3 Summer Must Reads

The Calgary Public Library has 22 branches across the city and did you know you can place a hold and pick up your books at the one closest to you? When you pop in with your littles your books can be ready to go so you won’t have to drag them around the library, they can go straight to the kid zone and you can take your books home with you right away. Need some recommendations for a book that isn’t written by Dr. Seuss? Below are three books that I loved.

The Orphan’s Tale, Pam Jenoff

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan’s Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival. Get it at the library here.

The Break, Katherena Vermette (A Canadian Author)

When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break — a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house — she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime. A powerful intergenerational family saga, The Break showcases Vermette’s abundant writing talent and positions her as an exciting new voice in Canadian literature. Get it at the library here.

Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller

In this spine-tingling tale Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but she never sends them. Instead she hides them within the thousands of books her husband has collected. After she writes her final letter, Ingrid disappears.

Twelve years later, her adult daughter, Flora comes home to look after her injured father. Secretly, Flora has never believed her mother is dead, and she starts asking questions, without realizing that the answers she’s looking for are hidden in the books that surround her. Get it at the library here.

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