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Summer Reading Lists


Middle School Summer Reading Lists

The best way to build vocabulary skills and become a good writer is to be an avid reader. To encourage intellectual pursuits during the summer, middle school students are required to read 3 books during their summer break. Writing assignments related to the readings (details below) are also required and due on the first day class.

Incoming 5th Graders

Dear Rising Fifth Grade Families,

Here is the Summer Reading Assignment and supply list for next year.

Every child needs to read “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick. In addition they must read one book from the following list and one book of their choice. Both Mrs. Seremetis and I highly recommend choosing the third book from the list as well. The books with stars are favorites of some of the children in the class.

“From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E. L. Konigsburg
”Frindle” by Andrew Clements
”The Ramona Series” by Beverly Cleary
”The Henry and Ribsy Series” by Beverly Cleary
”Pie” by Sarah Weeks
”The Borrowers Series” by Mary Norton
“The Parker Inheritance” by Varian Johnson
”Charlotte’s Web” by E. B.White
“The Trumpet of the Swan” by E.B. White
“Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Series” by Chris Grabenstein
”George’s Secret Key to the Universe” by Christoph Galford, Lucy Hawking and Stephen  ️Hawking
”The Hardy Boys Series” by Franklin W. Dixon
“Igraine the Brave” by Cornelia Funke
”The Indian in the Cupboard” by Lynne Reid Banks
“The First Rule of Punk” by Celia C. Perez
”Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz Ryan
”The Mysterious Benedict Society Series” by Trenton Lee Stewart
”The Percy Jackson Series” by Rich Riordan
”The Kane Chronicles Series” by Rich Riordan

Thank you,

Mrs. Hart
Fifth Grade Class Teacher

Incoming 6th Graders

Dear Rising Sixth Graders,

It is with great anticipation and excitement that I write to you regarding the upcoming summer and preparing for our 6th grade journey together. As part of this preparation, all middle school students are required to read The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani. During the first week of school we will join the 7th and 8th graders on September 4th for activities and discussions on this book as part of our middle school day orientation.

In addition, every student is asked to read a minimum of two books from the list provided below, and to create a well-written book report describing each of your selected books. Please include at least three paragraphs that consist of four sentences or more. Make sure that you give a description of the plotline of the story in your own words. Please add whether or not you would recommend each book to your classmates and explain why. You do not need to write a report about The Night Diary.

Your two book reports should be hand-written and legible. Do read over your report carefully to fix any mistakes you might have made. Along with your two written reports, please include one hand-drawn illustration using colored pencils, crayons or paint, of a scene in one of the stories that inspired you. Please place a quote from the book that inspired your illustration along the bottom of your paper or make it part of your illustration.

I look forward to reading your reports when you hand them in on the first day of school.

Please choose two books from the list below. All books can be ordered online or through a local bookstore, or found at your local library. A great source for used books is:

  • Chasing at the Surface  by Sharon Mentyka
  • Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  • The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag  (graphic novel)
  • Lost in the Backyard by Alison Hughes
  • Wildwood (series) by Colin Meloy
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind  by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
  • The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
  • Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
  • The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods
  • The Islands at the End of the World  by Austin Aslan
  • The Friendship War by Andrew Clements
  • The mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • A Long Walk to Water: based on a true story  by Linda Sue Park
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Happy reading to you! I hope you have marvelous adventures this summer with your family and friends, and have ample time to relax and dream.

peace to you,

Anthony Yaeger
Rising 6th Grade Teacher

Please feel free to contact me with any questions:


Incoming 7th Graders

Dear Rising Seventh Graders,

Welcome to your summer reading list. There are some wonderful adventures for you to enjoy through the books I’ve selected.

All rising seventh graders must read The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.  Our class will join next year’s sixth and eighth grade classes for a variety of experiences centered on the topics of this book.

In addition, you are required to read two more books from the list below and prepare a written book report for each.  Your book report should consist of 3-6 meaningful paragraphs.  The first paragraph will include the title and setting of the book.   The body of your report will include a description of the main characters and plot.   Your final paragraph will include why you would or would not recommend this book to your classmates.  Both reports should be neatly written in cursive.

If you would like to a bonus assignment, you may select one character from one book and describe how this character changed from the beginning of the book and why.  This assignment must be at least two pages long.

Happy reading,

Ms. Dehan
Grade Seven Teacher

  1. The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  2. The Kings Shadow by Elizabeth Alder
  3. The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
  4. The Samurais Tale by Erik Christian Haugaard
  5. The Green Bicycle by Haifaa al Mansour
  6. Of Nightingales That Weep by Katherine Paterson
  7. Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt
  8. Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
  9. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Incoming 8th Graders

Dear Rising Eighth Graders,

This summer of 2019 you will read at least three books. One book, The Night Diary, by Veera Hiranandani, will be read by middle school students, grades 6,7, and 8.  During the first week of school on Wednesday, September 4th, we will join the 6th and 7th grade students for some activities and discussions about the book.

Choose at least two more books from the attached list. All the books are available at either libraries, bookstores or from You may read as many books as you like, but you only need to write a book report on three books, including The Night Diary.

You may write as much as you like about each book, but at minimum you must have three paragraphs, with five sentences each. In the heading of your paper, include the title, the author’s name and “reviewed by (your name).” In the first paragraph include the title and the setting of the story.  In the following paragraphs include your description of the main characters and a plot description of what happens in the story. In your final paragraph write your recommendation of the book and why you do or don’t recommend it. Please write in cursive(script).

Enjoy your summer,

Ms. Cimino

Reading List: (Read The Night Diary and at least two other books)

  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani  (2018)
  • The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla (2017)
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2014)
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin(2012)
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand(2010)
  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela(1995)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  •       8.  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  •       9.  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  •      10.  The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien



High School Summer Reading Lists

The best way to build vocabulary skills and become a good writer is to be an avid reader. To encourage intellectual pursuits during the summer, high school students are required to read 2-3 books during their vacation. They are required to discuss and write an essay about their summer reading on the first day of English class.

Incoming Freshmen (Entering 9th Grade)

All incoming freshmen must read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, plus one book from the list, and one book of their own choosing.

  • Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
  • Return from Tomorrow by George Ritchie
  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • Growing Up by Russell Baker
  • The Human Comedy by William Saroyan
  • I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Laughing Boy by Oliver LaFarge
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • The #1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Profiles in Courage by John Kennedy
  • Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Incoming Sophomores (Entering 10th Grade)

Read three selections: two from the following list and one individual selection.

  • At Risk by Alice Hoffman
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
  • Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • Ironweed by William Kennedy
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathebane
  • The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
  • Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Incoming Juniors (Entering 11th Grade)

Incoming juniors will read three books over the summer. All juniors must read The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, one book from the junior section of this reading list (see below) and one book of your choice. On the first day of class, all juniors should be prepared to be tested on their summer reading.

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  • Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • Grendel by John Gardner
  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Night by Elie Weisel
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher
  • Tracks by Louise Erdrich
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
Incoming Seniors (Entering 12th Grade)

Read three selections: two from the following list and one individual selection.

  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • To Live by Yu Hua
  • A Taste of Power:  A Black Woman’s Story by Elaine Brown
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Iran Awakening:One Women’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Her Country by Shirin Ebadi
  • The Autobiography of Charles Darwin by Charles Darwin
  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • Roots by Alex Haley
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez,
  • And There Was Light by Jacques Lusseyran
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  • A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Cider House Rules by John Irving
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • A Doll’s House & Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  • Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Steppenwolf: A Novel by Hermann Hesse
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
  • Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig