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General Information

We are continuing with our summer reading program for all students K-8th. Students have selected one book from the recommended list available at the bottom of this page.

Our middle school teachers compiled the list of books with a short description of each summer reading selection. All students should bring their books and novel project with them to class the first full day of school. This is the first official assignment for the next year and it will be collected for points.

As you know, reading for fun is a wonderful activity that contributes to overall success in school. We hope you enjoy your summer reading project and we look forward to a successful start to the 2013/2014 school year.

Prove It Projects -- Summer Reading Assignments

Each student is required to read one novel over the summer. Students will choose one "Prove-It" project from a list of options provided by your teacher on the novel page. The following document contains a complete list of Prove It projects as well as project descriptions/directions. In addition, each student should post at least two, paragraph length responses to questions posted on the novel discussion page. Questions about projects may also be posted on the novel page discussion section. Good luck!

Summer Reading List

6th Grade Summer Reading List
1. Rules by Cynthia Lord
Twelve-year-old Catherine has conflicting feelings about her younger brother, David, who is autistic. While she loves him, she is also embarrassed by his behavior and feels neglected by their parents.

2. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from being buried alive under a proposed construction site.

3. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Jennifer Cholodenko
A twelve-year-old boy named 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.

4. The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson
When a plague sweeps over the Earth killing everyone except children under twelve, ten-year-old Lisa organizes a group to rebuild a new way of life.

5. The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
In this intricate, magnificently imagined sequel to Chasing Vermeer, supersleuths Petra and Calder, along with Calder's old friend, Tommy, are cryptically drawn into another art mystery - this time involving a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural masterpiece, the Robie House.

6. Freak The Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
"I never had a brain until Freak came along..." That's what Max thought. All his life he'd been called stupid. Dumb. Slow. It didn't help that his body seemed to be growing faster than his mind. It didn't help that people were afraid of him. So Max learned how to be alone. At least until Freak came along.

7th Grade Summer Reading List

1. The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson
When a plague sweeps over the Earth killing everyone except children under twelve, ten-year-old Lisa organizes a group to rebuild a new way of life.

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Jonas lives in a world without conflict, poverty, unemployment, divorce, injustice, discrimination or inequality. "It is a time when family values are paramount, teenage rebellion is unheard of, and ...good manners are a way of life." When he receives his Assignment at the age of 12, he meets The Giver and learns about another kind of life.

3. The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
According to Murphy, no one knows for certain how the fire started. He refutes the popular myth that it began when a cow being milked by Catherine O'Leary kicked over a gas lamp, saying that it was impossible for O'Leary to have been in the barn at the time. Overnight, the flourishing city of Chicago was transformed into a smoldering wasteland. The damage, so profound, few people believed the city could rise again.

4. Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson
This fast-paced thriller that tells the story of the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth and gives day-by-day account of the wild chase to find this killer and his accomplices. Based on Jams Swanson's bestselling adult book Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase For Lincoln's Killer, this young people's version is an accessiblt look at the assassination of a president, and shows readers Abraham Lincoln the man, the father, the husband, the friend and how his death impacted those closest to him.

5. Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman
When a tornado warning is issued one Tuesday evening in June, twelve-year-old Dan Hatch and his best friend, Arthur, don't think much of it. After all, tornado warning are a way of life during the summer in Grand Island, Nebraska. But soon enough, the wind begins to howl, and the lights and the telephone stop working. Then the emergency sirens start to wail. Dan, his baby brother, and Arthur have only seconds to get to the basement before the monstrous twister is on top pf them. Little do they know that even if the survive the storm their ordeal will have just begun.

8th Grade Summer Reading List
1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Set in Tulsa, OK in the mid 1960's, The Outsiders follows a formative period in the life of Ponyboy Curtis. Ponyboy is fourteen, tough, confused and yet sensitive behind his bold front. Since his parents' death, his loyalties have been to his brothers and his gang, the rough, swinging, long haired boys from the wrong side of the tracks. When his best friend, Johnny, kills a member of a rival gang, a nightmare of violence begins and swiftly envelops Ponyboy in a turbulent chain of events.

2. Unwind by Neil Shusterman
Imagine a society where a war was fought between Pro-live and Pro-choice. And the end result is more horrifying than either side could have thought.
Such is the premise of UNWIND by Neal Shusterman.
In the future being a troubled teen means something worse than being sent to a camp to get straightened out.
From The Bill of Life:
The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen.
However, between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, a parent may choose to retroactively 'abort' a child...
...on condition that the child's life doesn't 'technically' end.
The process by which a child is both terminated and yet kept alive is called 'unwinding.'
They fight to make it till their eighteenth birthday. What they all learn on this terrifying journey will haunt readers long after the finish the last page.
Chilling, this story will make you think about your ideas of life and what it means to be truly alive.

3. A Kiss In Time by Alex Flynn
Princess Talia persuades seventeen-year-old Jack, the modern-day American who kissed her awake after a three-hundred-year sleep, to take her to his Miami home, where she hopes to win his love before the witch who cursed her can spirit her away

4. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
The last class of his old professor's life began on Tuesdays, and the topic was the Meaning of Life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neuron disease - Morrie visited Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live. This is a chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.

5. The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker by Cynthia Defelice
Lucas' entire family has died, one by one, of tuberculosis, known as consumption in the mid 1800's. Wandering through the Connecticut countryside in grief, Lucas ends up becoming the new Apprentice to Dr. Beecher who is also the local dentist, apothecary, barber and undertaker. Lucas' new community is being decimated by consumption, and the local people want to try a technique rumored to work; digging up the remains of the first family member to die, removing and burning the hear, and breathing in the smoke. Dr. Beecher is certain this is useless at best, but Lucas feel certain it is worth a try.

6. The Misfits by James Howe
Best friends for years, Bobby, Skeezie, Addie and Joe have been the targets of taunting and name-calling and now that they're in seventh grade, they're not about to take it anymore. The four "misfits" tell a story of friendship, individuality and the true meaning of diversity. It's a fast and funny read that will make you think and laugh out loud!

7. I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier
It's cold as I pedal along, the wind like a snake slithering up my sleeves and into my jacket and my pants legs, too. But I keep pedaling.....
A boy's search for his father becomes a desperate journey to unlock a secret past. But it is a past that must not be remembered - if the boy is to survive.