Summer Reading lists 2018

As we get the Summer reading lists from the various schools we will post those from Bethel here, and try to link to the other towns as they are provided to us. We are looking forward to helping you find that perfect summer read!

NOTE: if the link does not work, it means the school has not posted the list- just check back in!

Bethel High School: click HERE for the online flyer.

Bethel Honors/AP list: click HERE for the online flyer.

Bethel Middle School Reading list: click HERE.

RMT Johnson School, grades 4 & 5, the same list, click HERE.

Rockwell and Berry summer lists/requirements (finally!…:-) HERE. Be sure to check out the Governor’s challenge list and the easy to print-out journals. We have some journals printed at the store if you do not have the ability to print.

Brookfield Schools: HERE.

Danbury High School: HERE.

Immaculate High School, Danbury, click HERE.

Joel Barlow High School, Redding, click HERE.

New Milford High School: HERE.

Newtown High School: click HERE.

Reed Intermediate School, Newtown, click HERE.

Saint Mary School, Bethel, HERE






Bethel Middle School end of year book sale!

BMS logoWe have special pricing for the Bethel Middle School students’ summer reading books. Each price is discounted and includes sales tax. Just bring your check or money order to the school on Wednesday the 8th (and maybe Friday the 10th – last day, half day schedule). The full details of each book can be found HERE. To print an order form, click HERE.

Here is the order form:

Bethel Middle SchoolORDER2016Summer1 copy


Bethel Middle SchoolORDER2016Summer1



Bethel Summer Reading lists

New Wave Summer readsWe will add links to the Bethel Schools’ Summer Reading lists as soon as we get them. For your convenience, we will carry many of the titles in stock. If we do not have the book, it is very easy to order it and get it into the store in a few days time. Bethel High School Summer Reading list is here. The reading list for BHS Honors and AP can be found here. Bethel Middle School list is:

-Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper
-The Contract, by Derek Jeter
-Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
-Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli
-A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park
-Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate
-The Red Pencil, by Andrea Davis Pinkney
-Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan, by John Bul Dau & Martha Arual Akech
-Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
-The Giver, by Lois Lowry
-The Help, by Kathryn Stockett
-The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them, by Erin Gruwell

Johnson School will be available soon. Barry & Rockwell will be available soon.

The area surrounding school list are available at the store and we stock most titles. Also, it is easy to order directly from our website at 20% off and $.99 per piece delivery.


SidekickedBy John David Anderson

Andrew Bean might be a part of h.e.r.o., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn’t mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there’s Drew’s power: Possessed of super senses – his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet – he’s literally the most sensitive kid in school. There’s his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than fighting crime. And then there’s his best friend, Jenna – their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren’t able to throw a Volkswagen the length of a city block. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: middle school is a drag even with superpowers.

But this is all before a supervillain long thought dead returns to the city of Justicia, superheroes begin disappearing at an alarming rate, and Drew’s two identities threaten to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. It’s what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to disappear?


SisterlandBy Curtis Sittenfield

Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling author of American Wife and Prep, returns with a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief.

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses” – innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.

Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.

Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today.

The Green Shore

Green ShoreBy Natalie Bakopoulos

New in paperback!

Named a must read by Entertainment Weekly, this masterful debut takes us to the poignant and powerful heart of a family caught up in Greece’s brutal 1967 military coup d’état. As these characters struggle with their passions, both personal and political, and their stories of love and resistance play out against the backdrop of this turbulent period, their lives begin to unfold in surprising ways. A widowed doctor and her daughters, their poet uncle and his wife, must each make their own peace with when to stay silent in the face of atrocity, and when to act.

Set in Paris and Athens, The Green Shore is an ambitious, lyrical tour de force that captures the human cost of a terrifying historical moment. In flawless, gorgeous prose, award-winning novelist Natalie Bakopoulos draws us into the lives of unforgettable people who vividly illuminate not only this place and this time but, fundamentally, what it means to be human.

Sweet Salt Air

Sweet Salt AirBy Barbara Delinsky

On Quinnipeague, hearts open under the summer stars and secrets float in the Sweet Salt Air

Charlotte and Nicole were once the best of friends, spending summers together in Nicole’s coastal island house off of Maine. But many years, and many secrets, have kept the women apart. A successful travel writer, single Charlotte lives on the road, while Nicole, a food blogger, keeps house in Philadelphia with her surgeon-husband, Julian. When Nicole is commissioned to write a book about island food, she invites her old friend Charlotte back to Quinnipeague, for a final summer, to help. Outgoing and passionate, Charlotte has a gift for talking to people and making friends, and Nicole could use her expertise for interviews with locals. Missing a genuine connection, Charlotte agrees.

But what both women don’t know is that they are each holding something back that may change their lives forever. For Nicole, what comes to light could destroy her marriage, but it could also save her husband. For Charlotte, the truth could cost her Nicole’s friendship, but could also free her to love again. And her chance may lie with a reclusive local man, with a heart to soothe and troubles of his own.


By Rachel Hartman

New in paperback!

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered – in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they’ve turned the final page.

Three Times Lucky

By Sheila Turnage

A hilarious Southern debut with the kind of characters you meet once in a lifetime.

Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone’s business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she’s been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her “upstream mother,” she’s found a home with the Colonel – a cafe owner with a forgotten past of his own – and Miss Lana, the fabulous cafe hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.

Full of wisdom, humor, and grit, this timeless yarn will melt the heart of even the sternest Yankee.

Recently named a 2013 recipient of the Newbery Honor award!

A Greyhound of a Girl

By Roddy Doyle

Mary O’Hara is a sharp and cheeky 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl who is bravely facing the fact that her beloved Granny is dying. But Granny can’t let go of life, and when a mysterious young woman turns up in Mary’s street with a message for her Granny, Mary gets pulled into an unlikely adventure. The woman is the ghost of Granny’s own mother, who has come to help her daughter say good-bye to her loved ones and guide her safely out of this world. She needs the help of Mary and her mother, Scarlett, who embark on a road trip to the past. Four generations of women travel on a midnight car journey. One of them is dead, one of them is dying, one of them is driving, and one of them is just starting out.
Praise for “A Greyhound of a Girl”
“A warm, witty, exquisitely nuanced multigenerational story.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This elegantly constructed yet beautifully simple story, set in Ireland and spun with affection by Booker Prize-winner Doyle, will be something different for YA readers. These four lilting voices will linger long after the book is closed.”
Booklist, starred review
“Written mostly in dialogue, at which Doyle excels, and populated with a charming foursome of Irish women, this lovely tale is as much about overcoming the fear of death as it is about death itself.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
“In this moving and artfully structured ghost tale, four generations of Irish women come together. A big part of the pleasure here is the rhythm of the language and the contrasting voices of the generations. Any opportunity to read it aloud would be a treat.”
Horn Book
“For children grieving the death of a parent or grandparent, this book provides comfort.”
Library Media Connection