Shelf Stuff Summer Reading

Popular | April 20, 2020

Join the Shelf Stuff Summer Reading Challenge!

Each week this summer, we’re challenging you to read one of our favorite books and take a quiz on that book to test your knowledge. Each quiz you take enters you to win an awesome summer reading prize pack including a $150 gift card, Shelf Stuff tote bag, and a monthly VIP box of advance copies of upcoming middle grade books – handpicked by the Shelf Stuff team!

Are you up for the challenge? Learn more by going to our Summer Reading Homepage!

 

What we’re reading:

Week 1: May 4-10th – SILLY STORIES TO START YOUR SUMMER!

WAYSIDE SCHOOL BENEATH THE CLOUD OF DOOM

By Louis Sachar

Welcome back to Wayside School!

Your favorite students and teachers are all here. That includes Sharie, who loves her striped-and-spotted umbrella more than anything; Kathy, who has a bad case of oppositosis; Jason, who has to read the longest book in the world; and the rest of Mrs. Jewls’s class on the thirtieth floor, who are busily collecting toenail clippings.

Everyone is scrambling to prepare for the all-important Ultimate Test, but meanwhile, there is a mysterious Cloud of Doom looming above them…

 

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Week 2: May 11-17th – EMBARK ON AN ANIMAL ADVENTURE!

BRAVELANDS #1: BROKEN PRIDE

By Erin Hunter

A lion cast out from his pride.

An elephant who can read the bones of the dead.

A baboon rebelling against his destiny.

For generations, the animals of the African plains have followed a single rule: only kill to survive. But when an unthinkable act of betrayal shatters the peace, the fragile balance between predators and prey will rest in the paws of three unlikely heroes.

 

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Week 3: May 18-24th – BEING YOURSELF WHEN YOU DON’T QUITE FIT IN!

NEW KID

By Jerry Craft

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.

As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

 

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Week 4: May 25-31st – THE MYSTERY YOU’LL WANT TO GET YOUR PAWS ON!

NOTORIOUS

By Gordon Korman

Keenan has lived all over the world but nowhere quite as strange as Centerlight Island, which is split between the United States and Canada. The only thing weirder than Centerlight itself is his neighbor Zarabeth, aka ZeeBee.

ZeeBee is obsessed with the island’s history as a Prohibition-era smuggling route. She’s also convinced that her beloved dog, Barney, was murdered—something Keenan finds pretty hard to believe.

But as Keenan and ZeeBee start to unravel the clues, they uncover a shocking conspiracy that dates back to Centerlight’s gangster past. The good news is that Keenan may have found the best friend he’s ever had. The bad news is that the stakes are sky-high.

And now someone is after them. . . .

 

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Week 5: June 1-7th – BASED ON A REAL-LIFE JOURNEY!

A WOLF CALLED WANDER

By Rosanne Parry

Swift, a young wolf cub, lives with his pack in the mountains learning to hunt, competing with his brothers and sisters for hierarchy, and watching over a new litter of cubs. Then a rival pack attacks, and Swift and his family scatter.

Alone and scared, Swift must flee and find a new home. His journey takes him a remarkable one thousand miles across the Pacific Northwest. The trip is full of peril, and Swift encounters forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before he finds his new home.

 

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Week 6: June 8-14th – HUMOROUS HEROES!

DEMON DENTIST

By David Walliams

Something strange is happening in Alfie’s town. Instead of shiny coins from the Tooth Fairy, kids are waking up to dead slugs, live spiders, and other dreadfully icky things under their pillows.

Who would do something so horrific? Alfie is sure that Miss Root, the creepy new dentist in town, is behind it all. There’s nothing Alfie hates more than going to the dentist, but to solve this mystery, he may have to book a dreaded appointment…

 

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Week 7: June 15-21st – FINDING YOUR PLACE IN THE GALAXY!

WE DREAM OF SPACE

By Erin Entrada Kelly

Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas are three siblings in seventh grade together in Park, Delaware. In 1986, as the country waits expectantly for the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, they each struggle with their own personal anxieties.

The Thomas children exist in their own orbits, circling a tense and unpredictable household, with little in common except an enthusiastic science teacher named Ms. Salonga. As the launch of the Challenger approaches, Ms. Salonga gives her students a project—they are separated into spacecraft crews and must create and complete a mission. When the fated day finally arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways.

 

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Week 8: June 22-28th – BINGE-WORTHY FANTASY!

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL

By Soman Chainani

School of Good and Evil

With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

But when the girls find their fortunes reversed, they’ll have to not only survive classes at The School for Good and Evil but also discover the truth of who they really are.

 

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Week 9: June 29-July 5th – BE TRUE TO WHAT MAKES YOU, YOU!

INVISIBLE EMMIE

By Terri Libenson

This is the story of two totally different girls—

quiet, shy, artistic Emmie

popular, outgoing, athletic Katie

—and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day, when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands. . . .

 

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Week 10: July 6-12th – READ IT BEFORE YOU SEE IT!

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

By Katherine Applegate

Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

 

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Week 11: July 13-19th – AN IMAGINATIVE ESCAPE! 

HERE IN THE REAL WORLD

By Sara Pennypacker

Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”—dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone. But then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called “normal” kids do.

On his first day Ware meets Jolene, a tough, secretive girl planting a garden in the rubble of an abandoned church next to the camp. Soon he starts skipping Rec, creating a castle-like space of his own in the church lot. But when their sanctuary is threatened, Ware and Jolene will have to team up to save the lot that has become a refuge to them.

 

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Week 12: July 20-26th – MINDBENDING TWISTS AND TURNS!

GREYSTONE SECRETS #1: THE STRANGERS

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

What makes you you?

The Greystone kids thought they knew.  But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they’re shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. The other kids share their same first and middle names. They’re the same ages. They even have identical birthdays. Who, exactly, are these strangers?

 

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Week 13: July 27-August 2nd – UNLIKELY HEROES!

THE LOST RAINFOREST #1: MEZ’S MAGIC

By Eliot Schrefer

Caldera has forever been divided into the animals who walk by night and those who walk by day. Nightwalker panthers, like young Mez and her sister, have always feared daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend.

Then Mez discovers that she can enter the daylight world, and she rushes to discover what it means to cross the Veil—and the extent of her newly uncovered magical powers—before a reawakened evil threatens everything she’s ever known.

 

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