Over the summer, we ask students to choose at least 4 books from the appropriate list below.
ALL 6th - 8th graders must read: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai.
Students should arrive to school in September having prepared one of the following to present: A) A newspaper review, B) A short essay on the relevant themes of the novel, or C) A PowerPoint presentation on the novel highlighting the significant themes.
ALL 9th-10th graders must read: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.
Students should arrive to school in September having prepared one of the following to present: A) A newspaper review, B) A short essay on the relevant themes of the novel, or C) A PowerPoint presentation on the novel highlight the significant themes.
I recognize that there are those who read consistently and may have read some or all of the books listed. If you would like to make a request to read a book not on the list please contact Ms Mindy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Teachers will integrate summer reading into the course work during the first few weeks of class and likely throughout the term, and students can start the year with having explored themes and topics relevant to their studies. As students will use these texts at the beginning of the year, they should purchase a new or used copy to bring with them at the beginning of fall classes.
Choices for incoming 6th-8th graders
Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Edition) by Daniel James Brown
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers
Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Choices for incoming 9th-10th graders
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Persepolis I by Marjane Satrapi
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Black Boy by Richard Wright
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang