Mothman's Marvelous Summer Reads

Mothman's Marvelous Summer Reads
A collage of book titles from the list Mothman's Marvelous Summer Reads.

Cryptid-filled summer reading picks from your favorite local bibliophile Mothman!


Compiled by:
Macklin & Lizzy S.
Another Kind

Trevor Bream
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Bream Another Kind)

Tucked away in a government facility nicknamed the Playroom, six not-quite-human kids learn to control their strange and unpredictable abilities. Life is good -- or safe, at least -- hidden from the prying eyes of a judgmental world. That is, until a security breach forces them out of their home and into the path of the Collector, a mysterious being with leech-like powers.


Artie and the Wolf Moon

Olivia Stephens
(Graphic Novels - GN Stephen Artie And The Wolf Moon)

Artie is thrilled to discover that she comes from a line of werewolves, Artie asks her mom to share everything--including the story of Artie's late father. Artie thrives in her new community and even develops a crush on her new friend Maya. But as she learns the history of werewolves and her own parents' past, she'll find that wolves aren't the scariest thing in the woods.


A Crochet World of Creepy Creatures and Cryptids: 40 Amigurumi Patterns for Adorable Monsters, Mythical Beings and More

Rikki Gustafson
(Adult Nonfiction - )

Who says creepy can’t be cute? With this impressive amigurumi collection you can unlock a whole new world of creatures and cryptids in all their scaryadorable glory.


Daughter of the Pirate King

Tricia Levenseller
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Levense)

When her father, the ruthless pirate king, discovers that a legendary treasure map can be found on an enemy ship, his daughter Alosa knows that there's only one pirate for the job herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her welcome on the ship.


The Daughters of Ys

M.T. Anderson
(Graphic Novels - GN Anders Daughters Of Ys)

Ys, city of wealth and wonder, has a history of dark secrets. Rozenn, the heir to the throne, spends her time on the moors communing with wild animals, while Dahut, the youngest, enjoys the splendors of royal life and is eager to take part in palace intrigue. When Rozenn and Dahut's bond is irrevocably changed, the fate of Ys is sealed, exposing the monsters that lurk in plain view.


Desert Oracle

Ken Layne
(Adult Nonfiction - 979.495 Lay)

The cult-y pocket-size field guide to the strange and intriguing secrets of the Mojave-its myths and legends, outcasts and oddballs, flora, fauna, and UFOs-becomes the definitive, oracular book of the desert.


Fly by Night

Tara O'Connor
(Graphic Novels - GN Oconnor Fly By Night)

Dee returns to her small hometown to see if she can help find her missing twin sister Beth, who was a leader in fighting the threat of a pipeline gutting the pinelands. She only finds more mysterious questions while discovering signs of the supernatural in the surrounding woods.


The Girl From the Sea

Molly Ostertag
(Graphic Novels - GN Osterta Girl From The Sea)

One night, Morgan is saved from drowning by a mysterious girl named Keltie. The two become friends and suddenly life on the island doesn't seem so stifling anymore. And as the girls start to fall in love, everything they're each trying to hide will find its way to the surface.


The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea

Axie Oh
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Oh)

In this retelling of the Korean legend The tale of Shim Cheong, Mina is swept away to the Spirit Realm, where, assisted by a motley crew of demons, gods, and lesser spirits, she sets out to awaken the sleeping Sea God and save her homeland and family from deadly storms.


In Deeper Waters

F.T. Lukens
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Lukens)

A young Prince Tal must rely on a mysterious stranger, the roguish Athlen, to save him when he is kidnapped during his coming-of-age tour.


Lakelore

Anna-Marie McLemore
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Mclemor)

Bastián and Lore, two non-binary teens, are pulled into a magical world under a lake - but can they keep their worlds above water intact?


Lobizona

Romina Garber
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Garber)

Manuela has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who's on the run from her father's Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami. As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it's not just her U.S. residency that's illegal, it's her entire existence.


