Summer novel recommendations from WCPL

Summer novel recommendations from WCPL

Submitted by on Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:41

Great new novels available now for your summer enjoyment!

estern Pocono Community Library has the following summer reading suggestions for readers of all ages.


“Twisted Prey” by John Sandford. Lucas Davenport had crossed paths with her before. A rich psychopath, Taryn Grant had run successfully for the U.S. Senate, where Lucas had predicted she’d fit right in. He was also convinced that she’d been responsible for three murders, though he’d never been able to prove it. Once a psychopath had gotten that kind of rush, though, he or she often needed another fix, so he figured he might be seeing her again.

He was right. A federal marshal now, with a very wide scope of investigation, he’s heard rumors that Grant has found her seat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the contacts she’s made from it, to be very ... useful.

“The first family” by Michael Palmer. A doctor informs the president and first lady that to make a diagnosis on their son Cam, they need to find other people with the same symptoms to conduct additional testing, but when two young people Dr. Lee has found, each with exceptional gifts, are murdered, Cam’s condition suddenly takes on a terrifyingly new dimension.

As Dr. Lee searches for answers, he will uncover unimaginable secrets and dark betrayals that breach the highest levels of security.

“Out of the Ashes” by Tracie Peterson. After the death of their father, Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier are no longer tied to postwar France. While his sister dreams of adventure, Jean-Michel is hoping to finally escape reminders of the horrors he faced in the war. When Jean-Michel receives an unexpected invitation for them to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel, it seems an opportunity for a change he needs.

“Shattered Mirror” by Iris Johansen. Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is once again thrown into a deadly game of intrigue when she receives a cryptic package containing a skull and a two-sided mirror. Eve is determined to reconstruct the skull and uncover the mystery of the person’s identity, and when she does, the face of a beautiful woman begins to emerge.

“The Family Gathering” by Robyn Carr. Having left the military, Dakota Jones is at a crossroads in his life. With his elder brother and youngest sister happily settled in Sullivan’s Crossing, he shows up hoping to clear his head before moving on to his next adventure. As a newcomer, he is on the radar of all the single women in town.

“The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson. A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sgt. Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant’s tip leads Lindsay to disturbing conclusions, including that something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department itself.


“Broken Beautiful Hearts” by Kami Garcia. Injured high school soccer star Peyton Rios escapes to a small southern town after an abusive relationship leaves her reeling, and meets someone new.

“A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” by Mackenzi Lee. Henry “Monty” Montague was bred to be a gentleman.

His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father.

His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty’s sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe.

“The Fates Divide” by Veronica Roth. When Cyra’s father Lazmet Noavek, a soulless tyrant thought to be dead, reclaims the throne, Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are desperate to stop him from igniting a barbaric war.

Young adults

“Code of Honor” by Erin Hunter. After an act of betrayal rocks the Bravelands, baboon Thorn must find a way to confront treachery in his own troop, while elephant Sky searches for answers and lion Fearless contends with the usurper who conquered his father’s pride.

“Hunger” by Donna Jo Napoli. In the autumn of 1846 in Ireland, 12-year-old Lorraine and her family struggle to survive during the Irish potato famine, but when Lorraine meets Miss Susannah, the daughter of the wealthy English landowner who owns Lorraine’s family’s farm, they form an unlikely friendship that they must keep secret due to the deep cultural divide between their two families.

“Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” by Dusti Bowling.

New friends and a mystery help Aven, 13, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges.


“Somewhere Else” by Gus Gordon. While other birds are seeing the world, George the duck is content to stay at home — or so it seems until he confesses the truth to Pascal, a visiting bear.

“Pinkalicious at the Fair” by Victoria Kann. When she and Molly go to the fair, Pinkalicious wishes her unicorn could enjoy the fair with them.

“Grandma’s Purse” by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, her granddaughter cannot wait to see what treasures she has hidden in her purse.