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Jun 17

Teen Summer Reading Suggestions: Myths

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

The 2020 Summer Reading Program theme is Imagine Your Story. Summer reading returns to the York County Public Library in June! This year's theme is Imagine Your Story, in which we celebrate fairy tales, folk tales, fables, mythology, and more. With that in mind, our librarians have created lists of suggestions of some of our favorite books — both physical and digital — available for you to check out from York County Public Library. We will feature these lists here throughout the month of June.


Today we'll highlight favorites from our book suggestion list that feature elements from mythology. Myths were the original stories. But today's authors take inspiration from the gods, goddesses and heroes of ancient times to write enthralling fiction that holds meaning for readers today. 

Our Top Suggestions

  • Bull by David Elliott Bull by David Elliott book cover
    Summary: A modern twist on the Theseus and Minotaur myth, told in verse. David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse.
  • Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking
    Summary: As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin must decide where her loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk to the world and her heart.
  • A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: 15 retellings of Asian myths and legends
    Summary: Fifteen authors of Asian descent reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia, in short stories ranging from fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge.
Don't see something you like above? Never fear! We have plenty more wonderful books for you to check out. Click on the link below for a pdf of more books inspired by mythology. Click on the book cover to request the book in our catalog. Summer Reading Program Details
Registration for the 2020 Summer Reading Program at York County Public Library started June 8. This year, our Summer Reading Program will be exclusively online, using the Beanstack platform. All ages can log minutes spent reading, complete activities and earn badges. To earn prizes, reading minutes and activities must be logged between June 22 and July 31. For more information about the 2020 Summer Reading Program, visit our Summer Reading page.