Summer Vacation

by Karen Walch | Jun 23, 2022

Read about some funny, happy, sad, and "growing up" summer vacations.

Gone-Away Lake
by Elizabeth Enright

Portia (11) is excited to spend the summer with her cousin Julian. In their rambles they discover a “Gone-Away Lake” which has become a swamp, and an abandoned summer resort that sits where the lake used to be. They become friends with an elderly brother and sister who still live in the village and dress in turn-of-the-century clothing. Portia and Julian learn about a “gulper” that is in the middle of the swamp, a possible philosopher’s stone, and the tale of the rescue of the summer cats. They even fix up one of the empty houses to be their perfect clubhouse. It’s a never-to-be forgotten summer.

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The Penderwicks-A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
by Jeanne Birdsall

The Pernderwick sisters are happy to learn they will spend the summer on the grounds of a huge estate called Arundel. There they have the magical experience of exploring the grounds, getting acquainted with tame rabbits, and meeting Jeffrey Tifton, the son of Arundel’s owner. Mrs. Tifton, Jeffrey’s mother, is not pleased to have Jeffery play with the girls and wants them to stay out of trouble. Of course they’ll stay out of trouble! What could go wrong?

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One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia

In 1968 three sisters, Delphine, Violetta, and Fern, traveled from their home in Brooklyn New York, to Oakland, California, to spend the summer with their mother who abandoned them. Eleven-year-old Delphine has been the mother to her two little sisters and hopes their mom will take back her job. The girls find that Cecile, their mom, is nothing like they imagined. The girls hope to go to Disneyland and meet Tinkerbell, but their mom sends them to a day camp run by the Black Panthers. The girls learn a lot about their family and their country during one truly crazy summer.

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Shirley and Jamila Save their Summer
by Gillian Goerz

(Graphic novel) Jamila is new to the neighborhood and is sure it is going to be a horrible summer. Her Ammi [mom] has signed her up for a science summer camp–and she just wants to play basketball at the court down the street. Shirley, a young Sherlock Holmes, is a genius, but she doesn’t know how to make friends. The moms come to an arrangement that the girls can spend their days together if they stay at the basketball court. That changes when Shirley takes on the Case of the Missing Gecko.

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As Brave as You
by Jason Reynolds

Genie (11) is a kid who asks questions. In fact, he has a notebook full of them. His 13-year-old brother, Ernie loves girls and wears his shades 24/7. They are stunned when they learn they’re leaving their home in Brooklyn, New York to stay a month with the grandparents Genie has never met. And they live in Virginia in the country. The second surprise when they get to their grandparents is that their grandfather is blind. Between learning more about his grandfather and watching Ernie go through a dangerous ritual at 14, Genie learns a lot about bravery and love that summer.

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Lawn Boy
by Gary Paulsen

“It all began at nine in the morning on my 12th birthday when my grandmother gave me an old riding lawn mower.” That’s how the lawn mowing business began. The boy mowed his lawn and a neighbor asked how much, then another and another asked until the boy hired a crew to help. And that didn’t include the stockbroker who got his lawn mowed for $40 put into stocks. And there was the boxer who came into the story, and the thug who wanted the money. And to think “One minute I was a 12-year old wondering where I could get enough money for an inner tube for my old used ten-speed" and now I'm rich.

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Summerlost
by Allyson Condie

Utah author and Utah location! It has been a year since 12-year-old Cedar lost her father and brother in an accident. She, her mother, and 8-year-old brother are leaving their home in Salt Lake City for the summer to live four hours south in a house her mother has fallen in love with. Cedar gains a friend named Leo who works at a Shakespeare festival called Summerlost (which seems suspiciously like the Utah Shakespeare Festival). Cedar and Leo get involved in a mystery and Cedar recognizes the treasure of a new friend and the journey one must take when healing from a loss.

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Hour of the Bees
by Lindsay Eager

When 12-year-old Carolina (who goes by Carol) learns she is going to spend the summer at her grandfather’s isolated ranch in New Mexico, she is devastated. She had planned on pool parties and sleepovers with her friends during her last summer before junior high. Instead she is spending time with Serge, her grandfather she has never met, getting his ranch ready to sell. Serge is suffering from dementia and is going to an assisted living center. Serge tells Caroline stories all summer, magical stories about an oasis before the drought at the ranch. Dementia or reality? Carol must decide for herself what is real and what is possible.

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Summer of the Wolves
by Polly Carlson-Vorles

As Nika walked home from school on a perfect California day, she felt that life was finally on an even keel for the first time in 19 months, 2 weeks, and 5 days. She had been orphaned at 10 ½, but now she and her little brother Randall were in a loving foster home and she had friends at school. However, a call from her social worker changed everything. She should be happy because her long-lost uncle had been found, and she and Randall were flying to live with him in Minnesota in two weeks. Nika’s heart was broken, and she determined she wasn't going to like her uncle or her new home–until she met a wolf pup that might make her heart whole again.

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Cody and the Fountain of Happiness     
by Tricia Springstubb

For Cody many things are beautiful, but the most beautiful thing in all the world is the first day of summer vacation! Today! Her mom is busy with her new job, dad is away driving his truck, and her brother Wyatt is moping over a girl. But all is not lost. She meets Spencer, a boy looking for a runaway cat. A new friend--and that’s just the beginning of Cody's fountain of happiness.

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