By Maggie Boersma
Books are a great way to easily pass time, and a great way to relax. We invite students and everyone else to explore these interesting and fun novels and stories.
The Girl from Everywhere
By Heidi Heilig
Nix has spent her entire life sailing on her father’s ship. Except instead of sailing across vast seas, their ship is traveling through time. The ship lets them travel through centuries, as long as they have an original, hand-drawn map of the place they wish to go. But as her father becomes obsessed with finding the one map that will let him find the love of his life, Nix learns that she might become erased from existence. Either everything will work out and be better than before- or Nix will disappear. The Girl from Everywhere, with a 4.3 star rating on Amazon, is an exciting novel any good reader should explore.
By Caroline Starr Rose
May has spent her whole life as the quiet child. After a serious accident, however, she must learn how to fend for herself in a land of solitude, with no idea where to go. With a 4.4 star on Amazon, this is the next short novel you’ll be clamoring to read.
The Fault in Our Stars
By John Green
For the past years of her life, what Hazel did was based on her cancer, her limitations growing all the time. That is, until she meets Augustus Waters, a boy more concerned with her than her cancer. He makes her feel like someone who won’t break. In this touching story, you follow Hazel in the best (and worst) time of her life. With 4.7 stars on Amazon and 4.3 stars on Goodreads, this book is perfect for any reader.
The Mystery of Hollow Places
By Rebecca Podos
Imogene Scott, a mystery-book obsessed daughter of a mystery book writer, finds herself looking for clues when her father disappears – just as suddenly as her mother had years before. This novel comes with a 4.5 star rating on Amazon, and it’s a book you won’t want to put down.
We Were Liars
By E. Lockhart
Cadence Sinclair has been different ever since the accident. While she has no memory of the summer happenings at her family’s island, she’s determined to find out what happened, and especially what happened to her friends who were there. In this stunning 4-star young adult book, you experience first hand what love and hate can do.
The 5th Wave
By Rick Yancey
Welcome to present-day Ohio, home of Cassie Sullivan. Only one small thing is different- the world is overrun by aliens. What will happen when Cassie decides to rescue her brother? Only you can find out. This 4.3 star book is an exciting sci-fi novel any reader will enjoy.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
By Ransom Riggs
When 16-year-old Jack suffers a nervous breakdown after his grandfather’s violent murder, his father decides they should move all the way to Wales. And as strange happenings keep happening, Jack begins to question what he had always thought were true. Rated 4.3 stars on Amazon, this book is original, and simply stunning.
By Victoria Aveyard
Mare is one of the many Reds- a normal human, ruled by the Silvers. Until she learns she has a power of her own. Now, she must scramble to survive – or die trying. A 4.3-star New York Times Bestseller, Red Queen is sure to be a great novel for anyone.
Out of my Mind
By Sharon Draper
Melody has a photographic memory, so she’s remembered almost everything she’s ever been taught, seen, or heard. But there’s one small problem. Melody suffers from cerebral palsy, meaning she can’t talk or even walk. But she won’t be defined by her problems. This 4.8-star stunning novel is positively one you should read.
By Kristin Cashore
What would you do if you had a special, incredible skill? Now what would you do if that skill was killing? As the niece of the king, Katsa uses her skills to become a thug. But when another Graceling enters her life, she struggles to learn about her Grace and save the people she loves. This is a perfect novel for young adult readers. Rated 4.1 stars on Goodreads, this award-winning book is a great read for any teen.