Tutor Doctor's Top Picks for Books to Read Over the Summer

Tutor Doctor's Top Picks for Books to Read Over the Summer

The summer holidays are here, which means it’s crucial for students to maintain their academic gains from the previous school year. One of the easiest ways to do this is by encouraging reading- and lots of it! We know there are so many books for students to choose from, which is why we’ve narrowed down a few to get started. Here’s Tutor Doctor’s top reading picks for summer. 

Ages 7-8

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series By Jeff Kinney 
The diary of a wimpy kid follows Greg Heffley who finds himself thrust into a new school where life in the corridors isn’t always easy. However, when his best friend Rowley starts to become popular- Greg tries to use it to his own advantage. Written in diary style with lots of comic pictures, this book follows Greg and Rowley’s friendship unfold. Expect lots of hilarious twists and turns.

Nikki and Deja by Karen English

This story follows two best friends, Nikki and Deja, who do everything together from watching Saturday cartoons to helping each other with homework for Mrs. Shelby's class. When an arrogant new girl arrives and Nikki and Deja form a club to exclude her, the results are not what they expect. A warm, easy-to-read book that captures all the joys and complexities of primary school life- particularly friendships and cliques. 

Ages 9-11

Real Friends by Shannon Hale

This book follows Shannon’s school life, capturing the emotional rollercoaster ride of friendship. From navigating through cliques to her constant struggle to stay in ‘The Group.’ Shannon’s story is heartfelt and honest, bringing to light just how hard it is to learn what real friends are and why finding them is worth the journey. 

Ages 12-14

The sixty-eight rooms by Marianne Malone

Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms-  a collection of 68 exquisitely crafted miniature rooms. Each room is set in a different historic period, and every detail is perfect. Some even say the rooms are magic. The book follows eleven-year olds Jack and Ruthie on their school trip, where they discover a key that lets them shrink inside and explore the rooms’ secrets. A great adventure series, sure to be an exciting page-turner for any teen. 

Ages 15-16

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
The Fault in Our Stars follows terminally ill cancer patient Hazel whose attitude to life is insightful and intriguing. She meets Augustus at her cancer support group, where their love story begins. A beautifully written book, with a brilliant depiction of life and death in the world we live in.

Ages 17-18

Divergent Series by Veronica Roth 
In the world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions – Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. At 16 Beatrice must choose a faction to spend the rest of her life. The three books Divergent, Insurgent and Alligent follow Tris in her new reality as she faces impossible choices about courage, sacrifice and love. But she also has a secret- one that means she doesn’t fit in with a society full of conformity. An action-packed series that will keep any teenager (or adult) reading all summer long.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 
To Kill a Mockingbird is a fantastic read sure to have any teen hooked right from the word go! Harper Lee explores the radical tensions in a tired old town called Maycomb, Alabama across three years (1933–35). The tale is told through the eyes of 6-year-old Scout Finch. Whilst her lawyer father, Atticus, defends a black man accused of rape, Scout learns about the unfair treatment of African-Americans alongside some fascinating secrets about their mysterious neighbour, Boo Radley. A timeless classic!

To find out more information about the Tutor Doctor Summer Reading Challenge click here.

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