2015 Summer Reading List

2015 Summer Reading List | Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee has updated our Summer Reading Lists with new and exciting titles!

The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer.  Three Summer Reading book lists are available for K-2nd, 3rd– 5th and 6th-8th grade students.

Each list is available here to download for free in color and black and white.  Lists can be customized to include library information, summer hours and summer reading programs for children before making copies available to schools and patrons.

Titles on the 2015 Summer Reading List was compiled and annotated by members of ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee

New York Times Best Sellers at ACLS for May 17, 2015

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FICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

14TH DEADLY SIN, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown.) A video of a shocking crime surfaces, casting suspicion on a San Francisco detective’s colleagues.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins. (Riverhead.) A psychological thriller set in London is full of complications and betrayals.

MEMORY MAN, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central.) A police detective who left the force when his family was murdered teams up with his former partner to solve the case.

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr. (Scribner.) The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.

GATHERING PREY, by John Sandford. (Putnam.) Lucas Davenport is on the trail of killers who have targeted a group of vagabonds called the Travelers.

CAT’S LAIR, by Christine Feehan. (Jove.) A woman, starting over in Texas after a troubled past, rouses the interest of her martial arts instructor.

THE LIAR, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam.) After her husband’s death, a woman returns with her daughter to her Smoky Mountain hometown, only to discover that her husband was a fraud who implicated her in his deceptions.

THE NIGHTINGALE, by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin’s.) Two sisters are separated in World War II France: one struggling to survive in the countryside, the other joining the Resistance in Paris.

A GOD IN RUINS, by Kate Atkinson. (Little, Brown.) Postwar Britain as seen through the lives of an R.A.F. pilot and members of his well-to-do family.

THE FALL, by John Lescroart. (Atria.) In the rush to find a teenager’s killer, a possibly innocent middle-school teacher is put on trial.

 

NONFICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS, by David McCullough. (Simon & Schuster.) The story of the bicycle mechanics from Ohio who ushered in the age of flight; by the author of “1776” and “The Greater Journey.”

CLINTON CASH, by Peter Schweizer. (Harper/HarperCollins.) An examination of donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities.

HOPE, by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus with Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan. (Viking.) Two of the women who were kidnapped by a Cleveland school bus driver and imprisoned, raped and abused by him until they escaped after 10 years tell their story.

THE BOOK OF JOAN, by Melissa Rivers. (Crown Archetype.) A memoir of life, often uproarious, with the comedian Joan Rivers, written by her daughter.

IT’S A LONG STORY, by Willie Nelson with David Ritz. (Little, Brown.) The country music star discusses his life’s journey, from selling encyclopedias to professional fame.

AND THE GOOD NEWS IS . . ., by Dana Perino. (Twelve.) The Fox News contributor and former press secretary under President George W. Bush reviews her life and career and shares lessons she has learned. (†)

AMERICAN WIFE, by Taya Kyle with Jim DeFelice. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) The widow of Chris Kyle, of “American Sniper” fame, describes her life after his death.

THE ROAD TO CHARACTER, by David Brooks. (Random House.) The Times columnist extols personal virtues like kindness and honesty in a materialistic age.

THE BOYS IN THE BOATby Daniel James Brown. (Viking.) The University of Washington’s eight-oar crew and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

DEAD WAKEby Erik Larson. (Crown.) The last voyage of the Lusitania, by the author of “The Devil in the White City.”

 

 

New York Times Best Sellers at ACLS for May 10, 2015

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FICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

GATHERING PREY, by John Sandford. (Putnam.) Lucas Davenport is on the trail of killers who have targeted a group of vagabonds called the Travelers.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins. (Riverhead.) A psychological thriller set in London is full of complications and betrayals.

MEMORY MAN, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central.) A police detective who left the force when his family was murdered teams up with his former partner to solve the case.

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr. (Scribner.) The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.

THE LIAR, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam.) After her husband’s death, a woman returns with her daughter to her Smoky Mountain hometown, only to discover that her husband was a fraud who implicated her in his deceptions.

HOLD ME, by Susan Mallery. (HQN.) Two newcomers to a California town find their attentions drifting toward each other.

YOUR NEXT BREATH, by Iris Johansen. (St. Martin’s.) A C.I.A. operative becomes the target of someone from her past intent on killing those who were once close to her.

THE NIGHTINGALE, by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin’s.) Two sisters are separated in World War II France: one struggling to survive in the countryside, the other joining the Resistance in Paris.

THE STRANGERby Harlan Coben. (Dutton.) Characters’ lives begin to fall apart as a mysterious stranger discloses secrets to them; a stand-alone thriller.

THE BONE TREE, by Greg Iles. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) The prosecutor Penn Cage’s attempt to find his father brings him up against the K.K.K.

 

NONFICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

HOPE, by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus with Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan. (Viking.) Two of the women who were kidnapped by a Cleveland school bus driver and imprisoned, raped and abused by him until they escaped after 10 years tell their story.

AND THE GOOD NEWS IS . . ., by Dana Perino. (Twelve.) The Fox News contributor and former press secretary under President George W. Bush reviews her life and career and shares lessons she has learned. (†)

THE ROAD TO CHARACTER, by David Brooks. (Random House.) The Times columnist extols personal virtues like kindness and honesty in a materialistic age.

THE BOYS IN THE BOATby Daniel James Brown. (Viking.) The University of Washington’s eight-oar crew and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

DEAD WAKEby Erik Larson. (Crown.) The last voyage of the Lusitania, by the author of “The Devil in the White City.”

BILL O’REILLY’S LEGENDS AND LIES, by David Fisher. (Holt.) Stories of the American West; a companion volume to the Fox News series.

MISSOULA, by Jon Krakauer. (Doubleday.) The author of “Into the Wild” discusses cases of acquaintance rape in Missoula, Mont., home of the University of Montana.

FINDING ME, by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford. (Weinstein Books.) The story of a woman kidnapped in Cleveland in 2002, then tortured, who escaped in 2013.

THE RESIDENCE, by Kate Andersen Brower. (Harper.) Fifty years of White House lore, based on interviews with butlers, maids and other staff members.

AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) A former member of the Navy SEALs discusses his battlefield experiences during the Iraq war. Kyle was shot to death in Texas in 2013.

 

 

New York Times Best Sellers at ACLS for May 3, 2015

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FICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

MEMORY MAN, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central.) A police detective who left the force when his family was murdered teams up with his former partner to solve the case.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins. (Riverhead.) A psychological thriller set in London is full of complications and betrayals.

THE BONE TREE, by Greg Iles. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) The prosecutor Penn Cage’s attempt to find his father brings him up against the K.K.K.

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr. (Scribner.) The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.

THE LIAR, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam.) After her husband’s death, a woman returns with her daughter to her Smoky Mountain hometown, only to discover that her husband was a fraud who implicated her in his deceptions.

THE STRANGERby Harlan Coben. (Dutton.) Characters’ lives begin to fall apart as a mysterious stranger discloses secrets to them; a stand-alone thriller.

GARDEN OF LIES, by Amanda Quick. (Putnam.) The head of a secretarial service in Victorian London teams up with a client to discover why an employee was murdered.

THE LONGEST RIDE, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central.) The lives of two couples converge unexpectedly.

GOD HELP THE CHILD, by Toni Morrison. (Knopf.) Her mother’s rejection shapes the life of a dark-skinned woman who becomes successful in business but personally unhappy.

THE NIGHTINGALE, by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin’s.) Two sisters are separated in World War II France: one struggling to survive in the countryside, the other joining the Resistance in Paris.

 

NONFICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

AND THE GOOD NEWS IS . . ., by Dana Perino. (Twelve.) The Fox News contributor and former press secretary under President George W. Bush reviews her life and career and shares lessons she has learned. (†)

THE ROAD TO CHARACTER, by David Brooks. (Random House.) The Times columnist extols personal virtues like kindness and honesty in a materialistic age.

MISSOULA, by Jon Krakauer. (Doubleday.) The author of “Into the Wild” discusses cases of acquaintance rape in Missoula, Mont., home of the University of Montana.

BILL O’REILLY’S LEGENDS AND LIES, by David Fisher. (Holt.) Stories of the American West; a companion volume to the Fox News series.

DEAD WAKEby Erik Larson. (Crown.) The last voyage of the Lusitania, by the author of “The Devil in the White City.”

THE BOYS IN THE BOATby Daniel James Brown. (Viking.) The University of Washington’s eight-oar crew and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

THE RESIDENCE, by Kate Andersen Brower. (Harper.) Fifty years of White House lore, based on interviews with butlers, maids and other staff members.

AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) A former member of the Navy SEALs discusses his battlefield experiences during the Iraq war. Kyle was shot to death in Texas in 2013.

BEING MORTALby Atul Gawande. (Metropolitan/Holt.) The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

WILDby Cheryl Strayed. (Knopf.) A woman’s account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail during the summer of 1995.

 

Free YA audiobooks all summer long!

The summer SYNC program is back again for 2015, offering two free audiobooks each week all summer long! The program starts May 7th and will offer two Young Adult audiobooks, one classic title and one current title, that users can keep as long as they wish. Once the week ends two new titles will become available so be sure to sign up for alerts at http://www.audiobooksync.com/ so you don’t miss out on any of these great books!

This year’s program includes classics like Great Expectations, Dracula, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Around the World in Eighty Days as well as popular current titles by Kami Garcia, Terry Pratchett and many others. The selections are designed to pair perfectly with school and library summer reading programs but audiobook lovers of all ages are sure to love them as well. Never tried an audiobook before? Well now is the perfect opportunity!

Join us in discovering wonderful YA audiobook content both classic and new all summer long!

 

New York Times Best Sellers at ACLS for April 26, 2015

Get the latest NYT Best Sellers at the Allegany County Library System.

FICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

THE LIAR, by Nora Roberts. (Putnam.) After her husband’s death, a woman returns with her daughter to her Smoky Mountain hometown, only to discover that her husband was a fraud who implicated her in his deceptions.

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins. (Riverhead.) A psychological thriller set in London is full of complications and betrayals.

THE STRANGERby Harlan Coben. (Dutton.) Characters’ lives begin to fall apart as a mysterious stranger discloses secrets to them; a stand-alone thriller.

THE LONGEST RIDE, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central.) The lives of two couples converge unexpectedly.

EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES, by Lisa Scottoline. (St. Martin’s.) A psychiatrist becomes the target of a sociopath.

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr. (Scribner.) The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.

BEAUTIFUL SECRET, by Christina Lauren. (Simon & Schuster.) Free-spirited Ruby breathes life into buttoned-down, recently divorced Niall.

THE NIGHTINGALE, by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin’s.) Two sisters are separated in World War II France: one struggling to survive in the countryside, the other joining the Resistance in Paris.

OUTLANDER, by Diana Gabaldon. (Dell.) Claire Randall, an English nurse, is transported back to 1743 during a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands. There she begins an affair with James Fraser, a redheaded soldier. Originally published in 1991.

UNTIL JULY, by Aurora Rose Reynolds. (Aurora Rose Reynolds.) An overprotective father must realize his daughter has found the one.

 

NONFICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

THE ROAD TO CHARACTER, by David Brooks. (Random House.) The Times columnist extols personal virtues like kindness and honesty in a materialistic age.

BILL O’REILLY’S LEGENDS AND LIES, by David Fisher. (Holt.) Stories of the American West; a companion volume to the Fox News series.

DEAD WAKEby Erik Larson. (Crown.) The last voyage of the Lusitania, by the author of “The Devil in the White City.”

