Barnes & Noble: Young Adult Summer Must-Reads

This past Saturday, I had the chance to pick and review some Young Adult titles for Barnes & Noble’s B-Fest. I had such a great time meeting three local authors, a local blogger and Barnes & Noble’s store manager. We all came up with a great list of books everyone should be reading this summer, whether you are a young adult or parent! Check them out!

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Stacey – Store Manager at Barnes & Noble University 


  1. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  2. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  3. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
  4. Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
  5. Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt

Calla Devlin: Local Author – Tell Me Something Real (Out 8/30)


  1. Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin – Pre-Order her book today!
  2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  4. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
  5. Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Wendy Delsol: Local Author of Stork series (Available now!)


  1. Stork by Wendy Delsol
  2. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
  3. It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble
  4. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
  5. From A Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

Jenny Moyer: Local Author – FLASHFALL (Out 11/15)


  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stievater
  3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rukowski
  4. The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson
  5. Flashfall by Jenny Moyer – Pre-Order her book today!

Taylor Soule – Blogger – Check out her blog here!


  1.  Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
  2. Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan
  3. Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Erin Huiatt – Des Moines Parent 


  1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Holes by Louis Sachar
  3. Stargirl by  Jerry Spinelli
  4. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  5. Tangerine by Edward Bloor


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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