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Kids & Young Adult Summer Reading

School may be out, but the season of summer reading is in full swing. Whether your kids are reluctant readers or literature lovers, we've got suggestions for series, picture books and novels the whole family can read together at the beach or in the backyard hammock. See our book suggestions.

Book Suggestions For Children And Young Adults

Monica Hesse's Picks

For Middle Graders

Image of Boys Camp: Zack's Story
by Cameron Dokey
Sky Pony Press

Image of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
by Chris Grabenstein
Random House Books for Young Readers

Image of Paperboy
by Vince Vawter
Delacorte Books for Young Readers

For 12 And Up

Image of Now I'll Tell You Everything (Alice)
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Image of Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein
Disney-Hyperion

Image of Allegiant (Divergent)
by Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books

Image of Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1) (The Ender Quintet)
by Orson Scott Card
Tor Science Fiction

Image of Stray
by Monica Hesse
Hot Key Books

Edie Ching's Picks

Picture Books

Image of Flora and the Flamingo
by Molly Idle
Chronicle Books

Image of Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes
by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Chronicle Books

Image of Stripes of All Types
by Susan Stockdale
Peachtree Publishers

For 2-5 Graders

Image of Kelsey Green, Reading Queen (Franklin School Friends)
by Claudia Mills
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Image of Boys Camp: Zack's Story
by Cameron Dokey
Sky Pony Press

Image of Nelson Mandela
by Kadir Nelson
Katherine Tegen Books

For 6-8 Graders

Image of The Runaway King: Book 2 of the Ascendance Trilogy
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Scholastic Press

For High Schoolers

Image of The Tragedy Paper
by Elizabeth Laban
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Image of Discovering Wes Moore
by Wes Moore
Delacorte Books for Young Readers

For The Whole Family

Image of The World Is Waiting For You (Barbara Kerley Photo Inspirations)
by Barbara Kerley
National Geographic Children's Books

NPR

Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
NPR

Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
WAMU 88.5

A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

NPR

Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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