Summer Middle Grade Lit Camp 2022

Summer Middle Grade Lit Camp 2022

Tuesday Jul 12, 2022 - Tuesday Aug 23, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

RSVP REQUIRED – full registration is $150 and includes four pre-selected book club books!
Individual sessions are $40 each (information below on how to register for individual sessions)

Please register here if you plan on attending – we will send Zoom invites and communications about the program to the e-mail you use, so please double check that this information is correct. The link here is to register for the FULL event series, which includes all four amazing books and access to the author talks with all five authors.

**Note: The last day to sign up and have your books shipped is 7/5. All in-store pick ups will be available until day of event. 




About the Event:

We are so excited to be bringing back our Middle Grade Lit Camp program for the Summer of 2022! Running through July and August, taking place every two weeks, kids will be able to virtually take part in our book club meetings to discuss four brand-new middle-grade novels. The discussion will be led by our Children’s Book Specialist Brittany, with the added bonus of having the opportunity to ask the authors questions directly. Our Lit Camp was created during Covid-19 to be a fun and unique way to keep kids engaged with the latest novels and also be able to socialize with peers from the neighborhood (and across the country) who love to read!

Each discussion takes place on Tuesday from 11-12:30 (EST) via zoom. The first half of the event is a book discussion with the author followed by a Q&A where everyone has the chance to ask the author any burning questions. The second half is a book club led discussion with our bookseller Brittany to further delve into the topics and themes of the novel. Scroll down to see the entire lineup of authors! 

The enrollment fee for the Summer Lit Camp is $150 and includes the four pre-selected book club books and admission into each virtual discussion. If you can’t make every session no worries! For individual sign-ups please select the link by the books below. Books are either available for pick up at our three Brooklyn stores or will be shipped to you as soon as you register, so that the kids can have a chance to read a few ahead. This is an opportunity for kids to connect with other readers their age and have a thought-provoking discussion around a series of diverse books alongside the author. We hope to see all our avid readers soon!

You can register here!

Book List

When: Tuesday July 12, 11-12:30 EST 

Every Bird a Prince

By: Jenn Reese

A girl’s quest to save a forest kingdom is intertwined with her exploration of identity in Every Bird a Prince.

The only time Eren Evers feels like herself is when she’s on her bike, racing through the deep woods. While so much of her life at home and at school is flying out of control, the muddy trails and the sting of wind in her face are familiar comforts. Until she rescues a strange, magical bird, who reveals a shocking secret: their forest kingdom is under attack by an ancient foe—the vile Frostfangs—and the birds need Eren’s help to survive.

Seventh grade is hard enough without adding “bird champion” to her list of after-school activities. Lately, Eren’s friends seem obsessed with their crushes and the upcoming dance, while Eren can’t figure out what a crush should even feel like. Still, if she doesn’t play along, they may leave her behind…or just leave her all together. Then the birds enlist one of Eren’s classmates, forcing her separate lives to collide. In order to save what she holds dearest, Eren will need to do something utterly terrifying: be brave enough to embrace her innermost truths, no matter the cost.

Register for Individual Session HERE!


When: Tuesday July 26, 11-12:30 EST 

Lia Park and the Missing Jewel

By: Jenna Yoon

Perfect for fans of the Storm Runner and Aru Shah series, this thrilling middle grade fantasy follows a young girl who must venture to the undersea kingdom of the Dragon King in Korea to save her parents from an evil diviner spirit.

Twelve-year old Lia Park just wants to fit in. Her parents work with a mysterious organization that makes them ridiculously overprotective. Lia’s every move has been scrutinized since she was born, and she’d love to have the option of doing something exciting for once. So when she gets invited to the biggest birthday party of the year—and her parents say she can’t go—Lia sneaks out.

But her first act of rebellion not only breaks her parents’ rules, but also an ancient protection spell, allowing an evil diviner spirit to kidnap and ransom her parents for a powerful jewel that her family has guarded for years. With just the clothes on her back and some very rusty magical skills, Lia finds herself chasing mysterious clues that take her to her grandmother’s home in Korea. Along with her friend, Joon, Lia must dig deep and find courage to stand up for those who are weak—and become the hero her parents need.

Register for Individual Session HERE!


When: Tuesday August 9, 11-12:30 EST 

Grounded for All Eternity

By: Darcy Marks

Mal and his friends are just your regular average kids from hell. The suburbs that is, not the fiery pit part. But when Hell’s Bells ring out—signaling that a soul has escaped from one of the eternal circles, Mal and his friends can’t help but take the opportunity for a little adventure.

Before they know it, they’ve somehow slipped through the veil and found themselves in the middle of Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night. And what’s even worse, they’ve managed to bring the escaped soul with them! As the essence of one of history’s greatest manipulators gains power by shifting the balance on Earth, Mal and his squad-mates—along with some new friends that they meet along the way—work desperately to trap the escapee, save the people of Earth from the forces of evil, and find the portal back to their own dimension.

If they can’t manage it before their parents realize they’re gone, they’ll be grounded for an eternity. And an eternity in hell is a very, very long time.


Register for Individual Session HERE!


When: Tuesday August 23, 11-12:30 EST 

The Hike to Home

By: Jess Rinker

In this fun middle grade adventure, a young girl and her two new friends brave the wilderness to find a castle, prove a local legend, and discover the true meaning of home.

Lin Moser is not looking forward to this summer. After living on the road all her life, hiking mountains and traveling through the country in an RV with her house-flipping parents, she’s now stuck in Newbridge, New Jersey for their longest stay yet. With Mom away on a year-long naturalist assignment, Lin has resigned herself to having the most boring summer ever. But then she finds out about a local legend: an ancient ruined castle in the woods that no one has been able to find. Hiking to this castle would be like a quest. . . such an amazing quest that Mom might even come home, and they could adventure together the way they used to.

Determined to create her own adventure, Lin sets off on her biggest one yet―braving the wilderness with her two new friends, seeking the castle, and maybe discovering a new idea of home along the way.

Register for Individual Session HERE!



Anti-Harassment Policy:

We expect all participants to maintain an atmosphere of respect and fairness.

Anyone who violates this standard of behavior, including engaging in any form of harassment, or otherwise disrupts the event, may, at the discretion of the organizers, be immediately removed. Participants removed as a result of their behavior will not receive any refund.