These books for all ages can spark ideas for summer fun
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These books for all ages can spark ideas for summer fun

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‌Summer is a favorite time of year for many, especially those who enjoy camping under the stars, spending a day in the pool or basking in the warm temperatures.

This summer may look a little different for some families, though, as many continue social distancing. Summer provides the opportunity, however, to enjoy the outdoors while maintaining distance.

In need of some ideas for fun activities that allow for social distancing? Here are a few books that offer ideas the whole family will enjoy.

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Pepper’s “The Voter File” (Putnam) serves up a scarily prescient vision of the future of American elections. The action unfolds through the eyes of former political reporter Jack Sharpe. Of course, there’s a reason he got dumped by a right-wing television network and that reason forces him to rethink his priorities. In search of employment, as well as redemption, he teams up with political data specialist Tori Justice on the trail of how the “voter file” of the title may have been manipulated, potentially upending the coming election in catastrophic fashion.

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