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James Patterson’s Summer Reading List for Your Child

Regardless of whether or not you read or like his books, James Patterson should be celebrated and lauded for creating ReadKiddoRead – an organization/movement dedicated to getting kids excited about reading during the summer. If you love books, you don’t have to be prompted to spend the summer months curled up with a great book. However, some frenzied parents need some help in recommending just the right book for their kids to read during the summer. And that’s where ReadKiddoRead comes in.

Here’s a few of this summer’s recommended summer reading list:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

All of Grandpa Portman’s stories were true, Jacob finds, as he travels to a small island off of Wales to discover the abandoned ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the children were not just peculiar. They were downright dangerous—and perhaps even still alive.

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus series) by Rick Riordan

Three teens – Jason, his girlfriend Piper, and his best friend Leo – in a fantastic and fast-paced sequence of events, discover that they are demigods. Now, they must learn how to use their unique talents and extraordinary powers to accomplish a mighty mission: save Hera before evil forces destroy Olympus.

Matched by Ally Condie

In Cassia’s world everything is perfect; The Society provides her with everything, even a perfect Match. At the Matching Ceremony, Ky’s face flickers on the screen for an instant, but it is an error and his face is quickly replaced with Xander’s. The mistake has planted a seed of doubt for Cassia–a seed that grows as she learns more.

Witch & Wizard (Witch & Wizard series) by James Patterson

Fifteen-year-old Wisteria Allgood and her older brother, Whitney, are about to be hanged for the crime of having magical powers. In alternating voices, the two cheeky and resourceful sibs look back on their growing resistance to the New Order.

Holes by Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats is sentenced to hot, desolate Camp Green Lake in Texas, a detention center for bad boys. Meanwhile, trouble abounds with various plots involving the famous 19th century outlaw Kissing Kate Barlow, poisonous yellow-spotted lizards, the tragic story of Sam the onion man, and a frantic search for buried treasure.

Masterpiece by Elise Broach, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Marvin, a beetle spies an open bottle of ink on James’s desk, dips his two front legs in, and begins drawing a meticulous nightscape for James. James takes credit for the remarkable drawing, which his dad thinks is as detailed as a painting by Albrecht Dürer, the German Renaissance artist.

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

In this graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost is a girl named Emily Riley, murdered ninety years before. At first Emily is the BFF Anya’s longed for, but slowly, suspensefully, Anya’s sinister purpose is revealed.

You can find the entire ReadKiddoRead 2012 Summer Reading list. ReadKiddoRead also has a very active Facebook page.

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