Great Books to Keep Your Kids Occupied This Summer

Summer means a lot of things. It means sunny weather, hot temperatures, day trips to the beach, and a LOT of AC. It also means something else… children with a lot of free time now that school’s out. If you’re looking for some great books for the kids in your life to spend some time with this summer, then look no further than this reading list!

Middle Grade

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The Twelve by Cindy Lin

Usagi can hear a squirrel’s heartbeat from a mile away, and soar over treetops in one giant leap. She was born in the year of the wood rabbit, and it’s given her extraordinary zodiac gifts. But she can never use them, not while the mysterious, vicious Dragonlord hunts down all those in her land with zodiac powers. Instead, she must keep her abilities—and those of her rambunctious sister Uma—a secret. After Uma is captured by the Dragonguard, Usagi can no longer ignore her powers. She must journey to Mount Jade with the fabled Heirs of the Twelve, a mystical group of warriors who once protected the land. As new mysteries unfold, Usagi must decide who she stands with, and who she trusts, as she takes on deadly foes on her path to the elusive, dangerous Dragonlord himself.

Monsterstreet #1: The Boy Who Cried Werewolf and Monsterstreet #2: The Halloweeners by J.H. Reynolds

A brand new series for fans of Goosebumps! In the first installment, the Monsterstreet series kicks off with this chilling tale about a boy who discovers his father was killed by a legendary werewolf. Trick-or-treat turns to scare-or-scream in this second installment of Monsterstreet, the chilling middle grade series. When Fisher’s friends are transformed into their monstrous costumes on Halloween night, it’s up to him to save the town! Bonus: Books 1 AND 2 were just released together!

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Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Everything changes for the Greystone kids when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they’re shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. The other kids share their same first and middle names. They’re the same ages. They even have identical birthdays. Who, exactly, are these strangers? Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a sudden work trip and leaves them in the care of Ms. Morales and her daughter, Natalie. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down.

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Wings of Olympus by Kallie George

Take flight with Pippa and her winged horse in this heartfelt two-book series about a young girl who must win the hardest race in ancient Greece in order to stay with her closest friend. This stirring adventure series by beloved author Kallie George is perfect for fans of the Percy Jackson books and The War That Saved My Life.

Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkMore Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark; and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz

Okay, we’re jumping the gun a bit here because these editions haven’t been released yet, but the original editions of these books have been terrifying children (myself included!) since the ’80s! I still credit these books with my love of the horror genre, because they are just such wonderful little collections. Perfect to read around the campfire, too!

Teen

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Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke

Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy novel for readers of all ages, complete with haunting illustrations and enchanting short stories that flesh out the folklore of this fascinating world. This spellbinding tale takes readers to a sinister, magical, and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous soldiers, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.

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The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

Who doesn’t love a good retelling? Far, far away, in the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm and fairy tales are real. Except, fairy tales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past—they are prophecies of the future. Raised in the mortal realm, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a real-life fairy-tale princess—until she manifests an ability to commune with mirrors. Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen… The battle between good and evil is on.

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Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa

One thousand years ago, a wish was made and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. A weapon powerful enough to seal away the formidable demon Hakaimono. Now he has broken free… You do not want to miss this follow-up to the amazing Shadow of the Fox!

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The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

What’s a summer without Sarah DessenThe Rest of the Story is a big-hearted, sweeping novel about a girl who reconnects with a part of her family she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl—and falls in love, all over the course of a magical summer. Nostalgic, magical, romantic… This book has it all!

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This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know where to start. She’s never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop. She doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be proud of. Then her mom decides to sell the shop—to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community; and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.

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The Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. But then Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do to save the people he loves.

We have a question for you, Savvy Readers: What books did you love to read growing up? Do you still remember what your favourite book was? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!

Happy summer break, Savvy Readers!

Jesse

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