From breezy beach reads and adventures at sea, to summer jobs and road trip vacations, to books that encourage you to speak out, there are a lot of ways to “Make Waves and Read” this summer.
The Lost Island of Tamarind, by Nadia Aguir. J Aguir.
Thirteen-year-old Maya, who has spent her life at sea with her marine biologist parents, yearns for a normal life, but when a storm washes her parents overboard, life becomes anything but normal for Maya, her younger brother and baby sister, as they land at a mysterious, uncharted island filled with danger.
Exodus, by Julie Bertagna. Y Bertagna.
In the year 2100, as the island of Wing is about to be covered by water, fifteen-year-old Mara discovers the existence of New World sky cities that are safe from the storms and rising waters, and convinces her people to travel to one of these cities in order to save themselves.
Swim the Fly, by Dan Calame. Y Calame.
“Fifteen-year-old Matt Gratton and his two best friends, Coop and Sean, always set themselves a summertime goal. This year’s? To see a real-live naked girl for the first time–quite a challenge, given that none of the guys has the nerve to even ask a girl out on a date. But catching a girl in the buff starts to look easy compared to Matt’s other summertime aspiration: to swim the 100-yard butterfly (the hardest stroke known to God or man) as a way to impress Kelly West, the sizzling new star of the swim team” – Publisher
Gingerbread, by Rachel Cohn. Y Cohn.
After being expelled from a fancy boarding school, Cyd Charisse’s problems with her mother escalate after Cyd falls in love with a sensitive surfer and is subsequently sent from San Francisco to New York City to spend time with her biological father.
Shrimp, by Rachel Cohn. Y Cohn.
Back in San Francisco for her senior year in high school, seventeen-year-old Cyd attempts to reconcile with her boyfriend, Shrimp, making some girlfriends and beginning to feel more a part of her family in the process.
Dull Boy, by Sarah Cross.
Avery, a teenaged boy with frightening super powers that he is trying to hide, discovers other teenagers who also have strange powers and who are being sought by the icy and seductive Cherchette, but they do not know what she wants with them.
The Deep, by Helen Dunmore. J Dunmore.
When the ferocious shape-shifting Kraken awakes after thousands of years and threatens the Mer, Sapphire agrees to help them by going with her brother Conor and their friend Faro into the Deep to lull the monster back to sleep.
The Homeschool Liberation League, by Lucy Frank. J Frank.
Thirteen-year-old Katya convinces her parents to try homeschooling her for a month, but while she is finally excited about learning–and about Milo, the violin prodigy who lives nearby–not everything works out as she had hoped.
My Almost Epic Summer, by Adele Griffin. Y Griffin.
Stuck babysitting during the summer while her friends take glamorous vacations, fourteen-year-old Irene learns some lessons about life after meeting a beautiful, yet troubled, girl.
The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han. Y Han.
Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.
Project Sweet Life, by Brent Hartinger. Y Hartinger.
When their fathers insist that they get summer jobs, three fifteen-year-old friends in Tacoma, Washington, dedicate their summer vacation to fooling their parents into thinking that they are working, which proves to be even harder than having real jobs would have been.
The Great Wide Sea, by M. Herlong. Y Herlong.
Still mourning the death of their mother, three brothers go with their father on an extended sailing trip off the Florida Keys and have a harrowing adventure at sea.
Angel in Vegas: the Chronicles of Noah Stark, by Norma Howe. Y Howe.
A demoted guardian angel whose previous “assignment” was Princess Diana now finds himself enjoying the oddball diversions of Las Vegas in the body of a teenage boy, with a teenage girl as his newest charge.
Bad Kitty, by Michelle Jaffe. Y Jaffe.
While vacationing with her family in Las Vegas, seventeen-year-old Jasmine stumbles upon a murder mystery that she attempts to solve with the help of her friends, recently arrived from California.
Things You Either Hate or Love, by Bridig Lowry. Y Lowry.
A cynical, overweight, and lonely Australian teenager spends her summer vacation making lists, eating comfort foods, and trying to earn enough money to attend a big rock concert.
Mermaid Park, by Beth Mayall. Y Mayall.
Sixteen-year-old Amy escapes family difficulties by immersing herself in her job at a mermaid-themed water show.
Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits, by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson. Y McKinley.
A selection of supernatural water-themed short stories by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson.
Bloody Jack series, by L.A. Meyer. Y Meyer.
Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.
Surf Mules, by G. Neri. Y Neri.
When a tragic accident and sudden financial woes cause recent high school graduate Logan to question plans for his future, he agrees to make a road trip with his best friend and surfing buddy, Z-boy, transporting marijuana from southern California to Orlando, Florida.
Twenty Boy Summer, by Sarah Ockler. Y Ockler.
While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.
Chicks Ahoy, by Lynda Sandoval. Y Sandoval.
For Camille Tafoya and Jane Godall “Jiggy” yearling, they were supposed to be spending the summer doing whatever they wanted. But due to circumstances beyond either girl’s control (okay, maybe Camille could have studied a tad for the SATs), their parents have decided what to they need is parental supervision — lots of it. So, instead they’re being shipped out to sea on the cruise ship Camille’s father captains. But this isn’t a party cruise: they are being forced to work on a boat full of old farts. If they screw up, you can bet the captain is going to hear about it.
Chameleon, by Charles Smith, Jr. Y Smith.
The summer before starting high school in inner-city Los Angeles, fourteen-year-old Shawn grapples with his first experience of love, the complicated bonds of friends and family, and the reality of street gang violence.
Tentacles, by Roland Smith. J Smith.
After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, Marty and Grace go to live with their scientist uncle and accompany him on, what soon becomes, an increasingly dangerous expedition to New Zealand to track a giant squid.
Snap, by Carol Snow. Y Snow.
When fifteen-year-old Madison’s parents, who are having problems, bring her to a seedy beachside town, she relies on some quirky new friends for help figuring out how her camera is taking pictures of people who are not there, and who later suffer tragedies.
Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork. Y Stork.
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.
Hurricane Song, by Paul Volponi. Y Volponi.
Twelve-year-old Miles Shaw goes to live with his father, a jazz musician, in New Orleans, and together they survive the horrors of Hurricane Katrina in the Superdome, learning about each other and growing closer through their painful experiences.