Kids Summer Reading List (Ages 8 to 12)

 

Already bored without schoolwork to stay occupied? Too hot outside to do more than sit and read? We've put together a list of our favorite kids books appropriate for ages 8 to 12, including new hardcovers, classic paperbacks, and hidden gems. Click on the book covers to find out more or to order online for pickup or shipout! 

 

NEW HARDCOVERS

Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland

Ages 8-12

#historical  #supernatural  #bipoc

 

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

Ages 8-12

#awardwinner  #fantasy  #aapi  #family

 

Finding Junie Kim by Ellen Oh

Ages 8-12

#comingofage  #aapi  #socialthemes

 

Trouble In the Stars by Sarah Prineas

Ages 8-12

#scifi  #lgbtq+

 

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer Holm

Ages 8-12

#scifi  #science  #socialthemes

 

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

Ages 9-12

#fantasy  #bipoc  #family

 

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus

Ages 9-12

#historical  #family

 

PAPERBACK CLASSICS

Dragons in a Bag by Zeta Elliot

Ages 8-12

#fantasy  #newyork  #bipoc

 

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Ages 9-12

#mystery  #art  #friendship  #puzzles

 

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Ages 9-12

#historical  #disabilities  #family

 

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Ages 9-12

#comingofage  #bipoc  #family

 

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Ages 9-12

#historical  #bipoc  #family

 

HIDDEN GEMS

The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley

Ages 8-12

#newyork  #mystery  #socialthemes

 

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mabalia

Ages 8-12

#fantasy  #RickRiordanPresents  #bipoc

 

Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

Ages 8-12

#comingofage  #bipoc  #socialthemes  #family

 

Part of Your Nightmare by Vera Strange

Ages 8-12

#fantasy  #supernatural  #disneyremix

 

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

Ages 9-12

#funny  #family  #comingofage  #lgbtq+

Ophie’s Ghosts Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062915894
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 18th, 2021

When You Trap a Tiger: (Winner of the 2021 Newbery Medal) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524715700
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 28th, 2020

Finding Junie Kim Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062987983
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Published: HarperCollins - May 4th, 2021

Trouble in the Stars Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593204283
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Published: Philomel Books - April 27th, 2021

The Lion of Mars Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593121818
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2021

Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

A Place to Hang the Moon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823447053
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - February 2nd, 2021

Dragons in a Bag Cover Image
By Zetta Elliott, Geneva B (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781524770488
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Published: Yearling - August 13th, 2019

Chasing Vermeer (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
By Blue Balliett, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780439372978
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 1st, 2005

The War That Saved My Life Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780147510488
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Published: Puffin Books - May 31st, 2016

Merci Suárez Changes Gears Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781536212587
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Published: Candlewick - April 7th, 2020

One Crazy Summer Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780060760908
Availability: Not In Stock - Usually ships in 3-5 Days
Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011

The Harlem Charade Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545783880
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 24th, 2018

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781368042413
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 22nd, 2020

Gaby, Lost and Found: A Wish Novel Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545798631
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - April 28th, 2015

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Part of Your Nightmare (Disney Chills, Book One) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781368048255
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - July 7th, 2020

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (Family Fletcher Series #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780385376556
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Published: Yearling - July 14th, 2015