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With time off from work and school, summer is the ideal season to get everyone in your family to put down their electronic devices and pick up a book – and we mean a real book, the kind with paper pages. If you are looking for something to read while lounging by the pool, flying to your vacation destination, or snuggling with your child in a hammock, Quail Ridge Books has a selection guaranteed to delight readers of all ages. 

Preschool and Early Elementary

  • Blue Sky White Stars, by Sarvinder Naberhaus and illustrated by Kadir Nelson: A beautifully illustrated tribute to the American flag and all it represents. Read more.
  • Little Excavator, by Anna Dewdney: This little digging machine works his way into the hearts of readers young and old. Read more.

Elementary School

Middle School

  • Posted, by John David Anderson: When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, a sticky note war begins and nothing will ever be the same. Read more.
  • Beyond the Bright Sea, by Lauren Wolk: The story of an orphan determined to know her own history. Read more.

Young Adult

  • Finnikin of the Rock, by Melina Marchetta: This compelling fantasy novel is the first in a trilogy, reminiscent of J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis’ books. Read more.
  • Once and For All, by Sarah Dessen: Louna’s summer job is to help brides plan their perfect day, and she might get a second chance at love in the process. Read more.
  • Words in Deep Blue, by Cath Crowley: Two teens find love in a book shop full of secrets. Read more.


  • Theft by Finding, by David Sedaris: Tender, hilarious, illuminating, and endlessly captivating, Theft by Finding offers a rare look into the mind of one of our generation’s greatest comic geniuses. Read more.
  • Take Out, by Margaret Maron: A stunning new mystery featuring NYPD Detective Sigrid Harald. Read more.
  • Anything is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout: A cast of small-town characters copes with love and loss. Read more.
  • A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles: A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. Read more.

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