As we keep counting down to Halloween and the Summer Scares 2020 kick off announcement, I wanted to remind everyone that they can use the materials we created for the 2019 program now...today, you know, to help those last minute patrons who want something spooky. They will be shambling in like crazy for the next few days. We need to arm ourselves with suggestions.
As a reminder, the official Summer Scares titles selected by the committee in all three age groups were:
Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones (William Morrow Paperbacks, 2017)
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due (Harper Voyager, 1998)
Earthworm Gods by Brian Keene (Deadite Press, 2012)
Rotters by Daniel Kraus (Ember, 2012)
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, edited by April Genevieve Tucholke (Speak, 2016)
Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow (Penguin Random House Publisher Services, 2015)
Doll Bones Holly Black (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015)
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014)
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste (Algonquin Young Readers, 2016)
To help you book talk these titles, our podcast partner Ladies of the Fright Summer Scares covered each selections in detail with our committee members. They chatted about the appeal of each title, basic plot and most importantly, why horror is a good read all year long. Below is a list where you can choose the episode based on the reading level:
- LOTF Episode 32: Summer Scares 1 with Carolyn Ciesla
- covers the adult selections and discusses the program in general
- LOTF Episode 34: Summer Scares 2 with Kelly Jensen
- covers the young adult selections and discusses the program in general
- LOTF Episode 36: Summer Scares 3 with Kiera Parrott
- covers the middle grade selections and discusses the program in general
Speaking of the YA collection, you can confidently suggest a book by any author who appears in that Table of Contents, giving you dozens more suggestions.
I know I have been pushing this resource page since last week, but now that we are about to begin year 2, I want to remind you that the resources available here will only grow. The compound interest of the work product we put together each year, will build upon itself, year after year. And here's the best part, you can keep using it, over and over again.
If I am being honest, that is the part I love most about Summer Scares. Yes, each year getting to announce the 9 vetted titles is exciting, but it is the prospect of the compound interest we are creating, that excites me the most. We are helping you to help readers enjoy horror all year long, but we are also ensuring you have a variety of options and choices that will serve you as you suggest horror, for years to come.
Can you tell I am excited for our year 2 announcement?
10/31/19 at 10am across multiple platforms....