2020 Teen Summer Reading Suggestions

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Artist/Author/Cast:
Marcus, Leonard S.
Call Number:
YP 741.5 C7332t 2016
Description:

Thirteen prominent cartoonists discuss their creative processes and the experiences and influences that led to their success in one of today's most vibrant art forms. Each interview is followed by an original graphic short on the common theme of the city.

Airborn
Artist/Author/Cast:
Oppel, Kenneth
Call Number:
YP F Oppel
Description:

Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Artist/Author/Cast:
Pratchett, Terry
Call Number:
YP F Pratchett
Description:

A talking cat, intelligent rats, and a strange boy cooperate in a Pied Piper scam until they try to con the wrong town and are confronted by a deadly evil rat king.

Children of Blood and Bone
Artist/Author/Cast:
Adeyemi, Tomi
Call Number:
HS F Adeyemi
Description:

Coming of age in a land where her magi mother was killed by the zealous king's guards along with other former wielders of magic, Zelie embarks on a journey alongside her brother and a fugitive princess to restore her people's magical abilities.

The Cruel Prince
Artist/Author/Cast:
Black, Holly
Call Number:
HS F Black
Description:

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kemmerer, Brigid
Call Number:
HS F Kemmerer
Description:

Eighteen for the three hundred twenty-seventh time, Prince Rhen despairs of breaking the curse that turns him into a beast at the end of each day until feisty Harper enters his life.

The Drawing Lesson : An Illustrated Story That Teaches You How to Draw
Artist/Author/Cast:
Crilley, Mark
Call Number:
GN 741.2 C9296d 2016
Description:

Stumbling across Becky in the park, a young boy fufills his dream of learning how to draw through a series of lessons.

The False Prince
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nielsen, Jennifer A.
Call Number:
YP F Nielsen
Description:

In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

Getting Paid to Make Cosplay Costumes and Props
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mihaly, Christy
Call Number:
YP 793.93 M6363g 2017
Description:

Describes how education, practice, and networking can be beneficial in developing a career in costume and fashion design.

The Gilded Wolves
Artist/Author/Cast:
Chokshi, Roshani
Call Number:
HS F Chokshi
Description:

Keeping close secrets in the wake of the Exposition Universelle in 1889 Paris, a wealthy hotelier and treasure-hunter is tapped by a powerful order to lead an elite team on a quest to track down an ancient artifact of world-changing significance.

Heartless
Artist/Author/Cast:
Meyer, Marissa
Call Number:
YP F Meyer
Description:

In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.

The Last Dragonslayer
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fforde, Jasper
Call Number:
YP F Fforde
Description:

Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for soothsayers and sorcerers. Trouble starts when Jennifer has a vision that predicts the death of the last dragon at the hands of a dragonslayer.

Midwinterblood
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sedgwick, Marcus
Call Number:
YP F Sedgwick
Description:

Seven linked vignettes unfold on a Scandinavian island inhabited -- throughout various time periods -- by Vikings, vampires, ghosts, and a curiously powerful plant.

Nimona
Artist/Author/Cast:
Stevenson, Noelle
Call Number:
GN YP F Stevenson
Description:

Lord Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta, and his sidekick, Nimona, an impulsive young shapeshifter, must prove to the kingdom that Sir Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

The Prince and the Dressmaker
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wang, Jen
Call Number:
GN YP F Wang
Description:

Prince Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances -- one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?

Rebel of the Sands
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hamilton, Alwyn
Call Number:
HS F Hamilton
Description:

Amani is desperate to leave the dead-end town of Dustwalk, and she's counting on her sharpshooting skills to help her escape. But after she meets Jin, the mysterious rebel running from the Sultan's army, she unlocks the powerful truth about the desert nation of Miraji, and herself.

Rip the Page! : Adventures in Creative Writing
Artist/Author/Cast:
Benke, Karen
Call Number:
YP 808.042 B4688r 2010
Description:

Presents exercises and wordplay experiments to teach amateur writers how to enjoy writing creatively, and includes tips for finding inspiration, returning to old ideas with fresh perspectives, and retaining confidence in writing.

The Ruins of Gorlan
Artist/Author/Cast:
Flanagan, John
Call Number:
YP F Flanagan
Description:

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

The Sleeper and the Spindle
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gaiman, Neil; Riddell, Chris (Illustrator)
Call Number:
YP F Gaiman
Description:

A brave young queen and her dwarf companions set out to rescue an enchanted princess who is not quite what she seems.

Steal Like an Artist : 10 Things Nobody Told You about Being Creative
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kleon, Austin
Call Number:
HS 153.35 K6482s 2012
Description:

Offers advice and encouragement to help readers foster creativity and be artistically productive in a wide variety of endeavors.

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