2014 Summer Reading Opportunities
We strongly encourage students to read over the summer because of the many benefits. Please use this list for suggestions.
You can also visit these reading websites:
www.goodreads.com/list/tag/middle-school www.teenreads.com www.guysread.com
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
Amelia Lost: the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
Traces the life of aviator Amelia Earhart from her childhood to her final flight - with incredible photos, maps, and handwritten notes from Amelia herself.
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
Fifteen-year-old Victor Flores attempts to cross the border from Mexico to United States to find work and send money home. From hiking miles through the desert to going days without food, Victor struggles to survive.
Doll Bones by Holly Black
A doll that may be haunted leads three friends on a thrilling adventure in this delightfully creepy novel.
Goblin Secrets by William Alexancer
Hoping to find his lost brother, Rownie escapes the home of the witch Graba and joins a troupe of goblins who perform in Zombay, a city where humans are forbidden to wear masks and act in plays.
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Sidesplittingly funny, nail-bitingly spooky, and thrillingly original, this breakneck tale of magic and adventure marks the debut of a pair of heroes unlike any other before (12 year old girl and animated skeleton) who must save the world from an ancient evil.
Hold Fast by Blue Balliet
On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared, and now she, her mother, and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless—and it's up to Early to hold her family together to solve the mystery surrounding her father.
One Crazy Summer by Rita Garcia-Williams
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
Phineas Gage by John Fleischman
Through the case history of Phineas Gage, a 19th century Vermonter who had an iron bar driven through his brain and lived, the book examines what is known of brain function.
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
Just when 12-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
Code Talker: A novel about the Navajo Marines
by Joseph Bruchac
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
In 1793, Philadelphia, 16-year-old Matilda cook, who is separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwa Jima
by James Bradley
In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima and into history. The son of one of the flag raisers has written a powerful account of six very different men who came together in the heroic battle for the Pacific's most crucial island.
Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel by Avi
A ninth-grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.
Pop by Gordon Kormam
After moving to a new town, Marcus strikes up a friendship with Charlie Popovich, a former pro football player. As the two grow closer, Marcus learns that Charlie has early onset Alzheimer's disease as a result of suffering head injuries during his career.