Summer Reading Program – Recommendations

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Summer reading programs are starting up, and I want to arm you with some quality titles (not just mine) for your reading enjoyment!

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dogman from the creator of captain underpants dav pilkey

DogMan vol 1

TITLE: DogMan vol 1
AUTHOR: Dav Pilkey
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Did you enjoy Captain Underpants? Because this is by the same guy, with the same great style and sense of humor.

George and Harold have created a new breed of justice — one that is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO! With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound digs into deception, claws after crooks, rolls over robbers, and scampers after squirrels. Will he be able to resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?

Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self.

Buy Dogman on Amazon today!

Celopatra in space by mike maikack scifi for kids

Cleopatra in Space

TITLE: Cleopatra in Space vol 1
AUTHOR: Mike Maikack
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: This series just wrapped up with a 5th and final graphic novel, but if you like space adventures like Albert the Alien, you’ll love this book.

When a young Cleopatra (yes, THAT Cleopatra) finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian. She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, and alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo’s style). With help from her teacher Khensu, Cleo learns what it takes to be a great leader, all while trying to figure out how she’s going to get her homework done, make friends, and avoid detention!

Buy Cleopatria in Space Now on Amazon!


Raina Telgemeier autobiographical best seller smile


TITLE: Smile
AUTHOR: Raina Telgemeier
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Are you late to the Raina Telgemeier train? This woman has single-handedly changed the graphic novel market for the better, and it all started with this very book. Raina Telgemeier’s #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir based on her childhood!

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

Buy Smile Today!

Amulet fantasy book for teens by kazu kibuishi


TITLE: Amulet vol 1
AUTHOR: Kazu Kibuishi
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Action, adventure, and monsters galore! Did I also mention a mechanical rabbit and a giant robot? This book is awesome!

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.
Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.

Check out Amulet Now!


East of West by Image comics written by Johnathan Hickman

East of West

TITLE: East of West vol 1
AUTHOR: Johnathan Hickman
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Take a post-apocalyptic setting, add gunslingers and demons, and also – yeah, people trying to start the apocalypse again. Think a Clint Eastwood western mixed with horror and you have this series.

This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in DEATH!

What are you waiting for?!

Greg Rucka writes scifi action story lazarus from image comics

Please note: I make a commission from the above titles if you click on the link directly. No increased cost to you, but Amazon gives me a little something for the referral. 


TITLE: Lazarus vol 1
AUTHOR: Greg Rucka
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: A story that belongs on TV, this is the tale of near-immortal bodyguard assassins and the machinations their houses get into while trying to vie for power against each other.

In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family’s holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus. Shot dead defending the family home, Forever’s day goes downhill from there…

You know you want Lazarus…come on!

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