Be Prepared by Vera Brosogl
All Vera wants to do is fit in–but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there’s one summer camp in her price range–Russian summer camp. Vera is sure she’s found the one place she can fit in, but camp is far from what she imagined. And nothing could prepare her for all the ‘cool girl’ drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!
Speak by Laurie Anderson
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda’s freshman year in high school.
The Kid Who Only Hit Homers by Matt Christopher
A boy becomes a phenomenal baseball player one summer when a mysterious stranger resembling Babe Ruth befriends him.
Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
15 year old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her overweight and eccentric Aunt Mira, and trying to explore her sense of self.
Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings
A terrible accident occurs in the small fishing village and Brady wondersif what happened was more than an accident. Many of the residents dislike the summer people. Brady wonders if they are behind it.
The Watsons go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
Things get out of hand for a twelve-year-old boy when a neighbor convinces him to expand his summer lawn mowing business.
Jessie Elliot is a Big Chicken by Elise Gravel
During the summer before high school, Jessie Elliot vows to never change her fun-filled, dorky ways–that is until her best friend starts hanging out with the cool kids.
The Encyclopedia of Me by Karen Rivers
As Tink Aaron-Martin writes an encyclopedia of her life, she also tells the story of the summer leading into her eighth-grade year.
Crazy Weekend by Gary Soto
It’s summer in East Los Angeles, and Hector and his best amigo Mando are bored. But when they spend the weekend in Fresno with Uncle Julio, a freelance photographer, things heat up.
Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
The events of that small town summer forever alter David’s view of his family, This is a tale of love and courage, of power abused, and of the terrible choice between family loyalty and justice.
Truth or Dare by Barbara Dee
A few white lies told during a simple game of truth or dare spin out of control and make life very complicated for a girl who returns home at the end of the summer to discover that her friends have become estranged and drama-prone.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
After Taylor Edwards’ family gets devastating news, they decide to spend one last summer all together at their lake house in the Pocono Mountains, they get to know each other again and bond, and Taylor remembers her past friends and crush.
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
In the Stone Circle by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
While spending the summer in an old stone house in Wales, fourteen year old Cristyn comes to terms with the death of her mother while satisfying the request of a thirteenth century princess.
Man Overboard! by Curtis Parkinson
A World War II tale based on a true historical event follows the experiences of sixteen-year-old Scott and his friend, Adam, who while performing summer job duties on a ship on the St. Lawrence River discover that a German agent is on board.
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Alice is ready to go out in a blaze of glory, but then she discovers she’s in remission from cancer and she must deal with all of the mistakes she’s made and the people she’s hurt.
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
In 1707 Sarah travels with her family to a wilderness and learns what being brave is really about.
Coachella by Greg Robison
A brief overview the musical Coachella.
Arilla Sun Down by Virginia Hamilton
Arilla sees herself as a throwback..she doesn’t resemble her black mother or her part-black, part-Indian father in appearance nor her radical Amerind brother, in spirit. But in bravely saving her brother’s life, Arilla abandons the Indian name of her childhood and earns a powerful new identity.
Edward Snowden: NSA Whistle-Blower by Melissa Higgins
This biography examines the life of Edward Snowden … Readers will learn about Snowden’s early life, education, and experiences as a government whistleblower