2008-06-12 / Features

Pick out a spot, pick up a book and get reading this summer

The Houghton Lake Public Library provides lots of great activities sure to make the summer of 2008 great, but its mainstay is still books, books, books.

The following is a list of great summer reads the library staff recommends:


"Tall Tales and Wedding Veils" by Jane Graves. Opposites attract in this fast-paced, diverting romantic comedy with more than its share of lively fun.

"How to Really Stink at Golf" by Jeff Foxworthy and Brian Hartt. A hilarious, illustrated guide to making sure everyone's golf game stays as bad as possible.

"Audition" by Barbara Walters. She has talked about everybody else's life- now you can delve into hers.

"Blood Trail" by C.J. Box. In the wake of an elk hunter's grisly murder, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is directed by the governor to investigate the relevance of a mysterious poker chip found at the crime scene.

"Killing Bridezilla" by Laura Levine. Hired by her high school nemesis, Patti, to rewrite the ending of "Romeo and Juliet" for her wedding, Jaine Austen gets more than she had bargained for when Patti falls to her death from the balcony just before her big scene.

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail," by Charles Osgood. This treasury of presidential campaign anecdotes from the past 70 years is a compendium of lighthearted speech excerpts, interviews and press-conference quotes from the campaigns of such presidents as FDR, Truman and JFK.

"An Incomplete and Inaccurate History of Sport," by Kenny Mayne. A tongue-in-cheek sports encyclopedia, featuring such entries as rock throwing and Wiffle ball, along with facts mixed with dubious statements. This author, booted off "Dancing With the Stars," delivers just as much fun in his book.

"Executive Privilege," by Phillip Margolin. A powerful tale of murder that snakes its way through Washington, D.C.'s halls of power, leading straight to the White House and the most powerful office on earth.

"Dog Man: An Uncommon Life on a Faraway Mountain," by Martha Sherrill. A story of a hard life and dedication to preserving a traditional dog breed in the mountains of Japan. Fascinating descriptions of life in rural Japan during World War II.

"Olive Kitteridge," by Elizabeth Strout. Olive Kitteridge is a retired school teacher who deplores the changes in her town and in the world at large, but doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

"Yes, You're Pregnant, But What About Me?" by Kevin Nealon. A former long-time "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Nealon offers a funny and illuminating take on becoming a firsttime father at the age of 53.

"Belong to Me," by Marisa de los Santos. Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, while others we keep to protect those we love.

"Mummy Dearest," by Joan Hess. On a honeymoon trip to Luxor, Egypt, Arkansas bookseller Claire Malloy suddenly finds her honeymoon turned upside down when she's called upon to solve the mysterious antics of all those around her.


"The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel," by Michael Scott. While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs, 15-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuriesold struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas of alchemy and everlasting life.

"Peeled," by Joan Bauer. In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be haunted.

"Airhead," by Meg Cabot. Sixteen year-old Emerson Watts is the recipient of a "whole body transplant" and finds herself transformed into one of the world's most famous teen supermodels. This wildly popular author just keeps on writing.

"Waiting For Normal," by Leslie Connor. Twelve-year-old Addie tries to cope with her mother's erratic behavior and being separated from her beloved step-father and half-sisters, when she and her mother go to live in a small trailer by the railroad tracks on the outskirts of Schenectady, NY.

"The Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution," by Sally Gardner. In the late 18th Century, Sido, the 12-year-old daughter of self-indulgent marquis, and Yann, a 14-year-old gypsy orphan raised to perform in a magic show, face a common enemy at the start of the French Revolution.


"Nick of Time," by Ted Bell. With the help of Lord Hawke, young Nick McIver uses a time machine to rescue two children as well as change the course of events in two time periods.

"Maggie Bean Stays Afloat," by Tricia Rayburn. No longer the boring girl who hid in her bedroom eating mounds of chocolate every night, she is the new and improved Maggie Bean, and she's going to do her best to convince Peter Applewood that she is the girl for him.

"The Seer of Shadows," by Avi. In New York City in 1872, 14- year-old Horace becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.

"Lamplighter," by D.M. Cornish. As Rosamund starts his life as a lamplighter on the Wormway, he continues his fight against monsters, making friends and enemies along the way. However, questions about his origins continue to plague him.

"The House in the Night," by Susan Marie Swanson. Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.

"The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!" by Mo Willems. The pigeon really, really wants a puppy, but when a puppy arrives the pigeon changes its mind.

"The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!" by Mo Willems. Pigeon learns about sharing when a curious duckling keeps asking questions about the hot dog Pigeon has found.

"Belinda Begins Ballet," by Amy L. Young. When Belinda, a tiny girl with enormous feet, is cast as a clown in her school's talent show, she is very unhappy. After each disastrous rehearsal she observes an older student ballet dancing, then goes home to practice what she has seen.

"Is There Really a Human Race?" by Jamie Lee Curtis. While thinking about life as a race, a child wonders whether it is most important to finish first or to have fun along the way.

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