Here are some suggestions for children ages 9-12 to get them started on some summer reading! Titles are hyperlinked with a link to purchase.

Turtle Boy by: Evan Wolkenstein

Seventh-grader Will’s Bar Mitzvah community service project, visiting an incurably ill older boy in the hospital, leads to a friendship that is life-changing for both them and those around them. This middle-grade debut will make you laugh and cry, and you will be eager to share it with someone you love.

Echo Mountain by: Lauren Wolk

When twelve-year-old Ellie and her family lose their livelihood and move to a mountain cabin in 1934, she quickly learns to be an outdoorswoman and, when needed, a healer.

The Worst Class Trip Ever by: Dave Barry

In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble-not just with their teachers, but from several mysterious men, they first meet on their flight to the nation’s capital. In a fast-paced adventure with the monuments as a backdrop, the kids try to stay out of danger.

The Water Bears by: Kim Baler

A quirky, empowering story about a boy, Newt Gomez recovering from a bear attack with the help of his friends and maybe, some magic. Tackling themes of survival and self-acceptance, Newt’s story illuminates the magic in our world, where reality is often uncertain but always full of salvageable wonders.

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter series by: Diana Margas

In 1210 Scotland, when invading knights capture 12-year-old Drest’s father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her beloved brothers who make up his fearsome war-band, she sets off to rescue them from the castle prison, taking along a wounded knight as her captive to trade for her family’s freedom.

The Bridge Home by: Padma Venkatraman

Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive. Padma shares with us an unflinching peek into the reality millions of homeless children live every day but also infuses her story with the hope that will inspire readers and stay with them long after turning the final page.

Mananaland by: Pam Munoz Ryan

Twelve-year-old Max, who loves the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow, sets out on a dangerous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds, armed with a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo’s legend as his only guides.

Have an avid reader? Try one of these series!

●      Keeper of the Lost Cities by: Shannon Messenger

●      Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by: Chris Grabenstein

●      Emily Windsnap by: Liz Kessler

●      Percy Jackson by: Rick Riordan

●      The Penderwicks by: Jeanne Birdsall

●      The Land of Stories by: Chris Colfer

●      FunJungle by: Stuart Gibbs

●      100 Dresses by: Susan Maupin Schmid


Summaries provided by publishers.