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Beach Bag of Books 2017

Summer Beach Bag

Beach Bag of Books 2017

It's time to think about summer reading --- and we're not talking about the list of books you'll be receiving for Required Summer Reading from school. We're talking about the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back with and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic fiction in our Eleventh Annual Beach Bag of Books Feature and Contest. While the contest portion is now closed, here are some summer reading suggestions:

  • DAISY IN EXILE by J. T. Allen
  • FIREBRAND: A Steeplejack Novel by A. J. Hartley
  • PRISONER OF WAR: A Novel of World War II by Michael P. Spradlin
  • QUICKSAND by Malin Persson Giolito
  • REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS: A Stranje House Novel by Kathleen Baldwin
  • VANGUARD by Ann Aguirre


Carmen from Medford, OR
James from Scranton, PA
Laura Beth from Harrison, TN
Leslie from Hardy, AR
Rebecca from Jacksonville, FL
Daisy in Exile by J.T. Allen - Fiction

Twelve-year old Daisy gets expelled from school for punching a bully and sent to live in Paris with her Aunt Millicent  who teaches math at the Embassy school. Daisy arrives to find her enigmatic Aunt Mill moonlighting as a cryptographer, deciphering an antique code used by Louis XVI's secret service during their covert operation to recover the infamous Queen's diamonds. Faster than you can say Les Deux Magots, Daisy gets involved in a serpentine plot involving spies, French history, forged documents, secret codes and priceless diamonds that takes her racing through the streets and even into the sewers of Paris to escape the criminals and solve the mystery, all while trying to keep up with her math and French lessons.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee - Fiction

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie’s every waking thought. But when she discovers she’s a celestial spirit who’s powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered. Enter Quentin, a transfer student from China whose tone-deaf assertiveness beguiles Genie to the brink of madness. Quentin nurtures Genie’s outrageous transformation --- sometimes gently, sometimes aggressively --- as her sleepy suburb in the Bay Area comes under siege from hell-spawn.

Firebrand: A Steeplejack Novel by A.J. Hartley - Fiction

Once a steeplejack, Anglet Sutonga is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament. The latest threat to the city-state: Government plans for a secret weapon are stolen and feared to be sold to the rival nation of Grappoli. In order to catch the thief, Ang must pretend to be a foreign princess and infiltrate Elitus. But Ang is far from royal material, so Willinghouse enlists help from the exacting Madam Nahreem.

Prisoner of War: A Novel of World War II by Michael P. Spradlin - Fiction

When he lies about his age to join the Marines, Henry never imagines he'll face anything worse than his own father's cruelty. But his unit is shipped off to the Philippines, where the heat is unbearable, the conditions are brutal, and Henry's dreams of careless adventuring are completely dashed. Then the Japanese invade the islands, and US forces there surrender. As a prisoner of war, Henry faces one horror after another. Yet among his fellow captives, he finds kindness, respect, even brotherhood. And he'll need to hold tight to the hope they offer if he wants to win the fight for his country, his freedom...and his life.

Quicksand written by Malin Persson Giolito, translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles - Legal Thriller

A mass shooting has taken place at a prep school in Stockholm’s wealthiest suburb. Maja Norberg is 18 years old and on trial for her involvement in the massacre where her boyfriend and best friend were killed. When the novel opens, Maja has spent nine excruciating months in jail awaiting trial. Now the time has come for her to enter the courtroom. But how did Maja, the good girl next door who was popular and excelled at school, become the most hated teenager in the country? What did Maja do? Or is it what she didn’t do that brought her here?

Refuge for Masterminds: A Stranje House Novel by Kathleen Baldwin - Historical Fiction

It’s 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war….Napoleon’s invasion of England is underway and someone at Stranje House is sneaking information to his spies. Lady Jane Moore is determined to find out who it is. If anyone can discover the traitor, it is Jane --- for, according to headmistress Emma Stranje, Lady Jane is a mastermind.

Vanguard by Ann Aguirre - Fiction

Since the war ended, Tegan has dreamed of an epic journey, so when she has the opportunity to sign on as ship’s doctor, she can’t wait. Millie Faraday, the kindest girl in the free territories, also yearns to outrun her reputation, and warrior-poet James Morrow would follow Tegan of the staff to the ends of the earth. So their company seems set but fate brings one more to their number. Tegan will battle incredible odds while aiding the Uroch vanguard, who has ventured forth to save his people. Szarok is strange and beautiful, like a flower that blooms only in the dark. She shouldn’t allow him close, as such a relationship is both alien and verboten. But through stormy seas and strange lands, she will become stronger than she ever knew.