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Back to School Books for Young Readers

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

Here at Islandport, we have a fun selection of titles for the older kids in your life! Ranging from middle grade fiction to young adult, we have plenty of reads to keep your kids busy during the final hours of summer and before they go back school. Whether its on the last family roadtrip or camping excursion of the season, we've got you covered!


Mystery on Pine Lake
Cooper & Packrat : Mystery on Pine Lake

Written by Tamra Wight

Illustrated by Carl DiRocco

Cooper and Packrat will inspire your kids to jump into their own eco-adventures before school starts! Make sure you check out the other books in this series for more thrilling mysteries!


Cooper thought living at a campground would be cool. But ever since his parents bought the lakeside campground, he's had way more chores and way less time for his favorite hobby: nature-watching. And as if babysitting his little sister and cleaning bathrooms weren't bad enough, his ex-friend Roy has chosen him as this summer's bullying target. Cooper's only bright spot is his new friend, Packrat, a guy who carries the world in his coat pockets and leaves his troubles behind. But trouble has come to the Wilder Family Campground and Pine Lake, where a family of loons is trying to build a nest. Someone is out to harm the loons. Is it the bully with a chip on his shoulder? The irritable camper with a shady past? Or the publicity-seeking reporter? It's up to the boys to figure out who, why, and how to stop the culprit—before it's too late.


The Fog of Forgetting
The Fog of Forgetting (Book 1 of The Five Stones Trilogy)

By G.A. Morgan

Get lost in the fantastical world of Ayda, a magical island based off of the Maine coast. If your kids love magic and fun, they won't want to miss out on this one!


Chase weighed the pros and cons: This was beyond breaking the rules. But if they stayed right in front of the house, what could go wrong? Five children are spending a pleasant summer day boating off the Maine coast when they suddenly find themselves lost in dense fog, only to wash ashore on a mysterious and forgotten island of ancient secrets and terrible history. Crackling with action and suspense, The Fog of Forgetting, the first volume of The Five Stones Trilogy, plumbs the rich territory between realism and fantasy by immersing the reader in an imaginative world that is also natural and recognizable. Powerful, gripping and―above all―compelling, The Fog of Forgetting brings together captivating characters, integrated narrative, myth, and mystery for the delight of all, be they a sophisticated ten-year-old boy or a fifty-year-old reader who still remembers what it’s like to be young with the long days of summer ahead.


What the Wind Can Tell You
What the Wind Can Tell You

By Sarah Marie A. Jette

This is a heart warming story that will make you both laugh and cry. It's a powerful read that can help to open hearts and minds and teach important lessons about love and family!


Isabelle is fascinated by wind. And this year, she’s determined to win the middle school science fair with her wind machine. She’s just as determined to have her brother, Julian, who has a severe form of epilepsy and uses a wheelchair, serve as her assistant. But after Julian has a grand seizure, everything changes. Isabelle is suddenly granted entry into Las Brisas, a magical world where Julian’s physical limitations disappear, and one she discovers that he visits every night. The more Isabelle explores Las Brisas, the more possibilities she sees––for Julian, and for herself––and the more she finds herself at odds with her parents. Debut author Sarah Marie A. Jette has told, with remarkable insight and humor, a powerful story of a family struggling to love without fear.



By Gail Donovan

Get your shovels ready! This is a sweet story that just might inspire your kids on their own quest for fossils in the backyard!


Finch has trouble paying attention in school. He’s just too busy dreaming about uncovering a dinosaur fossil and naming a new species after himself—until he digs up a note in the fifth-grade class garden with the word HELP on it. He is determined to come to the aid of the mystery note-writer. But when the quest turns out to be harder than expected, Finch risks losing two things that he really wants —his best friend Noah, and a field trip to Dinosaur State Park. Acclaimed author Gail Donovan gets inside the hearts and minds of fifth graders on this journey told with unexpected humor and impressive insight.


Happy Reading!

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