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Your Guide to Reading Your Favorite Genre of Books

You’ve probably been lectured by your parents and teachers about how you’re supposed to be reading while we’re out of school for a while. You may also be saying to yourself: “What in the world am I supposed to read?” True, libraries are shut down, but there are still some other ways to read. Your parents or guardians might have a stash of books hidden around somewhere, they might not. If they don’t, you can easily find another way to read books.  If you have a library card, you can make a Hoopla account, which is run by the Dearborn Public Library system, and allows you to download audiobooks, regular books, and lots of other media of reading material to your phone or device. Another way to get books electronically is Libby, another library-run app that also allows you to read books and listen to audiobooks straight from your device! If you don’t have a library card, you can currently get temporary library cards at this link. For nonfiction titles, you can get articles from Newsela, Storyworks, and more!

Fantasy / Fiction:

  • Harry Potter: A fantastical book about a teenage wizard who goes on adventures to escape the dark wizard Voldemort, who murdered his parents, and attempted to murder him. 7 book series By: J.K. Rowling
  • Percy Jackson: A teenage boy discovers he is a demigod, a half mortal / half god. When Zeus’s master bolt is stolen, he and his two new friends, Annabeth and Grover, have to go from the realm of Hades, LA, to Mount Olympus, the 600th floor of the Empire State Building.  6 books, 2 sub series By: Rick Riordan
  • The Crowns of Croswald: see review for The Crowns of Croswald: Book 1 (click for review) 2 book series By: D.E. Night
  • The Forbidden Library: When Rule-follower Alice sneaks downstairs to get a drink of water in the middle of the night, she hears voices – her father’s, and someone else she doesn’t know. Later, her father tells her that he is going on a trip aboard the Gideon, a fancy ship. Four days later, she finds out that the Gideon has gone underwater, with all the passengers, and a funeral is held. A slightly too-jolly lawyer approaches her and tells her she is going to live with an uncle, whom she has never met. She is escorted to the uncle’s estate, called the library by a man named Mr. Black. She later finds out that she is a Reader, someone who can read themselves into books. When she discovers the voice that she had heard her father speaking to is a fairy, named Vespidan, who is after a book in the library with Mr. Black, as well as a boy named Isaac, who is after the same book, she finds out that she must choose her friends wisely, and see if she can keep the book safe, and not disappoint Greyon. 4 book series By: Django Wexler
  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series: When twins Sophie and Josh Newman begin to work in a book shop run by Nick Fleming – who they later discover is Nicholas Flamel – they become part of an adventure, and a prophecy. 6 book series By: Michael Scott

Nonfiction/Historical Fiction: 

  • Who is?/Who was? Series: A series that talks about places and people from Helen Keller to J.K. Rowling. Currently 150 titles By: Numerous Authors.
  • One for Sorrow: (Historical Fiction) With the ominous backdrop of the influenza, One for Sorrow is a ghost story about a girl named Annie, who is a new girl at school, when she is claimed as best friend by Elsie, the tattletale of the school. Things go downhill from there.  By: Mary Downing Hahn
  • Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon This book is a fascinating biography on the story of the worldwide race to make – and steal – the world’s most dangerous weapon. By: Steve Sheinkin 
  • I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World: This biography is on the amazing woman who changed the world, Malala Yousafzai. By: Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick
  • Chernobyl’s Wild Kingdom: Life in the Dead Zone: After Chernobyl, scientists thought everything nearby was dead. But was it? In this book you follow along the scientists as they try to find out why some animals are still alive there.  By: Rebecca L. Johnson
  • Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans: This nonfiction graphic novel shows the history of hurricane Katrina, the 2005 hurricane of New Orleans that killed 1830 people. By: Don Brown
  • Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands: A super interesting biography on architect and artist Maya Lin. By: Susan Goldman Rubin

Graphic Novel:

  • Smile: This book is an autobiography on Raina, who lost two of her adult teeth, and then had to live with it during her highschool years. Has a sequel entitled Sisters. By: Raina Telgemeier
  • All’s Faire in Middle School: The author of Roller Girl brings us a story about a girl whose family works at the Renaissance Fair. When the girl, named Imogene “Impy”, wants to train as a squire, she must show her bravery by leaving the fair and going to middle school. By: Victoria Jamieson
  • Berrybrook Middle School Series: This three-book series shows the daily lives of middle school students. 3 books: Awkward, Brave, Crush. By:Svetlana Chmakova 
  • Nimona: A wonderful graphic novel about nemeses, dragons, science, and symbolism. By: Noelle Stevenson
  • Amulet Series: Siblings Emily and Naven, along with a robot named Miskit, go crashing through a series of adventures in a world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. By: Kazu Kibuishi
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret: (novel/graphic novel hybrid) Orphaned clock keeper, Hugo, meets a bookish girl, who puts his undercover life and secret in jeopardy.  By: Brian Selznick
  • Bone Series: Three bone cousins, named Smiley Bone, Fone Bone, and Phoney Bone are run out of Boneville, their hometown, and find themselves in a creature-inhabited forest. By: Jeff Smith 13 books, as well as a side novel series.

Now that you’ve looked at some of our recommended books, you might want to read some of these, and recommend them to your friends! If you don’t know what genres you like, you can try a book from each, and then decide which one you like the best! Happy Reading!

By: Myrna Burkhalter

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