Splash into Summer…YA and MG titles for your TBR list

splash into summer

A number of years ago I wrote a short story called “Summer Reading.” In it, the main character– a school teacher with a keen eye for solving mysteries– liked to start her summers reading something totally escapist before launching into her second read of the summer, a big Russian classic.

I have quite a few books on my summer TBR list. Among them are a number of YA and MG titles. I actually blogged about a few of the books on my TBR list the other week.

For this blog hop, I’d like to suggest two YA titles and one MG title that you might want to add to your list. All of them say “summer” to me on one way or another. I have read and enjoyed all of them.

cryofthesea4 (3)The first is D.G. Driver’s CRY OF THE SEA. I read this book a few months ago and loved it! Nothing says summer like the ocean. Add mermaids and an environmental crusade to the mix, well that just makes the perfect summer novel. Driver visited this blog a few months ago to share a “bite” of the second novel in her Juniper Sawfeather series…which I hope to get to this summer.




piper_thumbnailAnother book with an ocean setting and endangered ocean wildlife is Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper’s ON THE LINE.  I loved Piper Wesley, the strong female protagonist, and I got sucked into the Florida Keys setting. Fishing, romance and secrets…need I say more? Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper shared a “bite” of this book last year with my readers, and a tasty summer recipe too!




image1 (2)This last book doesn’t take place at the ocean, but if America’s favorite pastime doesn’t say “summer” to you, I don’t know what does. I loved Stacy Barnett Mozer’s THE SWEET SPOT— not because I am a huge baseball fan (although I do enjoy it), but because this middle-grade novel’s protagonist is a girl trying to prove herself in a sport that some think is just for boys. Stacy Barnett Mozer also visited my blog last year to share a “bite” of her book— and a recipe for hamburgers– which also say summer to me!



All of these books have strong female protagonists and are perfect summer reads. Actually, they are great for any time of year. I hope you’ll check them out!

And one final book that I would love for you to add to your summer TBR list…my debut YA mystery SWIMMING ALONE. You can win an ebook below! And make sure you visit the next blog on the hop!

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One Response to Splash into Summer…YA and MG titles for your TBR list

  1. D. G. Driver says:

    Thanks for including me on your list. If anyone’s interested, the ebook of Cry of the Sea (and its sequel Whisper of the Woods) is half price at Kindle, Nook and Smashwords through June.