Saturday, May 14, 2011

Best Friends, Beaches, and Bummer Summers

Nantucket Blue (Leila Howland)
Cricket is excited to spend the summer with her best friend's family on Nantucket Island, but tragedy strikes and her invitation is rescinded. Determined to be there for her best friend, Cricket secures a job and a place to stay and goes to Nantucket anyway.

How To Ruin A Summer Vacation (Simone Elkeles) 
Sixteen-year-old Amy Nelson's plans for her summer vacation must be put aside when her father--a man who has shown up rarely in her life--decides it is time to take her to Israel to meet a family she has never known.
Armageddon Summer (Jane Yolen)
Fourteen-year-old Marina and sixteen-year-old Jed accompany their parents' religious cult, the Believers, to await the end of the world atop a remote mountain, where they try to decide what they themselves believe.
The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer (Gary Paulsen) 
In the summer of 1955, a sixteen-year-old boy runs from his troubled home and learns about people, friendship, love, and lust while working as a migrant farmer and a carny.
Beach Blondes: A Summer Novel (Katherine Applegate)
Summer Smith, spending her vacation at the beach, makes new friends and develops crushes on three boys who all seem to have good and bad qualities.
California Holiday or, How the World's Worst Summer Job Gave Me a Great New Life (Kate Cann)
Rowen travels to America where she lands a summer job as a nanny with a family she absolutely hates; so she heads out for San Francisco and meets the handsome Landon on the way.

Cruel Summer (Alyson Noel) 
Told in email, text message, and blog formats. One summer changes everything in this poignant young adult novel about best friends, popularity and an unforgettable summer romance.
Harlem Summer (Walter Dean Myers) 
In 1920s Harlem, sixteen-year-old saxophonist Mark Purvis struggles to advance his jazz career while working as a gopher for the new African-American magazine, "The Crisis," and becoming involved with mobster Dutch Schultz.
Invincible Summer (Hannah Mosckowitz) Over the course of several summers on the Atlantic coast, Chase struggles with his feelings for his best friend's sisters in the beach house next door while trying to get his own family through seemingly insurmountable problems.
It's Not Summer Without You: A Summer Novel (Jenny Han)
Sequel to The Summer I Turned Pretty. Teenaged Isobel "Belly" Conklin, whose life revolves around spending the summer at her mother's best friend's beach house, reflects on the tragic events of the past year that changed her life forever.
Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial (Ronald Kidd)
When her father arrests a local high school teacher for teaching about evolution, the resulting 1925 Scopes trial prompts fifteen-year-old Frances to rethink her beliefs about religion, truth, and her relationship with her father.
Monsoon Summer (Mitali Perkins)
Secretly in love with her best friend and business partner Steve, fifteen-year-old Jazz must spend the summer away from him when her family goes to India during that country's rainy season to help set up a clinic.
One Fat Summer (Robert Lipsyte) 
An overweight fourteen-year-old boy experiences a turning-point summer in which he learns to stand up for himself.
Shadowed Summer (Saundra Mitchell) 
In the small town of Ondine, Louisiana, fourteen-year-old Iris uncovers family secrets when she conjures up the ghost of a boy missing for decades and decides to solve the mystery of his disappearance.
Summer Intern (Carrie Karasyov)
Interning for the summer at the magazine "Skirt" in New York City, teenage fashion addict Kira Parker experiences weird roommates, a not-so-perfect romance, an accusation of theft, and confrontation with a fellow intern.

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Jenny Han) Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different as she finds herself falling for a boy she has known since childhood.
The Summer of Cotton Candy: A Sweet Seasons Novel (Debbie Viguie) 
Forced by her father to get a summer job, seventeen-year-old Candace makes the most of selling cotton candy in an amusement park, despite a botched nametag, vindictive co-workers, lewd patrons, and growing distant from her best friend.
Beauty Queens (Libba Bray)
When their plane goes down on a deserted tropical island, fifty teen beauty pageant contestants must work together to survive. Satirizes reality TV, commercialism, media, gender expectations, boy bands, beauty pageants.

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