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YA Wednesday: Summer Picks from John Green, Cassie Clare & Markus Zusak

I always want to know what books my favorite authors are reading and recommending, so we asked John Green, Cassandra Clare, and Markus Zusak to tell us what four books they recommend this summer.   Check out their great lists below (and why they chose the books they did) and look for summer reading picks from Lauren Oliver, Christopher Paolini, and James Dashner in the coming weeks.

Green160John Green:

  • The End Games by T. Michael Martin:
    I feel like calling The End Games a zombie apocalypse novel will deter many of the readers who will love it most. It's brilliant, fun, and blisteringly intelligent fiction that happens to feature a zombie apocalypse. I can't recommend this one highly enough.
  • The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen:
    Dessen's newest book is maybe my favorite of hers, and that's really saying something. The Moon and More is a true coming of age story with a hint of romance. There is something in here for everyone.
  • Every Day by David Levithan:
    This book has a brilliant premise: The narrator wakes up every day inside the body of a different teenager. But it's the rare high-concept novel that proves better than its premise.

Clare160Cassandra Clare: The City of Bones movie opens August 21st and looks amazing...(you can watch the trailer here) Summer is for vacation, and what better, cheaper way to vacation than with your own imagination? Four books that take you on adventures in distinctly different places.

  • Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan:
    Kami Glass has always had an imaginary friend, a boy she talked to in her head. But what happens when he turns out to be real, and not just real but one of the mysterious Lynburns family who may or may not be dark magicians, is a sparkling, clever modern update on the gothic horror, lashed through with rip-your-heart-out romance.
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo:
    A story set in a magical Russia-that-never-was called Ravka, a country divided by the Shadow Fold, a dark rent in the world caused by the magic of an overly powerful Grisha, or magic user. Alina Starkov is a Sun Summoner, one of the few of the Grishas who can call forth light and potentially destroy the Shadow Fold, but can she harness her power? Lushly written, with sympathetic and complex characters, this is what you'd get if you managed to cross Harry Potter and Anna Karenina.
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga:
    Dexter, The Early Years. Jazz is the son of one of the nation's most brutal serial killers. He lives in a tiny town where everyone knows who he is, and knows his past. His only parental figure is the police officer who took down his father so many years ago. When the killings start up again, Jazz is determined to stop them, to redeem his past, so that he doesn't repeat his father's. A gritty, bloody, noir murder mystery with a protagonist so charming he's deadly.
  • Legend by Marie Lu:
    My favorite of the current crop of dystopic fiction for teens, Legend takes place in the Republic, a fascist regime that has replaced the western United States. June is a privileged girl being groomed for success among the elite; Day is a wanted criminal. Two people who have no reason to meet — until their stories entwine when Day is suspected of murdering June's brother. But all is not as it seems in the shadowy future, and June and Day find themselves fighting for the most precious commodity of all, the truth, in a heart-pounding chase to the finish line. You'll be turning pages fast enough to not need a fan to get you through the hot days!

Zusak160Markus Zusak: More movie news--*finally* The Book Thief movie is coming in January 2014!  Here are the books Markus wants to read this summer...

  • Far Far Away by Tom McNeal:
    Who wouldn't want to follow a guy like Jeremy Johnson Johnson, his ghost, and the amber-haired Ginger Boultinghouse through a summer in a place called Never Better?
  • The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt:
    The great thing about all Dana Reinhardt novels is that you start to feel like you'll wake up the next day and find the characters in your kitchen. That's how well you get to know them.
  • Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton:
    I know other S.E Hinton books are more popular, but Rumble Fish is always the one I come back to. Rusty James. The Motorcycle Boy. The Siamese fighting fish. It's one of my favourite books. It's stood the test of time.


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His only parental figure is the police officer who took down his father so many years ago. When the killings start up again, Jazz is determined to stop them, to redeem his past, so that he doesn't repeat his father's. A gritty, bloody, noir murder mystery with a protagonist so charming he's deadly.

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