In a rush to pick out your summer vacation ‘beach-reads’? This may help with the ‘run-in-and-grab’ non-thought process. Categories are listed in no particular order of favoritism or warning…
“Brisinger” by Christopher Paolini.
More complex than the previous two books in the trilogy. Eragon is more developed as a character, but this has resulted in less time spent on adventures/conversations with Saphira, his dragon. Still great fun for dragon/fantasy fans. 🙂
Rated PG-13 for war and violence.
“Night Light” by Terri Blackstock.
A world-wide power outage has kicked the earth back into 19th century technology. No cell phones, no computers, no AC and people have to ride bikes and grow their own food. Fascinating look at how one Christian family chooses to deal with the challenges of a more primitive life, including digging a well to obtain potable water. The young children in the book have dialogue that is developmentally inaccurate, but the overall story made me wonder how I would cope – and what kinds of vegetables I would be able to grow so that I could barter with someone who raised chickens.
Rated PG-13 for a murder, a kidnapping and scenes of drug usage.
“I am Number Four” by Pitticus Lore.
An alien teenager, who has been hiding out on Earth with his protector, must deal with saving the world from nasty beings from his home planet that aim to wipe out his species. Made into a movie, but the book is MUCH better. There are sequels, but “I am Number Four” is the best. Filled with teen bits like first love, outsiders that don’t quite fit in, but are smarter than the ‘cool kids,’ blowing up the high school, etc. Written for teens that are into intense action stories.
Rated PG-13 for alien invasion, intensity, and violence. Adults should look this over to assess its appropriateness for their teen.
Do you have a favorite summer vacation book? Let us know in the comments below. 🙂
Check out three quite different Beach Reads from last summer's list here.
Whatever you decide to read, enjoy!