Summer Fun for Grades 6-8

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Our Youth Services team have put together some of their warm weather favorites.

  • The Living: The Living Series, Book 1

    2013 by Pe©ła, Matt de la

    Lose yourself in non-stop adventure. Shy Espinosa takes a summer job as a steward on a luxury cruise ship. On one of his first nights on the job he witnesses what he thinks is a man being thrown overboard. This is only the beginning! Recommended by Mary M.

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  • The Unexpected Everything

    2016 by Matson, Morgan

    Andie plans. Her summer plan this year was a pre-med program at Johns Hopkins. When that plan is upended, she finds herself employed as a dog walker and miserable. Andie doesn't know it, but this may end up being the best summer of her life. Recommended by Mary M.

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  • Wildfire: A Novel

    2019 by Philbrick, W. R.

    You won't believe the things that can happen while you're at summer camp! Recommended by Karen T.

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  • Drum Roll, Please

    2018 by Bigelow, Lisa Jenn

    Learning to play the drums and making new friends is a great way to experience summer camp. Recommended by Karen T.

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  • Hour of the Bees

    2016 by Eagar, Lindsay

    Beautifully written story about a summer spent in the desert, about family, and the magic that comes out of the experience. Recommended by Karen T.

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  • Olive's Ocean

    2013 by Henkes, Kevin

    This is a tender and sweet story about growing up and looking outside yourself. Recommended by Mary M.

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  • The Summer I Turned Pretty: The Summer I Turned Pretty Series, Book 1

    2010 by Han, Jenny

    A great beach romance from the author of To All the Boys I've Loved Before! Recommended by Mary M.

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  • Okay for Now

    2011 by Schmidt, Gary D.

    Eighth grader Doug Swieteck moves to upstate New York and learns to deal with family tragedy through art. Doug finds solitude at the public library, an unexpected ally and friend, and a job to put him back on his feet. Recommended by Katie F.

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  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man

    2017 by Reynolds, Jason

    Spider-Man adventure plus lots of friend, school and family drama make this one of my favorite superhero books! Recommended by Shelley S.

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  • How to Be A Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals

    2018 by Montgomery, Sy

    Beautiful book about this science writer's encounters with various animals throughout her life, how animals are like us, and how they can teach us to be human. Recommended by Gudrun P.

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  • A High Five for Glenn Burke

    2020 by Bildner, Phil

    I never would have guessed I would like a book about baseball! I enjoyed the historical content and Silas's coming out journey. Recommended by Meleesa S.

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  • The Best Kind of Magic

    2017 by Cestari, Crystal

    Amber can accurately predict which people are destined to fall in love. This unique gift works for everyone—except Amber herself. This book, set in Chicago, is the perfect summer read! Recommended by Laura P.

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  • Apocalypse Taco

    2019 by Hale, Nathan

    Part horror, part hilarious, this graphic novel will have you thinking twice before ordering fast food! Recommended by Caitlin S.

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  • Peter and the Starcatchers: Peter and the Starcatchers Series, Book 1

    2010 by Pearson, Ridley

    A real page-turner that imagines how Peter Pan ended up in Neverland, full of magic, mystery and adventure! Recommended by Karen T.

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