Summer YA Reads

Welcome to our very first CCS Summer Reads post for 2017!  Our goal is to introduce all of our CCS readers to some new reads to keep you busy and engaged with reading… for fun!  We will have posts for all of our students including elementary, middle and high school levels.  Join us on our all ages reading adventure this summer.

My name is Terri Ramos and I am one of the librarians at the high school.  It is my pleasure to share with you some of the many books I will be reading this summer.  I will make sure to review a variety of genres so that everybody finds something of interest.

Although I have the high school library at my disposal, I decided to go over to check out what the YA section at the Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL) has.  (If you have not been over to meet some of their fine librarians or have not looked at their summer programming, I encourage you to do so.  Tell them I sent you and they will be sure to take care of you!). I quickly found four titles of interest, and I’m excited about reviewing one of those for you right now!

NOTE:  Due to the content of this book, this review is for our older readers.

The X-Files Origins:  Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia ISBN 9781250119568 $18.99

Maybe you’ve seen an X-Files on TV or it was a show that your parents or family have mentioned, but maybe it is all new to you.  Regardless of your familiarity with the television show of the same name, you will enjoy this book.  For those of you who have followed the mythology of it, though, I think it will be a special treat.

High school senior Fox Mulder isn’t the average kid.  His photographic memory and affinity for intellectual debate sets him apart from most students, but when you add in the fact that his little sister was abducted right in front of him you end up with a very deep individual who is both smart and guarded.  Moving to a new town with his dad, Mulder is hoping it will give him the respite he needs to have a “normal” senior year.

But Mulder’s normal is far from what the rest of us would ever understand.  Secretly being watched by two men in a black sedan or meeting his friend’s dad who refers to himself as the Major and spouts conspiracy theories is just a part of a regular day for Mulder.  As one can imagine, another aspect of Mulder’s normal is doing anything he can to find his little sister Samantha despite her disappearance happening years prior.  When an abduction of a child is covered on the news, Mulder takes note looking for similarities or connections. Mostly he finds nothing, until one day when he is jogging and happens upon a cemetery where there is clearly an upset.  It turns out that when a family arrived to inter a loved one in a mausoleum, there was already a body in the crypt.  The body of a boy who had gone missing just nine days prior.  Spying from around the corner, Mulder sees that the pajamas on the victim match the pajamas that had been on yet another missing child.  Are the two connected?  Mulder believes they are, but how will he ever get anyone to listen to him. And are there more connections between other missing children in the area?  More than anything, Mulder wants to save the most recently abducted child… but can he get to her before it’s too late?

BONUS:  An oldie but a goody… if you have not read Agatha Christie’s novel Murder on the Orient Express (ISBN 9780062073495 $11.04), I would highly recommend it.  First, because the movie of the same name will be out in November and there is an amazing all star cast.  Here’s a link if you’d like to see more about the film.

Secondly, if you like a mystery, this is a classic whodunit that will have you guessing until the very end.  Chances are you won’t have what it takes to crack the mystery (Yes, that’s a challenge.), but I do hope you give it a shot and let me know how close you get to the correct answer.  No cheating by skipping ahead, either!

Expect our next post out on June 19th when we will have a middle grades selection for our CCS Readers.  Until then, happy reading!



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