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Summer Reading Incoming 5th-8th Graders 2022-2023

Incoming 5th-8th Graders 2022-2023


“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

Time spent with text is what increases reading proficiency. This summer, challenge yourself to read widely. Re-read your favorite book. Read an e-book, read an article, read to your younger sibling or another family member. Not enjoying a book? Put it down and grab another!

Below is a list of suggested teen favorites, in all different genres, and all different Lexile ranges. Check them out! Feel free to pick a book of your choice. It doesn’t have to be from the list below.

Students are required to read at least 4 books throughout the summer. Parents need to sign off that you read the books. Students will receive a “Get out of homework free pass” for each book read!

Complete this form for each of the four books that you read throughout the summer.

Happy Reading!

Grade 5 and 6 Summer Book List Suggestions

  • 2021-2022 Great Stone Face Nominees

    • Click on the above link to see all 20 Great Stone Face Nominees for 2021-2022 (includes description and grade level)

  • When Friendship Followed Me Home, by Paul Griffin – Friendship, animals 590L – Great Stone Face Nominee (17-18)

  • The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas – Coming of age, hate crimes no Lexile

  • The Neptune Project, by Polly Holyoke – Fantasy, Sci-fi 810L

  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, by Stacy McAnulty – Realistic fiction 530L

  • Nowhere Boy, by Katherine Marsh – Realistic fiction 810L

  • Touching Spirit Bear, by Ben Mikaelsen – Adventure 730L

  • Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan – Historical fiction 680L

  • Ghost, by Jason Reynolds – Realistic fiction, sports 730L

  • Edge of Extinction, The Ark Plan, by Laura Martin – Dystopian adventure 790L

  • Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson – Sci-fi680L

  • Tangerine, by Edward Bloor – Sports 680L

  • Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf, by Jennifer Holm – Comedy, realistic fiction 720L

  • Crackback, by John Coy – Sports 490L

  • Flush, by Carl Haasen – Mystery 770L

  • The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green – Realistic fiction 850L

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams – Sci-fi 930L

  • Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Fantasy fiction 670L *If you liked Twilight!!!*

  • Fallen Grace, by Mary Hooper – Historical fiction 1130L

  • The Door in the Hedge, by Robin McKinley – Fairytale retell 1110L

  • Lightening, by Dean Koontz – Sci-fi, suspense 1090L

  • The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks – Epic fantasy 1160L

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon – Mystery 1090L

  • Soar by Joan Bauer 510L- Realistic Fiction, sports, Newbery Honor Winner

7th grade Summer Book List Suggestions

  • 2021-2022 Great Stone Face Nominees

  • 2021-2022 Isinglass Nominees

    • Click on the above link to see all nine Isinglass Nominees for 2021-2022 (includes description of each title)

  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrook 1000L

  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen 1020L

  • Maze Runner by James Dashner 770 L

  • Crown of Three by JD Rhinehart  no lexile

  • The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano no lexile

  • Downriver by Will Hobbs 760 L

  • Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 730L

  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen 670L

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander 730 L

  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin 750L

  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Bobbit 770 L

  • New Kid by Jerry Craft no lexile

  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt 990L

  • Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin by 930L

  • Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster 1000L

  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne 1000L

  • Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen 730L

  • Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass 740L

  • Divergent by Veronica Roth 700L

  • Fault in Our Stars by John Greene 830L

8th grade Summer Book List Suggestions

  • 2021-2022 Isinglass Nominees

  • Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

  • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

  • The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

  •  Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

  • Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel

  • I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

  • Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White

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