• Summer Reading Recommendations

     Middle School

  • Develop your personal tastes in reading and to maintain/even increase your reading skill level

    To continue to develop your personal tastes in reading and to maintain (and even increase) your reading skill level, read at least 10 full-length texts over the summer months, such as these:

    • Belly Up (Gibbs)
    • Between Shades of Gray (Sepetys) Chasing Vermeer series (Balliett) Death Cloud (Lane)
    • Hidden (Frost)
    • The Maze Runner series (Dashner)
    • Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf (Holm)
    • Navigating Early (Vanderpool)
    • Notes from an Accidental Bank Geek (Dionne)
    • Okay for Now (Schmidt)
    • Paintings from the Cave: Three Novellas (Paulsen)
    • Ruby Red (Gier)
    • The Running Dream (van Draanen) A Tale Dark and Grimm (Gidwitz) Take Me to the River (Hobbs) Ungifted (Korman)
    • When You Reach Me (Stead)
    • Wish (Monninger)

  • Memoir and personal narratives (ELA 7 and ELA 7 Honors)

    To prepare specifically for the study of memoir and personal narratives (ELA 7 and ELA 7 Honors), read texts such as these: 

    • We Beat the Street, by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt with Sharon Draper
    • The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage by Eric Greitens
    • The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez
    • Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
    • Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka
    • Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers
    • Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton 

  • Study of expository writing (ELA 7 and ELA 7 Honors)

    To prepare for the study of expository writing (ELA 7 and ELA 7 Honors), read texts such as these:

    • Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin
    • How They Croaked! By Georgia Bragg
    • Spies of Mississippi by Rick Bowers
    • Every Bone Tells a Story by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw
    • Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: Teens Talk Middle School, edited by Jack Canfield
    • Guts: The True Stories behind Hatchet and the Brian Books by Gary Paulsen
    • An American Plague by Jim Murphy

  • Mythology (ELA 7 and ELA 7 Honors)

    To prepare for the study of mythology (ELA 7 and ELA 7 Honors), focus on classical mythological tales from Greek, Norse, and Native American traditions and/or contemporary adaptations of mythologies, such as these:

    • Sea of Trolls (trilogy) by Nancy Farmer
    • Quiver by Stephanie Spinner
    • The Great God Pan by Donna Jo Napoli
    • The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
    • The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton

  • “Journeys and Passages” unit of study (ELA 7 and ELA 7 Honors)

    To prepare for the “Journeys and Passages” unit of study (ELA 7 and ELA 7 Honors), focus on hero-like characters who undertake both literal and figurative journeys, such as these:

    • One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
    • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
    • The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
    • A Soldier’s Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds by Marissa Moss
    • The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
    • Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
    • The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin
    • It's a Wonderful Death by Sarah Schmitt
    • The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
    • Boys in the Boat, young readers adaptation (Brown)

  • “Dramatically Speaking” unit of study (ELA 7 Honors only)

    To prepare for the “Dramatically Speaking” unit of study (ELA 7 Honors only), focus on dramatic text structures by reading plays and books about theatre, such as these:

    • The Phantom Tollbooth (play) by Norton Juster
    • The BFG: A Set of Plays by Roald Dahl
    • Pushing Up the Sky: Seven Native American Plays by Joseph Bruchac
    • Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
    • A Star is Born by Walter Dean Myers
    • How to Stage a Catastrophe by Rebecca Donnelly

  • Develop your personal tastes in reading and to maintain/even increase your reading skill level

    To continue to develop your personal tastes in reading and to maintain (and even increase) your reading skill level, self-select at least 10 full-length, personally interesting texts over the summer months. Try to read from a variety of genres and forms, including fiction, non-fiction, prose in verse, poetry, and essays.

  • “Characters Inside Out” unit of study (ELA 8 and ELA 8 Honors)

    To prepare specifically for the “Characters Inside Out” unit of study (ELA 8 and ELA 8 Honors), focus on fiction with significant character development and character change, such as these:

    • Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
    • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
    • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
    • Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
    • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose
    • The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
    • The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
    • Ghost by Jason Reynolds

  • “Conflict and Unrest” unit of study (ELA 8 and ELA 8 Honors)

    To prepare for the “Conflict and Unrest” unit of study (ELA 8 and ELA 8 Honors), focus on plot-based conflict including variations on conflict resolution and multiple types of conflicts in texts such as these:

    • Undertow by Michael Buckley
    • Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
    • I Become Shadow by Joe Sine
    • The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
    • Proxy by Alex London
    • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
    • Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

  • “Powerful Young Voices” unit (ELA 8 and ELA 8 Honors)

    To prepare for the “Powerful Young Voices” unit (ELA 8 and ELA 8 Honors), focus on texts written by young writers with a focus on advocacy, such as these:

    • Kids with Courage: True Stories about Young People Making a Difference by Barbara A. Lewis
    • Trouble in My Head: A Young Girl’s Fight with Depression by Mathilde Monaque
    • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison
    • I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda & Caitlin Alifirenka
    • I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education & Changed the World (Young Readers Ed) by Malala Yousafzai & Patricia McCormick
    • Ignite Your Spark : Discovering Who You Are from the Inside Out by Patricia Wooster

  • “Mystery and Macabre” unit of study (ELA 8 Only)

    To prepare for the “Mystery and Macabre” unit of study (ELA 8 Only), focus on traditional mysteries and tales of the macabre, such as these:

    • Icefall by Matthew Kirby
    • Doll Bones by Holly Black
    • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
    • Sweet by Emmy Laybourne
    • Ink and Ashes by Valynne Maetani
    • I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
    • Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse by Curtis Jobling
    • The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

  • “Metaphorically Speaking” unit of study (ELA 8 Honors Only)

    “Metaphorically Speaking” unit of study (ELA 8 Honors Only) focus on award-winning fiction and non-fiction texts that use advanced metaphorical language and symbolism, such as these:

    • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
    • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
    • Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
    • Hidden by Helen Frost
    • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan