Summer Reading – Part Two



Below is Inly’s middle grade summer reading list.  It is divided into two sections: one for younger middle grade readers – kids who are past the Magic Tree House part of the journey and ready for more fully developed plots and descriptive text.  The second list is for the older middle grade reader. These are books that may touch on more mature issues like prejudice, death or war. The text may include multiple perspectives on an issue and include unfamiliar or imaginary locations. Of course, it’s a totally subjective list. Another person may move what I call an “older” book to the “younger” list, but at the end, a side was chosen!

Here’s the “younger” list…

Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada

Darth Paper Strikes Back: An Origami Yoder Book by Tom Angleberger

Poppy (and its sequels) by Avi

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks

Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall by Emily Bearn

The Unforgettable Season: The Story of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and the Record-Setting Summer of ’41 by Phil Bildner

Butterflies and Moths by Nic Bishop

Lizards by Nic Bishop

Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd

Kirkus Reviews Best Childrens Book of 2012, a 2012 Horn Fanfare Book, and a 2012 Robert F. Sibert Honor book!” A beautifully realized labor of love and affection brings to life one of our brightest founding fathers.” (Kirkus Book Reviews)  “This book shimmers with excitement, begging to be read.” (The Horn Book, starred review)

The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

Books by Beverly Cleary – including….The Ramona Series, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Ralph S. Mouse and Henry and Ribsy

Frindle by Andrew Clements

A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole

The Boggart by Susan Cooper

Books by Roald Dahl


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


James and the Giant Peach

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

2014 Newbery Award Winner

Books by Edward Eager, including:

Half Magic by Edward Eager

Books by Elizabeth Enright

Chickadee by Louise Erdrich

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes

Amelia Rules! The Whole World’s Crazy by Jimmy Gownley

Bo at Ballard Creek byKirkpatrick Hill

Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea by Anna Humphrey

Can We Save the Tiger? By Martin Jenkins

The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins

Jenkins’ splendid array of beetles will surely produce at least one budding coleopterist…distinguished both as natural history and work of art”–Kirkus, starred review “Jenkins brings his signature style to the world of beetles…As always, the design of the book is exemplary.” (Horn Book)

Odd, Weird & Little by Patrick Jennings

John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist by Kathryn Lasky

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

The Beatles by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom

Annika Riz, Math Whiz by Claudia Mills

The Tarantula Scientist by Sy Montgomery

Shiloh (and its sequels) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

(2010 Coretta Scott King Author Award)

On the Road to Mr. Minneo’s by Barbara O’Connor

Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America by Sharon Robinson

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

2011 Newbery Honor Book, American Library Association Notable Children’s Book

Starred Reviews – Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Horn Book

Abel’s Island by William Steig

All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

Justin Case by Rachel Vail

Looking for Seabirds: Journal from an Alaskan Voyage by Sophie Webb

I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer by Carole Boston Weatherford

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Stuart Little by E.B. White

Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 by Lawrence Yep


And for “older” middle grade readers….

Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood

True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

2013 Newbery Award

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting  Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

2006 National Book Award for Children’s Literature

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

“This is a book to cherish and to hold close like a warm, cuddly blanket that you draw around yourself to keep out the cold.” (starred review, School Library Journal)

Masterpiece by Elise Broach

The Universe of Fair by Leslie Bulion

Serafina’s Promise by Ann Burg

“Serafina dreams of becoming a doctor, but getting an education may be impossible in poverty-stricken Haiti. In the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake, Serafina learns to hope against hope, overcoming physical and metaphorical obstacles. Burg’s poignant novel in verse offers a distinct perspective and will inspire young dreamers.” (School Library Journal)

Powerless by Matthew Cody

Books by Sharon Creech

Walk Two Moons


The Wanderer

Ruby Holler

Love That Dog

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman

“With wry humor, Fleischman provides insight into the life of this “Missouri mischief maker,” from Samuel Clemens’s misadventure-filled youth to his rebirth at age 30 as America’s ‘resident wit.’”  (Best Books of 2008, School Library Journal)

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

The Last Musketeer by Stuart Gibbs

Poached by Stuart Gibbs

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

Genius Files:Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Books by Eva Ibbotson

Almost Super by Marion Jensen

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

“This companion novel to Lin’s Newbery Honor-winning Where the Mountain Meets the Moon surpasses that book in both plot and prose, again using interspersed stories that neatly circle around one another. The message that anger distorts while forgiveness transforms runs throughout the novel, never seeming repetitive and always feeling fresh while adroitly bolstering the connections among the various characters…[A]n enthrallingly told and handsomely illustrated tale.” (Horn Book)

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

The Fairy Ring: Or How Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure

The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Katerina’s Wish by Jeannie Mobley

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel  (or any books from this series: Sunwing, Firewing,  Darkwing, etc..)

SeeSaw Girl by Linda Sue Park

Books by Gary Paulsen

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family’s Farm by Michael Rosen

“A fascinating portrait of modern farm life chronicled through color photographs and conversations.  Rosen records a year in the life of the Bennett family, four boys and a girl, plus Mom and Dad, as they live and work and reflect on their farm in central Ohio.”  (School Library Journal)

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Holes by Louis Sachar

Newbery Award Winner,  National Book Award Winner

A New York Public Library’s 100 Great Children’s Books 100 Years selection

Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer by Shelley Sommer

What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Wings of Fire by Tui Sutherland

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine  Thimmesh

Sky Raiders (Book one of series) by Brandon Tull

Eddie Red, Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile by Marcia Wells





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