Summer Reading Guide for Kids in Sixth Grade to Eighth Grade

Get your teen to read this summer! Teens may be going through a lot of changes at this point in their lives, and many use books as a form of escape from the real world. Inspire them to conquer their fears and find themselves with this guide to summer reading books for teens.



The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

By Michael Scott

Random House/Delacorte, 2007

Siblings Josh and Sophie make a startling and magical discovery in their local bookstore; the owner is the legendary alchemist Nicholas Flamel! 


Does My Head Look Big in This?

By Randa Abdel-Fattah

Scholastic/Orchard Books, 2007

When Amal, an outspoken, fashion loving sixteen-year-old decides to wear her hijab full-time, she’s faced with criticism from classmates, townspeople and even her own family.


Bad Island

By Doug TenNapel

Graphix, 2011

In this gripping graphic novel, Lyle, Karen, Janie and Reese must find a way to get themselves off of a strange island filled with dangerous creatures.


Better Nate Than Ever

By Tim Federle

Simon & Schuster, 2013

Nate has a dream: He wants to be in a musical. And not just any musical – he wants the leading role in E.T. the Musical on Broadway! He has the perfect plan to get from his boring Pennsylvania town to fabulous New York City. Will it work?



By Raina Telgemeier

Graphix, 2012

Drama isn’t reserved only for the stage in this hilarious graphic novel about school theater productions.


Counting the 7’s

By Holly Goldberg Sloan

Dial, 2013

When tragedy changes Willow’s comfortably quirky life, she chooses to adapt. As she gets use to these changes, she sees how they affect the lives of those around her.


Dogs of War

By Sheila Keenan, illustrated by Nathan Fox

Graphix, 2013

Read about four war heroes in this graphic novel; World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War are featured. All of these heroes had something in common – they all walked on four legs!


The Screaming Staircase

By Jonathan Stroud

Disney-Hyperion, 2013

London is overrun with ghosts and the go-to company for protection is Lockwood & Co.! Lucy works with the agency to combat hauntings and protect London from the ghosts! 


Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends

By Shannon Hale

Little, Brown, 2013

In this quirky reimagining of fairy tales, we find that Raven Queen doesn’t want to be evil like her mother and Apple White doesn’t want to be quite as innocent and nice as her mother Snow White.


The Grimm Legacy

By Polly Shulman

Putnam, 2010

Elizabeth begins to discover some of the strange secrets surrounding her new job and the people at the New York Circulating Material Repository.


The Mark of the Dragonfly

By Jaleigh Johnson

Random House/Delacorte, 2014

After Piper rescues a girl named Anna from a meteor shower, both girls realize that something is amiss when they’re chased by a strange man and stow away on an armored train to escape him.


The Wednesday Wars

By Gary D. Schmidt

Clarion, 2007

This tells the story of Holling Hoodhood, a youth growing up in the 1960s. Follow his coming of age story as he deals with the stress of adolescence and grows under the eyes of his teacher and through the words of legendary playwright William Shakespeare.


The Lions of Little Rock

By Kristin Levine

Putnam, 2012

Marlee is put in the spotlight when her 1950s Arkansas town becomes divided on segregation.



By R.J. Palacio

Alfred A. Knopf, 2012

August Pullman, a fifth-grader with a facial deformity, is about to start mainstream school for the first time.


Searching for more summer reading books? For kids in kindergarten, first grade and second grade, click HERE.


For summer reading books for kids in third grade, fourth grade and fifth grade, click HERE.



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28 Jun 2014

By Mabel Sterritt