The Ultimate Summer Reading List for 9- to 12-Year-Olds — 2017 Edition

by Melissa Taylor

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Looking for some great new summer reads for your 9- to 12-year-old? They’ll be hooked on a good book in no time with this outstanding list of titles that offers a little something for every kind of tween reader. Another epic summer vacation starts now!

  • If They Love Traveling to New Worlds…

  • Edgeland

    by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

    Wren dreams of escaping her home island of Edgeland, which is the last stop before the dead get sent into an enormous whirlpool called the Drain. To get money for travel, she and her friend Alec set out to steal treasure from one of the dead’s boats. But while onboard, they’re accidentally sucked into the Drain where they learn the surprising truth about what the Drain really is.
    (On Sale: 5/9/17)

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

    by Kelly Barnhill

    Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal, Luna is one of the town’s babies sacrificed to the witch in a tradition that the witch doesn’t understand. The witch, Xan, adopts Luna instead of rescuing her and giving her to a foster family. When Luna’s own moon magic starts to emerge, a justice-seeking woodcarver hunts the wrong witch, Luna’s mostly insane mother escapes from her prison, and the truth of who is behind the town’s sorrowful sacrificial tradition emerges.

  • 5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior

    by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel, illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun

    If you’re a fan of graphic novels and epic fantasy adventures, you’ll love this beautiful new series. The Five Worlds are in serious trouble and it’s up to three unlikely heroes to prevent the worlds’ extinction and ruin. Together, they must figure out how to light the ancient beacons that will save all the worlds.
    (On Sale: 5/2/17)

What titles have kept your tween reading over the summer? Share in the comments below!