Summer Reading List: “Trouble on the St. Johns River”

In Trouble on the St. Johns River, the Johnson kids Joey, Bobby and Katy are up to their adventurous ways again. But this time, instead of exploring history, they’re making it! Joey and Bobby start their summer vacation by setting out for their favorite fishing pond, but end up leading a crusade to clean up the environment instead. Finding the pond covered with green muck and dead fish, the brothers decide to do something about it. That leads to a close encounter with a manatee, a visit to a center that rehabilitates injured sea turtles, and a boat tour on the St. Johns River. What they learn through these experiences inspires them to create The Greenies and chart a course of action that captures the attention of many, including a local TV station. By the end of the story, Joey, who thought there was nothing kids could do to make a difference, realizes that perhaps they are the very ones who can. It’s a story of awakening that will inspire young readers to become more aware of their environment and give them some ideas on how to preserve it.

Trouble on the St. Johns River is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Trouble on the St. Johns River is written by Jane R. Wood. This is one of five books in her award-winning series of chapter books:  Voices in St. Augustine,  Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried TreasureGhosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.

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Summer Reading List for Students

Looking for interesting books to spark summer reading? Check out these fun reads at the local library, bookstore, or online. If titles aren’t available in the library system, kindly request they be added.

This list includes a variety of books for all reading levels. From AR* (Accelerated Readers) to chapter books—ignite reading interest for students this summer!

  1. Kilpatrick McMurray McFrownSarah Sproles
  2. G’DAY: Aints*M. W. Adams
  3. DOWN UNDER: Kussins*M. W. Adams
  4. OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters*M. W. Adams
  5. Pilgrims: Fly on the Wall Series*—Linda Smigaj
  6. Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series—Linda Smigaj
  7. Eli’s BalloonCandace Ruffin
  8. Frozen FloppiesJohn Hope
  9. Parts of Speech Parade: New York CityIrina Dolinskiy
  10. Polly and Her PigtailsDebra Latiolais
  11. Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy*Christa Carpenter
  12. Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl*Christa Carpenter
  13. Eddie, That’s Spaghetti! A Story About Being a Dog*Christa Carpenter
  14. Little Miss Grubby Toes, Plays with Fire!*Eddie Price
  15. Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!*Eddie Price
  16. Scribble Dee Sophie: A Story for Young Artists and Their ParentsKaren Spruill
  17. Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends*Karen Spruill
  18. King for a Day, the Story of Stories*Mark Wayne Adams
  19. Good NightMareMark Wayne Adams
  20. Miss Mary’s Missing Book BagMark Wayne Adams
  21. Field of DreamsMark Hoog
  22. Treasure IslandMark Hoog
  23. Dream MachineMark Hoog
  24. Your SongMark Hoog
  25. Magic MountainMark Hoog
  26. Johari’s JoyCarol Hensel
  27. Lu and the Earth Bug Crew, Zap the Energy Spikes—Derek Sabori
  28. Guinea in My Cap?Wanda Hughes
  29. Lost in Boston*Jane R. Wood
  30. Ghosts on the Coast: a Visit to Savannah and the Low Country*Jane R. Wood
  31. Trouble on the St. John’s River*Jane R. Wood
  32. Adventures on Amelia Island: a Pirate, a Princess, and a Buried Treasure*Jane R. Wood
  33. Voices in St. Augustine*Jane R. Wood
  34. Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden ForestDiane Harper
  35. Jace’s Adventure at Crystal LagoonDiane Harper
  36. A Dolly, A Dog, and A Camper—Kay Whitehouse
  37. Dolly Becomes a Scout—Kay Whitehouse
  38. A Hand Truck Named Dolly—Kay Whitehouse
  39. Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR?Jayne Rose-Vallee
  40. The Rocket Ship Bed TripN. Jane Quackenbush