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Fun Summer Reads for 9-13 Year Olds, by Ava (12)

Here are some fun summer stories I have enjoyed reading, 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass, Unplugged by Gordon Korman, Flush by Carl Hiaasen, Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael D. Beil and The Candymakers by Wendy Mass. Happy reading!!

11 Birthdays is the first book in the Willow Falls series. The main character is a girl named Amanda. Amanda shares the same birthday with her best friend, Leo. Every year since they were born they’ve celebrated their birthday together. But this year’s different, they are each having separate parties and Amanda hasn’t spoken to Leo for a year. But then something absolutely crazy happens: Amanda’s birthday starts repeating itself. What’s happening? And can she find a way to fix it?

This is a great book if you are looking for some laughs, an awesome friendship and a little magic.

Unplugged is a book about a spoiled son of a billionaire, his name is Jett Baranov. Jett’s always gotten everything he’s always wanted. But then his dad’s private jet drops him in the middle of some forest in Arkansas, in a nature camp called the Oasis. He is forced to hand over his most prized possession, his cellphone, then eat disgusting vegetables, and join in on a bunch of boring wholesome activities with kids he doesn’t want to hangout with. As the weeks go by Jett actually starts to enjoy being with some of the kids, especially when he and three others find a baby lizard pet that they name Needles. Jett realizes there is something fishy going on with the adults at the Oasis. How can he prove to his ‘friends’ that he’s not just some stuck up brat and figure out what’s up with the adults before it’s to late.

Flush is a story about a boy named Noah. Noah’s dad is positive that the owner of the Coral Queen, a local casino boat, is dumping sewage into the water. But there is no proof. Well, other than that going for a swim at the beach nearby is like diving into a toilet that someone forgot to flush! So, Noah’s dad decides that sinking the boat is the best idea. He was wrong. In a few days the Coral Queen is back in business, and Noah’s dad is in jail. So it’s up to Noah to find proof and stop the casino boat from dumping stuff illegally into the ocean…..if he can. Along the way he gets-to-know some interesting people-Shelly, a bartender on the Coral Queen and a pretty tough lady; Noahs younger sister, Abby, who is filled with trouble; and a mysterious old looking pirate. Noah has to come up with a plan to stop the crooked Coral Queen once and for all.

Summer at Forsaken Lake is a really fun story.  Three city-kids, Nicholas and his twin sisters are going to stay with their Great Uncle Nick for the summer, while their Dad goes to Africa for Doctors Without Borders. The summer starts off great, Nickolas learns how to sail, he finds out about his dad when he was a kid, and Nickolas makes friends with a local girl named Charlie. But then he finds an old movie his Dad made about a legend called The Seaweed Strangler, but his Dad never finished it. Nickolas and Charlie decide to finish the movie and along the way they find out some surprising things about the past.

The Candymakers is a book about four unusual kids who are picked to come to the Life is Sweet chocolate factory, owned by the candymaker and his wife, to create their own type of candy. The fist kid is Logan, the candymakers son. He’s been around candy his whole life. The second is Philip a boy who wears a suit and tie and rides in a limo. The third is Daisy a smart cheerful girl who likes to read out loud to herself. Last of all is Miles who is allergic to weird things. This is a fun, mysterious, and friendship-filled book with a lot of candy mixed in.

Have a fun filled summer!!!


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Ava’s Top Books Recommended for those ages 9-13

Looking for some great book series ideas for your 9-13 year olds? – Ava (my 11-year-old daughter) has put together a list of some of her favorites that are sure to encourage reading, inspire writing and take your kids on some wild adventures!

  1. Percy Jackson And The Olympians by Rick Riordan

This book is about a 12 year old boy who is the son of a god. Soon he finds himself on an adventure. With the help of two friends the adventure unfolds as they head across the country to retrieve Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt! Each book in this series has a new challenge filed with action, excitement and lessons on greek mythology. (5 book series)

2. Sammy Keyes book series by Wendelin Van Draanen

This book is about a girl named Sammy Keyes. Sammy somehow always gets into trouble, maybe because she lives illegally with her grandmother in a seniors only building. When she sees a man stealing money out of a purse, her life seams to get a lot more exciting! A modern-day Nancy Drew on many mysterious adventures. This series is filled with mystery, excitement, and adventure! (18 book series)

3. Explorer Academy by Trudi Truett

Explorer Academy is a book about a boy named Cruz who lost his Mom and is trying to keep her scientific formula out of the wrong hands. Cruz is invited to join an academy where they travel all over the world on missions. While solving mysteries for the academy and following clues to recover his mother’s secret formula, Cruz helps save Gorilla’s, talks with whales, explores archeological sites, ice caves and deserts. This book has adventure, science, underwater exploration, mystery and excitement! Explorer Academy is a great book series for boys and girls. (5 book series)

4. Framed! by James Ponti

Framed is about a boy named Florian Bates. Florian is only 12 years old, but the FBI needs his help! Florian is recruited by the FBI to help solve international mysteries with his observation technique called T.O.A.S.T. T.O.A.S.T, “The Theory of All Small Things,” is a method Florian created to help solve life’s little mysteries. With the help of his new friend, Margaret, Florian has to solve the FBI mystery and escape the bad guys! This is a funny and exciting series. (3 book series)

2. Spy School by Stuart Gibbs

Spy School is about a boy named Ben Ripley. Ben is recruited into an undercover school where kids train to be spies. Ben is joined by his teammates on undercover missions all over the U.S.A to try to stop a secret organization. Stuart Gibbs is one of my favorite authors! He creates interesting character development combining humor with adventure. (8 book series).

Note: Author draws attention to environmental concerns regarding climate change and endangered species.

Wishing you and your children some exciting literary adventures that take you beyond your imagination and inspire seeking out new interests and information!