Peter and the Starcatchers book
#1
Peter and the Starcatchers
Written by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Greg Call
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-16

Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

The Way to Stay in Destiny book
#2
The Way to Stay in Destiny
Written and illustrated by Augusta Scattergood
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Moving in with his resentful Vietnam War veteran uncle, young Theo devotes his time to playing the piano and helping a new friend, baseball fanatic Anabel, investigate a local mystery about famous ballplayer residents. Simultaneous eBook.

Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace book
#3
Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace
Written and illustrated by Nan Marino
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

"When musical prodigy, Elvis Ruby, completely freezes up on television, he is forced to hide out in the Pinelands of New Jersey and try to find his way back to the music once again with the help of a new friend"--

Bud, Not Buddy book
#4
Bud, Not Buddy
Written and illustrated by Christopher Paul Curtis
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H. E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

A Crooked Kind of Perfect book
#5
A Crooked Kind of Perfect
Written and illustrated by Linda Urban
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-12

Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life.

Half Magic book
#6
Half Magic
Written by Edward Eager and illustrated by N. M. Bodecker, Edward Eager
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.

Elliot Stone and the Mystery of the Summer Vacation Sea Monster book
#7
Elliot Stone and the Mystery of the Summer Vacation Sea Monster
Written by L. P. Chase and illustrated by Carl DiRocco
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Having to leave his friends and miss a popular fourth-grade graduation party, Elliot is not looking forward to spending the summer in Vermont until he spots an unusual animal in Lake Bomoseen.

Abel's Island book
#8
Abel's Island
Written and illustrated by William Steig
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A wild August torrent sweeps Abel Mouse away from home, family, and familiar world to an uninhabited island where, between efforts to return home, he makes new discoveries about himself and the world. A Newbery Honor Book. Reprint.

Runaway Ralph book
#9
Runaway Ralph
Written by Beverly Cleary and illustrated by Tracy Dockray, Paul Zelinsky
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

"The rousing notes of the bugle and the laughter and shouting increased the feeling of rebellion within Ralph. As the last strains of the bugle call hovered in the clear mountain air, Ralph made up his mind. He knew now what he was going to do. He was going to run away. Fed up with his timid mother and uncle and his squirmy little cousins, Ralph hops onto his toy motorcycle and zooms down the road to summer camp. It turns out camp is not all peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fun. A strict watchdog, a mouse-hungry cat, and a troubled boy named Garf lead Ralph on some fur-raising escapades. Perhaps home isn't such a bad place to be, if only Ralph can find a way to get there again.

Summerhouse Time book
#10
Summerhouse Time
Written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The approach of summerhouse time at the beach brings back good memories of this annual tradition, of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents cleaning, laughing, eating, playing, and relaxing.

Moominsummer Madness book
#11
Moominsummer Madness
Written by Tove Jansson and illustrated by Thomas Warburton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

A flood hits Moomin Valley and triggers a series of adventures for the Moomins.

The Penderwicks book
#12
The Penderwicks
Written and illustrated by Jeanne Birdsall
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four young sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

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