UMS Summer Reading List (7-8)



7th Grade Required Reading & Character Log

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

(please finish by the first day of school)

  • Read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Create a character log of at least seven of the characters from the book-write 1-3 sentences describing each of these characters.
  • Keep a running list of all the other books and authors you read this summer.


8th Grade Required Reading:

I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib


The Paper Menagerie short story by Ken Liu

(please finish by the first day of school)

  • Below, is a digital copy of “The Paper Menagerie”. Students will also receive an essay prompt from Ms. Ellis in June. The essay will need to be completed before school begins this fall.


Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

(for discussion in Mr. Engel’s U.S. History Class; Civil Disobedience is in the Public Domain, and can be found online for free in both eBook and AudioBook formats.)


Click on the picture for the peer-suggestedSummer Reading titles for the summer, but feel free to read whatever you would like. Be sure to keep a running list of books you read, or use the SFS Library Summer Reading Log.



For comics, graphic novels, or other curated lists take advantage of our Virtual Library