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Happy Winter Delve Deeper Reading List

Fiction for Younger Readers

Matson, Morgan. Second Chance Summer. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012.

Taylor Edwards's family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then, Taylor's dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven't actually gone anywhere.

Welch, Jenna Evans. Love & Gelato. Simon Pulse, 2016.

A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure. Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn't in the mood for Italy's famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She's only there because it was her mother's dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn't around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home. But then Lina is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina's uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries.

Runyon, Brent. Surface Tension: A Novel in Four Summers. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2009.

The cottage on the lake is always the same, but Luke is changing. At thirteen he's excited. At fourteen he's cool. At fifteen he's pissed off. At sixteen he's in love. Through four summers' worth of trips to the emergency room, campfires and house fires, parties and feuds with neighbors, Luke is doing his best to navigate life. He makes discoveries, makes mistakes, freaks out, and comes to see things in a new light. Brent Runyon has crafted a remarkable portrait of a boy at four distinct points in his life and literally shows us his coming of age.

Tamaki, Mariko and Jillian. This One Summer. First Second, 2014.

Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It’s her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It’s a summer of secrets and heartache, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.