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Good Reads for Teens from the Naperville Public Library

Looking for great summer reads for teens? Talk with Karen T.

Looking for great summer reads for teens? Talk with Karen T.

School’s out and it’s time to read for fun! Here are two fantasy and science fiction titles that take you to other times and places.

Running with the Demon
by Terry Brooks
Although the world doesn't end in this volume, Brooks shows the beginnings of the end as they occur in Hopewell, IL. As the Fourth of July celebrations occur in Sinnissippi Park, the 14-year old Nest Freemark will find her soul is the prize in a battle between a demon of the Void and John Ross, a Knight of the Word. Will she follow in the footsteps of her grandmother and mother, join forces with her father, or have the strength of will to create her own path? The end of the world "will happen because of a lot of little things, an accumulation of seemingly insignificant events," and a seemingly insignificant girl is the focus and deciding factor. Brooks wrote two urban fantasy trilogies to tell how the world around us ended and became Shannara, the realm of his classic fantasy world-building series. (The Sword of Shannara, the first in the Shannara series, was published in 1977.) Running with the Demon starts the Word and the Void, the prequel trilogy set closest to our reality.
Reading Level: Teen & Adult Karen T.

The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
Life is hard enough for the 12-year old New-Yorker Percy Jackson who can’t seem to stay out of trouble, despite the best of intentions. Then Percy discovers he is the son of the Greek god Poseidon. Yes, Percy, the gods, monsters, and heroes of Greek mythology are real in this Urban Fantasy series. When Percy is sent summer camp at Camp Half-Blood for young demigods, his action-packed adventures begin. Percy discovers new friends as well as new enemies, both immortal and mortal. It is up to Percy and his friends to prevent wars between the gods, help the innocent, and see that good triumphs over evil.
Reading Level: Teen & Adult Karen T.

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