Summer Reading List for Kids Ages 8-12

If you’re looking for some great summer reading options, check these page-turners from James Patterson.


Looking for a great book to read this summer? 

The ReadKiddoRead program features bestselling author James Patterson’s picks for the summer. Here are his selections recommended for readers 8 to 12 years old.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Two months of being grounded during summer vacation change Jack Gantos’ life forever. Especially since it involves the mysterious chore of typing obituaries for his intriguing neighbor.

Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald
What happens when Charlie Joe Jackson, the most reluctant reader EVER has to actually read a book?

Big Nate in a Class by Himself (Big Nate series) by Lincoln Peirce
Things don’t always go your way just because you’re awesome.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Dwight is a clueless boy with a prescient Yoda hand-puppet. His classmate Tommy is mystified.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (Middle School series) by James Patterson
Middle school student Rafe Khatchadorian decides to break every rule in the school’s Code of Conduct. But what happens when things don’t go as planned?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Wimpy Kid series) by Jeff Kinney
Read Greg Heffley’s diary detailing trials and tribulations from middle school.

Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Bud, a motherless boy on the run, is armed with his suitcase of secret, important things, his book with instructions on having a fun life and being a better liar and clues to find his father. Nothing is going to come in Bud’s way–not hunger, fear or vampires.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
This book weaves prose and illustrations beautifully to tell the story of Parisian orphan, clock keeper and petty thief Hugo.

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Orphan Jeffrey Lionel “Maniac” Magee decides to run away from his unhappy aunt and uncle. And then he decides just to run.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio
A facial deformity prevented August Pullman from going to a regular school. He craves an ordinary life when he joins Beecher Prep. as a fifth grader. But he soon learns that you can’t blend in when you were meant to stand out.

Eragon (Inheritance Cycle series) by Christopher Paolini
Can farm boy turned dragon rider Eragon and blue stone turned dragon Saphira join forces to save the world?

Gregor The Overlander (Underland Chronicles series) by Suzanne Collins
What happens when New Yorker Gregor falls through the grate in his apartments and enter the strange world of the Underland?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by  J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter enters the world of magic and realizes his destiny.  
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
This intricately plotted story has 16 people who could become millionaires if they can play the tricky and dangerous Westing game.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’engle
Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin travel through space and time to find Meg and Charles’ father.

Guinness: World Records 2012 by Guinness World Records
Read about extraordinary, interesting daredevils who want to push the limits and their record- breaking feats.

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2012 by National Geographic Kids
Learning about your world and everything in it was never so much fun!

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not: Special Edition 2012 by Ripley’s Inc.
Read about the bizarre, the hilarious and the incredible in this fun collection!

What are you reading this summer?
Tell us in the comments.

Brandie Jefferson June 13, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I would just like to say that every man, woman and child should read A Wrinkle in Time. Twice, even. I read it almost yearly. Yes, I'm a 33-year-old woman and I'm not ashamed to say that my favorite book is one on a reading list for children 8 - 12!
Andrew Metcalf June 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (one of the books on this list), will be speaking and signing autographs at Bookapalooza at the Central Library in Columbia on Saturday.
Riley D June 14, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I love a Wrinkle in Time!!


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