Beach Reads

Whether you want frothy fun, gripping suspense, a tense sports battle, twisty mystery, swoon-worthy romance, or sizzling blockbuster, these page-turners are perfect for your lounge chair or beach towel. For other books you just can't put down, check out these lists for kids and teens: Mystery Books and Thriller Books for Teens.

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Cannonball

age 3+

Warm story of individuality and achieving a perfect splash.

By: Sacha Cotter (2020)
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Black Brother, Black Brother

age 8+

Boy challenges school bully in exciting sports story.

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The Dragon Egg Princess

age 8+

Exciting tale of dragons, friendship, and world-saving.

By: Ellen Oh (2020)
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From the Desk of Zoe Washington

age 8+

Girl works to clear her father of a crime in smart tale.

By: Janae Marks (2020)
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The Season of Styx Malone

age 8+

Heartwarming story of friendship and adventure.

By: Kekla Magoon (2018)
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City Spies, Book 1

age 9+

Diverse young, skilled misfits team up in exciting spy romp.

By: James Ponti (2020)
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Clean Getaway

age 9+

Boy and grandma's thrilling ride through U.S., family past.

By: Nic Stone (2020)
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Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1

age 8+

Rollicking, magical tale of girl who joins pirate crew.

By: Caroline Carlson (2013)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

age 9+

Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.

By: Rick Riordan (2005)
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Shuri: A Black Panther Novel, Book 1

age 9+

Bold princess shines in African superhero adventure.

By: Nic Stone (2020)
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Beyond the Bright Sea

age 10+

Moving adventure story of tween's search for her origins.

By: Lauren Wolk (2017)
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The Last Last-Day-of-Summer: Legendary Alston Boys, Book 1

age 10+

Kid sleuths investigate zany time-travel mystery.

By: Lamar Giles (2019)
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Race to the Sun

age 10+

Fun girl hero drives fast-paced, modern take on Navajo myth.

By: Rebecca Roanhorse (2020)
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Summer of the Gypsy Moths

age 10+

Captivating story of resilient girls has some dark moments.

By: Sara Pennypacker (2012)
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Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor, Book 1

age 10+

Wild tale of orphans, billionaires, mansions, and murder.

By: Ally Carter (2020)
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Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

age 11+

Belle gets lured into book in dark but enchanting spin-off.

By: Jennifer Donnelly (2017)
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Better Off Friends

age 11+

Sweet, funny When Harry Met Sally romance for tweens.

By: Elizabeth Eulberg (2014)
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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

age 12+

Exciting start to teen fantasy series in urban setting.

By: Cassandra Clare (2007)
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Deeplight

age 12+

Undersea fantasy delivers gallons of reading pleasure.

By: Frances Hardinge (2020)
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From Twinkle, with Love

age 12+

Sparkling romantic comedy has lots to say about friendship.

By: Sandhya Menon (2018)
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