Holiday House Summer Reading 2022

Catch the Reading Wave

Summer is an ocean of possibilities, so catch the reading wave with the perfect book. Head to the swimming pool with Robo-Kid, solve a mystery on Swallowtail Island, or hit the robotics lab with My Mechanical Romance. We’ve got a summer read for everyone!

Young Adult

My Mechanical Romance

“A delightful teen romance about building robots—and new futures.”
Kirkus Reviews

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The Ghosts of Rose Hill

“An intoxicating blend of the contemporary and otherworldly, Romero’s layered novel in verse interlaces romance and ghost story with an exploration of cultural identity, folklore, and history.” —Publishers Weekly

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More Young Adult
No Filter and Other LiesNo Filter and Other Lies
Fat Chance Charlie VegaFat Chance Charlie Vega
Murder for the Modern GirlMurder for the Modern Girl
Hell Followed with UsHell Followed with Us
Boys I KnowBoys I Know
The Secret Science of MagicThe Secret Science of Magic
You Were Made for MeYou Were Made for Me

Middle Grade

We Are the Song

“Brimming with high-stakes adventure, expansive worldbuilding, and a uniquely detailed magical system.”
Publishers Weekly

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The Impossible Destiny of Cutie Grackle

“A compelling hybrid tale of realistic survival and supernatural adventure; fans of Kate DiCamillo will enjoy the style of writing in this unique middle grade novel.”
School Library Journal

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The Swallowtail Legacy 1: Wreck at Ada’s Reef

“Each character, historic and contemporary, sparks with life. Readers will be hooked—more, please!”
Kirkus Reviews

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More Middle Grade
Next Door to HappyNext Door to Happy
Bear HouseBear House
The Star that Always StaysThe Star that Always Stays
Deadman’s CastleDeadman’s Castle
Mr. Penguin and the Tomb of DoomMr. Penguin and the Tomb of Doom
Now You Say YesNow You Say Yes
A Darkening of DragonsA Darkening of Dragons
The Boy Who Met a WhaleThe Boy Who Met a Whale
The Curious League of Detectives and Thieves: Egypt’s FireThe Curious League of Detectives and Thieves: Egypt’s Fire
The Infamous Frankie Lorde: Going WildThe Infamous Frankie Lorde: Going Wild

Graphic Novels

Little Monarchs

★ “For a postapocalyptic survival struggle, Little Monarchs is nothing short of a romp.”—Booklist

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Black Sand Beach #3: Have You Seen the Darkness?

“The horrors become darker and more dangerous, but there are still chuckles to be found.”
School Library Journal

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More Graphic Novels
Hoggy Went A-Courtin'Hoggy Went A-Courtin’
The Big TreeThe Big Tree
Meet the Super Duper SevenMeet the Super Duper Seven
Salt MagicSalt Magic
Noodleheads Do the ImpossibleNoodleheads Do the Impossible

Chapter Books

Dear Beast: Simon Sleeps Over

★ “The letter format allows for a variation of fonts and postscript or ‘FTS (forgot to say)’ commentary, while the text’s humor and colorful cartoon art animate even minor characters.”—School Library Journal

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King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Library Book

“Butler and Meyers continue to set the standard for the ideal early reader.”—School Library Journal

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Trillium Sisters 3: Fashionable Disaster

“The story elements of finding your strength while working ­together—as well as having pets with ­magical powers—will keep readers engaged.”—School Library Journal

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Picture Books

The Adventures of Robo-Kid

★ “A super blend of everyday courage, the inner lives of readers, and rising to the challenge of doing something difficult.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Hey! A Colorful Mystery

“Frequently laugh-out-loud witty. . . . [An] amusing underwater romp.”Kirkus Reviews

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Star & Stripe: Grand Opening

“Packed with charming visual details.”
School Library Journal

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More Picture Books
Hum and SwishHum and Swish
The Tide Pool WaitsThe Tide Pool Waits
Frances in the CountryFrances in the Country
A Seed GrowsA Seed Grows
After the Buzz Comes the BeeAfter the Buzz Comes the Bee
Children of the ForestChildren of the Forest
We Play SoccerWe Play Soccer
Miguel’s Community GardenMiguel’s Community Garden
Ready! Said RabbitReady! Said Rabbit
Lali’s FeatherLali’s Feather
Life in Hot WaterLife in Hot Water