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2014 Middle School Required Summer Reading

Required Reading

Grade 5:  Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

                   Good Masters!  Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz (History)

Grade 6: Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery 

                  Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples (History)

In addition to the required summer reading book, 5th and 6th graders will read at least two titles from the list below.


Grade 7: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly                            

                  Well of Sacrifice by Chris Eboch (History)

Grade 8: The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

                  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

                  Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons by Ann Rinaldi (History)

 All 7th and 8th graders are expected to read at least two of the titles from the list below (one of which should have an asterisk).
Please choose books you have not previously read.
Books with an asterisk may be more appropriate for 7th and 8th graders than 5th and 6th graders.


21st Century Realistic Fiction

Anything But Typical, by Nora Baskin

Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea

Counting by 7’s, by Holly Sloan

*Does My Head Look Big In This, by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan

Fish in a Tree, by Lyndia Mullaly Hunt

Moonpenny Island, by Tricia Springstubb

The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart

*Not Without Laughter, by Langston Hughes

One for the Murphy’s, by Lyndia Mullaly Hunt

Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper

The Penderwicks, (series) by Jeanne Birdsall

Rain, Reign, by Ann M. Martin

Rules, by Cynthia Lord

*Shooting Kabul, by N. H. Senzai

The Summer I Learned to Fly, by Dana Reinhardt

Throwing Shadows, or any book by E.L. Konigsburg

*Wonder, by R. J. Palacio

20th Century Realistic Fiction

Autumn Street, by Lois Lowry

*Bab: a Sub-Deb, by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved, or any book by Katherine Paterson

Cheaper By the Dozen, by Frank Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

*The Chocolate War, or any book by Robert Cormier

*The Chosen, The Promise, My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok

Dragonwings, by Lawrence Yep (any book in the Golden Mountain series)

The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Fleabrain Loves Franny, by Joanne Rocklin

Gone-Away Lake and Return to Gone-Away, The Saturdays, The Four-Story Mistake, Spiderweb for Two (series), by Elizabeth Enright

Harriet the Spy, The Long Secret, Sport, by Louise Fitzhugh

*Homecoming (series), Come a Stranger, by Cynthia Voigt, or any book by Voigt

*I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith

Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai

Island of the Blue Dolphins, Zia, by Scott O’Dell

Julie of the Wolves, My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George 

Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon, Maybe, by Bette Greene

*The Outsiders, or any book by S.E. Hinton

The Pushcart War, by Jean Merrill

Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself, by Judy Blume

Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green

The Tattooed Potato, Figgs and Phantoms, The West Game, by Ellen Raskin

Tom’s Midnight Garden, by Philippa Pearce

*White Fang or Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Historical Realistic (through 19th century)

The 21 Balloons, by William Pene du Bois

*20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne

A Little Princess, The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

*After the Dancing Days, by Margaret Rostkowski

All-of-a-Kind Family, (series) Sidney Taylor

*The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, by M.T. Anderson

Ballet Shoes, (series) by Noel Streatfield

Ben and Me, or Mr. Revere and I, by Robert Lawson

*The Black Arrow, by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Bronze Bow, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare

Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink

Calico Captive, by Elizabeth George Speare

Constance by Patricia Clapp

Carry on, Mr Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham

*Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson

*Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War II, by Joseph Bruchac

Daddy Long-Legs, Dear Enemy, by Jean Webster

The Eagle by Rosemary Sutcliffe

Emily of New Moon, (series) by L.M. Montgomery

The Great Brain, (series) John D. Fitzgerald

The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

The Good Master, The Singing Tree, by Kate Seredy

*Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes

Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine

Little House on the Prairie, (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little Women, Little Men, etc., by Louisa May Alcott

Mara, Daughter of the Nile, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

The Slave Dancer, One Eyed Cat, by Paula Fox

The Railway Children, or any book by E. Nesbit

*The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane

*Swallows and Amazons, (series) by Arthur Ransome

*The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas

*Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Unstoppable Octobia May, by Sharon Flake

The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, (series) Joan Aiken

The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Science Fiction and Fantasy

A Ring of Endless Light, A Wrinkle in Time, The Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet (series), by Madeline L’Engle

*A Wizard of Earthsea, (series) by Ursula LeGuin

*Beauty by Robin McKinley

The Book of Three, (Prydain Chronicles series) by Lloyd Alexander

The Box of Delights, by John Masefield

The Children of Green Knowe, A Stranger at Green Knowe, The River at Green Knowe (series), by L.M. Boston

The Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis

Coraline, The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

The Dark is Rising, (series) by Susan Cooper

*The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien

Howl’s Moving Castle, Fire and Hemlock, Charmed Life, by Diana Wynne Jones

The House with a Clock in its Walls, or any book by John Bellairs

The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks

Jane-Emily, by Patricia Clapp

Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, by Martin Jenkins

The Midnight Folk, by John Masefield

The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende

The Pink Fairy Book, The Red Fairy Book, The Olive Fairy Book, etc., edited by Andrew Lang

The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

Spindle’s End, by Robin McKinley

When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame

The Wouldbegoods, The Phoneix and the Carpet, The Enchanted Caste, Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit


*All Creatures Great and Small, (series) by James Herriot

Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates

Bomb: the Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinken

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

Escape! : the story of the great Houdini, by Sid Fleischman

Freedom walkers : the story of the Montgomery bus boycott by Russell Freedman

The Great Molasses Flood: Boston 1919, by Deborah Kops

Homesick, by Jean Fritz

I am Malala (Young Readers Edition), by Malala Yousafzai

Invincible Louisa, by Cornelia Meigs

Martha Graham: a dancer’s life, by Russell Freedman

Muckrakers : how Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens helped expose scandal, inspire reform, and invent investigative journalism by Ann Bausum

*Paul Revere and the World He Lived In, by Esther Forbes

Raggin', jazzin', rockin' : a history of musical instrument makers by Susan VanHecke

The Way Things Work, David Macauley

With Courage and Cloth: winning the fight for a woman’s right to vote by Ann Bausum


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