Guest blogger: Ten summer young-adult books you’ll want to read, despite your age


By Nicole S.

Summer reading lists always take me back to a time of frayed friendship bracelets, tie-dyed camp T-shirts and the yellowed pages of a classic. The children and teen titles being released this summer make reconnecting to those days as simple as turning a page.

Cut open an ice pop and enjoy some of this summer’s hottest books with just as much appeal for adults as for their intended under-18 readership:

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins — The final installment of The Hunger Games promises to answer many questions, including the fate of District 12 and the reality of what lies in District 13. Details on this much-anticipated title have been very hard to come by, but that hasn’t stopped it from being the most talked about YA book of the year. (Aug. 24)

2. Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier — The hottest names in YA have banded together to answer one of life’s greatest mysteries: Who are the superior creatures, zombies or unicorns? The book reads like a campfire story-off, with each tale more hilarious than the last. (Sept. 21)

3. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater — The second title in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series follows the story of a werewolf and the girl who loves him. Grace and Sam found a way to be together in the first novel, Shiver, but arrival of a new wolf and an unresolved issue from Grace’s past threaten to destroy their fragile happiness. (July 20)


Libraries Have a Novel Idea

Source: Geoffery A Fowler at

SAN FRANCISCO—Libraries are expanding e-book offerings with out-of-print editions, part of a broader effort to expand borrowing privileges in the Internet Age that could challenge traditional ideas about copyright.

Starting Tuesday, a group of libraries led by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library, are joining forces to create a one-stop website for checking out e-books, including access to more than a million scanned public domain books and a catalog of thousands of contemporary e-book titles available at many public libraries.

And in a first, participants including the Boston Public Library and the Marine Biological Laboratory will also contribute scans of a few hundred older books that are still in copyright, but no longer sold commercially. That part of the project could raise eyebrows, because copyright law is unclear in the digital books arena. Google Inc., which is working on its own book scanning efforts, has been mired in a legal brouhaha with authors and publishers over its digital books project.


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