For me, one of the best parts of summer is losing myself in the pages of a book. Here are three of my newest favorites!
In the tradition of Captain Underpants, Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities is a crazy-funny new superhero adventure. The people of Copperplate City are accustomed to seeing their beloved Captain Stupendous save the day from villains; in fact, there are tons of Stupendous fan clubs. Vincent Wu and his friends Max and George, devoted (and only) members of the Captain Stupendous Fan Club, stumble upon the Captain’s new identity just as a menacing robot threatens the city, controlled by the evil Professor Mayhem. When Vincent’s mom is kidnapped, he knows what he has to do – and it’s scaring him to death. He has to… talk to … a girl.
Dangers of a more traditional sort threaten Princess Matilda’s kingdom in Handbook for Dragon Slayers. A scheming cousin is after the throne and, with her lame leg, her people think she is cursed. Actually, she’s not even sure she wants to be queen, but a surprise attack changes everything. Kidnapping, rescues, faithful friends, and yes, dragons, are all part of this fantasy adventure that reminds me a bit of Harry Potter.
Rose Under Fire is a beautiful, brutal survival story of a pilot, a poet, and a courageous prisoner. It’s 1944, and American teen Rose Justice has volunteered with the British ATA pilot corps to help the war effort. She’s already a skilled pilot, since her father owns a flying school back in Pennsylvania, and wishes she could fly combat missions. She gets more than she bargained for when Nazi fighters spot her plane over Germany and force her to land in enemy territory. Sent to the Ravensbruck women’s concentration camp, Rose endures unspeakable conditions and Nazi cruelty, but the poetry she creates sustains her and the women she befriends. As the Nazis’ grip on Europe fades, however, the odds grow that all the prisoners will not survive.
What adventures have you enjoyed this summer? Leave a comment!