Friday, June 29, 2012

Storyteller's Journey

Sizzling Summer Reading List!

I can fondly recall the end of each elementary school year when the dutiful teachers issued summer reading lists - I loved it! Since I read and review so many amazing middle grade books for my blog, I decided to post my own sizzling summer reading list. The ten wonderful books listed below all contain stories that occur in the summer, and are all novels I would highly recommend. Whether you'd like a "light read" with a glass of lemonade (or chardonnay) or would simply like to enjoy a bit of exceptional writing, these ten tales will fit the bill!
Simply click on a title for a review of the book that interests you.

  *1 - Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos 
  *2 - The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly
  *3 - The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron
  *4 - Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo
  *5 - Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
  *6 - Olive's Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
  *7 - Turtle in Paradise, by Jennifer L. Holm 
  *8 - The Wanderer, by Sharon Creech
  *9 - Moon Over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool
*10 - Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms, by Lissa Evans

Happy reading, and have a great summer!


  1. My teachers NEVER gave summer reading lists! It was completely unfair. It's a few years late but I'm glad to have your list! Thanks.

    1. You're welcome, Sara. Each of the books I mentioned remind me of a good Disney family movie - great for all ages!

  2. I love reading lists! I read 3, 4, and 5. A few of the others are on my to-read list.

    2 middle grades I just read and loved: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu and Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai.

    1. Thanks, Theresa. I have read Thanhha Lai's Inside Out and Back Again - loved it! However, I have not read Breadcrumbs - it is definitely on my list to read soon.

  3. You plan a list? Whoa. I just make things up as I go along.

    1. Actually, I have read the books I mentioned on this list, Martin. I found it fun to make a list up for ol' times sake! And for those readers who enjoy MG occasionally. Thanks for the follow on my blog. Take care ~