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Summer Reading List for Tweens and Teens, 11-up

Patch has teamed up with James Patterson’s READKIDDOREAD program to bring you reading lists for every age. Here, James Patterson’s summer reading picks for tweens and teens, ages 11-up.


Looking for another escape? This list of books has something for everyone – fantasy, adventure, and of course, love. What more is there? Read one, or read ‘em all – post your thoughts in the comments. Or, if we missed your favorite book, tell us in the comments!

Great Advanced Reads for Tweens and Teens

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
A thrilling reading experience which combines fantasy with haunting vintage photography. Find out what happens when 16-year old Jacob discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus series) by Rick Riordan
After rebuilding Camp Half-Blood, Kronos, Percy and their friends inherit a quest for which they need help from a few demigods.

Matched by Ally Condie
What happens when Cassia has to choose between her ideal mate, Xander and Ky, the boy she’s actually interested in? Will she live within the system or challenge its rules?

Witch & Wizard (Witch & Wizard series) by James Patterson
Siblings Wisty and Whit need to defend themselves against accusations of witchcraft, fight against a regime that wants to suppress life, liberty, books and music…..all while navigating the perils of being a normal teenager.

Holes by Louis Sachar
When Stanley Yelnats is given a choice between prison and Camp Green Lake, he readily chooses the easy option. But Camp Green Lake is not what it seems…

Masterpiece by Elise Broach, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy
New York City kid James and his beetle friend, Marvin get caught up in a staged art heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that could help recover a famous drawing by Albrecht Dürer.

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Anya believes that she needs a friend in her life. And she finds one in the bottom of a well. But what do you do when your new BFF is actually a ghost?

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
11-year old Delphine has it all together. But one crazy summer in 1968 with her mother threatens to change everything.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Miranda receives four letters that will change her life forever.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A beloved classic that tells the story of one of the most heroic protagonists in American fiction – Atticus Finch.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Sixteen-year old Miles leaves his uneventful life behind in pursuit of the “Great Perhaps”.

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
Read the story of the team that contributed to the success of the first ever lunar mission.


How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
The deaths of 19 famous people, told in gory and sardonic detail.

Extra Credit

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusack
The story of Liesel Meminger, who discovers books and her passion for reading against the backdrop of World War II.

SEABISCUIT by Laura Hillenbrand
The extraordinary novel based on the equally extraordinary true story of the horse that won against all the odds.

UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand
A World War II airman uses ingenuity, determination, humor and resilience to survive in the open ocean after a doomed flight.

The ReadKiddoRead program features bestselling author James Patterson’s picks for the summer. Find reviews of these books and more in the Advanced Reads section of ReadKiddoRead.com.

Tell us what you think! What are you reading this summer? What did you think of this list? Are there other books that should make it to the list? Share your reading experiences with us and post a comment below!

Amelie Krikorian June 22, 2012 at 05:07 PM
There are classics that are dreadful, it's true. But books like "Pride and Prejudice" are a lot of fun to read and give girls a better idea of their freedom compared to girls' freedom 150 years ago than what a history textbook can convey. Telling a class about getting the right to vote is ho-hum; who cares about women who lived 100 years ago who are not "real" to you? But you read "Pride and Prejudice" and you realize how radically different a girl's life is today, you care about the characters, and I think that's a valuable lesson. Dickens also wrote some awesome books. I would never read "War and Peace" or "The Red and The Black" ever again, but I can think of a lot of others that really give the feeling of a period in a way a textbook can't. If you only let kids read what they like, they may never venture beyond comic books. Just because the cover doesn't have a cool illustration or the language is slightly more formal that what we use today does not necessarily make a classic something today's teen can't relate to. Forgetting our classic literature is as bad as pretending some parts of history did not happen. One caveat -- "Romeo and Juliet" is still being taught in ninth grade, because someone decided that because the story is about teenagers it would get their attention. Providing an example of teenagers killing themselves over lust is not such a great idea, when we already have kids cutting themselves and suffering from anorexia!
Amelie Krikorian June 22, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I liked "The Hobbit" and two of my kids have read it and loved it (the youngest is only 9 so eventually he will too). And yeah, it's a classic and written in a much more formal language than modern books, yet it is something kids can still enjoy.
Amelie Krikorian June 22, 2012 at 05:11 PM
I don't think either of those are being read anymore -- I will have to ask my teenager. "1984" is worth reading in part because people still make reference to it every time the government does something like those 9/11 laws... "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
Sandra June 23, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I appreciate your comments, but I personally didn't feel that I got anything out of any of the classics that I read. Part of the problem is that it's hard to relate to some issues when you haven't lived long enough to have experienced anything like them yourself. Had I read some of those books as an adult, maybe I would have understood more about why the characters reacted or felt as they did (OTOH, I don't think I could bring myself to bother reading them even now). I also find that teachers are always putting the emphasis on symbolism. Well, I had the chance to meet 2 well-known authors, and when I asked them if they had deliberately included symbolism in their stories, they said no, they had just written a story and others had interpreted certain things as symbolic. Don't get me wrong, I am an avid reader (of all genres) and I had no problems with English classes, except that I found them all completely and utterly boring. You enjoyed Dickens, but I read Dickens and did not like his books at all, so perhaps some of this is just a matter of individual taste. My hope is that someday current titles such as Harry Potter will be considered classics. Now that that's the kind of literature that I would have found worth studying!
Leslie Perales Loges June 28, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Love the discussion in these comments. My dad, stepmom and I are all avid readers and growing up we'd often all sit in the living room with the TV on and none of us actually watching it because our noses were buried in books. I always did well in my English, reading and writing classes growing up but had an English teacher I hated in 10th grade who turned me off to regular English classes. I ended up taking journalism classes my last two years in high school to get the required credits, and as a result, read almost none of the classics. I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time last year and loved it, but it took me until about 2/3 the way through the book before I finally found myself hooked. Up until that point most of the characters just annoyed me and I had to keep pushing myself to read it, but then I fell in love with it. I eventually realized that being annoyed by a few of the characters is part of the point of it all. I'm trying to get through more of the classics these days. I usually read anywhere from 50-70 books a year and thought perhaps I should throw a couple on my list among the fluff. I haven't read Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gadsby, 1984, Animal Farm, Mansfield Park, Great Expectations, The Scarlet Letter... I have a lot of them now though on my Kindle. :) Slowly working through them.

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