Summer Reading List: “OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters”

The Family Tree Novel series’ steady, enduring story is like a tree growing against nature’s will toward the sky. Driew Qweepie’s perennial story buds, blossoms, grows, and falls from the twisted branches of the Qweepie family tree. The story’s sing-song rhythm creates a songline for readers to follow, scanning a century all told.

The book series begins with a boy starting walkabout, a historical rite of passage into manhood. The moments throughout walkabout are viewed by a magic man chasing along an untimely move from Dawson City, Victoria, Australia’s Outback, to Dawson Springs in rural western Kentucky. This journey becomes a boy’s tracing of his bloodline, discovery of country, and possible death.

OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters is written by Mark Wayne Adams. This is one of books in his award-winning Family Tree Novel series of chapter books:  STATION: OutlawsOZ: InlawsNO WORRIES: Momus & MamaaysOUTBACK: Bothers & SinistersDOWN UNDER: KussinsG’DAY: AintsMATES: Uncools, and WALKABOUT: Mates.


Staff Book Picks: July

Written by Jane R. Wood
ISBN: 9780979230400
Paperback Retail Price: $8.99

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure continues the escapades of the Johnson family. Five-year-old Katy meets a pirate—is he real or imagined? Bobby and Joey visit a cemetery and a 19th century fort, as Bobby searches for buried treasure that is rumored to still be hidden on the island. Local legends and tales of ghosts add to a story filled with colorful characters, humorous situations, and a youthful spirit of adventure.


Little Miss Grubby Toes-Book

Written by Eddie Price and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
Hardbound ISBN:  978-1-59616-026-2
Pages: 32
Retail Price:  $14.95

Little Miss Grubby Toes tries to be a good girl, but when she doesn’t obey her parents, she gets herself in trouble!

One day, her mother warns her to keep her shoes on outside, because the bees are out collecting nectar. But Little Miss Grubby Toes loves to run around barefoot! She starts playing and ignores her mother’s warning.

What do YOU think will happen?


Jaces Adventure at Crystal River-3D
Jace’s Adventure at Crystal Lagoon

Written by Diane Harper
ISBN: 9780984873678
Paperback Retail Price: $4.99

Summer is almost over and Jace isn’t happy about starting the new school year… until he meets his teacher, Ms. Merwin. The two fourth grade classes depart for a field trip to the Crystal Lagoon Aquarium, when the school bus breaks down at a National Park near the Lagoon. While eating their picnic lunch, Jace and Rocco’s new friend, Mia, disappears beyond the trees. Jace goes to look for her. When he arrives at the edge of the water and finds Mia, he can’t believe what he sees!

Summer Reading List: “Magic Mountain”

Determined to be the first to climb the fabled and ever-changing Magic Mountain, Mitch sets out to reach the elusive summit. As he and his colorful companion encounter rock slides and ravines designed to prevent them from reaching the top, Mitch learns about focus, fear, commitment…and himself. In so doing, he gains treasure beyond anything he’d imagined. Come learn the secret to summit your Magic Mountain called life!

About the Growing Field Series The Growing Field series was inspired by, and written in memory of Mark Hoog‘s colleague, mentor, and friend Jason Dahl, the Captain of Flight 93 that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. The Growing Field Series unlocks the six secret keys to making a child’s dream come true. Each of the six stories is specially designed to capture children’s attention and help them begin building their leadership capabilities!

Magic Mountain is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Summer Reading List: “King for a Day, the Story of Stories”

When Carter and Russell forget their story for a jamboree, they have only one day to write a new one. Soon a pair of unexpected characters enter to ruin the day and a remarkable adventure ensues, leaving the pair with an unexpected reward. A heartwarming tale that begins at home, this wonderfully illustrated book teaches young readers about friendship, integrity, and self-discovery, encouraging them to create their own stories using the tools within themselves. Also woven within the tale is practical advice for how to write a story, detailing how to write a fictional piece, create a page layout, and design characters.

