Are you ready for summer? I am! Heat, sand, waves and relaxation…what’s not to love? And while you’re enjoying that sunny, stretched out time, you should bring along a book featuring an adventure during summer vacation! Just promise not to drop it in the sand or the sea while you’re relaxing! 😀
Our Five Books Featuring are five related Books–One Old, One New, One Popular with Kids, One Well-Reviewed, and One Favorite of library staff–but you’ll have to guess which is which! Each book has a short synopsis and link to the book in the catalog, so you can easily find and request it.
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The Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker
Emma is lost at sea in a terrible storm. She awakens on a desolate island, frightened and lonely. Yet brave, quick-witted Emma will not be alone for long, as the ghost of a bellboy appears with the tragic tale.
More than a century ago, a brilliant inventor built a splendid Victorian resort, the Grand Wenlocke. The hotel was powered by a Difference Engine, a miraculous device that could slow down time (making your vacation just as long as you’d like). But just before it was scheduled to open, the Grand Wenlocke mysteriously sank under the sand. Now the storm that brought Emma to the island has awakened the hotel, perfectly preserved and as incredible as ever.
While exploring the magical hotel, Emma encounters a kind-hearted cook and her faithful little dog, a seemingly fearsome pirate captain, and the imperious young heir to the Wenlocke fortune (should it ever be recovered). Adventure, friendship, peril, and perhaps even treasure–all these and more await Emma at the hotel under the sand.
Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume
Fudge is back–and driving his brother Peter crazy, as usual. This five-year-old human hurricane is more trouble than ever. His latest plan is to marry Peter’s sworn enemy, Sheila Tubman (how disgusting!).
But Peter’s problems are about to get worse. His parents have decided to try a new vacation spot–Maine. And Sheila’s parents have told them there’s a perfect spot to go, right next door to them–and they can be there the same time. Only, once Peter and his family get there, it turns out that “next door” actually means “share”–as in the Tubmans and the Hatchers will be sharing the house. And Peter will be stuck with Fudge and Sheila the Cootie Queen for three whole weeks!
It’s going to be an unforgettable (and hilarious) trip for both families, filled with old friends and new ones, plenty of surprises and lots of laughs. It may not be the vacation of Peter’s dreams. But with Fudge around, anything can happen…and does!
The Worry Week by Anne Lindberg
Spending the summer at their summer cottage on an island in Maine is always the best part of the year–at least for Allegra and her two sisters, Alice and Minnow. So when their parents announce that they have to return to Boston for a funeral, and are planning to leave the girls with stuffy Aunt Edna on the mainland, the girls are understandably upset.
But when Aunt Edna calls their mother to tell them she’s broken her ankle and can’t take them, Allegra doesn’t pass on the message. A week alone on the island sounds like heaven to Allegra…and she manages to convince her sisters that she’ll take care of everything. She even entices them with a search for treasure rumored to be hidden in their cottage.
But upon their return to the cottage, they discover that their mother had packed up all the food and most of their clothing. Suddenly Allegra is in charge of finding food and managing their survival…and she learns that parenting is not easy!
Quicksand Pond by Janet Lisle
The pond is called Quicksand Pond.
It’s a shadowy, hidden place, full of chirping, shrieking, croaking life. It’s where, legend has it, people disappear. It’s where scrappy Terri Carr lives with her no-good family. And it’s where twelve-year-old Jessie Kettel is reluctantly spending her summer vacation.
Jessie meets Terri on a raft out in the water, and the two become fast friends. On Quicksand Pond, Jessie and Terri can be lost to the outside world–lost until they want to be found. But a tragedy that occurred many decades ago has had lingering effects on this sleepy town, and especially on Terri Carr. And the more Jessie learns, the more she begins to question her new friendship–and herself.
Notations of Cooper Cameron by Jane O’Reilly
Cooper Cameron likes things to be in order. When he eats, he chews every bite three times on each side. Sometimes he washes his hands in the air with invisible water. He invented these rituals after the death of his beloved grandfather to protect others he loves from terrible harm.
But when Cooper’s strange behavior drives a wedge between his parents, and his relationship with his older sister, Caddie, begins to fray, his mother’s only solution is to take Cooper and Caddie to the family cabin for the summer.
Armed with a collection of rocks, his pet frog, and his notebook, Cooper vows to cure himself and bring his damaged family back together.
There’s our Five! But if you would like to read even more vacation stories, try these as well: (The difference in these titles is that they take place at home during summer vacation…not away from home on a vacation trip. I suppose we could have saved them for another Five Books Featuring….but just click on the links and you can get a summary.)
Summer of Lost and Found by Rebecca Behrens
The Misfits Club by Kieran Crowley
Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Summer Vacation by Tommy Greenberg
Welcome to Dog Beach by Lisa Greenwald
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sarah Pennypacker
Cody and the Fountain of Happiness by Tricia Springstub
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Are you going away for vacation this summer? Are you planning to read? (At the beach or otherwhere?) Do you know that we have a great Summer Reading Program for kids in First through Sixth Grades?
We also have a Teen Reading Program for Middle and High School students and a Young Readers Program for kids ages three to six! Come by the library for more information, or keep an eye on BellaOnBooks. We will post all of our Summer Reading Info over the next few weeks. The important date to remember is June 16th, which is the Friends Summer BookSale and the first day you can sign up for the Summer Reading Programs!
Pick up a book about summer vacation and start reading FOR summer vacation! If you would like any recommendations for books to keep you busy this summer, stop by the library. We’d LOVE to give you some suggestions!