Summer Vibes! Top 10 Stories (for 9-12 year olds) Set in Summer July 25, 2018 – Posted in: Book News

The Top 10:

1. Coyote Summer

Jules has been sent in disgrace from her privileged London life to live on her aunt and uncle’s farm in Kansas for the summer. Feeling very alone and struggling to deal with her mistakes, Jules gradually connects with the wild new world around her – rediscovering her love for dance through the eyes of a coyote – and begins to feel alive again. Best for 11+.

2. The Island of Adventure

For Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack and Kiki the parrot, the summer holidays in Cornwall are everything they’d hoped for. Until they begin to realize that something very sinister is taking place on the mysterious Isle of Gloom – where a dangerous adventure awaits them in the abandoned copper mines and secret tunnels beneath the sea. Best for 9+

3. The Penderwicks 

Four sisters and their absent-minded father head off for their summer holidays, but instead of the cosy tumbledown cottage they expect, they find themselves on a huge estate called Arundel, with magnificent gardens ripe for exploring. It isn’t long before they become embroiled in all sorts of scrapes with their new-found friend, Jeffrey – but his mother, the icy-hearted Mrs Tifton, must be avoided at all costs. Chaotic adventures ensue, and it soon becomes a summer the sisters will never forget … Best for 9+

4. The Sound of Whales

Three children are spending their summer on a wild Scottish island. Fraser is desperate for adventure, Hayley is fed up she’s even there, while Dunny spends his days staring out to sea. He hasn’t said a word in years. But everything changes with the discovery of two bodies on the beach: a whale and a man. Best for 11+

5. Dog Town

Jacob lives with his father and, often lonely, distracts himself by drawing maps of the city and dreaming about its myths, especially the one that says when the city is finally complete, all building work finished, its river will rise up and flood the streets. When he’s sent across town to stay with his uncle and cousin, he finds himself caught up in a battle against developers with – of all things – a pack of talking dogs at his side. Best for 9+

6. Because of Winn-Dixie

One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie. Best for 9+

7. The Sand Dog

Azi’s home is with his grandfather on a Mediterranean island but he has always known that it isn’t where he was born. When Grandfather goes missing, Azi sets out to find him, with the help of a dog who has befriended him and a young girl who is visiting the island, and to discover the truth about where he really comes from. Best for 10+

8. Swallows and Amazons

The Walker children – also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship’s Boy Roger – set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures. Best for 9+

9. Dunger

William and his sister Melissa have been looking forward to summer … but what their parents have in mind for them is far from their idea of a holiday. Staying with their cranky grandparents and helping them fix up their ancient bach? No thanks! However, there’s a catch. Grandma and Grandpa are going to pay them each $1000 dollars if they decide to go. Best for 10+

10. How to Survive Summer Camp

Stella’s mum and step-dad have gone off on holiday and have dumped Stella at the Evergreen Holiday Camp. She’s not happy! Especially when she finds out she’s expected to learn to swim – the one thing her mum promised she wouldn’t have to do. She’s determined not to enjoy herself and settles down for a nightmare summer. Best for 9+

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