Middle School

6th Grade, 7th Grade & 8th Grade CP:

Students entering 6th Grade, 7th Grade, and 8th Grade CP do not have a required novel they are expected to read during the summer. However, it is suggested that all students entering 6th Grade read a minimum of fifty minutes per week. Additionally, they should track the titles they read. They will be asked to share those titles when they return to school in August.

Please understand that I have not read all of the listed titles; some of them only came as suggestions from other students. I highly recommend that you research a novel before making a final decision with your child. There are a variety of useful websites offering great reviews. Some of my favorites include:

www.commonsensemedia.org
www.thrivingfamily.com
www.parentalbookreviews.com

Although this list is a good starting point, it does not begin to list all the wonderful literature that is currently available to our students. Please do not feel limited by this list, rather use it as a starting point. If you are looking for additional suggestions, try one of these websites:

www.Goodreads.com (this is also an amazing app for smartphones)
www.scasi.net
www.barnesandnoble.com
www.readkiddoread.com

Suggestions for Rising 6th Grade:

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan (mythological fiction)
The Eye of Minds Series by James Dashner (science fiction)
The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner (Dystopian fiction)*
The Missing Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Dystopian fiction)
Middle School Series by James Patterson (realistic fiction/ humor)
I Funny Series by James Patterson (realistic fiction/ humor)
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth (Dystopian fiction)*
The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson (Dystopian fiction)
The Kingdom Keepers Series by Ridley Pearson (Mystery/ Adventure)
City of Ember Series by Jeanne DuPrau (Dystopian fiction)*
The Unwanteds Series by Lisa McMann (Adventure)
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Animal fiction)*
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (Realistic fiction/ Adventure)*
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass (Realistic fiction)
Spy School and Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs (Science fiction)
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Mystery)*
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyn (Historical fiction)*
Wonder by RJ Palacio (Realistic fiction)*
The Raft by S.A. Bodeen (Survival/ Adventure)
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements (Survival/ Adventure)
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Historical fiction)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (Science fiction)
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (Realistic fiction)*
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (Mystery)
Heaven is for Real by Lynn Vincent and Todd Burpo (Nonfiction/ Inspirational)
God Guy by Michael DiMarco (Non-fiction/ Inspirational)
Tangerine by Edward Bloor (Realistic Fiction)
Twerp and Finding the Worm by Mark Goldblatt (Realistic fiction)
Any title by Sharon Creech, Jerry Spinelli, or Christopher Paul Curtis

Suggestions for Rising 7th Grade Students:

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner (Dystopian fiction)*
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (Mythological fiction)
Legend series by Marie Lu (Adventure)*
Divergent series by Veronica Roth (Dystopian fiction)*
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (Dystopian/ survival fiction)*
Eragon Series by Christopher Paolini (Fantasy fiction)
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy fiction)
Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien (Fantasy fiction)
The Enemy series by Charlie Higson (Dystopian fiction)
Twerp and Finding the Worm by Mark Goldblatt (Realistic fiction)
Wonder by RJ Palacio (Realistic fiction)*
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Realistic fiction)*
The Title of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch (Mystery)
Hero by Mike Lupica (Adventure)
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Historical, non-fiction)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (Science fiction)
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (Realistic fiction)*
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Science fiction)
Island of the Unknowns by Benedict Carey (Mystery)
Ribblestrop by Andy Mulligan (Mystery)

Suggestions for Rising 8th Grade CP:

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner (Dystopian fiction)*
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (Dystopian fiction)*
The Maximum Ride - The Angel Experiment series by James Patterson (Fantasy fiction)
Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien (Fantasy fiction)
The Selection series by Kiera Cass (Dystopian fiction)*
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld (Dystopian fiction)*
Matched series by Ally Condie (Dystopian fiction)*
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer (Fantasy fiction)
Divergent series by Veronica Roth (Dystopian fiction)*
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Fantasy fiction)*
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (Dystopian/ science fiction)*
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Historical fiction)*
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Science fiction)
Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Realistic fiction)
The Outsiders by SE Hinton (Realistic fiction)*
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Non-fiction)*
The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw (Non-fiction)
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlusser (Non-fiction)
Any title by Laurie Halse Anderson or John Green

Rising 8th Grade Honors:

Students entering 8th Grade honors will be required to read two novels: To Kill a Mockingbird and another novel from the provided list. To Kill a Mockingbird will drive instruction in the classroom for the first nine weeks. Therefore, it is sometimes suggested that students read the novel later in the summer so that when they enter school in August, their recall of the novel is better. The second novel will be used to enhance the themes in To Kill a Mockingbird. Students will be asked to compare and contrast many of the themes and issues involved in both novels.

In addition to reading To Kill a Mockingbird, students should choose ONE of the following titles:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor
Sounder by William Armstrong
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnon Rawlings
True Grit by Charles Potis 
Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals

*Denotes Mrs. Wheeler’s favorites

In order to choose a book suitable for your reader, please feel free to use any of the provided websites. They all offer wonderful reviews.

www.commonsensemedia.org
www.thrivingfamily.com
www.parentalbookreviews.com

High School

2016-2017 Summer Reading for High School English Classes

English 9 CP
Summer Reading: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Students should bring copies of their novels to class on the first day and be prepared for an in-class assessment of their reading.
 
English 9 Honors/10 CP
Summer Reading: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Students should bring copies of their novels to class on the first day and be prepared for an in-class assessment of their reading.
 
English 10 Honors/11 CP
Summer Reading: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Students should bring copies of their novels to class on the first day and be prepared for an in-class assessment of their reading.
 
English 11 Honors/12 CP
Summer Reading: Beowulf by Anonymous, translated by Burton Raffel
Students should bring copies of their novels to class on the first day and be prepared for an in-class assessment of their reading.
 
AP Language
Summer Reading: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, Bantam Books, 1981.   ISBN# 0-553-21247-8
Students must purchase this particular paperback edition, new or used.
On the first day of school, students will write an in-class essay on a topic pertaining to this novel.
Summer Assignments:  Rhetorical Devices:  A Handbook and Activities for Student Writers
Students must purchase this particular paperback book, new.  ISBN# 978-158049765-7
Assignments:  Read all lessons (Devices 1-6) and complete all activities on pages 13 – 31.
Students should write responses directly in their books.
 
AP Literature
Summer Reading: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and Awakening by Kate Chopin
Summer Assignment: CSE Summer Reading Outline for each novel to be completed and turned in on the first day of school. 
 

pdfAP Literature Summer Reading Journal & Instructions