Check out these summer and adventure-themed chapter books, perfect for kids ages 8 – 12.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
    Kinney, Jeff

    The Heffley family road trip starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns--with everything from a fender bender to crazed seagulls--but even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure, and this is one the Heffleys will not soon forget.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
    Kinney, Jeff

    In the latest diary of middle-schooler Greg Heffley, he records his attempts to spend his summer vacation sensibly indoors playing video games and watching television, despite his mother's other ideas.

  • Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
    McDonald, Megan

    Judy's big plans for the summer seem ruined when two of her best friends go away, and then her parents leave her and Stink with Aunt Opal, but a new "thrill-a-delic" plan has her racing toward fun.

  • Hello, Universe
    Kelly, Erin Entrada

    Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

  • This Would Make a Good Story Someday
    Levy, Dana Alison

    Although not thrilled when her summer plans are upended for a surprise cross-country train trip with her family and embarrassed because one of her moms is writing a tell-all book about the trip, twelve-year-old Sara Johnston-Fischer finds herself changing along with the landscape outside the train windows.

  • A Rambler Steals Home
    Higgins, Carter

    Returning each summer to small town Ridge Creek, Virginia, where her father sells concessions after the minor league baseball games, eleven-year-old Derby Christmas Clark longs for a permanent home as she reconnects with grandmotherly June and uncovers hidden secrets.

  • My Life as a Book
    Tashjian, Janet

    Dubbed a "reluctant reader" by his teacher, twelve-year-old Derek spends summer vacation learning important lessons even though he does not complete his summer reading list.

  • The Island of Dr. Libris
    Grabenstein, Chris

    A twelve-year-old boy, worried that his parents may divorce, discovers that an island in the middle of the lake where he is spending the summer is the testing grounds of the mysterious Dr. Libris, who may have invented a way to make the characters in books come alive.

  • Beach Party Surf Monkey
    Grabenstein, Chris

    "P.T. and Gloria try to save the Wonderland again by getting a teen singing sensation to shoot a movie at the motel"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Treasure Hunters
    Patterson, James

    "Following clues left by their missing father, twelve-year-old twins Bickford and Rebecca Kidd sail from the Caribbean to New York City with their siblings to finish the dangerous quest of their world-famous treasure-hunting parents"--Provided by publisher.

  • The 13-Story Treehouse
    Griffiths, Andy

    Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-story treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporizer and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favorite flavored marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you're hungry.

  • Three Bird Summer
    St. Antoine, Sara

    An introspective boy and an adventurous girl uncover a poignant family mystery during a summer on the shores of Three Bird Lake.

  • Melonhead and the Big Stink
    Kelly, Katy

    During the summer between fourth and fifth grade, Adam "Melonhead" Melon, who lives in the Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Capitol Hill, tries to stay out of trouble to earn a trip to New York City to see the giant "stink flower."

  • Summer at Forsaken Lake
    Beil, Michael D.

    Twelve-year-old Nicholas and his ten-year-old twin sisters, Hetty and Haley, spend the summer with their Great-Uncle Nick at Forsaken Lake, where he and their new friend Charlie investigate the truth about an accident involving their families many years before.

  • The Notations of Cooper Cameron
    O'Reilly, Jane H

    At the family cabin by the lake where his grandfather died two years ago, eleven-year-old Cooper Cameron spends the summer trying to rid himself of the rituals that allow him to cope with his grief and fear.

  • Amelia Bedelia Sets Sail
    Parish, Herman

    "Amelia Bedelia and her mother share a summer vacation home at the shore with her aunt Mary and her cousin Jason, who has a wicked sense of adventure and a nose for trouble"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation
    Greenwald, Tom

    "Charlie Joe Jackson is back and he's at academic summer camp trying to convert all the other kids to non-academics."-- Provided by publisher.

  • One Crazy Summer
    Williams-Garcia, Rita

    In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold we lcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

  • Summerhouse Time
    Spinelli, Eileen

    The approach of summerhouse time at the beach brings back good memories of this annual tradition, of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents cleaning, laughing, eating, playing, and relaxing.