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Summer Reading - Middle School: Middle School Summer Reading 2016
Use this guide to find summer reading ideas & recommendations!
You should try to find time to read each and every day. Research shows students who read during the summer improve or maintain their reading skills. Kids who don't read at all see their skills slip as much as an entire grade level (Heyns 1978).
What can we read?
Award winners, suggestions from teachers or friends
Magazines, Newspapers, Your favourite blog
Comic books, whatever you like!
This Libguide includes suggestions only and books are not required reading. You'll find teacher and student recommendations, award winners and just great reads!
It doesn’t really matter what you read or where you read – just be sure to read every day!
Here is the tumultuous, heartrending, true story of the Romanovs--at once an intimate portrait of Russia's last royal family and a gripping account of its undoing.
Candace Fleming will be the PTA Visiting Author for the 2016-2017 school year. Candace has written many historical non-fiction and fiction books. Her newest title, "The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia", has been nominated for awards and been getting great reviews! Check out one of her books this summer!
Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming
Publication Date: 2011-02-08
Here is the thrilling story of America's most celebrated flyer, Amelia Earhart. Fleming deftly moves readers back and forth between Amelia's life (from childhood up until her last flight) and the exhaustive search for her and her missing plane.
The Great and Only Barnum by Candace Fleming; Ray Fenwick (Illustrator)
Publication Date: 2009-09-08
Step right up! Meet the astounding . . . the amazing . . . P. T. Barnum! Known far and wide for his jumbo elephants, midgets, and three-ring circuses, here' s a complete and captivating look at the man behind the Greatest Show on Earth.
Online Audio Books
Audio books are a great way to read during the summer.
This site offers a FREE audio book each week of the summer. Download and enjoy!
Summer Reading Poll
Fiction: 25 votes (65.79%)
Comics: 2 votes (5.26%)
News or Magazines: 1 votes (2.63%)
Non-Fiction: 1 votes (2.63%)
Online reading: 5 votes (13.16%)
Other!: 4 votes (10.53%)
Total Votes: 38
Graphic Novel Greats!
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson; Grace Ellis; Brooke; Brooke Allen (Illustrator); Shannon Watters (As told to)
Call Number: GN 741.5 STE
Publication Date: 2015-04-07
Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp...defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons...what's not to love?! Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they're not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Book 1 & 2 in the series can be found in the library.
Ms. Marvel - No Normal by Marvel Comics (Text by); Adrian Alphona (Artist); G. Willow Wilson; Jacob Wyatt (Artist)
Call Number: GN 741.5 WIL
Publication Date: 2014-10-28
Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Books 1-4 are available in the library!
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale
Call Number: GN 921 TUB
Publication Date: 2015-04-21
Araminta Ross was born into slavery, which meant that her family could be ripped apart at any time. But north of the Mason-Dixon line, slavery was illegal. If she could run away and make it north without being caught or killed, she'd be free. She changed her name to Harriet Tubman and spent the rest of her life helping slaves run away like she did, every time taking her life in her hands. This is the newest book in a series of "Nathan Hale" Historical Graphic Novels.
2016 Award Winners!
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Call Number: F RYA
Publication Date: 2015-02-24
Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this genre-defying masterpiece from storytelling maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan. Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Call Number: F HUN
Publication Date: 2015-02-05
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Call Number: F BRA
Publication Date: 2015-01-08
An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2. Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute--she sneaks out to join him.
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
Call Number: F WIL
Publication Date: 2015-04-21
Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters, who are about to learn what it's like to be fish out of water as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime.
Summer Reading Poll
At the beach: 3 votes (10.71%)
On the couch: 10 votes (35.71%)
While traveling: 4 votes (14.29%)
At your public library: 1 votes (3.57%)
Other!: 10 votes (35.71%)
Total Votes: 28
Drowned City by Don Brown
Call Number: GN 363.3 BRO
Publication Date: 2015-08-04
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage--and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.
Fatal Fever by Gail Jarrow
Call Number: 614.5 JAR
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
In March 1907, the lives of three remarkable people collided at a New York City brownstone where Mary Mallon worked as a cook. They were brought together by typhoid fever, a dreaded scourge that killed tens of thousands of Americans each year. Fatal Fever tells the true story of the woman who unwittingly spread deadly bacteria, the epidemiologist who discovered her trail of infection, and the health department that decided her fate.
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose
Call Number: 940.53 HOO
Publication Date: 2015-05-12
At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not.
Mysteries & Detective Reads
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
Call Number: F GRI
Publication Date: 2011-05-03
In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he's one of them. This is book one in the series. Check out books 1-5 in our library.
The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
Call Number: F JOH
Publication Date: 2014-05-27
Saving the school - one con at a time. Jackson Greene has reformed. He swore off scheming and conning for good. Then Keith Sinclair - loser of the Blitz - announces he's running for school president, against Jackson's former best friend Gaby de la Cruz. He knows Keith has "connections" to the principal, which could win him the election whatever the vote count. So Jackson assembles a crack team to ensure the election is done right.
The Red Blazer Girls by Michael D. Beil
Call Number: F BEI
Publication Date: 2010-07-13
It all began with The Scream. And ended with . . . well, if we told you that, it wouldn't be a mystery! But in between The Scream and The Very Surprising Ending, three friends find themselves on a scavenger hunt set up for a girl they never met, in search of a legendary ring reputed to grant wishes. This is book one in the series. Books 1-4 are available in the library!
If you liked "The Graveyard Book"
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Call Number: F AUX
Publication Date: 2014-05-20
More than just a spooky tale, it's also a moral fable about human greed and the power of storytelling. The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem.
Coraline by Dave McKean (Illustrator); Neil Gaiman
Call Number: F GAI
Publication Date: 2012-04-24
"Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. . . ." When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.
Doll Bones by Holly Black; Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
Call Number: F BLA
Publication Date: 2013-05-07
Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they've been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her.