Summertime for voracious Kwantlen Park readers can be a little tricky. Classes are winding down and the school library will soon be closing its doors for the summer. If you aren’t already involved in Surrey Library programs, now is the time! Surrey Library cards are free and the librarians are only too happy to give you some great suggestions.
Each of Surrey’s nine library locations is running a summer reading club. You can sign up at any of these locations and get your reading record and calendar. To participate in this club, you can read fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, comics, magazines at home, at the library, or on vacation. Don’t forget, if you’re on vacation, you can still check out some books. Surrey Library has a ton of great eBooks and MP3s you can download without stepping foot into the library.
The goal is to read at least 15 minutes every day. Use your reading record to keep track of the book title and the author. As the summer goes on, check in at the library. They’ve got some great incentives to keep you going and will be able to offer you some reading suggestions. If you’re not able to commit to an entire summer of reading, check out YA Books Central or Teen Reads. These websites cover all types of YA material with new releases and reader reviews.
In the meantime, here are some of the newest YA reads to get you started….
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
The Testing is the first in a series of new dystopian novels. This novel creates a world that has just
survived the Seven Years War. Resources are scarce and a University education is available to a very
small minority. In order to choose new future leaders, children must undergo a grueling process
called “The Testing” in the hopes of gaining one of twenty spots. This gruelling process is done in four
stages and only increase in difficulty and danger. The narrative follows our young protagonist named
Cia. She lives in the area known as the Five Lakes. Cia is headstrong and forthright. Her moral compass
will both thrill and frustrate you. Fans of The Hunger Games trilogy will love this scrappy, thrilling
take on the dystopian genre.
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
This is a novel that is about everything and nothing. Emaline lives in the fictional seaside town of Colby.
It is her last summer before leaving for University and she spends it working at her family’s vacation
rental. Emaline must cope with an absent father, a new love interest, Theo. This is a great coming of age,
summer book that explores family relationships, social anxiety, realistic romance, and expectations.
This is a character driven book that explores the importance of self-confidence and exploration.
The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
This is a book without magic and miracles. This is an extremely emotional drama about two teens who
are trying to cope with insurmountable tragedies. This quiet narrative follows Josh and Nastya as they
seek solace in each other as they try to create new lives. This is a slow-building drama that explores
human emotion in a way that will leave you breathless.
When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney
This narrative is an exploration of two of the most profound events humans experience: death and love.
Danny has lived in Tokyo his entire life. His Dad died in a car accident several years prior, and his mother
has recently succumbed to Cancer. Danny spends a very different summer in Tokyo, trying to make
peace with his mother and attempt to make a plan for the rest of his life. This is a great take on a young
man’s perspective in a crucial time of his life.