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Written by Flannery Fitch   

Summer reading season has arrived! Whether your young reader likes action, adventure, or quiet stories, there are so many great books to choose from. Here are some of the titles Bookshop Santa Cruz is recommending and featuring in their Summer Newsletter.


Dory and the Real True Friend

by Abby Hanlon

“In a sequel every bit as delightful as its predecessor, Hanlon follows the wildly imaginative star of Dory Fantasmagory to school, where Dory attempts to make a ‘real’ friend (as opposed to the monsters she plays with at home). She is immediately drawn to a princess-loving girl named Rosabelle, but Dory’s overtures of friendship don’t initially hit their mark…. Once again, Hanlon’s hilarious narration and cartooning reveal an uncanny talent for getting into the mile-a-minute mind of a one-of-a-kind girl.” —Publishers Weekly. Grades 1–3.


Written and Drawn by Henrietta

by Liniers

“Follow Henrietta’s creative process as she draws the story of a girl and a three-headed monster on a quest to find…a hat. Liniers’s attention to detail, seamless incorporations of graphic-novel elements, and child-inspired art create an inventive and witty book. Concurrently published in Spanish as Escrito y Dibujado Por Enriqueta.” —Hornbook Fanfare. Grades 2–4.


The Penderwicks in Spring

by Jeanne Birsdall

“Through the [Penderwicks] series, Birdsall has demonstrated considerable skill at crafting a modern classic, merging modern-day wit with an old-fashioned charm. Birdsall is a master at making the everyday exciting.” —School Library Journal. Grades 4–7.


Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings

by Margarita Engle

“The daughter of an American father and Cuban mother, poet and novelist Engle describes her childhood living between two countries during a time of political tension for Cuba and the U.S. A 2016 Belpré Author Medal Book and a 2016 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Honor Book.” —Booklist. Grades 5–9.


Listen, Slowly

by Thanhha Lai

“California-born Mai learns the true meaning of family and friendship when she travels with her grandmother to her native Vietnam and learns about her grandfather’s fate.” —Booklist. Grades 5–8.


SuperMutant Magic Academy

by Jillian Tamaki

“At this boarding school for paranormal teenagers, the student body is a wild mix, from witches and shape-shifters to jocks and performance artists. Hilarity ensues. A 2016 Great Graphic Novel for Teens.” —Booklist. Grades 9 & up.


Bone Gap

by Laura Ruby

Bone Gap isn’t a flashy book. Rather, it’s the kind of story that grows on you the further you sink into it, leaving you satisfied, with the lingering hum of bees in your mind. It’s filled with magical realism and characters you care for, making it a pleasantly surreal trip to a town you’d like to stay in. I slowly fell for this book, and it’s stayed with me ever since.  —Flannery. Grades 9 & up.


Flannery Fitch is a bookseller at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Her life has been about books since before she could read.

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