• Summer Reading List


    Rising 6th Graders

    Here are some, "if you haven't managed to read these yet, the summer before the 6th grade is the time” books. Most of these are light and enjoyable; you will find that most of these are not difficult to read.

     Year Down Yonder, Peck
    Alice in Wonderland, L. Carroll
    Anne of Green Gables
    , Montgomery
    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Robinson
    Big Red, Kjelgaard
    Black Stallion, Farley
    Blue Willow, Gates
    A Book of Aesop's Fables
    A Book of Tall Tales
    The Box Car Children Series, Warner
    Call it Courage, A. Sperry
    The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, Danziger
    Catherine, Called Birdy, Cushman
    Charlotte's Web, E.B. White
    Come Sing, Jimmy Jo, Paterson
    Courage of Sarah Noble, A. Dalgliesh
    The Cricket in Times Square, Selden
    *Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Avi
    Dicey's Song, Voigt
    Dogsong, Paulsen
    From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Konigsburg
    The Great Gilly Hopkins, Paulsen
    Miss Hickory, C. Baily
    *Holes, Sachar
    Homecoming, Voigt
    Homer Price, R. McCloskey
    Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, Field
    Incredible Journey, Burnford
    James and the Giant Peach, R. Dahl
    Just So Stories, Kipling
    Little House on the Prairie Series, L. Wilder
    Misty of Chincoteague, Henry
    The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Cleary
    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, O'Brien
    Mr. Popper's Penguins, C. Baily
    My Side of the Mountain, George
    Phantom Tollboth, Juster
    Pippi Longstocking, Lindgren
    The Secret Garden, Burnett
    Shiloh, Naylor
    Sing Down the Moon, O'Dell
    The Single Shard, Park
    Sounder, Armstrong
    Strawberry Girl, Lenski
    Stuart Little, E.B. White
    Taran Wanderer, Alexander
    *The View from Saturday, Konigsburg
    The Watsons Go to Bimingham, Curtis
    Where the Red Fern Grows, W. Rawls
    *The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Speare
    Wonderful Wizard of Oz, F. Baum
    A Wrinkle in Time, L'Engle



    Rising 7th Graders
    *Challenging Reading

    The summer reading list includes a variety of books and some challenging reading. Read at least two new selections from the list.

    A Day No Pigs Would Die, Peck
    *A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Smith
    Anne of Green Gables Series, Montgomery
    *Around the World in 80 Days, Verne
    Bells on Their Toes, Gilbreth
    Born Free, Adamson
    Cheaper by the Dozen, Gilbreth
    Dragonsong, McCaffrey
    Holes, Sachar
    Iceberg Hermit, Roth
    The Incredible Journey, Burnford
    Island of the Blue Dolphins, O'Dell
    Julie of the Wolves, George
    Little House on the Prairie Series, Wilder
    *Little Women, Alcott
    Mossflower, Jacques
    My Side of the Mountain, George
    Narnia Series, Lewis
    Over Sea, Under Stone, Cooper
    The Secret Garden, Burnett
    The Slave Dancer, Fox
    The Story of My Life, Keller
    Summer of My German Soldier, Greene
    *Swiss Family Robinson, Wyss
    Walk Two Moons, Creech
    The Westing Game, Raskin
    Where the Red Fern Grows, Rawls
    The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Speare
    The Wizard of Oz Series, Baum
    The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Aiken
    Writers' Lives, Krull & Hewitt

    The following activities are also suggested:

    • read a biography of someone you are interested in
    • read some Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • read a book by one of these authors:

    Lloyd Alexander
    Agatha Christie
    Lois Duncan
    James Herriot
    Madeline L'Engle
    David Macauley
    Jules Verne
    Ann Rinaldi
    Virginia Hamilton



    Rising 8th Graders

    The books on this list are all excellent examples of exceptional writing. Not only have these titles proven to be enjoyable to generations of readers, but most of these books offer one a chance to reflect on life and its possibilities. These books are not necessarily easy to read, but they are worth the effort.

    Make sure you know the plot and main characters for each book, and be ready to state how the book affected you.

    Cormier, Robert - I am the Cheese
    Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe
    Griffin, John – Black Like Me
    Hansberry, Lorraine - A Raisin in the Sun
    Jacques, Brian - Redwall
    Orwell, George - 1984
    Parks, Gordon - The Learning Tree
    Paulsen, Gary – Soldier's Heart
    Steinbeck, John - The Red Pony
    Twain, Mark - The Prince and the Pauper
    Verne, Jules - A Journey to the Center of the Earth
    Voigt, Cynthia - The Runner
    White, Ryan – Ryan White: My Own Story