Summer reads for 8-12s
Here are our suggestions for summer reads – and there's something for every child, aged 8-12 years old. New books; old books; books about summer; books to get lost in; and books that come in series, so they won't have to stop reading this summer!
Author: Juan Villoro Translator: Lawrence Schimel
Publisher: Restless Books
When Juan goes to spend the summer with his strange uncle Tito, the last thing he expects is to be sent on a quest in his labyrinthine library. This quirky, magical adventure is a must for book-lovers everywhere.
Author: Catherine Doyle
Fionn and his sister Tara are spending their summer on the remote island of Arranmore, off the coast of Ireland, staying with their grandfather. Readers will be swept away by the setting, atmosphere and magic of Arranmore as Fionn discovers its history and secrets.
Author: Jeff Kinney
Greg's idea of a perfect summer holiday is to sit indoors and play computer games but for some reason his Mum thinks fresh air and 'family togetherness' are a much better plan.
Author: Meg Rosoff Illustrator: Grace Easton
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
The Peachey family have a rescue dog called McTavish – but McTavish is pretty sure he's there to rescue THEM. So when the family go camping, McTavish decides to bring the family closer together. Gentle, funny and affectionate, with well-drawn characters.
Author: Robin Stevens
A detective duo pounce into action en route to their holiday when a woman is murdered on a train.
Author: Lauren St John
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
The second Laura Marling mystery has all the elements of an old fashioned adventure story, action packed with friends rallying to fight an evil enemy
Author: Steve Webb Illustrator: Chris Mould
Publisher: Andersen Press
Both ludicrous and funny, join Freddie on the greediest, goldest and fishiest escapade of the summer. And remember, where there's fish, there's always chips!
Author: Victoria Jamieson
It’s really exciting to be starting at Roller Derby summer camp, but less so when Astrid finds herself doing it alone. A fantastic full-colour graphic novel about friendship and awesome, strong girls, this a genuine joy to read.
Author: Elen Caldecott
Shy Eva lives a quiet life with her protective Dad - until the noisy McIntyre family move in next door.
Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Publisher: Chicken House
Amihan lives happily on the island of Culion in the Phillipines with her mother, her Nanay, who has leprosy, and in a wider community where some people are "touched" with the disease, and some are not.
Author: Arthur Ransome
Publisher: Red Fox
It's the summer holidays, and the Walker children are excited to set sail on their boat Swallow and camp on Wild Cat Island.
Author: Simon Cherry Illustrator: Francis Blake
Fast-paced and very funny, this inventive re-working of a pirate's tale buzzes with sharp one-liners, inventive language and oddball details. Highly entertaining and swashbuckling!
Author: Shaun Tan
Publisher: Lothian Children's Books
An excellent book illustrating 'what I learned last summer' that would be an inspiring addition to any bookshelf.
Author: Alexander McCall Smith Illustrator: Kate Hindley
Freddie can't believe his luck when he's offered a holiday job at the circus, but is alarmed when he's asked to take on the challenge of lion taming. This entertaining tall tale is ideal for confident independent readers.
Author: Susie Day
Publisher: Red Fox
Susie Day returns with another hugely fun installment of the delightful Pea's Book series.
Whether or not they've read about Pea's previous adventures, young readers will enjoy the gentle humour of this entertaining contemporary spin on the classic family story.
Author: Julia Green
Publisher: Oxford University Press
For Noah and his friends, the empty lot in front of their houses is incredibly special - and they will fight to keep it. An enjoyable tale of friendship, bravery and hope.