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Aug 10
Summer Reading: Relax with recommended teen & preteen reads

​Everyone's trying to beat the summer heat, and there's no better time than now to cool down with a book in the shade.

National Relaxation Day is this Saturday, so kick back with a new book and take it easy with one of our teacher-librarian's latest summer reading suggestions.

Surrey Schools has polled several teacher-librarians for a weekly summer reading series, asking for their recommended reads for July and August. This week, Janine Gleeson, teacher-librarian at L.A. Matheson Secondary, shares her literary recommendations for intermediate and secondary students, all available at the Surrey Public Library and Fraser Valley Regional Library in hard copy or as e-books.

Summer Reading 4 - Good Girls Guide to Murder.jpgA Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (Grades 9+) – "The perfect murder mystery to binge read this summer!" says Gleeson, suggesting it for anyone who enjoyed One if Us is Lying and the podcast Serial. In it, high school senior Pippa Fitz-Amobi reinvestigates a local murder case gone cold for her capstone project, but not everyone likes her pursuing old leads…


Summer Reading 4 - Snapdragon.jpgSnapdragon by Lat Leyh (Grade 5+) – The story of a young girl who becomes friends with a local witch, and comes to discover she possesses her own magical powers. "This quirky little graphic novel is everything you need right now!" says Gleeson. "Wholesome story, great diversity, beautiful artwork, and a dash of magic."


Summer Reading 4 - Loveboat Taipei.jpgLoveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (Grade 9+) – "Just the summer fling you've been looking for – a heartfelt, coming of age novel full of romance, rebellion, and identity," says Gleeson. The story follows Ever Wong, a student sent by her parents to Taiwan to study Mandarin over the summer. She expected a strict classes, but they're anything but – instead, they're Loveboat.


Gleeson also shared a few rules of thumb to keep up summer reading:

  • Read what you like!
  • Read what you watch! (book-to-screen adaptations)
  • Read with your friends! (start a book club)
  • Seek recommendations! (from family and friends, or follow publishers, authors and libraries on social media)

You can also check out more recommended books for youth from École Salish Secondary teacher-librarian Tammy Le here, as well as see all the winners of our Surrey Schools readers' choice book awards programs.

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