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What to Read This Summer? Best Middle Grade Books

Summer Reading

As summer is approaching, you may be looking for the best middle grade books to read. Adventure is the key word for summer reading. What does the word adventure mean? Adventure, a noun, means: an exciting or very unusual experience; participating in exciting undertakings or enterprises; a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome; peril; danger; risk. Why not spend the summer going on amazing adventures by reading books that contain all of the above? You can meet courageous characters and solve mysteries while traveling in the United States, our world, the planets, or even the universe. Those summer reads can be old classics like Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson or A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory written by Roald Dahl and Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner are two more classic adventures. Books invite the reader to travel to exciting places, with fun characters looking for adventure, just by turning the pages.

One of my all time favorites is Because of Wynn Dixie by Kate D’Camillo. It’s not only a popular book but became a movie. The story is about a girl in a small town who adopts a dog and the adventures they have that lead to a satisfying ending. Reading about famous people like President George Washington or President Abraham Lincoln, and their real life adventures, can be exciting. Fantasy books like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and the rest of this series by C.S. Lewis, take the reader to a world of grave danger and forever friendships.

A classic mystery, Trixie Belden and the Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell Tatham, follows girl detective, Trixie Belden, and her friends as they venture into risky circumstances to solve mysteries. Other mystery-solving characters are found in the Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene or The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon. Though some old classics are hard to find, it’s worth the effort and adventure to search for and discover them. Interested in other middle school books? I wrote my very own book series called The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann because I have loved reading adventure books since my childhood. Book two in my series, Sinister Summer: Cars, Cruisers, and Close Calls, is a great summer read. The story takes place in 1955 Southern California. Follow the exciting enterprises of eleven-year-old characters, Pete and Carol Ann, as they solve a mystery during their bold and risky summer adventures. Readers can check out the other Pete and Carol Ann adventure books in my series here. Whatever you decide to read this summer, enjoy the adventure!

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