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Beach Reads for Tweens

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Abandon Ship! The True World War II Story About the Sinking of the Laconia by Michael J. Tougias and Alison O’Leary
On September 12, 1942, the RMS Laconia was attacked by a German submarine 500 miles off the coast of western Africa. What the Germans didn't know was that they had just attacked their allies; locked below decks on the British ship were nearly 1,800 Italian prisoners of war.

The Aquanaut by Dan Santat
Ever since her father was lost at sea, Sophia has been moping around Aqualand, a marine theme park. When she discovers an aquanaut – a suit full of goofy sea creatures – Sophia realizes Aqualand has a dark secret and she must help the creatures escape.

Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata
Chi, a mischievous newborn kitten, is distraught when she becomes lost from her mother; however, she is saved by a young boy named Yohei. The kitty is welcomed into the Yamada family apartment where pets are strictly not permitted.

Cuba in my Pocket by Adrianna Cuevas
In 1961 Cuba, with the threat of military service for children looming, 12-year-old Cumba's parents send him to Miami, where he lives with a new family and struggles to adapt to this strange, new country.

Dear Mothman by Robin Gow
After the death of his best friend and the only other trans boy at school, Noah starts writing letters expressing his feelings to the humanoid creature Mothman and risks everything when he treks into the woods to prove Mothman's existence.

Freewater by Amina Luqman Dawson
After fleeing the plantation where they were enslaved, siblings Ada and Homer discover the secret community of Freewater, and work with freeborn Sanzi to protect their new home from the encroaching dangers of the outside world.

A Galaxy of Sea Stars by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo
Izzy struggles with her parents' separation and wanting Piper, Zelda and herself – the Sea Stars – to stay best friends as they start sixth grade in a new school. As Izzy grows closer to her Muslim neighbor Sitara, Izzy must make a choice: stay in her comfort zone and risk betraying her new friend or speak up and lose the Sea Stars forever.

The Girl from Earth’s End by Tara Dairman
Twelve-year-old Henna loves living with her two papas and cultivating her beloved plants on the tiny island of Earth's End – until Papa Niall grows seriously ill. Now Henna is determined to find a legendary, long-extinct plant with miraculous healing powers, even though the search means leaving her home for the first time.

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
After Ebo’s brother Kwame disappears to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. Ebo sets out on an epic journey in the hopes of a new life and to be reunited with his family.

The Language of Seabirds by Will Taylor
As Jeremy reluctantly spends the summer with his dad and uncle in a seaside cabin in Oregon, he finds himself intrigued by a boy his age running by. What starts out as a friendship blooms into something neither boy is expecting… something both Jeremy and Evan have been hoping for.

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Evan and his younger sister, Jessie, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade. This six-book series is a clever blend of humor, math wizardry, and business know-how, as Evan and Jessie battle it out through lemonade sales, and solve missing money mysteries.

Lightfall: The Girl and the Galdurian by Tim Probert
The first book of the Lightfall series introduces Bea and Cad, two unlikely friends who get swept up in an epic quest to save their world from falling into eternal darkness.

The Lighthouse Between the Worlds by Melanie Crowder
In the first part of a two-book series, after discovering that the lighthouse his family tends is a portal to strange and dangerous worlds, 11-year-old Griffin must travel through it to save his father from a threat to all humanity.

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is kicked out of boarding school and discovers a world full of mythological monsters and gods that seem to be walking straight out of a Greek mythology textbook. Get a head start on the Percy Jackson series this summer before the TV show comes out in 2024!

Momo Arashima Steals the Sword of the Wind by Misa Suguira          
All Momo wants for her 12th birthday is an ordinary life, but instead she finds out she is half human, half goddess and must unlock her divine powers to save her mother's life and keep countless evil spirits from escaping Yomi, the land of the dead.

Ocean Renegades by Abby Howard
Determined to show Ronnie just how interesting prehistoric life was before the age of the dinosaurs, Miss Lernin takes her back in time to the six parts of the Paleozoic era to study the earliest lifeforms on Earth, starting with the rise of the vertebrates.

Once upon a Tim by Stuart Gibbs
With no knightly experience but plenty of cleverness, a 12-year-old peasant hoping to improve his station in life volunteers to help a cowardly prince and his not very powerful wizard rescue a princess from an evil, foul-smelling monster.

Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant
In the aftermath of World War I, two orphaned friends, Lotti and Ben, set off in a narrowboat from England as each hopes to find a missing part of themselves in France.

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