Hot Summer Reads 2019

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Attention junior high students! From hundreds of new books, we've chosen 10 that we know you will love. Sci-fi, horror, fantasy, romance--they're all right here.

  • Black Panther: The Young Prince

    2018 by Smith, Ronald L.

    War is coming to Wakanda, and the Black Panther is sending his son, Prince T'Challa, to America to keep him out of harm's way. With his best friend M'Baku, T'Challa explores the wonders of Chicago: city buses, potato chips, pizza, Willis Tower. But he may need to use the protection of his vibranium suit and ring. The Black Panther has many enemies, and they will use all of their powers to find his son.

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  • Darius the Great Is Not Okay

    2018 by Khorram, Adib

    High school is not great for Darius. He’s clinically depressed, overweight, and constantly bullied. He also knows that he has disappointed his dad in countless ways. When his family makes plans to visit his grandparents in Iran, Darius is sure that this will be the worst trip ever. He’s wrong.

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  • Every Shiny Thing

    2018 by Jensen, Cordelia

    Lauren comes from a loving, wealthy family. Sierra’s family is poor and broken apart. Lauren’s beloved brother has just been sent away to a special school. Sierra’s mom has just gone to jail. When Lauren’s neighbors become foster parents to Sierra, the girls form a friendship that helps to heal the losses they both feel. Then Lauren asks Sierra to do something illegal.

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  • Frozen Charlotte

    2016 by Bell, Alex

    Jay has downloaded a Ouija board app onto his phone and he's excited to try it out with his best friend Sophie. After all, Ouija boards have been said to communicate with the dead and predict the future. Of course that's just a silly myth yet, it almost seems as if the Ouija board is speaking for Sophie's cousin Rebecca, who recently died. Then it predicts Jay's death.

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  • Game Changer

    2018 by Greenwald, Tom

    Thirteen-year-old Teddy has suffered a serious football injury and now lies in a coma fighting for his life. This unusual book consists of evidence: records of texts, newspaper clippings, and transcripts of conversations and interviews, giving you the opportunity to form your own conclusions about how it all happened.

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  • Illegal

    2018 by Colfer, Eoin

    What would it be like to be a refugee-–to have to leave everything you’ve ever known and try to get to a new country? This graphic novel that tells you just that, through the journey of 12-year-old Ebo. He has to flee Ghana for Europe, following his sister and brother. He is alone, with no money, no food, and no idea how to do it. His story is full of suspense and danger, and it is impossible to put down.

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  • It Wasn't Me

    2018 by Levy, Dana Alison

    Shipton Middle School has been rocked by a hateful act of vandalism, and six students are suspected. They are all called to detention to participate in a weeklong justice circle. They come from completely different social groups. In fact the only thing they have in common is outrage that they have to spend a week in detention for an act they didn't commit. But one of them is lying.

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  • Light Years

    2018 by Morgan, Kass

    The exclusive Quadra Academy has finally allowed talented students from all over the solar system to apply. Cormak, Orelia, and Arran are first-year cadets, each coming from a poor, desolate outer planet. The wealthy, elite students from the planet Tri look down on the newbies and bully them. Can all the cadets learn to work together to protect the Federation from its deadly enemies?

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  • New Kid

    2019 by Craft, Jerry

    In this graphic novel that makes you think and laugh at the same time, 7th-grader Jordan Banks is a great cartoonist who wants to go to art school. But his parents want him to attend the elite Riverdale Academy Day School to make sure he is a success in life. As soon as he walks through Riverdale’s beautiful, expensive doors, Jordan sees the truth: he is one of about five kids of color in the whole school. Oh boy, this is going to be interesting.

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  • Seafire

    2018 by Parker, Natalie C.

    Four years ago, Caledonia Styx's family was killed as they tried to sail their ship past a vicious sea lord’s fleet of raiders. Today, Caledonia captains her family's ship, now rebuilt and renamed Mors Navis. And she sails with a ruthless crew of her own--all teen girls. Their mission? Revenge.

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