Middle School Summer Reading List … “There is no enjoyment like reading” – Jane Austen

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Westside Middle School Summer Reading List 2015

“Adolescents entering the adult world will do more reading and writing tasks than any other time in human history. In a complex and diverse world, their ability to read is crucial, and therefore, it is essential not only to help them survive, but also to help them thrive.” – Excerpted from  the International Reading Association (IRA) Position Statement on Adolescent Literacy, 1999.

Dear Parents, summer is the perfect opportunity for students to explore new authors and novels and continue to develop a lifelong love of reading.  Reading not only builds vocabulary skills, but also exposes students to a world of ideas and information preparing them to become members of their community and global citizens.

The books listed below represent a cross section of genres and topics.  Students in fifth and sixth grade are asked to choose two books from two different genresSeventh and eighth grade students are asked to read three books from at least two different genres. After completing their novels, fifth and sixth grade students are expected to write a one to two paragraph summary of each novel.  Seventh grade students are expected to write a two to three paragraph summary and analysis of each novel. Students will be asked to share their reflections with their humanities classes and should complete their summaries before the beginning of the school year.

Eighth grade students need to read three novels and write a brief summary of each. If there is  novel not on the list a student wants to read, please email Susannah. Eighth grade students will not share their summaries with the class but will turn them in. Instead, as an introduction to the Writer’s Workshop program, they are asked to write a one page typed essay on the following: Please read the following essay, Creating Our Own Happiness http://thisibelieve.org/essay/24791/.  Use this essay as a mentor text and write on either one. What makes you happy?   2. A time you had a different impression of a situation than what was actually real. Students will share their essays at the beginning the year. 

Summer reading list

Title Author Grade Level Genre
Mysterious Benedict Society

Series

Stewart 5-6 Adventure Mystery
Dead End in Norvelt Gantos 5-6 Autobiographical Non-Fiction
Matched Condie 5-6 Dystopia
A Wrinkle in Time L’Engle 5-6 Fantasy
Dragon Flight (Series) McCaffery 5-6 Fantasy
Number the Stars Lowry 5-6 Historical Fiction
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Kelly 5-6 Historical Fiction
Wonderstruck Selznick 5-6 Historical Fiction
Shakespeare’s Secret Borach 5-6 Mystery/Suspense
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart Fleming 5-6 Non-fiction
Dicey’s Song Voight 5-6 Realistic Fiction
Hatchet Paulsen 5-6 Realistic Fiction
Holes Sachar 5-6 Realistic Fiction
Homecoming Voight 5-6 Realistic Fiction
Solitary Blue Voight 5-6 Realistic Fiction
Stargirl Spinelli 5-6 Realistic Fiction
Woodsong Paulsen 5-6 Realistic Fiction
A Girl Named Disaster Farmer 5-6 Realistic Fiction/Adventure
Schooled Gordon Gorman 6 Realistic Fiction
The Boundless Kenneth Oppel 6 Adventure/Mystery
The Giver Lois Lowry 6/7 Mystery/Fiction
The Phoenix Files: Arrival Chris Morphew 6/7 Science Fiction
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series Riordan 5-8 Fantasy
Fifty Animals That Changed the Course of History Chaline 5-8 Non-fiction
My Life in Dog Years Paulsen 5-8 Non-fiction
The Chinese Thought of It: Amazing Inventions and Innovations Ye 5-8 Non-fiction
Peak Smith 6-8 Adventure
Sharks and Boys Tracy 6-8 Adventure
The Raft Bodeen 6-8 Adventure
City of Ember (Series) DuPrau 6-8 Dystopia
Delirium Oliver 6-8 Dystopia
The Knife of Never Letting Go Ness 6-8 Dystopia
Uglies (Series) Westerfeld 6-8 Dystopia
South by Southwest Horowitz 6-8 Mystery
The Face on the Milk Carton Cooney 6-8 Mystery
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different Blumenthal 6-8 Non-fiction
 Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World Montgomery 6-8 Non-fiction
Raft Bodeen 7-8 Fiction
The Call of the Wild. Jack London 7 Fiction
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet. Erin Dionne 7 Fiction
Small Acts of Amazing Courage Gloria Whelan 7 Historical Fiction
Baseball in April and Other Stories Soto 7 Historical Fiction
City of Orphans Avi 7 Historical Fiction
Red Scarf Girl Ji Li Jiang 7 Historical Fiction
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Taylor 7 Historical Fiction
. Hitler’s Secret. William Osborne 7 Historical Fiction
Countdown Mikaelsen 7 Realistic Fiction
Fever 1793 Anderson 7 Historical Fiction
Tall Story Gourlay 7-8 Realistic Fiction
Speak Halls Anderson 7-8 Realistic Fiction
The Fault In Our Stars John Green 7-8 Realistic Fiction
Where Things Come Back Whaley 7-8 Realistic Fiction
They Poured Fire on us From the Sky A. Deng, B. Deng, and B. Ajak 8 Non-fiction
FREEDOM RIDERS: JOHN LEWIS AND JIM ZWERG ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT Bausum 8 Non- fiction
Good Brother, Bad Brother Giblin 8 Non-fiction
Bless Me, Ultima Anaya 8 Fiction
Tangerine  Bloor 8 Fiction
A Girl Named Disaster Farmer 8 Fiction
In the Time of the Butterflies Alvarez 8 Historical Fiction
To Kill a Mockingbird Lee 8 Historical Fiction
k  7I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Angelou 8 Biography
The Secret Life of Bees Kidd 8 Realistic Fiction
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Chbosky 8 Realistic Fiction