Summer 2020: Books Featuring Journeys and Travels for Grades 6-8

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Read one of these books, then find great ideas for "wandering" in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

    2019 by Gemeinhart, Dan

    I love that Coyote and her Dad live in a school bus, meet fellow travelers, and that everyone helps each other out. Recommended by Meleesa

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  • Walk Two Moons

    2009 by Creech, Sharon

    Sal journeys from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents seeking to uncover truths about her mother. Recommended by Gudrun

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  • Illegal

    2018 by Colfer, Eoin

    This fascinating, powerful, and heartbreaking graphic novel telling stories of refugees is one of the best. Recommended by Karen

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  • 96 Miles

    2020 by Esplin, J. L.

    When the power goes out, two brothers have to hike through the desert to get to safety. Will they make it when they run out of food and water? I had a hard time putting this one down. Recommended by Karen

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  • Take Me to the River

    2011 by Hobbs, Will

    Dylan and his cousin Rio decide to raft on the Rio Grande river without Rio's dad, who was supposed to go with them. Big mistake--great adventure. Recommended by Mary

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  • Beverly, Right Here

    2019 by DiCamillo, Kate

    Sometimes, when you're lost, you're found. When 14-year-old Beverly can't be home anymore, she takes the car and drives away. What she finds is not what she was expecting. I love this beautiful book with its scrappy, unique characters. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

    2019 by Reynolds, Jason

    This book of short stories takes place in one neighborhood, as kids walk home from school. I love the way each story brilliantly and subtly weaves a thread through the book. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Stowaway

    2018 by Withers, Pam

    You'll love this fast-paced story of a boy who makes a bad decision and then has to think fast to survive. Owen, newly arrived with his family on the Pacific Coast of Canada, decides to sneak on board a boat to have some adventures. Bad decision. Recommended by Mary

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  • The Honest Truth

    2015 by Gemeinhart, Dan

    I couldn't put this book down. Mark's cancer has returned and he's sick of chemo, sick of being treated differently, sick of being sick. So he runs away to the mountains with only his dog for a companion. Will he survive? Recommended by Mary

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  • Scary Stories for Young Foxes

    2019 by Heidicker, Christian McKay

    The harrowing journey of two young foxes, as told by a wise old storyteller. Fans of the Warriors series, this one is for you! Recommended by Mary

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  • Peak

    2007 by Smith, Roland

    This is one of my favorite survival stories. Peak Marcello loves to climb, and he comes by it naturally. His parents are famous climbers. But he's about to face the biggest climb of his life: Mt. Everest. Recommended by Mary

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  • The Lovely and the Lost

    2019 by Barnes, Jennifer

    I love this page-turner about a small child lost in a 750,000-acre wilderness area and the search-and-rescue teams that are sent to find her. Recommended by Mary

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