Summer Overview for Middle School

The following are lists of our Middle School teachers' summer reading recommendations and extra credit opportunities. Have a wonderful summer and read, read, read!

 

Fourth Grade

Reading Lists

Extra Credit Opportunities 

Fifth Grade

Reading Lists

Extra Credit Opportunities 

Sixth Grade

Dear Parents of Rising 6th Graders,

 One of the values I try to teach is the love of reading.  It is my hope that students will enjoy reading over the summer.  Read anything!  Read National Geographic or the Sports page.  Please feel free to employ audio books in the car, or to have family read-alouds.  I have compiled a book list for students past and present to help them choose a book that they will enjoy reading. 

 I do ask students to refrain from reading the books that we may cover in 6th and 7th grades.  I list these below:

 The Odyssey

The Wave

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Outsiders

The Little Prince

The Giver

Tangerine

The Hobbit

Ties that Bind, Ties that Break

Hiroshima

My students in 6th grade will have the opportunity to earn extra credit for the reading that they do outside of class.  Please bring in a list of books read signed by a parent.  Students will have the opportunity to earn extra credit every quarter, so keep up the good work!

-Mrs. Allen

 

One link I can suggest for gifted readers of all ages is http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/hot_topics.htm.  Enjoy browsing!

Young Adult Fiction

London Calling, Edward Bloor

Silent to the Bone, E. L. Konigsburg

Zipped, Laura and Tom McNeal

A Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy, Libba Bray

City of Bones trilogy, Cassandra Clare

Homecoming series, Cynthia Voight

Harry Potter novels, JK Rowling

Spud, John van de Ruit

Al Capone Does my Shirts, Gennifer Cheldenko

Elsewhere, Gabrielle Zevin

The Giver trilogy, Lois Lowery

For science fiction fans:

I really enjoyed Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and the sequels and companion novels that follow.

Many students have read the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.  Those looking for a science fiction novel from this author may wish to read her novel Host.

A classic sci-fi novel is Frank Herbert’s Dune.

Novels about World Cultures or that relate to Social Studies

Under the Blood Red Sun, Graham Salisbury

The Good Earth, Pearl Buck

Forbidden City, William E Bell

Red Scarf Girl, Ji-Li Jiang

Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

Facing the Lion, Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton

The Song of Be, Lesley Beak

The Other Side of Truth, Beverly Naidoo

My Forbidden Face (nonfiction!), Latifa

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, Suzanne Fisher Staples

The Road From Home, David Kherdian

Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt

My Brother Sam is Dead, James Lincoln Collier

Seventh Grade

Dear Parents of Rising 7th Graders,

 One of the values I try to teach is the love of reading.  It is my hope that students will enjoy reading over the summer.  Read anything!  Read National Geographic or the Sports page.  Please feel free to employ audio books in the car, or to have family read-alouds.  I have compiled a book list for students past and present to help them choose a book that they will enjoy reading. 

I do ask students to refrain from reading the books that we may cover in 6th and 7th grades.  I list these below: 

The Odyssey

The Wave

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Outsiders

The Little Prince

The Giver

Tangerine

The Hobbit

Ties that Bind, Ties that Break

Hiroshima

My students in 7th grade will have the opportunity to earn extra credit for the reading that they do outside of class.  During the first two weeks of school, I teach my students how to write a book review, and they may choose to write up a book of their choice to receive an extra test grade in English class.  Students will have the opportunity to earn extra credit every quarter, so keep up the good work!

-Mrs. Allen

 

One link I can suggest for gifted readers of all ages is http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/hot_topics.htm.  Enjoy browsing!

Young Adult Fiction

London Calling, Edward Bloor

Silent to the Bone, E. L. Konigsburg

Zipped, Laura and Tom McNeal

A Great and Terrible Beauty trilogy, Libba Bray

City of Bones trilogy, Cassandra Clare

Homecoming series, Cynthia Voight

Harry Potter novels, JK Rowling

Spud, John van de Ruit

Al Capone Does my Shirts, Gennifer Cheldenko

Elsewhere, Gabrielle Zevin

The Giver trilogy, Lois Lowery

For science fiction fans

I really enjoyed Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and the sequels and companion novels that follow.

Many students have read the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.  Those looking for a science fiction novel from this author may wish to read her novel Host.

A classic sci-fi novel is Frank Herbert’s Dune.

Printz Award Winners and Printz Honor Books are usually a good bet for a mature teen reader.  Some of these novels may have content that parents of middle school students may find objectionable. I have read and recommend the following Printz novels for mature students:

Looking for Alaska by John Greene

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

An Abundance of Katherines by John Greene

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Chanda’s Secrets by Alan Stratton

True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolf

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Novels about World Cultures or that relate to Social Studies

Under the Blood Red Sun, Graham Salisbury

The Good Earth, Pearl Buck

Forbidden City, William E Bell

Red Scarf Girl, Ji-Li Jiang

Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

Facing the Lion, Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton

The Song of Be, Lesley Beak

The Other Side of Truth, Beverly Naidoo

My Forbidden Face (nonfiction!), Latifa

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind, Suzanne Fisher Staples

The Road From Home, David Kherdian

Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt

My Brother Sam is Dead, James Lincoln Collier