Now that you have a break from required school reading, pull out a book that will inspire you to have your own adventure this summer. Whether you crave intergalactic travel, journeys into whacky worlds, or a voyage in an oversized piece of fruit, we’ve got an out-of-this-world book for you right here!
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Milo is completely and utterly bored out of his mind, until one day, a toy tollbooth shows up in his room. He drives through it and finds himself on a journey through a magical Kingdom of Wisdom to rescue the Princess of Rhyme and the Princess of Reason.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Meg’s dad has mysteriously disappeared while working on a government project on time travel. When Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and her classmate Calvin discover that tesseracts (wrinkles in the time space continuum) are real, they go on a journey through time to find Meg’s dad.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Arthur Dent is shocked to learn not only that his best friend Ford is , in fact, an alien, but also that Arthur’s home planet Earth is slated to be blown up in a few minutes. Ford and Dent hitch a ride on a nearby spaceship and travel the galaxy in search of the ultimate question.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Alice’s curiosity gets the best of her when she follows a white rabbit with a pocket watch down a hole and falls into Wonderland. There, she meets Walruses and Carpenters, Mad Hatters and March Hairs, and, of course, queens with anger issues.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. Forced to live with his terrible aunts after a rhinoceros ate his parents, James feels trapped and alone. But when a marvelous and gigantic peach grows outside his house, James crawls inside to discover a band of human-sized insect friends who are ready to take him on an adventure far away from his evil aunts.
[An added bonus is that these are all classic books that your parents may have read and would love to talk about, read aloud to you, or lend you the copy they have stashed on their bookshelves And, as always, the books are much better than the movies!]