Middle School Summer

June 2018

Dear Parents and Students:

Greetings from the English Department! With much enthusiasm, we present this year’s summer reading lists. As always, our goal with summer reading for all grades is to keep the students’ minds in shape for next year, but more importantly, we hope students will select books that they enjoy and that will cultivate a life-long love of reading. While some of the readings are required, we hope that your daughter will carefully choose her optional book or books. A student should allow time to choose a text she enjoys. If she begins one that does not suit her, she should put it aside and choose one that better fits her interests. We are always happy to offer suggestions to parents and students. After all, there is nothing an English teacher loves more than to talk with someone about great literature.

We wish you a restful summer and look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Happy reading!

Sincerely,

The English Department

Ginny Jervis
Kara Rufo
Kerri D. Schuster

Reading

5th Grade

2018 Summer Reading List for Students Entering 5th Grade

Required for all students:

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

In addition to A Wrinkle Time, you must read at least one additional book from the following list:

  • Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
  • John Bellairs, The House with a Clock in its Walls
  • Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, The War that Saved My Life
  • Carol Brink, Caddie Woodlawn
  • Betsy Byars, Summer of the Swans
  • Sharon Creech, Pleasing the Ghost
  • Christopher Paul Curtis, The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1965
  • Roald Dahl, Danny The Champion of the World
  • Nancy Farmer, The Warm Place/ The House of the Scorpion
  • Jean Fritz, Brady
  • Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain
  • Bette Green, Philip Hall Likes Me. I Reckon Maybe
  • Alice Hahn, Stepping on the Cracks)
  • Virginia Hamilton, The House of Dies Drear
  • Carl Hiassenl, Hoot; Flash
  • Jennifer Holm, Turtle in Paradise
  • Polly Horvath, Everything on a Waffle
  • Madeline L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
  • Cynthia Lord, Rules
  • Lois Lowry, Number the Stars
  • Janet Lunn, The Root Cellar
  • Scott O'Dell, The Black Pearl; Black Star, Bright Dawn
  • R.J. Palacio, Wonder
  • Katherine Paterson, The Great Gilly Hopkins; Flip-Flop Girl
  • Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Rick Riordan, (any book written by this author)
  • J. K. Rowling, (any book from the Harry Potter Series)
  • Ellen Ruskin, The Westing Game
  • Cynthia Rylant, Missing May
  • Jerry Spinelli, Hokey Pokey
  • Rebecca Stead, First Light
  • Stephanie Tolan, Surviving the Applewhites


6th Grade

2018 Summer Reading List for Students Entering 6th Grade

Required for all students: A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

In addition to the required book, you must read one additional book of your choice from the following list:

  • Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
  • Blue Balliett, Chasing Vermeer
  • Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, The War That Saved My Life
  • Karen Cushman, Catherine Called Birdy
  • Allyson Birthwaite Condie, Matched
  • Sharon Creech, Absolutely Normal Chaos
  • Walk Two Moons
  • Replay
  • Ruby Holler
  • The Wanderer
  • Eleanor Estes, Ginger Pye
  • Nancy Farmer, A Girl Named Disaster
  • Jean Fritz, Brady
  • Jack Gantos, Dead End in Norvelt
  • Kevin Henkes, Olive’s Ocean
  • Margaret Haddix, Among the Imposters; Among the Barons
  • Virginia Hamilton, The Mystery of Drear House
  • The House of Dies Drear
  • Jennifer Holm, Penny from Heaven
  • E.L. Konigsburg, The View from Saturday
  • Madeleine L’Engle Any book written by this author
  • Lois Lowry, Gathering Blue, Gossamer, Silent
  • Ann M. Martin, A Corner of the Universe
  • Scott O'Dell, Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Sing Down the Moon
  • R.J. Palacio, Wonder
  • Katherine Paterson, The Same Stuff as Stars
  • Bread and Roses, Too
  • Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Ann Rinaldi, (Any of her historical fiction)
  • Rick Riordan, (Any YA book written by this author))
  • J. K. Rowling,(Any Harry Potter book is acceptable)
  • Pam Munoz Ryan, Echo
  • Anna Sewell, Black Beauty
  • Suzanne Staples, Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind
  • Rebecca Stead, Goodbye Stranger/ First Light
  • Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Gypsy Game
  • Jerry Spinelli, (any Jerry Spinelli book appropriate for Middle School)
  • Amy Timberlake, One Came Home
  • Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

7th Grade

2018 Summer Reading List for Students Entering 7th Grade

Required for all students:

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

In addition to the required book, you must read two additional books of your choice from the list below.

  • Louisa May Alcott, Little Men
    • Little Women
  • Kwame Alexander, The Crossover
  • Kelly Barnhill, The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  • Kim Brubaker Bradley, The War That Saved My Life
  • Jen Bryant, The Trial/ Kaleidoscope
  • Suzanne Collins, Hunger Games/ Catching Fire/Mockingjay
  • Ally Condie, Matched
  • Karen Cushman, Catherine, Called Birdy
  • Jack Gantos, Dead End in Norvelt
  • Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen/Belles on Their Toes
  • Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean
  • S.E. Hinton, That Was Then, This Is Now/ Tex/ Rumblefish
  • Cynthia Kadohata, Kira-Kira
  • Helen Keller, The Story of My Life
  • Madeline L'Engle, Wrinkle in Time
  • Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Sky
  • Lois Lowry, Gathering Blue
    Gossamer
  • Janet Lunn, The Root Cellar
  • Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard
  • Gary Paulson, Hatchet
  • Lynne Rae Perkins, Criss Cross
  • Carolyn Reeder, Shades of Gray
  • Ann Rinaldi (any of her YA historical fiction)
  • Rick Riordan (any YA book written by him)
  • Gary Schmidt, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
  • Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Rebecca Stead, Goodbye Stranger
  • Theodore Taylor, The Cay
  • Mildred Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Amy Timberlake, One Came Home
  • Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped
  • Jaqueline Woodson, Locomotion/Peace, Locomotion
  • Lawrence Yep, Dragonwings

8th Grade

2018 Summer Reading List Students Entering 8th Grade

All students must read the following:

Laurie Halse Anderson, Chains

Required for all students:

You are required to read at least one additional dystopian or historical fiction book.

Some suggestions are listed below:

  • Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
  • Kiera Cass, The Selection
  • Ally Condie, Matched
  • James Dashner, The Maze Runner
  • Michael Grant, Gone
  • Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
  • Lois Lowry, Gathering Blue/The Messenger/Gossamer
  • Marissa Meyer, Cinder
  • Lauren Oliver, Delirium
  • Ann Rinaldi, Any of her historical fiction
  • Veronica Roth, Divergent
  • Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Scott Wethersfield, Uglies