Here are some great ideas for summer reading for the middle grades.
First is the classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. This is the author who invented futuristic writing. As the story begins, a mysterious sea monster is sighted by several ships. The United States government gets together an expedition to capture and destroy this creature. The crew sets sail from Brooklyn and encounters many frightening and interesting adventures. This book was written before the existance of submarines, but Verne invented them for the story. It is a fun read!
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo is a great book about Opal who finds a dog in a Winn Dixie supermarket and she names the dog for the supermarket. Her mother has died and she lives with her preacher dad in a new town. She is a lonely girl and Winn-Dixie (the dog), is better at making friends than she is. This is a good read for the entire family.
Middle School, the Worst Years of my Life by James Patterson is a funny book. James Patterson is a well known author of adult fiction, but his young adult fiction might be my favorite. It's Rafe Khatchadorian's first day at Hills Village Middle School, and it's surely going to be the worst year ever He and his friend make up a game with point values for breaking each of the rules in the code of conduct for the school. This book is both hilarious and heartwarming.
The last one for this post is A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins. This book holds a special place in my heart. It is the story of a college student who is a bit disheartened about college, life and becoming an adult. He decides he will take time off from college and walk across America. This book takes the reader on the walk along with him where he meets folks from many places and walks of life. He spends time getting to know the land and the people. Peter Jenkins wrote a few other "WALK" books and they are all great. So, if you fall in love with this book like I did, there are more to read.