5 Middle-Grade Books to Kick-Start Summer Reading

  • By Mary Daisey Shockley
  • June 1, 2016

Help tweens find something good to dig into once school's out!


Raymie Nightingale
By Kate DiCamillo
Recommended for ages 8-12
Author Kate DiCamillo is back with another heartfelt story that both children and adults will enjoy. When Raymie Clarke has a plan to bring her father back home, an eclectic mix of characters comes to her aid. The events that soon unfold give Raymie and her friends a summer they likely won’t forget.

The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers
By Avi
Recommended for ages 8-12

A collection of short stories that readers will find touching, relatable, and sometimes heartbreaking. Author Avi takes an honest storytelling approach to reveal the effects fathers and grandfathers have on the young men in their lives.

Cody and the Mysteries of the Universe
By Tricia Springstubb (author) and Eliza Wheeler (illustrator)
Recommended for ages 8-12

Cody is thrilled to have her best friend, Spencer, moving into her neighborhood. They will finally go to the same school again and share adventures — like finding out what secrets their mysterious neighbors are hiding. Everything will be exactly the same as it used to be for these two — or will it?

Shaun the Sheep: Pranks a Lot!
By Martin Howard (author) and Andy Janes (illustrator)
Recommended for ages 8-12

Bitzer, Mossy Bottom Farm’s sheepdog, begins to notice that everyone is giggling at him, but he can’t figure out why. Once he does, he knows Shaun the Sheep is behind the practical joke that has made him the laughingstock of the farm. Bitzer immediately plots his revenge on Shaun, and the two have a practical-joke battle until one finally beats the other.

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse
By Brian Farrey
Recommended for ages 8-12

Young Princess Jeniah and village resident Aon couldn’t live more different lives, but they have one quest that brings them together — devising a plan to send brave Aon into Dreadwillow Carse, which has long been forbidden by the people of Monarchy. Will this adventure bring Aon’s missing parents back? Will Jeniah protect her family’s reign?

Mary Daisey Shockley is a marketing professional and avid reader who spends her free time with her family on the coast of Delaware. You can find more of her thoughts on books and life by clicking here.

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