Amusing Middle Grade Books for Summer

Summer, it turns me upside down.  

Summer, summer, summer. It’s like a merry-go-round. 

Summer is upon us, and that means time for amusement parks! The rides. The food. The games. The calliope music (if that’s your thing). It’s magic. These middle grade titles perfectly capture the special hold such parks have on us.   

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The Aquanaut

With her father lost at sea, Sophia wanders aimlessly around Aqualand, a marine theme park. But when an “aquanaut” breaks into the park’s research lab and reveals Aqualand’s dark side, Sophia vows to help free the captive marine life.


The Boys in the Back Row

When sixth grader Eric learns his family is moving at the end of the school year, his best friend Matt’s world is rocked. The friends cook up one last adventure that will make them school legends: sneak out on the last day of a school band trip to meet their favorite author at a nearby comics convention. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla or as eAudio on Hoopla.



Far Away

Twelve-year-old CJ believes her mom is dead and that she can only communicate with her through her aunt, who is a medium. But when CJ finds out that her mother is actually alive, she goes on a journey to find her. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.


Fun Fun Fun World

The crew of Devastorm 5, the worst alien warship in the fleet, decides to conquer Earth in order to be taken more seriously and uses a defunct amusement park overrun by cats (and hiding major secrets) as the base for its mission. 


Heidi Heckelbeck and the Wild Ride

Heidi and her best friend Lucy Lancaster take a road trip to the Wacky Wonders Adventure Park where there are water slides, wild rides, and plenty of friendship drama. 



Mr. Lemoncello's Very First Game

Everybody starts somewhere, and once upon a time Luigi Lemoncello was a twelve-year-old boy in a large family who dreamed of being a showman; he gets his first chance working for a famous barker at a summer carnival where a mysterious puzzle leads him and his friends on a treasure hunt.