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2023 Summer Reading List (8-12)

2023 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?

Ages: 8-12

Price: $8.99

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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?

Ages: 10-12

Price: $8.99

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?

Ages: 8-12

Price: $9.99

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.

Ages: 8-12

Price: $15.99

Front Desk

Author: Kelly Yang

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Can she hold them all together and still stay true to  her dreams? 

Ages: 8-12

Price: $7.99

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.

Ages: 10-12

Price: $7.99

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.

Ages: 9-12

Price: $8.99

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.

Ages: 8-10

Price: $7.99

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.

Ages: 9-12

Price: $7.99

New Kid

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. 

Ages: 8-12

Price: $11.99

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.

Ages: 9-12

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Booked

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. 

Ages: 10-12

Price: $8.99

Amina's Song

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. 

Ages: 8-12

Price: $7.99

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.

Ages: 8-12

Price: $12.99

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?

Ages: 8-12

Price: $7.99

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Simon B. Rhymin'

Author:  Dwayne Reed

Eleven-year-old Simon Barnes dreams of becoming a world-famous rapper that everyone calls Notorious D.O.G. But for now, he’s just a Chicago fifth grader who’s small for his age and afraid to use his voice.

Simon prefers to lay low at school and at home, even though he’s constantly spitting rhymes in his head. But when his new teacher assigns the class an oral presentation on something that affects their community, Simon must face his fears.

With some help from an unexpected ally and his neighborhood crew, will Simon gain the confidence to rap his way to an A and prove that one kid can make a difference in his ‘hood?

Ages: 8-12

Price: $7.99

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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)?

Ages: 8-12

Price: $7.99

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

Author:  Kwame Mbalia

Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he’s going to spend on his grandparents’ farm in Alabama, where he’s being sent to heal from the tragedy.

But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie’s notebook. Tristan chases after it–is that a doll?–and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature’s hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world.

Ages: 8-12

Price: $8.99

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