High School Summer Reading Recommendations


Summer vacation is fast approaching, and for school librarians that means it’s time to start planning our summer reading recommendations. So I thought I’d share my list of suggested fiction and comics/graphic novels for 2019.

This list was created through an alchemy involving age of the protagonists, themes or events a student would likely encounter in their studies that year, books they were unlikely to read for school, and subject matter. I also tried to pick books and comics that were written as YA (with a few exceptions) and published in the last decade, with preference going to #ownvoices and/or marginalized authors. Obviously there are way more books for older teens than younger ones; you can thank publishers who rarely print fiction with 14-year-old protagonists for that dearth.

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Review: “Black Panther”


Release Date: February 16, 2017
Writer: Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole
Director: Ryan Coogler
Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Wyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Florence Kasumba
Genre: Comics, Science Fiction, Superheroes

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Review: “The Nameless City” and “The Girl Who Married a Skull and Other African Stories”


Comic: The Nameless City vols. 1-3
Release date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: First Second
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade

Comic: The Girl Who Married a Skull and Other African Stories
Release date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Iron Circus Comics
Genre: Mythology, Middle Grade

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