For Patch Picks this week, we're focusing on books for national Read Across America Day. We talked with librarians, asked for five titles and came up with a list for kids and adults. Feel free to add your own suggestions as well in comments.
For Young Adults:
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins: In this book we meet Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who lives in a post-apocalyptic world and must fight for her life. This is the first book in the Hunger Games series and is recommended for young adult readers with an interest in sci-fi.
All the Lovely Bad Ones, by Mary Downing Hahn: A little creepy, but not scary, this book is recommended for young adult readers who crave a ghost story. In this book, we meet Travis and his sister Corey, who mischievously decide to create some ghostly effects in their grandma’s supposedly haunted Vermont bed and breakfast. The two end up meeting some real ghosts in the process.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot: This title got a Best Book of the Month recommendation from Amazon and has also received praise from National Public Radio’s Radiolab series. The book tells the story of Henrietta Lacks who died of cancer in 1951, yet her death also led to breakthroughs in science, including a cure for polio.
Room, by Emma Donaghue: Jack and his mother are prisoners in a 11x11-foot room, held by a man called Old Nick. But as Jack grows up, will Old Nick be able to contain them forever? Reviewers have praised this book for the voice and spirit Donaghue was able to put into her characters.
The Signgularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil: While this book isn’t exactly new (it came out in 2005) it’s the book I’m currently reading and it’s fascinating. Anyone who is interested in the future of technology, robots and ultimately humanity should pick this one up. Well written and easy to understand, it is sure to blow your mind.
For next week: Summer Camps. Send in your suggestions to the editor and see them in the next Patch Picks.