Summer Reading List for Middle Grade and Young Adult
I’ve been so busy working on my next two books that it’s always a pleasant surprise when someone emails me and asks for an author visit for MYSTIC. I get to be surrounded by happy kids and talk about two of my favorite subjects reading and writing. I have three visits in the next two weeks. Woohoo! I’m ready!
During my author visits I always share some of my favorite books. I tell the students that I’d love for them to enjoy, MYSTIC, but I know my story isn’t for everyone. The goal is to find what you love to read. Please feel free to leave a comment with your favorite MG or YA. I’ll add them to my reading list. Thanks! What am I currently reading? THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson and MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs
WRINGER by Jerry Spinelli. I used to read this to my 3rd grade class.
LIVING WITH JACKIE CHAN by Jo Knowles
ENDANGERED BY Eliot Schrefer
TILT by Ellen Hopkins
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
BOUND by Donna Jo Napoli
GRACELING by Kristen Cashore
K.D. Rausin is a former teacher living in sunny Cape Coral, Florida. MYSTIC, her middle grade fantasy, and Elle & Buddy, her picture book, both feature strong female protagonists who use wheelchairs. Both books were inspired by her daughter, Arielle Rausin.
K.D. Rausin is a former teacher living in sunny Cape Coral, Florida. MYSTIC, her middle grade fantasy, and Elle & Buddy, her picture book, feature strong female protagonists who use wheelchairs. Both books were inspired by her daughter, Arielle Rausin.
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.