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Summer Reading Special | Under The Radar With Callie Crossley

Feast On A Smorgasbord Of Books This Summer

Summer Reading Special
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Summer Reading Special | Under The Radar With Callie Crossley

In our full-hour annual summer reading special, we talk graphic novels, non-fiction, sci fi, and young adult novels — page-turners we want you to know about. This summer, get ready to feast on a smorgasbord of books — old favorites and new finds. A panel of librarians join our discussion at the WGBH studio at the Boston Public Library for our annual summer book show.

Julie Roach, manager of youth services at the Cambridge Public Library
Robin Brenner, teen librarian at the Public Library of Brookline
Andrew Maloney, music librarian at the Boston Public Library

Here is the full list of recommendations from our librarians and Callie:

Julie Roach's picks:
"Endling: The Last," by Katherine Applegate
"The Penderwicks at Last," by Jeanne Birdsall
"Her Right Foot," by Dave Eggers
"Julian is a Mermaid,"by Jessica Love
"Bob," by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
"Sunny," by Jason Reynolds
"Bolivar," by Sean Rubin
"Rosetown," by Cynthia Rylant

Robin Brenner's picks:
"Ship It," by Britta Lundin
"Don’t Cosplay with My Heart," by Cecil Castellucci
"Save the Date," by Morgan Matson
"The Way You Make Me Feel," by Maureen Goo
"Final Draft," by Riley Redgate
"Leah on the Off Beat," by Becky Albertalli
"Puddin’," By Julie Murphy
"Reaper at the Gates," by Sabaa Tahir
"The Prince and the Dressmaker," by Jen Wang
"All Summer Long," by Hope Larson
"Be Prepared," by Vera Brosgol
"White Rabbit," by Caleb Roehrig
"The Astonishing Color of After," by Emily X R Pan
"Lifelike," by Jay Kristoff
"Dread Nation," by Justina Ireland
"Children of Blood and Bone," by Tomi Adeyemi
"Smoke Thieves," by Sally Green

Andrew Maloney's picks:
"The Best We Could Do," by Thi Bui
"Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman," by Box Brown
"Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green," by Jimmy McDonough
"Everything is Combustible: Television, CBGBs, and 5 Decades of Rock and Roll," by Richard Lloyd
"The Princess and the Goblin," by George MacDonald
"A Wizard of Earthsea," by Ursula K Le Guin
"Norse Mythology," by Neil Gaiman
"The Complete Works," of H.P. Lovecraft
"Feel Free: Essays," by Zadie Smith
"Neuromancer," by William Gibson

Callie Crossley's picks:
"Number One Chinese Restaurant," by Lillian Li
"An American Marriage," by Tayari Jones
"A Girl Stands at the Door," by Rachel Devlin
"The Cooking Gene," by Michael w. Twitty
"The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table," by Rick Bragg
"In Death Series," By J.D. Robb
"Trust Me," by Hank Phillipi Ryan
"The Husband," by Jamie Brenner
"A Nantucket Wedding," by Nancy Thayer
"The Perfect Couple," Elin Hilderbrand
"How to Code a Sandcastle," by Josh Funk and Sara Palacios
"Shaking Things Up," by Susan Hood

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