Book List: New Books For Kids And Teens To Read This Summer


Richmond Public Library staff compile list of books to encourage young people to keep reading during the summer

Primary school:

Rumaysa – Radiya Hafiza

Rumaysa is locked in a tall tower turning straw into gold for the wicked witch. But after dropping a hijab out of her window, Rumaysa realizes that maybe she could escape. Join Rumaysa on a fun and challenging fairytale adventure! For years 1 to 3.

Dragon Kingdom of Wrenly (series) – Jordan Quinn

Dragons Cinder, Ruskin and Groth find their own adventures in this graphic novel derived from the popular Kingdom of Wrenly series. Young fantasy enthusiasts will love it! For classes 1 to 4.

Franklin Endicott and the Third Key – Kate Dicamillo

Franklin Endicott is a worrier. He worries about lions, submarines, black holes, leprosy and armadillos. When Franklin encounters a mystery, he begins to feel a growing fear. Can he overcome it? Fun and wacky, this is the sixth volume in the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series.

For grades 2 to 5

My Own World – Mike Holmes

Nathan escapes his anguish when he finds an abandoned lighthouse and a portal to another world. There, his imagination takes him on wonderful adventures. Created by the artist behind Secret Coders and Wings of Fire, this graphic novel will appeal to fantasy lovers!

For years 3 to 6

Dog Squad – Chris Grabenstein

Fred is a fairly average dog. He is disheveled. He is adorable. But he’s not brave like his Dog Squad heroes. When Fred encounters real danger, will he find the courage to step in and save the day? This hilarious adventure is the first in the series.

For the 4th to the 6th year

Amari and the Night Brothers – BB Alston

Amari, 13, a poor black girl from the Projects, receives an invitation from her missing brother to join the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs and join the fight against an evil magician.

For years 4 to 7

Music For Tigers – Michelle Kadarusman

Louisa loves to play the violin, but instead of training, she spends the summer at a camp in the Tasmanian rainforest. When she learns that a nearby mining operation threatens an endangered tiger population, she thinks her music can help.

For years 4 to 7

High school:

Now that I have found you - Forest, Kristina
Now That I’ve Found You- Kristina Forest
Rising star Evie, following in her famous grandmother’s footsteps in Hollywood, is on the road to success. When a friend’s betrayal causes her star to fall out of the sky, Evie must do whatever it takes to save her career.

For grade 8 and up

We were beautiful - Hepler, Heather

We were beautiful – Heather Hepler
Mia, 15, shaken by the loss of her sister Rachel, is sent to New York for the summer to live with a grandmother she has never met. As the summer progresses, Mia begins to piece together her past, including the night Rachel died.

For grade 8 and up

This is how we fly - Meriano, Anna
This is how we fly – Anna Meriano
Ellen never thought she would join a Quidditch team, but grounded all summer, the game ends up being the outlet that Ellen never knew she needed.

For grade 8 and up

Cemetery Boys - Thomas, Aiden

Cemetery Boys – Aiden Thomas
In his quest to prove his true gender to his family, Yadriel summons a ghost who refuses to leave. Yadriel agrees to help this ghost complete his unfinished business, but as they get closer, Yadriel finds out that he wants the ghost to stay.

For grade 8 and up

The Beast Player - Uehashi, Nahoko

The Beast Player – Nahoko Uehashi
Elin’s mother, guardian of the dreaded water snakes, has been sentenced to death and Elin fled to safety. Hidden, she learns that she can communicate with the many magical creatures that guard the queen. But at what cost does this skill come?

For grade 8 and up

Christine McCrea and Ginny Dunnill are librarians at the Richmond Public Library. For more summer reading (and information on the Summer Reading Club) visit the Richmond Public Library website.


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