UMS Reading List (7-8)

Summer Reading lists are here!

6th Graders moving 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 jppaustin@yahoo.com. 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: Watership Down – by Richard Adams and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau.
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, these summer reading lists are 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 lamadon3@gmail.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!
 
Additional 8thGrade

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.

 

 


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