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Summer Reading Books For Teens

As your break gets into full swing, make sure you have your “summer reading books” picked out. Why read during summer? First, you probably have some required reading assigned to you at school so it may not be optional. Also reading improves your life, including helping you fill some boring hours – and we all have them, even during perfect summers. Best of all, reading is fun, especially when you get to pick the books!



Here are some books recommended by our teachers which may interest high-schoolers and advanced middle-schoolers too. These are a little out of the ordinary and may be good choices as summer reading books and “pick your own book” reading programs.

Please click on the name to check the description of the book, and if necessary, discuss with your school and parents, to ensure it is an appropriate choice for you.

Fresh and Uncommon Reads


          Shane Burcaw, Laughing at My Nightmare

James Hirsch, Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Reuben Carter

Martin Pistoris, Ghost Boy

Steve Sheinkin, Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

Deborah Heligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith

Maya Van Wagenen, Popular

Agnieszka Biskup & Tammy Enz, Batman Science: The Real-World Science Behind Batman’s Gear


Graphic Novels

          Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese (13+)

Alexander Lagos, Sons of Liberty (10+)

Doug, TenNapel, Ghostopolis (10+)

Raina Telgemeir, Smile (14+)

Gene Luen Yi, Level Up (14+)

Emily Carroll, Through the Woods(14+)

Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis (16+)


Middle Level Reading

Kelly Fiore, Just Like the Movies

Megan Shull, The Swap

Lauren Morrill, Being Sloane Jacobs

Firoozeh Dumas, It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

Jason Reynolds, As Brave as You

Kwame Alexander, The Crossover


Up All Night Reads

Frances Hardinge, The Lie Tree

Alex London, Proxy

T.L. Costa, Playing Tyler

Michael Grant, Gone

E.L. Lockhart, We Were Liars

         Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races


Oh, What a World

M.T. Anderson, Feed

Joelle Charbonneau, The Testing

Sally Gardner, Maggot Moon

Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go

Mark Frost, The Paladin Prophecy

Ernest Cline, Ready Player One


Exploring the Unusual

Laura Ruby, Bone Gap

          Robin Sloane, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Mistress of Spices

Cath Crowley, Graffiti Moon

Kate Hattemer, The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

Leslye Walton, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Max Barry, Lexicon

This summer we hope you’ll join us in savoring the new worlds, people and ideas in books and relishing the joy of reading.

There are many more new and interesting books out there. If you have favorites you’d like to recommend, leave us a reply – Happy Summer Reading!


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