Escape the Dog Days with a Book About Childhood

Dog days refer to the sultry days of summer, and one gift of a hot day is the respite shade offers to escape with a book. In the spirit of summertime, Cassie Clemans, owner of Roundabout Books, suggests a few titles with backdrops of the transformative transitions taking place during childhood and young adulthood. In reading, “We reflect on our own lives and realize that we are forever shaped by the children we once were,” says Clemans. Here, she describes a few of her current favorite summer reads that feature child protagonists.

Educated: A Memoir

by Tara Westover

“Tara Westover’s account of her youth spent isolated in a survivalist family in the Idaho mountains, entering a classroom setting for the first time at 17, and her journey to earning a PhD from Cambridge University.  Her story will blow you away.”

Hardcover, Nonfiction.

Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens

“This story follows Kya, a young girl abandoned in the marshes of North Carolina at a very young age.  She survives but draws the attention of townspeople who know her only as The Marsh Girl. A murder mystery, a love story, a nature exploration, all center around this beautiful coming-of-age story.”

Hardcover, Fiction. Release Date: August 14, 2018.

The Map of Salt and Stars

by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

“This epic and lyrical tale spans land and time by following two young Syrian women on parallel journeys through the Middle East and North Africa. Though separated by 800 years of history, their stories are a deep immersion into the rich cultures and dangerous times of the area.”

Hardcover, Fiction.