Four great books to read this summer

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(From left to right) Rick Riordan’s “The Red Pyramid,” “I Am Malala,” “

Emily Kinnaman

The school year is nearly finished and summer days without homework are quickly approaching. Many people look to read good books during free time over the summer, but it can be difficult to find ones to read. There are many books worth reading, but here are four books that are fun and interesting and will definitely keep you entertained this summer.

(From left to right) Rick Riordan's "The Red Pyramid," "I Am Malala," "
(From left to right) Markus Zusak’s “The Book Thief” (Credit: Random House), Malala Yousafzai’s “I Am Malala” (Credit: Little, Brown and Company), Rick Riordan’s “The Red Pyramid” (Credit: Hyperion Books) and Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” (Credit: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

The school year is nearly finished and summer days without homework are quickly approaching. Many people look to read good books during free time over the summer, but it can be difficult to find ones to read. There are many books worth reading, but here are four books that are fun and interesting and will definitely keep you entertained this summer.

“I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai

Written by Malala Yousafzai herself and British journalist Christina Lamb, this autobiography tells the story of the girl who stood up for girls’ education. When the Taliban banned girls from going to school, Malala fought for her right to an education. This book tells the story of Malala’s childhood, up until the point when she was fifteen years old, and shot in the head by members of the Taliban. Although you might hear about Malala in the news for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, this book is interesting and unique because the story is told directly from Malala’s perspective. Inspiring and encouraging, this book is a great story of one girl’s immense bravery, courage, and strength.

“The Red Pyramid” by Rick Riordan

Similar to the Percy Jackson books, but perhaps less well-known, “The Red Pyramid” and its two other sequels are modern takes on Egyptian mythology. The story follows two siblings, Sadie and Carter, as they realize their family’s connection to ancient Egyptian mythology. Together, they adventure through a world filled with interesting mythical characters. Funny and entertaining, this book is a great summer read.

“The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

On a more serious, but also entertaining note, is “The Book Thief.” The novel tells about a young girl named Liesel living in Nazi Germany. Liesel’s life is dangerous for two reasons: her family hides a Jewish man in the basement and she takes books that the Nazis intend to burn. The tale of Liesel and her family’s risky life shows the importance of love and of words even in difficult times.

“The Giver” by Lois Lowry

This dystopian novel, which was recently made into a movie, depicts a world without color, where each person’s life is carefully planned out. In this world, there is no color, and each person lives a carefully scheduled life. The main character, Jonas, is chosen to be a “receiver of memory.” In other words, he gets to see what life looked like in the past, with color and spontaneity. He begins to realize the beauty of these things, and embarks on a journey to restore color and emotion to his society. This novel is a great exploration of the simple pleasures of life, and also a pleasure to read.

These books are just some of the great books to read this summer. They are sure to make laid-back summer days even more fun and entertaining.

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