Middle School
Summer reading has been proven to help maintain reading skills and to improve literacy and vocabulary.   Students should read for pleasure, enrichment, and/or information during the summer months.  Students must read at least one book at an appropriate grade/reading level in order to fulfill the summer reading requirement. Contracts signed by parent/guardian and student will be accepted by homeroom teachers between September 3rd and September 13th. 

Middle School Non-Fiction Suggested Reading

Grade 6 - Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton with Sheryl Berk and Rick Bundschuh:  
Bethany Hamilton shares the story of her lifelong love of surfing, and tells how she was able to
recover and return to competition with the help of her family, friends, and faith after losing her
 arm in a shark attack at the age of thirteen.

Grade 6 -  Written in Bone by Sally M. Walker
This book reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating grave sites in James
Fort, in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand the people who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area
in the 1600s and 1700s.

Grade 7 -    Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah:  The author tells the story of her painful
 childhood in China where she lived until the age of fourteen with her father, stepmother, and
siblings, all of whom considered her bad luck because her mother died shortly after giving birth
to her.

Grade 7 - Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley with Ron Powers; adapted for young
people by Michael French: 
This adaptation of the complete text provides the true story of the
actions that led to the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima by American Marines in February 1945.

*Grade 8 -  Stiff by Mary Roach:  A look inside the world of forensics examines the use of
human cadavers in a wide range of endeavors, including research into new surgical procedures,
space exploration, and a Tennessee human decay research facility.

Grade 8 - Storming the Tulips by Ronald Sanders; translated & revised by Hannie J.
  This text presents the stories of twenty students who attended the First Montessori
School in Amsterdam during the Holocaust. It discusses the hardships and tragedies
the children faced when friends and family members disappeared, some were sent to death
camps, some joined the Nazi youth, and some struggled to find food.

Grade Six Suggested Reading:

Suggested Author – Pam Munoz Ryan:   Esperanza Rising and Riding Freedom are just two
 of the author’s novels that
draw on the rich cultural heritage of her family background, as well
 as important segments of American history, to create memorable books that are exciting to
read, and that depict strong human values.

Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt:  Part survival tale, part family story, this classic on-the-road
 novel features a family of four brave children led by 13-year-old Dicey. Abandoned by their
 mother in the parking lot of a Connecticut mall, the Tillerman children make a long,
dangerous trip to Maryland to find a home.

Suggested Author – Mike Lupica:   The Underdogs, The Big Field, and Travel Team are just
 three of this sports writer’s novels that focus on sports and teach children about teamwork,
heroes, and friendship. 

The Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz: The Alex Rider Series  - Summary of
Stormbreaker Book 1
- Fourteen-year-old Alex gets caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse
 when he is recruited by Britain’s top secret intelligence agency, MI6, to try and find his
uncle’s killer.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery:  Anne Shirley is an orphan in Canada
in the early 1900's who is adopted by a quiet couple.  Anne and her mischievous personality
 turn this family’s life up-side down.  (Classic)

The Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer Series by John Grisham: Summary from Book One (same
title) – Because thirteen year old Theo Boone, who dreams of becoming a great trial lawyer,
knows so much, he is dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain:  This tale depicts the life of an imaginative,
 troublesome boy in the American West of the 1840s, Tom Sawyer.  The story is comprised of
 comic vignettes based upon Tom’s and Huck Finn’s antics, but there is a darker story that
 emerges regarding the murder of Injun Joe.  (Classic)

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead:  The themes found in this Newbury Medal-winning
 mystery novel focuse on independence, redemption and friendship.  It follows the escapades of
 sixth grader Miranda in New York City during the late 1970’s as she deals with making new
friends, the “laughing man,” and the extraordinary idea of time travel.

Grade Seven Suggested Reading:

Suggested Author – Jerry Spinelli:     Author of such novels as Stargirl, Eggs, Maniac Magee,
, and Crash, Jerry Spinelli’s stories focus around the themes of bullying and friendship.

The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld:     Playing on every teen’s passionate desire to look as good
 as everybody else, this science fiction novel by Scott Westerfeld projects a future world in
which a compulsory operation at sixteen wipes out physical differences and makes everyone
pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty.

Suggested Author – Kathryn Lasky:     Author of such novels as, Blood Secret, Beyond
the Divide
, and the My America books, Kathryn Lasky’s stories span many genres and themes.

Gone by Michael Grant:   As soon as you turn fourteen, you are gone! There are no adults
 and the children must learn to survive on their own. This sci-fi novel has just been turned into
a movie and is on the same plane as the classic novel
Lord of the Flies.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:  This classic tells the tale of the four March girls who are
 faced with the prospect of a dreary Christmas the year their father is away at war. Money
 is tight, and what they do have, the family shares with their even poorer neighbors. But the
 girls are resourceful, and they can never be really poor when they have each other. (Classic)

Treasure Island by Robert L. Stevenson:  This classic is an adventure written by Robert
Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of “buccaneers and buried gold.” Traditionally considered a
coming of age story. (Classic)

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson:    This fantasy is a fast-paced
 adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his
mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a
 fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman:  This fantasy novel, celebrating the 25th anniversary
 of the blockbuster movie, includes fencing, fighting, torture, true love, good men, bad men,
snakes, spiders, giants, hate, lies, and humor. 
Crown Prince Humperdinck decides to marry
Buttercup. Shortly before the wedding, the future Princess is kidnapped by strange characters.

Grade Eight Suggested Reading:

Suggested Author – Joan Lowery Nixon: Edgar Award winning author Joan Lowery Nixon is
widely known for heart-stopping mysteries and suspense tales.  Her books
The Dark and Deadly
, The Séance, The Haunting, and Whispers from the Dead, will have you turning each page
with eager anticipation as dangerous secrets are revealed.

*Monster by Walter Dean Meyers: Steven Harmon stood lookout in the four-person holdup of
 a drugstore that resulted in the death of the owner.  Steve wasn't in the store at the time of the
murder, yet he is held responsible for the crime.  Does his participation in this crime really make
him a MONSTER?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle:  Murder, mystery and mayhem.
  That’s what you’ll find in these twelve mysteries featuring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. 
 From a Scandal in Bohemia to the Speckled Band, are you smart
enough to match wits with the world’s most legendary sleuth? (Classic)

Born to Rock by Gordon Korman: Headed for Harvard, his life all planned out, Leo Caraway’s
 future seems secure.  But when he is accused of cheating, Leo’s dreams are destroyed.  Just
when he thought things couldn’t get worse, he learns his biological father is not the man who
raised him, but the wildest singer punk rock has ever known.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen:  In this classic story two sisters, one ruled by sense the
other by pure emotion, find themselves tangled up in romance and all its consequences. Through
heartbreak and happiness they discover that love is a balance between sense and sensibility.  (Classic)

Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson:  High school senior Ashley Hannigan doesn't care about
prom, even though it’s all her best friend ever talks about.  But when the faculty advisor is arrest
ed for taking the prom money, Ashley finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance.  What
 she learns about her life in the process will surprise you.

The Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes: Selected by the author himself,
 this collection of poetry
represents ideas that are timeless and moving.  Sometimes heartbreaking
, sometimes uplifting, Hughes’ words will linger in your memory forever.

Fathers and Sons and Sports by Mike Lupica (editor):  From the backyards of America to the
most famous stadiums in the world, this book explores the bond forged by a shared love of sports
 and what makes them an essential part of life.   (Nonfiction)