Summer is almost over. Boredom is setting in as kids are tired of the constant running around for activities in June and July. School is still a few weeks off and they are not ambitious enough to start any new projects.

It is the perfect time to settle into a great summer read. Take time to relax before schools starts and enjoy these fantastic books:

Camp Shady Crook by Lee Gjertsen Malone is a great summer read

Camp Shady Crook by Lee Gjertsen Malone

Last year at Camp, Archie devised a clever con that tricked many campers from their spending money. He finally feels like somebody. But this year there is a new girl Vivian that gives him fierce competition, turning the summer at camp into Ocean’s Eleven.

Vivian is used to a summer of exotic travel with her parents, but a sour incident lands her in a camp in the middle of nowhere. She is mischievous and bored, a terrible combination.

Excitement builds Archie and Vivian find themselves in a ring of campers trying to out-con each other, forcing them to realize that Camp Shady Brook should really be called Camp Shady Crook. Can the two con-kids put aside their differences and discover the true meaning of friendship?

Age Range:
8 – 12

Grade Level:
3 – 7

Paperback:
304 pages

Formats:
Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook

Maggie & Abby’s Neverending Pillow Fort by Will Taylor is a great summer read

Maggie & Abby's Neverending Pillow Fort by Will Taylor

It is summer and Maggie has built a spectacular pillow fort. When her best friend Abby decides to build her own fort, Maggie discovers that a pillow in the back of hers mysteriously leads right into her Abby’s fort.

Soon they work together adding new links, building additions and more forts, until Maggie peaks behind one pillow too many and is suddenly face-to-face with the authorities.

Amazingly, their little fort of pillows is not the first one made. They managed to connect to a sprawling network of pillow and sofa forts around the world. And the kids that run it are not happy with them.

With only three days to meet the outrageous requirements to connect to the fantastic fort, Abby and Maggie must tirelessly work together to save their fort. It is just the tail end of summer and they are both determined to finished and win their pillow fort back, along with their freedom.

Age Range:
8 – 12

Grade Level:
3 – 7

Paperback:
304 pages

Formats:
Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Camp Murderface by Saundra Mitchell & Josh Berk is a great summer read

Camp Murderface by Saundra Mitchell & Josh Berk

It is 1983. Camp Sweetwater is finally reopening after it mysteriously shut down thirty years ago. Campers Tez Jones and Corryn Quinn had fed up with the stress of their regular lives and ready to dive head first into a summer of fun at camp.

No sooner than they toast their first marshmallow and strange things start happening. Will they be able to survive the summer at camp? Or will the newly opened Camp Sweetwater finally shut down for good with them still inside?

Young readers will delight in this spooky read in the tradition of Christopher Pike and R.L.Stine.

Age Range:

8 – 12

Grade Level:
3 – 7

Paperback:
352 pages

Formats:
Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Wish by Barbara O’Connor is a great summer read

Wish by Barbara O'Connor

Eleven year old Charlie has secretly been making the same wish every day since she can remember. But when she is sent to live with family she barely knows in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, she never imagines that it could come true.

That is when she meets Wishbone, a scrawny, stray dog who captures her heart. With the friendship of the dog and a neighbor boy, she is in danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all.

This award-winning book will touch the heart of young readers as Charlie unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family.

Age Range:
9 – 12

Grade Level:
4 – 6

Paperback:
256 pages

Formats:
Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook

Permy and the Cyclops Baker by Benjamin Ellefson

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