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Summer Reading: If You Liked Swallows and Amazons

Reading Listamy sharonyComment

Get a taste of old-fashioned summer adventure.

Four sisters spend their summer exploring the grounds of a neighboring estate in this delightfully nostalgic summer story.
(Middle grades)

Half Magic (Tales of Magic)
By Edward Eager

Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha find a magic talisman on their way home from the library one summer afternoon.
(Middle grades)

At first Eleanor’s excited to spend the summer at Camp Wallunmwahpuck—but the annoying bugs, disgusting camp food, and especially swimming class soon change her mind.

Summer seems like it’s going to be a bummer for Miguel and his sister—until his aunt Lola steps in and sets up a summer camp full of seasonal adventures.

Discovering the abandoned remains of an old summer community—and its two last inhabitants—makes for a magical summer for Portia and her cousin Julian.


Linnets and Valerians
By Elizabeth Goudge

The author of The Little White horse also wrote this charming tale of four siblings who run away from their ruthless grandmother to live at their uncle’s country manor.

This reading list is excerpted from the summer 2016 issue of HSL.