Ten Favorite Summertime Middle Grade Reads

Yes, the time has come to say goodbye to spring, at least on the calendar. This Saturday the sun will be at its farthest point north of the equatorphoto (Exactly 6:51 A.M. EDT if you want to celebrate). It’s also a good time to take note of books you or your middle grade child want to explore. Nothing heavy for the summer. Just some light, humorous stories to read during this active season. All of them are linked to Amazon if you want to take a peek at the first few pages. Enjoy! I’m off to the pool.


BILLIONAIRE BOY by David Walliams


FAKE MUSTACHE by Tom Angleberger

FINALLY by Wendy Mass

JACK STRONG TAKES A STAND by Tommy Greenwald (My Review)

MISSION UNSTOPPABLE (The Genius Files #1) by Dan Gutman

THE FOURTH STALL by Chris Rylander

THE GREAT WALL OF LUCY WU by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

THE PET WAR by Allan Woodrow (My Review)

Coming Monday: A review of THE GREAT GREENE HEIST.

About Greg Pattridge

Climbing another mountain...writing middle grade novels.
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162 Responses to Ten Favorite Summertime Middle Grade Reads

  1. jlennidorner says:

    Good list. πŸ™‚
    I’m looking for one with animals (especially big birds, like hawks and eagles) to give to my nephew. Any suggestions?

  2. jlennidorner says:

    Oh, and ps, happy Blitz day!

  3. Carrie-Anne says:

    I loved summer reading when I was in elementary school and junior high. During the summer of 1989, before fourth grade, I even won first place in a contest hosted by one of the local libraries, for reading the most books by a landslide. I miss that old building the library was in at the time. Their new location and modern building just aren’t the same.

    Happy Blitz Day!

  4. Summer is a great time to read! Of course, I’m one of those people who always has their nose in a book anyway.

    Happy Blitz Day!

  5. Reading was a very major part of my development in the 50s and 60s, is still important to me, and I hope always will be.
    Happy Blitz Day.

  6. Hi, thanks for the reminder, forgot it was the summer solstice πŸ™‚
    Happy Blitz Day!
    Suzanne @Suzannes Tribe

  7. Shah Wharton says:

    My dad always had several books open spread all over his room. He rarely slept and got bored quickly. He read quicker than anyone I know. My mum never reads more than the newspaper, though. And I was raised by my mum. The only books she bought for us were those Annuals (Miss Piggy, Teen Mags, etc) so I used to go to the school library and got called a Keeno! Ah, those were not the days. But reading is hugely important and I think parents should be made to see it for their childrens sake. Reading to them at bedtime until they can read to you is a great way. I know wish that had been my precursor to sleep.


    Happy Blitz Day!

    • I started out as a reluctant reader in a family of readers. Everyone always had a book to their face and I just wanted to be outside. I finally found a good balance and a love of books of all kinds. Thanks for being a part of this Blitz Day.

  8. Loved seeing your list though I haven’t read any of them. I tend to read more MG fantasy. Happy Blitz Day!

    • Most of these came about in trying to find motivating reads for some of the reluctant readers I get to work with. I found myself enjoying them, too. I’ve been delving more and more into MG fantasy this year. Thanks for stopping by on this unexpected blitz day.

  9. sdneeve1 says:

    Takes me back to warm sunny days laying in the garden reading some great books (not the ones listed of course, I’m too old).
    Happy Blitz Day!

  10. Thanks for the recommendations and happy blitz day! πŸ™‚

  11. Interesting Selection. Happy Blitz Day!

  12. dlhammons says:

    Unfortunately, I’m unfamiliar with each. But I trust your recommendations. πŸ™‚

    BTW…you’ve been BLITZED! Enjoy the day. πŸ™‚

  13. Zan Marie says:

    I loved the “reading club” at the local library when I was middle school age. We didn’t call it that, but reading rocks! Happy Blitz Day, Greg!

  14. Tim Knight says:

    Happy Blitz Day! May I be so bold as to suggest you check out the YA work of excellent British author, Philip Reeve? Particularly his Mortal Cities cycle (I believe they’re called The Hungry City series in the States) or his more recent, but for slightly younger ages, Goblins books.

  15. No kids, so those are all new to me.
    Happy Blitz day!

  16. joanne2813 says:

    Happy blitz day. Anything to keep kids reading – I bet these are all winners

  17. These are great. I’m only familiar with Charlie Joe Jackson and Alvin Ho. I’d like to read the rest. Happy Blitz Day.

  18. spunkonastick says:

    Kids should be reading rather than playing computer games anyway.

    Happy Blitz Day.

  19. barbtaub says:

    What a terrific list. I wish I’d known about you when my kids were MG! Happy Blitz Day.

  20. Jacquie says:

    I love reading but my soon to be fifth grader struggles and doesn’t want to read much. Maybe something fun will be the ticket!

    Happy blitz day!

    • You might try him on MIDDLE SCHOOL- HOW I SURVIVED BULLIES, BROCCOLI, & SNAKE HILL. I’ve got a reluctant reader loving that one this summer. Thanks for visiting today.

  21. That’s quite a list! I like to think today’s kids love reading as much as I did, and still do. Some of my grandchildren do, but others consider it sheer torture. (sigh)

    Anyhow, happy blitz day! Enjoy.

  22. You just reminded me that I really want to read The Fourth Stall. Thanks! Happy Blitz Day!

  23. Ahh.. Like quite a few of the other posters, I used to read everything I could get my hands on in the summer! And that was before the internet and wonderful folks like you posting lists of what to read! These look like fun πŸ™‚
    Happy Blitz Day!
    AJ Lauer @ Naturally Sweet

  24. That looks like an interesting list. I’ve been enjoying a break by virtue of a relocation and have loads of books lined up to read. I might add a few from your list too! One can never have too many books! πŸ˜‰

  25. Hi, looks like a great list of books to read. Thanks for sharing and happy Blitz Day.

  26. dawnall says:

    That list looks great! Have a great Blitz Day!

  27. Will have to check out Pet War and Billionaire Boy. Love summer reading, making the list, the pile…and read, read, reading! Hope the trip to the pool was great. Kids at our school have been heading there all this week.

  28. Thank you for the recommends, have a grand day!

    Jeremy [Retro]

    There’s no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!

  29. Those all sound like fun books for summer. Thanks for the suggestions.
    Happy Blitz Day!
    Elizabeth Hein – Scribbling in the Storage Room

  30. Arlee Bird says:

    I’m gathering up books to take with me on my upcoming vacation. Gotta get back into reading.

    Happy Blitz Day!

    Tossing It Out

  31. Awesome, middle grade books! Subscribing to your blog. Happy Blitz Day.
    Marlene at On Writing and Riding

  32. 2unpublishedgirls says:

    I haven’t read a MG book in a while. Thanks for the list. The Fourth Stall looks good.

    Happy Blitz Day!


  33. jdewdropsofink says:

    Looks like a good list. Happy Blitz Day.

  34. I don’t celebrate ANYTHING at 6:51 am, hehe. Oh how I miss have middle grade readers around the house. I’m reading a middle grade book myself that I’m enjoying a bunch, and it’s a great light, fun summer read — Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler if you want to check it out. (It releases next week but I won an advanced copy.)

    Happy Bitz Day!

    • Yes, I will check that one out. I just finished a new release – Chasing the Milky Way – not too light, but a great read. Thanks for visiting on this busy Blitz Day. It’s been fun so far.

  35. Kimber Leigh Wheaton says:

    I love the title: Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading. I know quite a few middle school boys who might pick that one up out of curiosity. Of course, they’d probably put it right back down when they realized they’d have to read it! Happy blitz day!

  36. Great list and enjoy the pool! I’m jealous. Happy Blitz Day!

  37. Hope you enjoyed the pool! And thanks for the list, it looks like a great one πŸ˜€

    Happy Blitz Day!

  38. Happy Blitz Day! Great summer reading list!

  39. Scynge says:

    I’ll have to take a look at this list this weekend.

    Happy Blitz Day!

  40. Happy Blitz Day. MG is a varied and beautiful genre. Never read any books on your list but one of my faves is the first Harry Potter book in the series.

  41. Middle grade is such a fun genre! *sighs* I write romance…fun in another way. Happy Blitz day!!

  42. good choices! I hear a lot about Charlie Joe Jackson! Happy Blitz πŸ™‚

  43. mplanglinais says:

    “August, Die She Must” by Barbara Corcoran. Absolutely haunting. Happy Blitz!

  44. Shen.Hart says:

    Summer’s a great time to lose yourself in a range of books and this looks like a great list for MG readers. Happy Blitz day πŸ™‚

  45. Jen Naumann says:

    I didn’t even read middle school books when I was in middle school (I skipped ahead to Stephen King) so I can’t attest to the list, but happy blitz day!

  46. lauraclipson says:

    I’m always reading something or other.
    Happy Blog Blitz πŸ™‚

  47. Thanks for fattening up my summer TBR list! Happy Blog Blitz!

  48. Jeff Chapman says:

    Trying to decide if I want to be awake at 6:51 on Sunday. Hmm. Happy Blog Blitz!

  49. COOL! I have one of those kid things. I will have to come here more often!

    Do you know about Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler? Comes out June 24th. http://taratylertalks.blogspot.com/

    You’ve been blitzed!
    Have a great day!


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