A quintessential part of summer is the blockbuster. The huge, exciting, thrilling, everyone-is-talking-about-them, must-see films of the season. But why limit blockbusters to the silver screen? Books can totally be blockbusters too! They’re the page-turners, the fast-paced, unexpected, sometimes heartwarming, sometimes humorous, always wonderful, must-read books. So whether it’s a rainy day read you’re after, or you’re looking for a story for sitting in the sun, these books are guaranteed hits. Grab some popcorn and get ready!
Steeped in Japanese Lore and mythology, you’ll be fully immersed in Julie Abe’s wonderful world from the first page. Tessa has always felt like she doesn’t fit in and when she visits her grandparents in Japan, she hopes there might be a chance for something exciting. Unfortunately, she still feels stuck, until she—along with the neighbor kid she’s forced to hang out with—accidentally breaks an heirloom and releases malicious samurai god Taira Masakado. Whoops! You’re going to be on the edge of your seat, seeing whether Tessa can stop Taira Masakado and save Tokyo!
When Owen Godfrey and his friends discover what appears to be a dusty copy of Verne’s collected works with hidden codes inside, they set off on an exciting treasure hunt across the city. Of course, they aren’t the only ones on this treasure hunt, and it’s become a race against time. Crack the codes, crack the Jules Verne mystery, and settle in for a fast-paced quest!
Twelve-year-old Minerva Keen has always loved living in the luxurious Arcanum building, until suddenly its residents are being poisoned. Is Minerva next? Is she a suspect? It’s time to crack the case! Like any great blockbuster this has thrills, chills, giggles, and lots of unforgettable characters. It’s a murder mystery and humorous adventure all wrapped in one.
Doesn’t that totally pique your curiosity?? This New York Times bestseller from award-winning authors Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman is full of the unexpected. A string of strange things is happening to fourteen-year-old Noah, from falling out of tree onto a classmate to shrieking like a bird in the middle of a school dance. [Ummm what??] And why, on top of it all, are there mysterious people trying to kill him? Well obviously we can’t tell you, you’re just going to have to read for yourself.
Celebrating family, magic, and Celtic mythology, Song of the Sea tells the story of siblings Ben and Saoirse and the grief their family faces after the disappearance of their mother. Ben blames his little sister for the loss of their mother, and despite being six years old, Saoirse has yet to speak. When the kids discover that Saoirse is a selkie and the magical world that their mother told stories about is real, they dive into an adventure to keep the spirit world from disappearing forever.
It’s heart-wrenching and heartwarming and everything you’d want in a summer blockbuster. Plus, it’s by the sea!
This is the perfect blockbuster for a rainy day wherever you are! (And for sunny days too!)
If you haven’t read The Silver Arrow, you need to obviously, but also, the first adventure introduces readers to Kate and Tom who lead largely uninteresting lives. Until Kate writes a letter to a mysterious uncle and receives a colossal steam locomotive called the Silver Arrow as a birthday gift. Soon they’re off on magical trainlines with exotic animals who happen to be able to talk, destined for the adventure of a lifetime.
The Golden Swift jumps right back into the action, where Kate and Tom must confront the limits of even what magic can do, as they try to bring balance back to the world. Grab some popcorn and settle in for a double-feature with both books!