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2020 Young Adult Summer Reading List

2020 will probably not be a normal, care-free, easy-living summer. Most people have already had to change or cancel summer camps and vacation plans. But, never fear, there is never a wrong time or place to read. So kick off your shoes and read some of our favorite recent discoveries. These books have a content level of 5 or less in all three categories.

Click on book title or book cover to see full review.


Skyward, Book Cover

Skyward
by Brandon Sanderson

This young adult science fiction provides an escape to another galaxy. (Pretty nice, if you are stuck in your house.) As always, fabulous characters and witty banter from this author. Plan to lose sleep.

The Blossom and the Firefly, Book Cover

The Blossom and the Firefly
by Sherri L. Smith

Escape by going back in time with this young adult historical fiction set during World War II in Japan. Captivating, poignant, and immersive.

Lizard in a Zoot Suit, Book Cover

Lizard In a Zoot Suit
by Marco Finnegan

This is a historical, sci-fi graphic novel. Yes, read that description again. So if you love a good genre mash-up, then this a book for you.

The Kingdom of Back, Book Cover

The Kingdom of Back
by Marie Lu

Another genre mash-up, they are all the rage. This is historical fiction and fantasy following the musical Mozart siblings through Europe–and another more mysterious, magical, and dangerous world.

The Killing Fog, Book Cover

The Killing Fog (The Grave Kingdom Book 1)
by Jeff Wheeler

This is a high fantasy book with an Eastern feel. Although not specifically written and targeted to the young adult market, it is a great book to reach up and grab.


An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!

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