Hot Summer Reads 2021 (Grades 6-8)

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

From dramatic rescues to chilling horror, to political romance, these books will keep you turning the pages! Vote for your favorites, watch videos, and more on our Summer Reads page.

  • Yes No Maybe So

    2020 by Albertalli, Becky

    Romance meets politics! When Jewish teen Jamie and Muslim teen Maya are assigned the job of canvassing together for a local progressive candidate, they don't expect the summer to be very interesting. They're so wrong!

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  • The Only Black Girls in Town

    2020 by Colbert, Brandy

    Ever feel like you don't fit in? Seventh-graders Alberta and Edie are the only two Black girls in their small California town, which means they are often the targets of microaggressions and misunderstanding. They don't seem to have much in common, but the discovery of some old letters in Edie's attic shows them that their shared history is a powerful bond.

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  • Dress Coded

    2020 by Firestone, Carrie

    Do dress codes ever bother you? Eighth-grader Olivia is dress-coded for a wardrobe malfunction beyond her control, and as a result, a class trip is cancelled. This uplifting story will have you cheering for Olivia and her friends as they unite to challenge an unfair rule.

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  • Agnes at the End of the World

    2020 by McWilliams, Kelly

    If you're looking for a page-turner, look no further! Teen Agnes was born and raised in a strict, off-the-grid cult, led by The Prophet, who controls every aspect of his flock's daily lives. Bit by bit, Agnes begins to discover that there are other ways to live. But can she escape The Prophet?

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  • Bloom

    2020 by Oppel, Kenneth

    Don't read this one if you scare easily! After an unusually hard rain on her small island off the coast of Vancouver, teen Anaya notices strange grass taking hold in places where nothing has grown before. What could it mean?

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  • Anti/Hero

    2020 by Quinn, Kate Karyus

    Freaky Friday for superheroes in a fun, fast-paced graphic novel. The Hummingbird and Gray Owl are 13-year-old superheroes who are competing to steal an important but mysterious bit of technology. No one is quite sure what the gadget does, but they will soon find out!

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  • Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel

    2020 by Reynolds, Jason

    Don't cry. Don't snitch. Get revenge. These are the rules in Will's neighborhood. When his brother Shawn is murdered, Will knows it's up to him to respond. He takes a gun and leaves his family's apartment to avenge Shawn's death. The ride down in the elevator is not what he expected.

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  • The Million Dollar Race

    2021 by Smith, Matthew Ross

    This sports story is funny, fast and fun! Grant knows he's a fast runner, and he wants to compete in The Babblemoney games, where the prize is $1 million. But you've got to have a birth certificate to enter, and Grant's counterculture parents never got one for him. Can Grant figure out a way to get in the race?

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  • All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

    2020 by Soontornvat, Christina

    The story of an impossible rescue will keep you reading from start to finish. The plight of a young soccer team trapped in a cave that was rapidly filling with water was a huge news story in 2018. Learn about the efforts to rescue them against overwhelming odds as time runs out and the water keeps coming.

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  • When You Were Everything

    2019 by Woodfolk, Ashley

    If you know how painful it is to lose a friend, you'll love the story of Cleo, who has always been sure that she and Layla will be best friends forever. Then the unthinkable happens. Layla starts drifting away. But Cleo is sure there's a way to get Layla back. There must be.

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