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SUMMER READING

For youthful eyes

Fantasy, history, mystery -- the summer sky's the limit for children and young adults

June 03, 2012

Beauty

Lisa Daily

Razorbill, $9.99, ages 12 and older

A girl wishes for popularity during a fair in the aptly named town of Miracle, Ohio -- and then must cope with the consequences of her new, not always wonderful situation. (May)

Between the Lines

Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Emily Bestler Books/Atria/Simon Pulse, $19.99, ages 12 and older

What goes on inside a book when it's closed? A teen girl finds out from a fictional hero in a book she loves in this YA romance by bestselling author Picoult and her daughter. (June)

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, June 06, 2012 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 46 words Type of Material: Correction
Summer Books: In the June 3 special section on summer books, the novel "Dead Stars" by Bruce Wagner was included under the young adult category. Although one of its characters is a young teen in Hollywood, "Dead Stars" should have been grouped with adult fiction/beach reads.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, June 10, 2012 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 47 words Type of Material: Correction
Summer books: In the June 3 special section on summer books, the novel "Dead Stars" by Bruce Wagner was included under the young adult category. Although one of the novel's characters is a young teen in Hollywood, "Dead Stars" should have been grouped with adult fiction/beach reads.

Burn Mark

Laura Powell

Bloomsbury, $17.99, ages 14 and older

The author takes us to a modern, alternate version of England, where witches are licensed to practice magic -- and can be burned at the stake if they abuse their powers. (June)

Catty Jane Who Hated the Rain

Valeri Gorbachev

Boyds Mills, 32 pp., $16.95, ages 3-8

Even though Catty Jane thinks rainy days are gray and miserable, her friends (a frog, goose and pig) stop by to teach her a lesson about having fun in spite of the weather. (June)

Dead Stars

Bruce Wagner

Blue Rider Press, $35, ages 14 and older

The latest by the author of "The Chrysanthemum Palace" takes another biting, funny look at our obsessions with celebrity, this time in the young adult world. (August)

Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops

Jill Biden, illustrated by Raul Colon

Simon & Schuster/Wiseman, 40 pp., $16.99, ages 5 and older

A young girl misses her soldier father in this picture book inspired by the family experiences of the wife of Vice President Joe Biden. (June)

Fall From Grace

Charles Benoit

HarperTeen, $17.99, ages 13 and older

A chance encounter with a mysterious girl forces a high school senior to challenge his seemingly perfect family and social life. (May)

Flirting in Italian

Lauren Henderson

Delacorte, $17.99, ages 12 and older

A British teen spends her summer in Italy, searching for a girl in a painting who looks like her, as well as having plenty of drama with the cute boys and jealous girls she meets. (June)

For Darkness

Shows the Stars

Diana Peterfreund

HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray, $17.99, ages 13 and older

In a story that's part Jane Austen, part H.G. Wells, a young man reaches maturity in a world where genetic engineering has nearly destroyed humanity, and the survivors are divided into two groups, the Luddites and the Reduced. (June)

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

A Muslim Book of Colors

Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

Chronicle, 32 pp., $17.99, ages 3-7

Customs and beliefs specific to Islam and universal to all people are the subject of this lushly illustrated look at the Muslim view of life. (June)

Grim

Anna Waggener

Scholastic Press, $17.99, ages 13 and older

While three children mourn the car-accident death of their mother, she is trapped in a limbo state and yearns to be reunited with them. (June)

The Hunt

Andrew Fukuda

St. Martin's Griffin, $17.99, ages 12 and older

In a world of vampires in which humans are nearly extinct, a teen hides his human identity to survive, even if it means taking part in a gruesome hunt. (May)

Just Flirt

Laura Bowers

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $16.99, ages 12 and older

Dee and Natalie are best friends looking for a little summer fun -- flirting with boys at a campground -- even though adult complications and teen developments threaten to ruin their plans. (June)

Keeping the Castle

Patrice Kindl

Viking, $16.99, ages 12 and older

An Austenesque comedy featuring 17-year-old Althea Crawley, who's determined to marry rich Lord Boring so that she can restore her family's ramshackle castle. (June)

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses

Ron Koertge, illustrated by Andrea Dezso

Candlewick, $17.99, ages 14 and older

A dark retelling of classic fairy tales -- including Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin -- in free verse with a dash of gore and horror that updates the stories for a YA crowd. (July)

Living With Mom and Living With Dad

Melanie Walsh

Candlewick, 40 pp., $15.99, ages 3 and older

A picture book, with flaps and bright colors, that gently explores the experiences of a little girl whose parents are divorced. (June)

A Midsummer's Nightmare

Kody Keplinger

Little, Brown/Poppy, $17.99, ages 15 and older

All Whitley wants is to hang out at the beach with her divorced father -- and then she meets Dad's new fiancee and her soon-to-be stepbrother whom she already knows (intimately). A midsummer's nightmare indeed. (June)

Monument 14

Emmy Laybourne

Feiwel & Friends, $16.99, ages 13 and older

An environmental disaster in the near future causes a group of students to seek safety in a superstore -- and cope with their differences as they build a new social order together. (June)

My Life in Black

and White

Natasha Friend

Viking, $16.99, ages 12 and older

A teen's devastating car accident and reconstructive surgery turn into a journey of self-discovery that gives her new ideas of the meaning of family, friends and beauty. (June)

Railsea

China Mieville

Del Rey, $18, ages 12 and older

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