I'm leading a session on reaching reluctant readers, and I always end up talking about graphic novels when I do. They're not comic books, thought they look like it, and they're a great bridge for those visual learners who may have given up on books altogether.
Wimpy Kid, Raina Telgemeier are my standby recommendation, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol, a recent graphic novel about going to camp, and being different (she's Russian). This was such a great addition to the graphic novel MG department--it really gets how it feels to be different, and how sometimes you're not sure if you're still a kid or should act like a teen. Funny, and easy to read, I highly recommend it for your summer reading list, even if you're not a reluctant reader.
How about you? Have any reluctant reader books to share for me to take to Kansas?