The two reading lists below are part of the library summer reading challenge.
6th Grade Going into 7th Grade
My hope and expectation is that incoming 7th graders find time for reading this summer, and that they look to read books they really enjoy. That is why I have provided such an extensive list of recommended books. There is one required book explained below, but outside of that read whatever you desire-just read, read, read! Jim Parker, 7th Grade Coordinator
Along with the required reading, please create a list of books that you read this summer. A small celebration (involving ice cream and prizes) will be held for all students reading (and listing) six or more books.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to share ideas about books, recommend books, or receive more book recommendations, please email me and get the conversation started.
REQUIRED READING: Please read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton in late July and early August. Please keep a character log in a spiral notebook. Character logs should include descriptions of the characters and how they are related to other characters in the novel. Class discussion and an essay test will take place the first three weeks of school.
Moon Over Manifest & Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Stars, Like Dust by Isaac Asimov
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Pieces of Georgia: A Novel by Jen Bryant
CHALLENGE BOOK: Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card (series)
Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey
Heist Society by Ally Carter
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi
Airman by Eoin Colfer
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (series)
Matched by Alex Condie
Three Black Swans by Caroline Cooney
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings
Igbal by Francisco D’Adamo
Payback Time by Carl Deuker
Notes From An Accidental Band Geek by Erin Dionne
The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Fire from the Rock by Sharon M. Draper
Challenge Book: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game by John Feinstein
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (series)
Sir Charlie Chaplin: The Funniest Man in the World by Sid Fleishman
The War to End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman
The Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution by Sally Gardner
Take Me To The River by Will Hobbs
Middle School is Worse Than Meat Loaf by Jennifer Holmes
Dragonfly by Julia Golding
How the Hangman Lost His Heart by K. M. Grant
The Big Time: A Football Genius Novel by Tim Green
Planet Middle School by Nikki Grimes
Reaching Dustin by Vicki Grove
Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale
The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett
Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Nightrise by Anthony Horowitz
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
The Cobra King of Kathmandu by P. B. Kerr
Challenge Book: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
Stuck on Earth by David Klass
Pop by Gordon Korman
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Chronicles of Narnia (7 book series) by C.S Lewis
Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China by Moying Li
CHALLENGE BOOK: The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Heat by Mike Lupica (actually love most titles by Mike Lupica)
Ruined, A Ghost Story by Paula Morris
The Real Benedict Arnold by Jim Murphy
Slam by Walter Dean Myers
You & Yours by Naomi Shihab Nye
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
CHALLENGE BOOK: Eragon by Christopher Paloni(series)
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve.
The Red Pyramid & The Lost Heroby Rick Riordan (any books in any of the Riordan series)
Keturah and Lord Death by Carlos Zafón Ruiz
Rescuing Seneca Crane by Susan Runholt
Boris by Cynthia Rylant
The Cardturner: A Novel About a Queen, a King, and a Joker by Louis Sachar
Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury
Okay For Now & The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman. Other good titles from Neal Shusterman: The Schwa Was Here and/or Antsy Does Time.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie and After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud
Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien
CHALLENGE BOOK: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps by Andrea Warren.
CHALLENGE BOOK. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (series)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Richard Yancey
8th Graders are required to read at least two books of their choice.
Summertime again! Time for barbeque, swim parties and, yes, summer reading. In order to assist you as well as possible, the Language Arts & Social Studies teams have put together a list of recommended books for your summer reading pleasure. Each list contains a variety of genres and is separated by grade level. These lists are only suggested reading; feel free to choose your own books for summer reading as well. Also feel free to continue any reading accommodations used during the school year (i.e. books on tape, reading together) whenever necessary.
Once again we ask students to keep up a summer reading log that includes:
- the title and author of each book you read
- the date when you finish the book
- a parent’s initials acknowledging that you have finished.
The reading log is merely a list of books you read with the above information and can be done on any piece of notebook paper or on a computer document.
8th Graders also have additional required reading. These required assignments count towards your total books read (exception: 8th grade Social Studies assignment). Challenge books count as “two books”. A party will be held at the beginning of the school year for students that read at least seven books. Prizes will be given to our most prolific readers. Reading logs are due the first week of school. Invitations to the party will be given to students that turn in their logs to their homeroom teachers during the first week. You can also email me your reading log if you prefer. Logs will not be accepted after the first week of school.
As mentioned up top, the summer reading list is only a guideline of recommended books. Other books that are not on the list are definitely allowed and encouraged. I would recommend parents help their child choose books that are at their reading level. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at email@example.com. If you would like to read a book from a different grade list, we are fine with that, but be aware that some of the books on the upper grade lists are chosen because of the mature content they contain.
Have Fun Reading!
Go and Come Back by Joan Abelove
Up on Cloud Nine by Anne Fine
April Morning by Howard Fast
Ghost Boy by Iain Lawrence
Touching the Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Freak the Mighty by W.R. Philbrick
True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolf
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglass Adams
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
Folkkeeper by Franny Bilingsley
Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther
The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters
Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Tehanu by Ursula k. Le Guin
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
Challenge Books for 8th Grade
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Dune and/or others in the series by Frank Hebert
Pooh and the Millennium by John Tyerman Williams
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone (counts as three books)
Required Reading for the 8th Grade
Please read Watership Down by Richard Adams in July & early August. It counts as a challenge book (two books for your Reading Log). Please keep a character log for each section/time period in the book. Character logs should include descriptions of the main character of that section and how they are related to past characters in the novel. Class discussion and a test will take place the first three weeks of school. If you do not read this book this summer, it will be the first book you read when school begins. If you read it during the summer you will not have to read a novel in the first quarter.
Required for 8th Grade Social Studies
Please read Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience”. It is a short(-ish) essay and exists in the public domain, so it can be found online for free or at most bookstores for a very inexpensive price.
One of the skills emphasized in 8th grade is how to effectively research. Since there are excellent tools available on the Austin Public Library’s website, every student who is eligible should have a library card. Please note that this is free, but does require a parent or guardian’s signature.