THE BOYS IN THE BOATby Daniel James Brown. (Viking.) The University of Washington’s eight-oar crew and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

THE RESIDENCE, by Kate Andersen Brower. (Harper.) Fifty years of White House lore, based on interviews with butlers, maids and other staff members.

DEALING WITH CHINA, by Henry M. Paulson Jr. (Twelve.) The former Treasury secretary and onetime head of Goldman Sachs discusses how American business and political leaders can work with China.

AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) A former member of the Navy SEALs discusses his battlefield experiences during the Iraq war. Kyle was shot to death in Texas in 2013.

BEING MORTALby Atul Gawande. (Metropolitan/Holt.) The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

UNBROKENby Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

WILDby Cheryl Strayed. (Knopf.) A woman’s account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail during the summer of 1995.

 

New York Times Best Sellers at ACLS for April 19, 2015

Get the latest NYT Best Sellers at the Allegany County Library System.

FICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins. (Riverhead.) A psychological thriller set in London is full of complications and betrayals.

THE LONGEST RIDE, by Nicholas Sparks. (Grand Central.) The lives of two couples converge unexpectedly.

HOT PURSUIT, by Stuart Woods. (Putnam.) In the 33rd Stone Barrington novel, the New York lawyer pursues an attractive pilot and must deal with her stalker ex-boyfriend as well as intrigue in the Middle East.

THE STRANGERby Harlan Coben. (Dutton.) Characters’ lives begin to fall apart as a mysterious stranger discloses secrets to them; a stand-alone thriller.

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, by Anthony Doerr. (Scribner.) The lives of a blind French girl and a gadget-obsessed German boy before and during World War II.

THE NIGHTINGALE, by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin’s.) Two sisters are separated in World War II France: one struggling to survive in the countryside, the other joining the Resistance in Paris.

NYPD RED 3by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. (Little, Brown.) Investigating the disappearance of a billionaire’s son, Detective Zach Jordan and his partner (and ex-girlfriend) find themselves in the midst of a conspiracy.

OUTLANDER, by Diana Gabaldon. (Dell.) Claire Randall, an English nurse, is transported back to 1743 during a second honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands. There she begins an affair with James Fraser, a redheaded soldier. Originally published in 1991.

A DEADLY WEB, by Kay Hooper. (Jove.) A member of a secret network sets out to protect an imperiled psychic.

WHEN I’M GONE, by Abbi Glines. (Atria.) A Texas rancher falls for his half sister’s maid.

 

NONFICTION (Combined Print & E-Book)

THE RESIDENCE, by Kate Andersen Brower. (Harper.) Fifty years of White House lore, based on interviews with butlers, maids and other staff members.

DEAD WAKE, by Erik Larson. (Crown.) The last voyage of the Lusitania, by the author of “The Devil in the White City.”

BILL O’REILLY’S LEGENDS AND LIES, by David Fisher. (Holt.) Stories of the American West; a companion volume to the Fox News series.

THE BOYS IN THE BOATby Daniel James Brown. (Viking.) The University of Washington’s eight-oar crew and their quest for gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

AMERICAN SNIPER, by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. (Morrow/HarperCollins.) A former member of the Navy SEALs discusses his battlefield experiences during the Iraq war. Kyle was shot to death in Texas in 2013.

WILDby Cheryl Strayed. (Knopf.) A woman’s account of a life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail during the summer of 1995.

A FINE ROMANCE, by Candice Bergen. (Simon & Schuster.) The actress’s memoir discusses her marriage to Louis Malle and her work on “Murphy Brown.”

BEYOND BELIEF, by Jenna Miscavige Hill with Lisa Pulitzer. (Morrow.) How the niece of the Scientology leader David Miscavige left the church at 21.

UNBROKENby Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.

BEING MORTALby Atul Gawande. (Metropolitan/Holt.) The surgeon and New Yorker writer considers how doctors fail patients at the end of life, and how they can do better.

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