Summer Reading List: Part One


School’s out!  Inly’s 8th graders are high school-bound and, although I’ll miss them next year, they are ready for new challenges. Over the past school year, they read the middle school classics: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Outsiders, and The Giver. We also read Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and March by John Lewis.  So many good books to talk about…

As the 8th graders move on, their younger classmates have (hopefully) taken a look at Inly’s summer reading list and begun to narrow down their choices.  As always, there are lots of options – biographies, realistic fiction, mysteries, graphic novels, sports, and science. The goal is for the students to enjoy their reading and perhaps to find a book they wouldn’t have known about without a list to point the way.

Below are the books I’m recommending to our middle grade readers – kids between the ages of 10 and 12.  I’ll post the early chapter books and middle school novels next…



The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al-Mansour

My Diary From the Edge of the World by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael Beil

El Deafo by Cece Bell

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Wild Robot (Peter Brown)


Serafina’s Promise by Ann Burg

Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs by Cylin Busby

Keepers of the Vault: Fire and Glass by Marty Chan

The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew Chilton

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova


Powerless, Super, and Villainous by Matthew Cody

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper


It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager


The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emilie Fairlie

Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter by Beth Fantaskey

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It by Sundee Frazier

Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman

The Perfect Place by Teresa Harris

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm


A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket by Deborah Hopkinson

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamison

The Great Green Heist by Varian Johnson

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

Masterminds by Gordan Korman

Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson

Zodiac Legacy by Stan Lee


The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Levy  

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Levy

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

The Wild Ones by C. Alexander London

Stormstruck by John McFarlane


The Last Boy at St. Edith’s by Lee Gjertsen Malone

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver


The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Wing and Claw: Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker


The Turn of the Tide by Rosanne Parry

Eleven and Holding by Mary Penney

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan


Holes by Louis Sachar

The Keepers Series by Ted Sanders

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban

Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen


Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb

Wings of Fire by Tui Sutherland

The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin by Elinor Teele

Bounders by Monica Tesler

Six by M.M. Vaughan

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Nonfiction  (a short version of the list in the interest of space!)


The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog by Marty Crump

Green City: How One Community Survived a Tornado and Rebuilt for a Sustainable Future by Allan Drummond

The Amazing Harry Kellar by Gail Jarrow

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

The Great Monkey Rescue by Sandra Markle


Around the World by Matt Phelan

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson

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

Countdown….. of kids looking at the summer reading selections last week. By the way, the pics were taken on “Wacky Wednesday” – which explains the outfits and hair styles!




Two…. pictures of the new library. Packing begins on Monday!



One….Superman running across the playground!


Happy Reading…





2 thoughts on “Summer Reading List: Part One

  1. Terrific list! I’ve already read a number of these great books and look forward to discovering others. Thanks so much for including “Every Single Second”. Happy summer, happy reading!

    • Thank you so much Tricia….I am a big fan of What Happened on Fox Street – and recommend it regularly!

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