Hot Summer Reads 2023 (Grades 6-8)

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Take a dangerous journey through a violent city, witness a deadly competition for potent magic, watch a socially terrified teen suddenly find herself in the middle of the popular group, and more. You'll want to read all of these awesome books!

  • Chlorine Sky

    2021 by Browne, Mahogany L.

    Skyy lives in the shadow of her best friend, Lay Li. But is Lay Li the true friend Skyy thinks she is?

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  • Troublemaker

    2022 by Cho, John

    On the first night of rioting in the wake of the Rodney King verdict, Jordan's father leaves to check on the family store, which is located in the middle of the violence. Jordan decides to go after his dad. He finds himself in big trouble.

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  • Golden Arm

    2020 by Deuker, Carl

    Laz is a great pitcher, and he knows he has what it takes to play in the majors. But he lives in a world of poverty, crime, and drugs. Will his neighborhood keep him from his dreams?

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  • The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz: A True Story Retold for Young Readers

    2023 by Dronfield, Jeremy

    What was it really like in Nazi Germany's concentration camps? Find out in this true story of day-to-day life in Hitler's most notorious camp as told by people who lived it.

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  • Huda F Are You?

    2021 by Fahmy, Huda

    A hilarious graphic novel about fitting in. Smart, funny, hijab-wearing Huda is starting her freshman year at a brand new school. She doesn't know anyone, and none of the teachers can seem to get her name right! Will high school be a disaster?

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  • All of Us Villains

    2021 by Foody, Amanda

    Every 20 years, each of the seven big families of the magical city of Ilvernath selects a champion to compete to the death for the right to control powerful High Magick. The ones selected are always teens. And they know that only one of them will survive. But this year might be different.

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  • Once upon a Broken Heart

    2021 by Garber, Stephanie

    Evangeline's true love has betrayed her, and she's determined to get him back, even if it means striking a deadly deal with the Immortal Fate known as the Prince of Hearts.

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  • Invisible

    2022 by Gonzalez, Christina Diaz

    Five very different kids are seen as exactly the same because they have families who speak Spanish. They're determined to shake off the stereotypes and become truly seen.

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  • This Might Get Awkward

    2022 by McDowell, Kara

    Socially awkward and anxiety-ridden Gemma just wants to be left alone at the beach. Then, out of nowhere, all the popular kids show up for a party, and Gemma is approached by her secret crush, Beau. She just might die of embarrassment. Then it gets worse! Much worse!

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  • This Golden State

    2022 by Weisenberg, Marit

    Poppy's family has moved around and changed identities her whole life. And they won't tell her why. But Poppy is getting tired of never staying anywhere long enough to have real friends. And she's determined to find out their secret.

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