The Voice Issue 30: July/August 2017 - Page 50

summer must reads

This novel is currently sitting on my desk, waiting to be read. It has been praised as one of the best realistic fiction novels of the year.

Mosquitoland by David Arnold is about a young girl named Mim Malone who goes on an adventure across the country to visit her ill mother — a journey that is completely unsupervised and completely crazy.

Recommended by Grace Safford, YWP Intern

One Summer by Bill Bryson is a charmingly wacky and peculiar piece of non-fiction that chronicles the summer of 1927. Bill Bryson takes the reader down the winding path of Lindbergh's transatlantic flight, Babe Ruth, the Coolidge presidency and so much more.

Recommended by bailly-i, YWP Community Leader

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is a story about rivalries and turf wars as two boarding schools fight over invisible boarders. It's the summer, there's teenagers, philosophical car ride conversations, and realistic characters who are inevitably human in their flaws and friendships.

Recommended by Margot Nelson, Professional Writing Student, Champlain College