Summer Reading List for Grades 6-8

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

 

Siblings Josh and Sophie discover that the owner of a bookstore is none other than the famous Nicholas Flamel.First in a series.

 


Bad Island by Doug TenNapel

In this graphic novel, Lyle, Karen, Janie, and Reese must find a way off an island while they dodge strange and dangerous creatures.


 

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Nate has a plan that—with a little luck—will take him from his non-fabulous Pennsylvania town to New York City and land him a role in E.T.: The Musical.


 

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

A gripping account of the development of nuclear weapons and the global fight for control of power.


Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Tragedy changes Willow’s quirky but comfortable life, and as she adapts, she changes the lives of those around her.


 

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Outspoken and funny sixteen-year-old Amal, lover of shopping and television, decides to wear the hijab full time and perseveres despite resistance from classmates, townspeople, and even relatives.


Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan, illustrated by Nathan Fox

This graphic novel tells the unforgettable true stories of three wars heroes from three different eras—World War I, World War II, and Vietnam—and they all happened to have four legs.


 

The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner

Meet amazing dolphins that have learned to use tools to hunt for their dinner.


 

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Drama abounds on and off the stage in this hilarious graphic novel about school theater productions.


Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale

In this fairy tale world, Raven Queen does not want to be evil like her mother, and Apple White, daughter of Snow White, is willing to be a little bad.


The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Jackson Greene vowed never to get involved in another middle-school con, but he is put to the test when the girl of his dreams runs for class president.


 

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

When Elizabeth begins working in the New York Circulating Material Repository, she learns that some of the objects (and people) aren’t as normal as they seem.


Legend by Marie Lu

For those who like The Hunger Games, meet slumborn Day and elite-born June as they fight to save their lives and their world. First in a trilogy.


The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

In 1958, in Little Rock, Arkansas, painfully shy Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration.


The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

When plucky machinist Piper rescues Anna after a meteor shower, both girls stow away on an armored train to escape the man chasing them.


Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrated by Laura Park

Rafe’s plan to break every rule in the school handbook is soon out of his control.


One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Three girls spend an unforgettable summer in the 1960s with their longlost mother and learn about Black Power, revolution, and forgiveness.


Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen

Initially expecting a simple trip to rescue a border collie, Ben finds himself traveling by school bus with his enthusiastic father, a crusty mechanic, and other colorful characters.


 

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

In a London overrun by ghosts, Lucy works with the ghost-hunting agency Lockwood & Co. to combat hauntings. First in a series.


A Song for Bijou by Josh Farrar

When Alex falls head over heels in love with the mysterious Bijou, he is going to have to break out of his shell to woo her.


Tesla’s Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

When Nick holds a yard sale to get rid of the junk in the attic of his new home, he realizes too late that all the objects have mysterious powers and he needs to get them back.


Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Survivors’ accounts bring the Titanic disaster to life.


 

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

A heartfelt story of the coming of age of seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood in the 1960s, as he struggles with the everyday traumas of adolescence and matures under the watchful eyes of his teacher and through the words of William Shakespeare.


When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Miranda receives a series of mysterious notes, but will she be too late to stop the tragedy the notes predict?


Wonder by R. J. Palacio

August Pullman, a fifth-grader born with a facial deformity, is about to start mainstream school for the first time in this funny, touching book.


 

Stay tuned for our staff picks for pre-K and grades 9-12!

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