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2021 Young Adult Summer Reading List

Hopefully Summer 2021 will be awesome. Here are a half a dozen fantastic reads we thought should be on your summer reading list. 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.


Cast in Firelight, Book Cover

Cast in Firelight
by
Dana Swift

This young adult fantasy has fabulous characters and seamless magic woven in with Indian culture really works and keeps this from being a re-hash. Be prepared for a cliffhanger though.

Blood and Germs, Book Cover

Blood and Germs : The Civil War Battle Against Wounds and Disease
by
Gail Jarrow

This one is for all those science and history lovers out there. As book one in a series called Medical Fiascos (and who doesn’t love a good fiasco?), there is more on the horizon if you love this one.

11 Paper Hearts, Book Cover

11 Paper Hearts
by Kelsey Hartwell

This novel has beach read stamped all over it. Light, fun, and frothy with intrigue, romance, and comedy–just what an indulgent summer read should be.

Luck of the Titanic, Book Cover

Luck of the Titantic
by
Stacy Lee

Historical fiction that our reviewer declared “surprised me in ways I certainly was not expecting and has become the best book I have read thus far this spring.”

Time Travel for Love and Profit, Book Cover

Time Travel for Love and Profit
by
Sarah Lariviere

Quirky characters? Check. Strong female lead? Check. Positive messages? Check. Light-hearted humor? Check. Put this one at the top of the pile.

Knight's Ransom, Book Cover

Knight’s Ransom
by
Jeff Wheeler

For lover’s of knights, tournaments, and fantasy, this book is a great option. Follow Ransom on his journey to knighthood as he navigates a dangerous world of rivals and politics.


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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