Summer Reading List for Tweens and Teens

If you follow my personal Facebook page or my Instagram, then you know I'm always sharing book recommendations. I even run a book club that you can join.

Today I shared a recommendation for a middle grade book Adolpha recommended to me. Someone asked if I had a list of books that my kids enjoyed because she's having a tough time getting her kids to read.

I have one good reader (Adolpha, 11) and one tough reader (Gomer, 13). Adolpha devours books and loves series that she can read over and over again. Gomer is a very slow reader and so series kind of intimidate him, but once he finds one that hooks him, he reads them all. He's also started wandering into the adult section at the library and bookstore. I really don't mind. I'm that parent that lets her kids read pretty much anything. I just want them to read. I was reading The Shining and Jackie Collins in middle school, so I get it.

I've made a list of the favorites and I've tried to group them into Middle Grade and Young Adult and I've even got some Adult Nonfiction that Gomer has tried and liked. Hopefully you'll find something good on here for your kiddos.


Are You There, God, It's Me, Margaret (Judy Blume)
A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle)
Babysitters Club (Adolpha wants me to be clear that she ONLY likes the graphic novel versions illustrated by Raina Telgemeier)
Blubber (Judy Blume) *There's a lot of Judy B. on here, this is the set Adolpha has and I think every one of them are on her "must read" list.
Coraline (Neil Gaiman)
Crenshaw (Katherine Applegate)
Deenie (Judy Blume)
Dork Diaries series (Rachel Renee Russell)
Esperanza Rising (Pam Munoz Ryan)
Ghosts (Raina Telgemeier)
Greenglass House (Kate Milford)
Iggie's House (Judy Blume)
I Survived...series (Lauren Tarshis)
Joshua's Island (Patrick Hodges)
Land of Stories series (Chris Coffer)
Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)
Princess Diaries series (Meg Cabot)
Sisters (Raina Telgemeier)
Smile (Raina Telgemeier)
Swing It, Sunny (Jennifer L. Holm)
The Meanest Doll in the World (Ann M. Martin)
The Name of This Book is Secret series (Pseudonymous Bosch)
The Shadow Children series (Margaret Peterson Haddix)
Who Was...series (assorted authors)
Wonder (R.J. Palacio)


An Ember in the Ashes series (Sabaa Tahir)
Caraval (Stephanie Garber)
Dear Martin (Nic Stone)
Dorothy Must Die (Danielle Paige)
H2O series (Virginia Bergin)
Legend series (Marie Lu)
My Lame Life: Queen of the Misfits (Jen Mann)
One of Us is Lying (Karen M. McManus)
Order of Seven (Beth Teliho)
Red Queen series (Victoria Aveyard)
Seeds of America series (Laurie Halse Anderson)
Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)
The Gay Teen's Guide to Defeating a Siren (Cody Wagner)
The Giver (Lois Lowry)
The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
The Internet Girls series (Lauren Myracle)
The Maze Runner series (James Dashner)
The Resistance series (Tracy Lawson)
The Selection series (Kiera Cass)
Then Again Maybe I Won't (Judy Blume)
Throne of Glass series (Sarah J. Maas)
We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)


Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
The Martian (Andy Weir)
Wool (Hugh Howey)


Into Thin Air (Jon Krakauer)
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln's Killer (James L. Swanson)
The Lost City of the Monkey God (Douglas Preston)

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