Long Distance

Whitney Gardner
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Gardner Long Distance)

Vega's parents decide it's time to pack up and leave her hometown behind for boring Seattle. To help her settle into her new life, her parents send Vega off to summer camp to make new friends. When her cellphone unexpectedly calls it quits and things at camp start getting stranger and stranger, Vega has no choice but to team up with her bunkmates to figure out what's going on!


Lumberjanes Volume 1, Beware the Kitten Holy

Noelle Stevenson
(Graphic Novels - GN Lumberjanes v. 1)

Friendship to the max! At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady-types, things are not what they seem.


Martian Ghost Centaur

Mat Heagerty
(Graphic Novels - GN Heagert Martian Ghost Centaur)

The town of Southborough used to be a major tourism destination, drawing folks from all over in the hopes they'd spot the famous Sasquatch. But it's been ages since anyone's spotted the 'squatch, and tourism is starting to dry up. Louie and her best friend Felix decide they'll do whatever it takes to save the town from losing all the people and places that make it special.


Monsters and Mythical Creatures From Around the World

Heather Frigiola
(Adult Nonfiction - 398.2454 Fri)

From terrifying monsters to sacred mystical beasts, weird-looking humanoids, magical birds, and many other fantastic beings, the mythological creatures in this book are sure to enchant and amaze!


Mooncakes

Suzanne Walker
(Graphic Novels - GN Walker Mooncakes)

One fateful night Nova, a teen witch, follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods.


Nimona

Noelle Stevenson
(Graphic Novels - GN Nimona v. 1)

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc.


Scout's Honor

Lily Anderson
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Anderso)

Prudence Perry is a third-generation Ladybird Scout who must battle literal (and figurative) monsters and the weight of her legacy.


Sea Witch

Sarah Henning
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Henning)

Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt. Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived.


Secrets of Camp Whatever

Chris Grine
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Secrets Of Camp Whatever v. 1)

Willow doesn't want to go to her dad's weird old summer camp any more than she wants her family to move to the weird old town where that camp is located. She finds herself neck-deep in a confounding mystery involving stolen snacks, suspected vampires, and missing campers, all shrouded in the sinister fog that hides a generation of secrets at Camp.


Skin of the Sea

Natasha Bowen
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Bowen)

Transformed by the goddess Yemoja into a Mami Wati, an African mermaid charged with collecting the souls of those who die at sea, Simi goes against the gods to save a living boy, Kola, from drowning.


A Song Below Water

Bethany C. Morrow
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Morrow)

In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers. Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment.


Squad

Maggie Tokuda-Hall
(Graphic Novels - GN Tokudah Squad)

Becca moves to an upscale Silicon Valley suburb and is surprised when she develops a bond with girls who belong to the popular clique-and even more surprised when she learns their secrets.


Summer of Salt

Katrina Leno
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Leno)

No one on the island of By-the-Sea would call the Fernweh women what they are, but if you need the odd bit of help, they are the ones to ask. Georgina waits impatiently for the tingle of magic in her fingers- but with her birthday looming, she fears her gift will never come.


Tidesong

Wendy Xu
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Xu Tidesong)

Sophie is a young witch, to train for her entrance exams, she is sent to relatives she's never met. Frustrated, Sophie attempts magic on her own, but the spell goes wrong, and she accidentally entangles her magic with the magic of a young water dragon named Lir. Sophie knows what she's doing is wrong, but without Lir's help, can she prove herself?


To Kill a Kingdom

Alexandra Christo
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Christo)

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. Hearts are power, and with the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. When a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own, the Sea Queen transforms Lira a human as punishment.


Wicked Fox

Kat Cho
(Young Adult Fiction - Y Cho)

After Gu Miyoung, a nine-tailed fox surviving in modern-day Seoul by eating the souls of evil men, kills a murderous goblin to save Jihoon, she is forced to choose between her immortal life and his.