Eleven-year-old Wyatt and Augie are having the best summer of their lives hanging out in the fort they built in the woods, but when bullies come along and threaten their fun, the boys take action in this inspirational summer story. Recommended by Mandy O.
This strange and fascinating world is filled with word play, interesting animals, and surprising situations. The funny chapter titles encouraged me to pick this book up, and its delightful story made me not want to put it back down! Recommended by Lorrie H.
Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons even though he does not complete his summer reading list. This is a fun yet serious book cleverly illustrated by Janet Tashjian's son Jake. Recommended by Mandy O.
This great Illinois-based historical fiction and Newbery Honor book was written by one of my favorite authors. A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother. Recommended by Dave N.
A great book for kids who are having to deal with change, particularly divorce. When Lexie's dad invites her to spend a week with him at their family's beach house, she is dismayed to find he has brought his new girlfriend. At first, this makes Lexie sad, but gradually a new normal emerges. Recommend by Mary M.