2022 Summer Reading List
Amari and the Night Brothers
Author: B.B. Alston
When Amari’s brother unexpectedly goes missing, it seems as though everyone has given up looking for him. She decides to take matters into her own hands. Her only hope is getting into the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Will she be able to secure a spot against kids that have known magic their entire lives?
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
Author: Pablo Cartaya
Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL?
Sophie Washington: The Snitch
Author: Tonya Duncan Ellis
What will Sophie do when she encounters a school bully? Will she risk telling and being labeled a snitch?
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
Author: David Barclay Moore
Lolly is trying to find ways to cope with the death of his brother. When his mom’s girlfriend brings him a garbage bag filled with legos, he finds a world that helps him heal in unexpected ways.
Author: Kelly Yang
Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Can she hold them all together and still stay true to her dreams?
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish
Author: Pablo Cartaya
Most kids clear out of the way when Marcus Vega walks down the hall. As a six-foot, 180-pound 8th grader, it’s not possible to blend into the crowd. He’s often misunderstood. When a chance encounter with a bully leaves him suspended, his mom decides a family trip to his father’s homeland of Puerto Rico is in order. His trip allows him to leave with something much more valuable than he could have imagined.
Pippa Raises Her Game
Author: Erin Yun
Readers will cheer on Pippa Park in this wonderful middle school book about friendships, bullying, crushes, and family. Perfect for summer reading! In this relatable story, Pippa reinvents herself and discovers who she really is on and off the basketball court.
Isaiah Dunn Is My Superhero
Author: Kelly J. Baptiste
Ten-year-old Isaiah Dunn is trying to be the hero that his dad writes about in his journals, but he struggles. As his family struggles with the loss of his dad, he clings to his dad’s journals for hope and to escape his current reality.
Shuri: A Black Panther Novel #1
Author: Nic Stone
Shuri is a skilled martial artist, a genius, and a master of science and technology. But, she’s also a teenager. And a princess. This story follows Shuri as she sets out on a quest to save her homeland of Wakanda. Much like Vibranium, the Heart-Shaped Herb is essential to the survival and prosperity of Wakanda. But something is wrong. It’s up to Shuri to travel from Wakanda in order to discover what is killing the Herb, and how she can save it, in the first volume of this all-new, original adventure.
Author: Jerry Craft
When Jordan’s parents enroll him into a mostly white prep school, he has to figure out how to remain true to himself, while navigating between two worlds.
First Rule of Punk
Author: Celia Pérez
When María Luisa’s mom gets a job in Chicago, she has to leave her father and everything familiar for two years. Not only that, her mom just doesn’t get her dislike for cilantro, Zines, and especially not her love for punk. If she can only remember the first rule of punk.
Author: Kwame Alexander
Meet soccer phenom, Nick Hall. While dealing with a school bully and finding the confidence to approach his crush, Nick is also grappling with his feelings around his parent’s impending divorce. With the help of an ex-rapper/librarian, Mr. Mac, he is inspired and challenged to turn to books for the words to express how he truly feels.
Author: Hena Khan
It’s the last few days of her vacation in Pakistan, and Amina loved every minute of it. With school starting soon, she can’t wait to share all she’s learned with her friends. She only hopes that she can keep her promise to her uncle and bring the beauty of Pakistan back to America.
Miles Morales: Shock Waves (Original Spider-Man Graphic Novel)
Author: Justin A. Reynolds
An original middle-grade graphic novel. iles Morales is a normal kid who happens to juggle school at Brooklyn Visions Academy while swinging through the streets of Brooklyn as Spider-Man. After a disastrous earthquake strikes his mother’s birthplace of Puerto Rico, Miles springs into action to help set up a fundraiser for the devastated island.
The Comeback: A Figure Skating Novel
Author: E.L. Shen
Twelve-year-old Maxine Chen is just trying to nail that perfect landing: on the ice, in middle school, and at home, where her parents worry that competitive skating is too much pressure for a budding tween. Maxine isn’t concerned, however–she’s determined to glide to victory. But then a bully at school starts teasing Maxine for her Chinese heritage, leaving her stunned and speechless. And at the rink, she finds herself up against a stellar new skater named Hollie, whose grace and skill threaten to edge Maxine out of the competition. With everything she knows on uneven ice, will Maxine crash under the pressure? Or can she power her way to a comeback?
Simon B. Rhymin' Takes a Stand
Author: Dwayne Reed
Eleven-year-old Simon and his friends are disappointed with the lack of funding at Booker T. Washington School—there’s no AC, only one space for school activities, and the money for extracurricular programs is getting cut.
Desperate to save Maria’s beloved debate team, the crew start a petition to grab the attention of the local community and show they deserve to have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
Author: Carlos Hernandez
What would you do if you had the power to reach through time and space and retrieve anything you want, including your mother, who is no longer living (in this universe, anyway)?
Tristan Strong Keeps Punching
Author: Kwame Mbalia
After reuniting with Ayanna, who is now in his world, Tristan travels up the Mississippi in pursuit of his archenemy, King Cotton. Along the way they encounter new haints who are dead set on preventing their progress north to Tristan’s hometown of Chicago. It’s going to take many Alkean friends, including the gods themselves, the black flames of the afokena gloves, and all of Tristan’s inner strength to deliver justice once and for all.