Ultimate Summer Reading List // Little Sisters

I received several reviews of books for a younger audience so I present to you today’s category, “Little Sisters.” These are books you can share with younger sisters, kids you babysit, little cousins…whoever is little and loves to read 🙂

Peanut Butter Friends in a Chop Suey World by Deb Brammer

Description via amazon.com: Amy is excited to move to Taiwan with her parents and become a real missionary, but she soon finds that being a missionary is a lot different than she thought it would be.  This book for kids aged  9-12 gives an inside view of missionaries and the cultural adjustments they need to make.


Age: 8+

Why I loved it: I read this book when I was 11 and really enjoyed it. I read it the summer before moving overseas and it was a good way to start thinking about how to adjust to cultural differences. -Courtney R.

It’s Raining Cupcakes by Lisa Schroedner

Description via amazon.com: Twelve year old Isabel is dying to get out of Willow, Oregon (population 39, 257) and experience something other than her small town. It seems that everyone gets to travel except Isabel–even her best friend, Sophie. When Isabel’s mother decides to open up a cupcake shop across town, Isabel is once again stuck in Willow for the summer as she tries to help her mom get the shop up and running. But when Isabel learns of a baking contest where the finalists get an all-expense paid trip to New York City, she realizes this is her chance to finally get out of Willow. Except there are two major roadblocks to this plan: Sophie, who also is entering the contest and is always the best at everything, and her own mom, who wants her to enter the contest on her terms.Can Isabel manage to finally do something for herself, without losing her best friend and further straining her already tenuous relationship with her mother? In this sweet coming-of-age story from popular teen author Lisa Schroeder, Isabel discovers that it’s not about where you go in life as much as it is about enjoying the view wherever you are.


Age: 8+

Recommended by Naomi B. 

The Blue Roan Child by Jamieson Findlay

Description via barnesandnoble.com: An epic adventure of love, trust, magic, and a very special friendship between a brave young girl and a remarkable horse.Syeira lives in Haysele, a land of horses and horse-sensitives. Fate pairs her with the wild mare Arwin when Arwin’s two colts are taken from her, and Syeira decides to help Arwin rescue the colts. Their mission proves harder than they imagined, for the fearsome Lord Ran has taken the colts far away to Thruckport, his fortified city by the sea.But despite his power, Lord Ran’s empire is less secure than he thinks. Rebel forces are gathering against him, and a few brave souls are ready to risk their lives to help Syeira and Arwin. Even so, it will take all their courage to save the colts.


Age: 8+

Recommended by Jessica B. 

The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope

Description via amazon.com: Newly orphaned Peggy Grahame is caught off-guard when she first arrives at her family’s ancestral estate. Her eccentric uncle Enos drives away her only new acquaintance, Pat, a handsome British scholar, then leaves Peggy to fend for herself. But she is not alone. The house is full of mysteries—and ghosts. Soon Peggy becomes involved with the spirits of her own Colonial ancestors and witnesses the unfolding of a centuries-old romance against a backdrop of spies and intrigue and of battles plotted and foiled. History has never been so exciting—especially because the ghosts are leading Peggy to a romance of her own!


Age: 10+

Why I loved it: Pope’s amazing skill with characters is only topped by the ingenious plot that issues from them all being thrown together in dangerous scenarios. While the action is a little muted, the romance is funny and satisfying. If you, like me, give this novel five stars, be sure to check out Elizabeth Marie Pope’s other book, The Perilous Guard. -Liz G.


What was your favorite book when you were little?


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