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Summers to remember: teen reading

Everybody Jam

The holidays are here and we're celebrating with this list of our favourite books about unforgettable summers.

From love stories to dark comedy, these are all tales of memorable and life-changing summer adventures that any teenager will love.

  • A Gathering Light

    Author: Jennifer Donnelly

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • A Gathering Light

    Author: Jennifer Donnelly

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Mattie is entrusted by a female guest at the hotel where she works with some letters and instructed to burn them. The next day the…

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  • How I Live Now

    Author: Meg Rosoff

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • How I Live Now

    Author: Meg Rosoff

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    Fifteen-year-old New Yorker Daisy is sent to England to spend a summer with her unconventional cousins

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  • I Capture the Castle

    Author: Dodie Smith

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • I Capture the Castle

    Author: Dodie Smith

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    17-year-old Cassandra lives an eccentric existence with her bohemian family in a crumbling castle in the English countryside, in t…

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  • White Crow

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • White Crow

    Author: Marcus Sedgwick

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

    City girl Rebecca, spending the summer in a remote East Anglian seaside village, encounters Ferelith, a Goth who lives in a commun…

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  • Jackdaw Summer

    Author: David Almond

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Jackdaw Summer

    Author: David Almond

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

    Fate leads Liam to find an abandoned baby and as a result his life becomes entwined with that of Oliver, an African boy seeking as…

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  • One Silver Summer

    Author: Rachel Hickman

    Interest level: 11-15

    Reading age: 11+

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  • One Silver Summer

    Author: Rachel Hickman

    Interest level: 11-15

    Reading age: 11+

    Set in the dramatic landscape of wild Cornwall, this 21st-century take on first love stars a prince, a grief-stricken girl, beauti…

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  • Everybody Jam

    Author: Ali Lewis

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Everybody Jam

    Author: Ali Lewis

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Set during a long, hot summer, this is an unflinching look at life on a cattle station in the Australian outback as a family tries…

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  • A Beautiful Lie

    Author: Irfan Master

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • A Beautiful Lie

    Author: Irfan Master

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    Set in India during the summer of 1947, A Beautiful Lie follows the tumultuous events of the Partition of India through the eyes o…

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  • Swim the Fly

    Author: Don Calame

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

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  • Swim the Fly

    Author: Don Calame

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 13+

    Matt, Coop and Sean have been friends forever.  Each summer, they set themselves a goal, and this year tops the lot - they mu…

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  • How Hard Can Love Be?

    Author: Holly Bourne

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • How Hard Can Love Be?

    Author: Holly Bourne

    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 8+

    Working at a US summer camp, Amber meets Kyle, the all-American boy. He can't seriously be interested in her - can he? Written wit…

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  • Why We Took the Car

    Author: Wolfgang Herrndorf Translator: Tim Mohr

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Why We Took the Car

    Author: Wolfgang Herrndorf Translator: Tim Mohr

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 9+

    Mike and Tschik take off in a 'borrowed' Lada for a summer road trip.

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  • Dear Dylan

    Author: Siobhan Curham

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Dear Dylan

    Author: Siobhan Curham

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    A tender-hearted and funny teenage novel about the power of even the most unlikely friendships, with a wonderfully effervescent an…

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  • Dead End in Norvelt

    Author: Jack Gantos

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Dead End in Norvelt

    Author: Jack Gantos

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 10+

    In a small town populated by larger-than-life characters, truth meets fantasy as this hilarious, semi-autobiographical novel chart…

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  • Sag Harbor

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    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 14+

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  • Sag Harbor

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    Interest level: 13+

    Reading age: 14+

    Sag Harbor is a warm and funny piece of literary comedy that is laidback like the summer it depicts and staunchly proud of its ide…

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