Reading Riot: Adventures in Books!

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August is American Adventures Month, a time to celebrate vacationing in the Americas. Whether they travel in luxury or primitive conditions, tourists are encouraged to explore South, Central and North Americas. Even if you can’t take a cross-country journey, you can read about it. Here are our recommendations.Bookcover Mosquitoland-girl on bus

Mosquitoland is the heartfelt and hilarious story of a runaway teen on a thousand-mile Greyhound bus journey. With her dad and new stepmom, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi. Before the dust has settled, she learns her mother is sick so she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way.

In The Opposite of Here it’s only been a few short months since Natalie’s boyfriend died in a tragic accident, and she wants to be anywhere but on a birthday cruise with her parents and three best friends. Then she meets a guy on the first night and sparks fly. But then he’s gone and the captain is on the intercom announcing the urgent need for a headcount.

When I am Through With You is a suspenseful survival story of teens on a hiking trip. Narrator Ben will tell you exactly what happened on what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains.

After reading Bad Call, another story about a horrific campout, you might just decide to celebrate American Adventure Month safe at home in an armchair! In this novel, four teenagers experience terrifying and unexpected difficulties on a camping trip at Yosemite National Park.

Browse the library’s online catalog for more reading adventures!

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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