2019 Greene Summer Reading List

Books with links below them are available from the Palo Alto Public Library as books and/or ebooks, or from the PAUSD Middle School Overdrive ebook collection. You will need your PAUSD library card number, printed on your student ID card, to access these books.

  • Contemporary / Realistic
  • Fantasy    
  • Historical Fiction
  • Horror / Supernatural
  • Humor   
  • Mystery / Suspense / Adventure
  • Nonfiction   
  • Science Fiction / Dystopian
  • Sports   
  • Graphic Novels
Contemporary / Realistic

Contemporary / Realistic Fiction

Acevedo, Elizabeth

The Poet X (YA)

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

Albertalli, Becky & Adam Silvera What if it’s us? (YA)

Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.

Braden, Ann

The Benefits of being an Octopus

Seventh-grader Zoey Albro focuses on caring for three younger siblings and avoiding rich classmates at school until her fascination with octopuses gets her on the debate team and she begins to speak out.

Bowman, Akemi Dawn

Summer Bird Blue (YA)

After her sister and songwriting partner, Lea, dies in an automobile accident, seventeen-year-old Rumi is sent to Hawaii with an aunt she barely knows while she and her mother grieve separately.

Davis, Dana

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now (YA)

Tiffany has a secret. Another man claims he’s Tiffany’s real dad–and she has only seven days before he shows up to demand a paternity test. With her life about to fall apart all over again, Tiffany finds herself discovering unexpected truths about her father, her mother and herself, and realizing that maybe family is in the bonds you make–and that life means sometimes taking risks.

Friend, Natasha

How we Roll (YA)

After developing alopecia Quinn lost her friends along with her hair and former football player Jake lost his legs and confidence after an accident, but the two help each other believe in themselves and the possibility of love.

Gino, Alex   

You don’t know everything, Jilly P!

When Jilly’s sister, Emma, is born deaf, she realizes the world is going to treat Jilly, who is white and hearing, differently from Emma, just as it will treat them both differently from their Black cousins.

Goo, Maureen

I Believe in a Thing Called Love (YA)

A disaster in romance, high school senior Desi Lee decides to tackle her flirting failures by watching Korean television dramas, where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten.

Hiaasen, Carl  

Squirm

Billy Dickens discovers that his mysterious father lives in Montana, so this summer Billy will fly across the country, hike a mountain, float a river, dodge a grizzly bear, shoot down a spy drone, and save his own father.

Khorram, Adib

Darius the Great is not okay (YA)

Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.

Kirby, Jessi  

The other side of lost (YA)

Mari Turner’s life is perfect. That is, at least, to her thousands of followers who have helped her become an internet starlet. But when she breaks down and posts a video confessing she’s been living a lie–that she isn’t the happy, in love, inspirational online personality she’s been trying so hard to portray–it goes viral and she receives a major backlash. To get away from it all, she makes an impulsive decision: to hike the entire John Muir Trail. Mari and her late cousin Bri were supposed to do it together, to celebrate their shared eighteenth birthday.

Marsh, Katherine

Nowhere Boy

Fourteen-year-old Ahmed, a Syrian refugee, and thirteen-year-old Max, an American boy, are bound by a secret that sets them on the adventure of a lifetime.

McAnulty, Stacy  

The miscalculations of lightning girl

A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.

Medina, Meg 

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina. 2019 Newbery winner!

Menon, Sandhya

From Twinkle, With Love (YA)

Told through letters, aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra learns a lesson about love while directing a movie for the Midsummer Night arts festival, in which her longtime crush and his twin brother are also participating.

Oshiro, Mark

Anger is a Gift

High schooler Moss is a survivor. He’s witnessed his father’s death at the hands of the police and has anxiety, but his friends and mother help him through panic attacks. He struggles with self-consciousness and body image, and his dating life as a large, gay, African American male teen has been nonexistent-until he meets Javier, an undocumented immigrant from a different school, and begins to fall in love.

Pérez, Celia C.  

The first rule of punk

Twelve-year-old Maria Luisa O’Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malu) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang–violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school’s most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker

Ghost Boys

After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till.

Saeed, Aisha  

Amal Unbound

In Pakistan, Amal holds onto her dream of being a teacher even after becoming an indentured servant to pay off her family’s debt to the wealthy and corrupt Khan family.

Thomas, Angie   

On the come up (YA)

From the author of The Hate U Give comes the story of sixteen year old Bri, who wants to be the next great rapper, but she’s got some big shoes to fill as the daughter of an underground hip-hop legend who died right before making it big.

Thorne, Jenn Marie

The Inside of Out (YA)

When her best friend comes out as a lesbian, Daisy leads the charge to end their school’s ban on same-sex dates for the homecoming dance, but a local story goes viral and now everyone–including a cute college journalist–bhttps://paloalto.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1701469136elieves Daisy is gay, too.

Welch, Jenna Evans

Love & Luck (YA)

Addie hopes that the road trip of a lifetime through the rolling hills of Ireland will not only bring the romance and adventure she so desperately seeks but also help fix the shattered relationship she has with her brother after secrets come to the surface

Woods, Brenda  

The blossoming universe of Violet Diamond

Violet is a smart, funny, brown-eyed, brown-haired girl in a family of blonds. Her mom is white, and her dad, who died before she was born, was black. She attends a mostly white school where she sometimes feels like a brown leaf on a pile of snow. She’s tired of people asking if she’s adopted. Now that Violet’s eleven, she decides it’s time to learn about her African American heritage.

