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Summer Reading for Tweens
Posted 7/9/2012 3:28:00 PM

As many parents know all too well, with summer vacation frequently comes dreaded “summer slide,” where “it is estimated that school summer breaks…cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction.”* That’s quite a backtrack, if you ask me. This is especially prominent in that “middle grade” or tween age range, roughly 9-12, when interest in reading begins to decline for many kids, especially boys. So, how can you keep your tween’s reading on track this summer? Start with this list.

In my day job, I spend a lot of time working with teachers, librarians, and book bloggers. Recently, I put a request out to all my well-read librarian and teacher colleagues, asking for their best summer reading recommendations. I asked everyone to focus on titles that were published within the past few years, as I believe parents tend to gravitate to many of the classics without much prompting (books like Bridge to Terabithia, The Giver, Holes, etc.), so I figured a longer list of newer titles would be more helpful. I’ve compiled these suggestions and listed them for you here. Everything is divided up by genre and is appropriate for kids in the 9-12 year old age range. Happy browsing!

* The Importance of Summer Reading,


All the Broken Pieces
by Ann E. Burg
Crow by Barbara Wright
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin
The Chesire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Randall Wright
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
The Humming Room by Ellen Potter
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
May B. by Caroline Starr Rose
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Selling Hope by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb
The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

May B


Anything But Typical
by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
Bluefish by Pat Schmatz
The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone
Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon
Crunch by Leslie Connor
The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin
The Girl Who Threw Butterflies by Mick Cochrane
Hound Dog True by Linda Urban
Keepers of the School (series) by Andrew Clements
Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg
Nerd Camp by Elissa Weissman
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street by Joanne Rocklin
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
The Penderwicks (series) by Jeanne Birdsall
Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
Saving Sky by Diane Stanley
See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles
Small as Elephant by Jennifer Jacobson
Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
Warp Speed by Lisa Yee
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
Touch Blue


The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (series) by Maryrose Wood
Floors (series) by Patrick Carman
The Fourth Stall (series) by Chris Rylander
Griff Carver by Jim Krieg
Pie by Sarah Weeks
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Trackers (series) by Patrick Carman


The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout
Dark Life by Kat Falls
Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner


The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
The Billionaire’s Curse (series) by Richard Newsome
The Books of Elsewhere (series) by Jacqueline West
Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet
Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham, illustrated by Mark Buckingham
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (Books of Beginning series)
The Familiars (series) by Adam Jay Epstein, illustrated by Andrew Jacobson
The Grey Griffins (series) by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis
The Mapmaker and the Ghost by Sarvenaz Tash
Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner
Powerless by Matthew Cody
Seven Sorcerers by Caro King
Winterling by Sarah Prineas

The Fourth Stall
The Apothecary


A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (series) by Catherynne M. Valente
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (series) by Christopher Healy
Storybound by Marissa Burt
Juniper Berry by M.P. Kozlowsky


The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell
Bigger Than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder
Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson
Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder
Scumble by Ingrid Law
The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech
What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb


An Accidental Adventure (series) by C. Alexander London
The Genius Files (series) by Dan Gutman
Swindle by Gordon Korman

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland


How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg, illustrated by Kevin O’Malley


The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (series) by Tom Angleberger
Sidekicks by Dan Santat

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