King for a Day, the Story of Stories is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Summer Reading List: “My Friendly Giant”

We all have a Limitless Giant living within us. Our giant is our best friend and our biggest fan! He encourages us to believe in ourselves and to strive to reach our full potential in life. When we are down, our Limitless Giant helps lift us up. He lets us know we are loved.

My Friendly Giant is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

My Friendly Giant written by Lauri Rubinstein and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams.

Summer Reading List: “Polly and Her Pigtails”

Polly believes that nothing is more important than being the prettiest girl at school. But an incident with the class bully helps Polly discover the meaning of true beauty.

Polly and Her Pigtails is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Written by Debra Latiolais and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978098905050
Retail Price:  #16.95

Summer Reading List: “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!”

Written by Christa Carpenter and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978-159616-002-6

Retail Price:  $14.95

Nicholas Wallaby was always doing ridiculous things! And his mom was always letting him know. Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! she’d say—at least thirty times a day. Finally, Nicholas’s mom realizes that Nicholas, isn’t being ridiculous—he’s just being a boy! With this lighthearted story, children can relate to Nicholas and the ridiculous things he does. Parents can learn to appreciate and enjoy the humor behind these happenings. INSIDE! A BOOK TALK to engage children in discussion, imagination and perception.

Summer Reading List for Students

Looking for interesting books to spark summer reading? Check out these fun reads at the local library, bookstore, or online. If titles aren’t available in the library system, kindly request they be added.

This list includes a variety of books for all reading levels. From AR (Accelerated Readers) to chapter books—ignite reading interest for students this summer!

  1. “Kilpatrick McMurray McFrown”Sarah Sproles
  2. “DOWN UNDER: Kussins”M. W. Adams
  3. “OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters”M. W. Adams
  4. “Pilgrims: Fly on the Wall Series”—Linda Smigaj
  5. “Eli’s Balloon”Candace Ruffin
  6. “Frozen Floppies”John Hope
  7. “Parts of Speech Parade: New York City”Irina Dolinskiy
  8. “Franny’s Rescue”Crystal White
  9. “Polly and Her Pigtails”Debra Latiolais
  10. “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy”Christa Carpenter
  11. “Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl”Christa Carpenter
  12. “My Friendly Giant”Lauri Rubinstein
  13. “My Friendly Giant, Playing Along the Cliff Walk”Lauri Rubinstein
  14. “Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!”Eddie Price
  15. “Scribble Dee Sophie: A Story for Young Artists and Their Parents”Karen Spruill
  16. “Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends”Karen Spruill
  17. “King for a Day, the Story of Stories”Mark Wayne Adams
  18. “Good NightMare”Mark Wayne Adams
  19. “Miss Mary’s Missing Book Bag”Mark Wayne Adams
  20. “Field of Dreams”Mark Hoog
  21. “Treasure Island”Mark Hoog
  22. “Dream Machine”Mark Hoog
  23. “Your Song”Mark Hoog
  24. “Magic Mountain”Mark Hoog
  25. “Johari’s Joy”Carol Hensel
  26. “G.B. Duck’s Autobiography”—Chip Tullar
  27. “Lu and the Earth Bug Crew, Zap the Energy Spikes”—Derek Sabori
  28. “Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, I Met Gandhi!”Brigitte Benchimol
  29. “Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, Kenya Kenya!”Brigitte Benchimol
  30. “Guinea in My Cap?”Wanda Hughes
  31. “Lost in Boston”Jane R. Wood
  32. “Ghosts on the Coast: a Visit to Savannah and the Low Country”Jane R. Wood
  33. “Trouble on the St. John’s River”Jane R. Wood
  34. “Adventures on Amelia Island: a Pirate, a Princess, and a Buried Treasure”Jane R. Wood
  35. “Voices in St. Augustine”Jane R. Wood
  36. “Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden Forest”Diane Harper
  37. “Jace’s Adventure at Crystal Lagoon”Diane Harper
  38. “Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series”—Linda Smigaj
  39. “Dolly Becomes a Scout”—Kay Whitehouse
  40. “A Hand Truck Named Dolly”—Kay Whitehouse
  41. “Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR?”Jayne Rose-Vallee
  42. “The Rocket Ship Bed Trip”N. Jane Quackenbush