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10 Books Your Kids Won't Be Able to Put Down This Summer

by | Jun. 03, 2017

Mormon Life

School's out, but we've found some great books that will keep your kids reading this summer. From classic literature to adventures from some of our favorite LDS authors, these 10 titles are sure to entertain!

1. Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure by Brandon Mull

In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens but prisons, and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies...

In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who confined the dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.

As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge, as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.

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2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Soon to be a major motion picture.

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister and her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

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3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

An instant best-seller when it was first published in 1868, Louisa May Alcott's semi-autobiographical tale has continued to capture the hearts and attention of readers of all ages.

Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?
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4. Tennis Shoes Adventure Series, Vol. 1: Tennis Shoes among the Nephites by Chris Heimerdinger

Jim Hawkins has a bad attitude. What's more, he enjoys having a bad attitude about everything—especially about church. Garth Plimpton, on the other hand, has spent so much time studying the scriptures and thick books on archeology that he can't carry on a normal conversation with other kids. That's why they consider him a nerd.

Through an unusual chain of events, these two opposites become fast friends. As they investigate a faded Indian legend, they accidentally stumble upon a mysterious passageway hurling them into another world—an ancient American world.

Join Jim, Garth, and Jim's pesky little sister, Jennifer, as they journey in a land where the names Helaman, Teancum, and Captain Moroni are more than just words on a page. A world where danger and suspense are a way of life.

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5. Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale

Fans of Shannon Hale won't want to miss this gorgeously woven return to this best-selling, Newbery Honor-winning series.

After a year at the king's palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher!

Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses.

As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen's interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.

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6. Chronicle of the Dark Star, Vol. 1: Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

It is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we have prepared for a second trip: a 150-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home.

Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. The son of two scientists who have been racing against time to create technology vital to humanity’s survival, Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the last starliner to depart before Mars, like Earth before it, is destroyed.

Or so he thinks. Because before this day is over, Liam and Phoebe will make a series of profound discoveries about the nature of time and space and find out that the human race is just one of many in our universe locked in a dangerous struggle for survival.

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7. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

One of the most popular books of all-time, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been both venerated and vilified since it was first published in 1885. The story of a young abused boy on the run and his friendship with a runaway slave is about loyalty, compassion, and doing what is right, and it remains one of Mark Twain's greatest achievements. Now available as part of the Word Cloud Classics series, this book is a must-have addition to the libraries of all classic literature lovers.
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8. A Sliver of Stardust by Marissa Burt

Wren Matthews thought she’d outgrown nursery rhymes a long time ago. But that was before she knew that songs of twinkling little stars and four-and-twenty blackbirds were the key to an ancient, hidden magic.

Wren’s discovery catapults her into a world of buried secrets, whispered rumors, and a distant fortress under an aurora-filled sky. As she tries to master abilities she never could have imagined, Wren only knows one thing for sure: There’s magic in the world—and it’s waiting for her.

A Sliver of Stardust delivers magic, intrigue, and imaginative twists in a fantastic adventure—with a dash of science—that’s perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The Emerald Atlas.

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9. The 13th Reality, Vol. 1: Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner

What if every time you made a choice that had a significant consequence, a new, alternate reality was created—the life that would've been had you made the other choice? What if those new realities were in danger? What if it fell to you to save all the realities?

Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average 13-year-old boy until the day a strange letter arrives in his mailbox. Postmarked from Alaska and cryptically signed with the initials “M.G.,” the letter informs Tick that dangerous—perhaps even deadly—events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. M.G. promises to send Tick 12 riddles that will reveal on a certain day, at a certain time, at a certain place, something extraordinary. Will Tick have the courage to follow the clues M.G. sends to him? Will he be able to solve the riddles in time? Will Tick discover the life he was meant to live?

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10. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Best-selling Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery published the first book in her charming series in 1908, making it a literary favorite for more than 100 years. Published as a children's novel, the story of orphan Anne Shirley, was inspired by the author's childhood adventures on rural Prince Edward Island. It follows Anne's journey as she moves to a farm on Prince Edward Island to live with a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them with farming chores. The story follows Anne as she makes a home and comes of age on the island.
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