties, he continues to report to his Communist superiors in this Pulitzer Prize winning novel of identity, loyalty, betrayal, and the refugee experience.



Ms. Bergson-Michelson:


Booked by Kwame Alexander

After an injury and emergency surgery, Nick can’t play soccer anymore. Which is kind of a problem, because soccer is his life. To fill the void, he turns to something he’s always avoided–books.

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The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

Amadou and Seydou just wanted to make some money during the dry season, but instead they are tricked into modern day slavery in a cacao plantation. When a new girl arrives, the three band together to make their escape.

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I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda

This sweet and inspiring dual memoir chronicles how American Caitlin and Zimbabwean Martin became best friends and better people through a six year correspondence that started out as a school assignment.

Ms. Huyck-Aufdermaur:

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A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

The sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic, this book is even better than the first. Magical tournaments, angsty romance, and fantastic world-building will have you on the edge of your seat.

Lucky Penny by Ananth Hirsh

Walking human disaster Penny is having such a run of bad luck she’s decided she’s cursed. With shades of Scott Pilgrim and more laugh out loud moments than I can remember, read this for some solid relatable hilarity.


Steeplejack by AJ Hartley

South African alternate history steampunk, murder to be solved, and an absolutely fascinating exploration of race, class, and culture in a fantasy setting. The best thing I read this summer.


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Upcoming Bay Area Literary Events

Upcoming Bay Area Literary Events


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







Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi, in conversation with Ransom Riggsfurthermore
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025






marvelAbsolutely Everything You Need to Know
About Marvel with Adam Bray
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here





Traci Chee, author of The Reader, in conversation with Stacey Leecover of The Reader by Traci Chee
Friday, September 16, 2016
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here





Cover of Mostly Void, Partially Starscover of The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of Welcome to Night Vale in conversation with Mallory Ortberg
Monday, September 19
7:30 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tickets available here





Dr. Beth Shapiro
, author of How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction.Cover of How to Clone a Mammoth
Monday, September 19, 2016 – 5:30pm
Books Inc.
301 Castro St
Mountain View, CA
More information


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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!


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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