Most Popular Student Reads for Summer 2017
posted by: Melissa | July 06, 2017, 06:04 PM   

Every summer, students leave school with a list of books prescribed by their teacher to read over the summer. These books often form the framework for the literature curriculum at the beginning of the next school year. When students return in the fall, however, they will be bringing with them these books and also all the other books that the student has read over the previous months.

So, what is it that students are likely to have read this summer? With the help of Goodreads, we explored books being read most this summer (as reported by an adult with a Goodreads account!). Check out our list below!

Preschool: 7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazar

Author Tara Lazar has a string of witty children’s books to her name. In this latest incarnation, she plays with numbers in a detective-style story. The book is full of numerical puns that might go over the head of younger readers, but will delight them anyway.

Kindergarten – 1st: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors is a brand new collaboration from bestselling authors Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex. Reviewers say that the result is “laugh-out-loud funny” (School Library Journal) and full of “absurd, sidesplitting humor.” (Book List) It’s no wonder that this is a big hit with kids.

2nd – 3rd: CatStronauts: Race to Mars by Drew Brockington

This is the second installment in a relatively new graphic novel series aimed at children. The reliance on pictures to help tell the story makes it appealing to readers transitioning away from picture books, and its well-crafted plot and humor solidifies its popularity.

4th – 6th: Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel by Melissa de la Cruz

This is the latest installment in a book series that accompanies the popular Disney Channel production. The series follows the adventures of the children of popular Disney Fairy Tales in a prep-school environment, where they fight evil and struggle with coming-of-age issues. It’s a bit far-fetched for adult sensibilities, but students are gobbling it up.

Middle Grades: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The first in a new series of books by bestselling children’s author Rick Riordan, this book was published a while ago, but many students are only picking it up now. Like his previous series, this is a take on Greek mythology and stays in the same world with the same characters, only this time he focusses on Apollo and Zeus. The reviews have been positive and many readers see this installation as breathing fresh air into a world that had been going stale.

Young Adult: Crazy House by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet

James Patterson may be best known for writing thrillers and in this new novel he brings his skill at creating suspense to a dystopian world. In this novel, he focuses on two sisters struggling for freedom against an authoritarian government, and does so skillfully enough that many are already calling for this to turn into a series.

What are your students reading this summer?

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