With school out for summer, you and your friends will have a lot more time on your hands. But in between weeks at summer camp and family vacations, it’s important to keep your mind sharp and alert. There’s nothing like picking up a great book filled with memorable characters, fantastic adventures and faraway worlds. Whether you’re at the beach or lounging by the pool, crack open a book and watch the possibilities unfold. Get together with your friends and talk about some of the exciting new things that you’ve read. You can also create your own summer reading list and start a book club. Weekly meet ups are a great excuse to see your friends, where each of you can catch up on the hottest books for tweens.  You’ll have loads to talk about this summer with our list of the best YA books. 

1.      Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier

Just as fantastic as it sounds, Peter Nimble tells the story of a blind orphan that must discover his true destiny in this epic, supernatural tale. As a young thief living on the streets, Peter learns to survive using his nimble wits and heightened senses. After he steals a magical box with three eyes, he gets transported to a hidden island where his world is turned upside down. Along with his half-cat half-horse companion, Peter embarks on an action-packed journey that will change his life forever.


2.      The Evolution of Calpurina Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Living in rural Texas at the turn of the 20th century, Calpurina Virginia Tate is an inquisitive girl that tries to unearth the mysteries of the natural world. Learning from her eccentric grandfather, Capurina uses logic to understand why some species differ from others. All the while, she must combat living with her six brothers and learn what it means to be a girl. Delve into the life of one extraordinary girl and experience the importance of curiosity and the power of knowledge.


3.      The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

As an exciting new challenge appears in town, every kid on the block eagerly pits themselves against a series of unusual, mind-blowing tests. With only four special children able to succeed, they must accept the ultimate challenge: an undercover mission at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. Banding together, the four children must navigate this strange and magical place, taking on one challenge after another. Will they stay together as a group or will they succumb to the pressures of The Mysterious Benedict Society ?


4.      Just Add Magic by Cindy Callaghan

When three gal pals discover a curious old cookbook in the attic, they cook up a series of magical recipes. Each one puts a spell on the people around them. The Keep ‘Em Quiet Cobble silences one girl’s annoying little brother. The Hexberry Tart puts a curse on the school’s bully. But as their secret gets out, everyone wants a piece of the magic cookbook. Will the girls’ friendship survive and who’s responsible for these bewitched recipes? Just Add Magic and see for yourself.


5.      The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Ivan the Gorilla has been living in a mall his entire life. Forgetting his old life in the jungle, Ivan spends his time watching TV, painting pictures, and staring at humans from behind his glass cage. But when Ruby the Baby Elephant comes to town, everything changes for Ivan. As Ruby longs to return to the jungle, Ivan must come to terms with his past. Together, they form an unlikely friendship and decide to take their fate into their own hands.  

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