Summer Reading 2019
Research on summer reading and its value strongly supports that students who read consistently avoid the traditional summer slide. Regular practice in reading literature affords each learner the opportunity to strengthen his/her skills as well as prepare for future learning this fall. The research also says that students need choice.
So what does this mean? It means we want everyone to read! Read novels, menus, billboards, newspapers, magazines, blogs, read everything! Read together, read alone, read in the car, at the beach, or in your own home.
Students, listed below are the novels your teachers will use to begin the school year. It is your recommended reading for the summer. These novels will be used in the early weeks of the school year to frame your learning and support you in completing multiple assignments. We encourage you to take notes, use sticky notes, annotate, or use any other method which supports your reading. These tools will support the instruction and learning that will take place in the fall. On a separate link on this page, you can find tips for reading this summer.
Incoming Sixth Graders
ALL incoming 6th grade students should read 1 novel from this list and a minimum of 1 additional book of their choice.
- Crash by Jerry Spinelli
- Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
- Running Out of Time by Magaret Peterson Haddix
- Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northrup, Free Black Man by Judith and Dennis Fradin
- The Angel Experiment: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
- The Capture by Kathryn Lasky
- The Unteachables by Gordon Korman
Incoming Seventh Graders
ALL incoming 7th grade students should read 1 novel from this list and a minimum of 1 additional book of their choice.
- Guitar Notes by Mary Amato
- The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
- Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 by Elisa Carbone
- Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
- Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Rules by Cynthia Lord
- A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Incoming Eighth Graders
ALL incoming 8th grade students should read 1 novel from this list and a minimum of 1 additional book of their choice.
- The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore
- Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick
- Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak