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Glick's Picks for Summer Reading

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Book Recommendations - Glick’s Picks

"Glick's Picks" will run each week this summer with reading recommendations for Baltimore County Public Schools students and families. Fran Glick is the BCPS coordinator of library media programs and digital resources, and under her leadership, BCPS was named National School Library Program of the Year 2017 by the American Association of School Librarians. Glick loves to share literature with students, and, as an adjunct professor at Towson University, she teaches courses in children's and young adult literature. She delights in suggesting books for students and introducing adults to the power of books written for children and teens. 

Happy reading!

Grades K-3

My Heart by Corinna Luyken

This beautifully illustrated gentle story serves as a reminder of the many ways that our hearts guide us in the world. 

“My heart is a window,
My heart is a slide.
My heart can be closed
or opened up wide.

Some days it’s a puddle.
Some days it’s a stain.
Some days it is cloudy
and heavy with rain.”

Grades 4-5

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Candice and her mom move to her late grandmother's home in Lambert, South Carolina, while their Atlanta home is being remodeled to put on the market due to her parents' divorce. Candice planned to spend time with her friends that summer, but now she will be alone much of the time as her mom writes. Candice’s grandmother served as Lambert's city manager until a letter presenting a puzzle and an opportunity to help Lambert's economy caused her to dig up the tennis courts. She resigned due to pressure from the town, leaving the puzzle unresolved. Candice befriends Brandon from across the street. They both share a love for reading. She finds her grandmother's letter in one of her old puzzle books in the attic and enlists Brandon to help her resolve the puzzle.  You’ll love the characters, messages, and mystery in this charming novel.

Grades 6-8

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test — middle school!

Grades 9-12

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

This graphic novel is a memoir of Jarrett Krosoczka's childhood, which consisted of growing up with his grandparents because his mother was a heroin addict. Though they'd already raised their own kids, seeing Jarrett's situation and their daughter's inability to care for her son, the two took him in, and provided him with a stable and very loving environment in which to grow. Actually, not just to grow, but to dream and to work towards those dreams. This moving story will capture your heart.

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