Just about 1 month left until school starts back, at least down here in Texas. So here's my last Summer Reading List to help pull you or your kids away from screen time.
I'm going to start this month out with my favorite author, Brandon Mull.
Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable—until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.
In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.
Every day her dad seems smaller and weaker, her mom is home even less, and her brother, Toby, seems to be angrier than ever. The only thing she seems to be able to do right is read to her dad.
Everything suddenly changes when Toby hangs a swing from a tree in the backyard. Maggie is transported to a magical forest filled with fairies and creatures she’s only read about. When she discovers the fairies’ magic is being drained, Maggie jumps at the opportunity to help. The last thing she wants to do is go home and find her dad is even sicker.
But is it too late for the fairies and her father, or will Maggie find a way to save them both?
Eighteen year-old Marin has few clues about where she came from, outside of a recurring nightmare of a horrific boating accident. Determined to prove to the world and to herself that she can overcome her water phobia and lead a normal life, she enrolls in a summer internship at a marine research facility in California. When a cataclysmic accident suddenly brings her drowning nightmares into reality, she learns a secret about herself that begins to unlock the mystery lurking in her hidden memories. What she discovers could be the key to her past, but opening that door forces her to choose between two worlds and two hearts, and starts a chain of events that could destroy everything and everyone she loves.