Summer break is in full swing! There’s nothing quite like kicking back with a good book while you're on vacation. As you put together your list of beach reads this year, check out these page turners, all written by members of the Stonehill College community.  

Stories That Will Grip You

In Light of Recent Events

Authored by Alumni

  • Black Mass: The Irish Mob, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal

    The New York Times and Boston Globe bestseller, written by Gerard O’Neill ’64 and Dick Lehr, chronicles the life of notorious mobster-turned-informant Whitey Bulger and his unholy alliance with FBI agent John Connolly. The book inspired the 2015 flick Black Mass. The movie, which stars Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch, was filmed in and around the Boston area.

  • Darien The Librarian: An Ocean Point Novel

    Written by father/daughter duo Patrick Bonner ’02 & Stella Bonner, this middle grade fiction book follows a young girl who goes on adventures with fictional characters after she discovers she can jump in and out of books. As noted in a feature published in the Summer/Fall 2020 edition of Stonehill Alumni Magazine, “The story of Darien is inspired a bit by the ’80s cult classic Goonies, and a bit by Harry Potter. There’s magic. There’s adventure. There’s time travel. There’s good versus evil. And underlying it all, there’s the bond of friendship and family.”

  • Paradise

    This fantasy YA novel, written by Sam Frykenberg ’16, follows a group of kids who end up on a mysterious island. After arriving, they meet a mouthless being who gives them each a personal service. As the children become acquainted with this stranger and explore his home, they discover secrets that threaten their very existence. In a review of the work, Associate Professor Jared Green writes, “The broader allegory of coming-of-age, making sense of one’s place in the world, and working collectively toward a greater good will appeal even to readers not typically drawn to fantasy.” 

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