Woodson, Jacqueline   

Harbor me

When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they’re together, it’s safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world.

Zoboi, Ibi Aanu

Pride (YA)

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding. But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

Fantasy    

Fantasy

Adeyemi, Tomi  

Children of blood and bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) (YA)

Seventeen-year-old Zelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

Asebedo, Miranda  

The Deepest Roots (YA)

Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, is a strange place. For the past century, every girl has been born with a special talent, like the ability to Fix any object, Heal any wound, or Find what is missing. To best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy, their abilities often feel more like a curse.

Bardugo, Leigh  

King of Scars (Nikolai duology #1)

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war — and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him.

Cervantes, J.C.  

The storm runner

To prevent the Mayan gods from battling each other and destroying the world, thirteen-year-old Zane must unravel an ancient prophecy, stop an evil god, and discover how the physical disability that makes him reliant on a cane also connects him to his father and his ancestry.

Chima, Cinda Williams 

Flamecaster (a Shattered Realms novel #1)

A thrilling new fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, set in the same world as her beloved Seven Realms series, a generation later. Starring the teenage children of original Seven Realms characters, this series introduces a whole new generation of mages, assassins, villains, and heroes..

Garber, Stephanie   

Caraval (YA)

Two sisters, Scarlett and Tella, leave their cruel father to attend Caraval–a faraway once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show–and, along the way, Tella is kidnapped and Scarlett is aided by a mysterious sailor and finds herself enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic.

Henning, Sarah

Sea Witch

Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt. Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after. But magic isn’t kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad–or on two legs–without Evie’s help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend’s humanity–and her prince’s heart–she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.

Islington, James  

An echo of things to come (Licanius trilogy #2) (YA)

In the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs-finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against the land of Andarra. As the Augur Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, however, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late.

Lerangis, Peter

Max Tilt: Fire the depths

When thirteen-year-old Max Tilt happens upon his great-great-great-grandfather Jules Verne’s unfinished, unpublished manuscript, The Lost Treasures, he doesn’t realize that he’s found the answers to all his problems. And Max has a lot of problems: his mother is sick, his father is out of work, and his home is about to be foreclosed on. But when Max and his cousin Alex discover that Verne’s last work reveals everything he wrote was fact, not fiction, they realize that the book holds the key to something incredibly valuable.

Lu, Marie  

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons)

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list…. Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

Maas, Wendy

Bob

Ten-year-old Livy, who lives in Massachusetts, hasn’t visited her Gran Nicholas’s house in Australia for five years. When she returns for a visit, Livy is struck by the feeling that something very important is waiting for her.

Mafi, Tahereh

Whichwood

Laylee, thirteen, is nearly worn out from washing and packaging corpses for the Otherwhere and being shunned by villagers when two strangers, Alice and Oliver, arrive determined to help.

Meyer, Marissa   

Archenemies (Renegades #2)

As Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew face escalating crime in Gatlon City, covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also their feelings for each other.

Okorafor, Nnedi  

Akata Witch (Akata Witch #1)

Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.

Pattou, Edith

West (YA)

A young woman journeys to a distant castle on the back of a great white bear who is the victim of a cruel enchantment.

Pullman, Phillip

La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust v.1)

When Malcolm finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust, he finds himself embroiled in a tale of intrigue featuring enforcement agents from the Magisterium, a woman with an evil monkey daemon, and a baby named Lyra.

Reynolds, Jason     

Miles Morales: Spider-Man

Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a super hero, but he must come to terms with his identity–and deal with a villainous teacher–as the new Spider Man.

Riggs, Ransom  

A map of days (Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children #4)

After having saved the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back in Florida with his peculiar friends, where they set out on a journey across America to discover the truth about Jacob’s grandfather.

Stroud, Jonathan   

The empty grave (Lockwood & co. #5)

With the help of some unexpected, and rather ghostly, allies, Lockwood & Co. must battle their greatest enemy yet, as they move ever closer to the moment when the earth-shattering secret of ‘the problem’ will finally be revealed.

Townsend, Jessica

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society.

Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction

Cornwell, Betsy

The Forest Queen

From a New York Times bestselling author, a fresh, female-centered take on “Robin Hood” in which a young noblewoman, like the legendary hero, becomes an outlaw fighting for social justice. Perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Sarah J. Maas.

Curtis, Christopher Paul 

The journey of little Charlie

When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap’n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him. Cap’n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father’s debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.

Gratz, Alan

Projekt 1065

Includes bibliographical references. It is 1943, and thirteen-year-old Michael O’Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany in Berlin, is also a spy for the British Secret Service, so he has joined the Hitler Youth, and pretending that he agrees with their violence and book-burning is hard enough–but when he is asked to find out more about “Projekt 1065” both his and his parents’ lives get a lot more dangerous.

Hiranandani, Veera

The Night Diary

Shy twelve-year-old Nisha, forced to flee her home with her Hindu family during the 1947 partition of India, tries to find her voice and make sense of the world falling apart around her by writing to her deceased Muslim mother in the pages of her diary.

Jackson, Linda Williams  

Midnight without a moon

Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955, but when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between seeking her destiny outside of Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement.

Stamper, Vesper 

What the Night Sings

Liberated from Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945, sixteen-year-old Gerta tries to make a new life for herself, aided by Lev, a fellow survivor, and Michah, who helps Jews reach Palestine.

Powell, Patricia Hruby

Loving vs. Virginia (YA)

Written in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who challenge the Virginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s.