This is it. The last week of summer before school starts. At least, it is for us here on the Oregon Coast. Next week, my daughter starts first grade. I can’t believe I just typed that.
But denial or not, back-to-school is here. And that means shopping for school supplies and setting schedules and basically getting back to some semblance of a “normal” routine.
So, to get you back into that school-year mindset, here is some suggested reading:
The Interim Fates Trilogy by Kristine Grayson
The three books— Tiffany Tumbles, Crystal Caves and Brittany Bends—tell the story of the Interim Fates—Tiffany, Crystal and Brittany—who were first introduced in Grayson’s bestselling Fates Trilogy (Simply Irresistible, Absolutely Captivated, Totally Spellbound). The three teenagers are now mortal and struggling to fit into a world without magic—and without each other.
The Interim Fates series has the long-distance relationships of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (only with more humor), the attitude of Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (but in a magical universe), and the extreme outsider viewpoint of Mean Girls (with less viciousness) all rolled into one.
These books incorporate humor, magic, misunderstandings, and the central theme of finding one’s own identity—the core of the high school experience.
Bleed Through by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
I won’t lie. This is a powerful, heart-wrenching book. It opens after a devastating school shooting. But if you haven’t read it, I highly encourage you to. It’s one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve ever read.
Here’s the synopsis:
Former journalist turned journalism teacher Larissa Johanssen moved back to her hometown to escape the violence she once covered on a national stage. Until that violence strikes her high school, her students.
Now, she must help her students deal with the type of coverage that drove her to the breaking point. And she must revisit parts of her past she thought long buried—and separate truth from fiction to finally begin to heal.
So, whether you’re in the mood for some young adult urban fantasy or a powerful literary experience, WMG has you covered.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.