Sacramento Public Library

Summer Reads, Round Two

Selectors Barrie and Chelsea bring you round two of their Summer Reading picks.
Last month’s Library News featured 20 Summer Reading recommendations from our selectors Chelsea Couillard-Smith and Barrie Olmstead. Lots of you read the story and checked out the books.
So we decided to go another two rounds. Read on to find five highly rated titles each for children, teens, adult fiction and adult nonfiction. Don’t forget to check out our expert staff picks at our Great Reads page and sign up for Summer Reading.


Splash-Anna-Hibiscus.jpgSplash, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke
Set in contemporary Africa, this picture book is a joyful celebration of a day at the beach.


A-Couple-of-Boys.jpgA Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee?
When James and Eamon go to Nature Camp for a week, eating waffles and playing video games is way more interesting than nature. But sometimes things don’t go as planned.

Babe-Conquers.jpgBabe Conquers the World: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias by Rich Wallace
This engaging biography of an extraordinary athlete makes for an inspiring read for young sports fans.

Nightingales-Nest.jpgNightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin
This magical summer tale of friendship, loss and healing is a re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story “The Nightingale.”


The-Crossover.jpgThe Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Twin brothers struggle with growing up and apart both on and off the basketball court in this rhythmic novel in verse.




Since-Youve-Been-Gone.jpgSince You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
A sweet summer romance about finding your own voice.

Steelheart.jpgSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson
In a world dominated by super-villains, one teen rebels in an effort to avenge the death of his father.

The-Living.jpgThe Living by Matt de la Peña
After an earthquake and a tsunami destroy California, teenager Shy struggles to survive in this disaster novel for teens that seamlessly blends social drama, dystopia and suspense.

The-Summer-Prince.jpgThe Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
In this dystopian adventure set in a futuristic Brazil, street artist June inadvertently starts a rebellion in her efforts to save a fellow artist destined to be sacrificed.

Out-of-the-Easy.jpgOut of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Josie Moraine investigates a murder in steamy 1950s New Orleans in order to save her mother.




The-Arsonist.jpgThe Arsonist by Sue Miller

A series of summer house fires exposes deep social faults in the hometown of Frankie Rowley. By the best-selling author of While I Was Gone.


Cop-Town.jpgCop Town by Karin Slaughter

A stand-alone thriller by the best-selling author of Unseen is set in 1974 Atlanta and finds a reluctant rookie cop in a manhunt for a cop killer.


Wayfaring-Stranger.jpgWayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke

Bonnie and Clyde, the Battle of the Bulge and the Texas-Louisiana oil coast feature in the latest novel by the multiple best-selling author.


The-Transcriptionist.jpgThe Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland          
Once there were many transcriptionists at The Record, but now there is just Lena…who encounters a story so shocking that it shatters the reverie that has become her life.

I-Am-Having-So-Much-Fun.jpgI Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum
An artist struggles with marriage and infidelity as his career finally takes off.



Sally-Ride.jpgSally Ride: America's First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr
When astronaut Dr. Sally Ride died in 2012, her obituary revealed that she was survived by her female partner of nearly three decades.


Tibetian-Peach-Pie.jpgTibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins
Internationally best-selling novelist and American icon Tom Robbins delivers the long-awaited tale of his wild life and times, both at home and around the globe.


The-Noble-Hustle.jpgThe Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death by Colson Whitehead
Whitehead was given a $10,000 stake and an assignment from the online ESPN offshoot Grantland to see how far he could get in the World Series of Poker.


The-Shelf.jpgThe Shelf: From LEQ to LES by Phyllis Rose
This book is a grand literary experiment in extreme reading through a random shelf of library books.


No-Place-to-Hide.jpgNo Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald
Journalist and former constitutional lawyer Greenwald examines the impact of the revelations in the NSA documents leaked to him by Edward Snowden.

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