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Middle School Summer Reading Requirements
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER READING, 2021
EVERY STUDENT SHOULD READ A BOOK ON THE MIDDLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY READ LIST AND COMPLETE A BINGO BOARD.
SUMMER READING BINGO
Click here for the BINGO board!
Students need to read 4-5 books with the goal of getting BINGO - horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
Challenge: Students who 'cover' the entire board by reading something for every category/space on the board become part of a raffle in the fall.
Middle School Community Read
MIDDLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY READ
We will begin the school year with Middle School students and teachers engaging in conversations and activities around friendship and understanding.
Every rising 5th grader and rising 6th grader should read at least ONE of the titles from the list below. We encourage students to choose a title that is new to them and to read the book closer to the start of school.
Clean Getaway by
Publication Date: 2020-01-07
For the life of him, William "Scoob" Lamar can't seem to stay out of trouble--and now the run-ins at school have led to lockdown at home. So when G'ma, Scoob's favorite person on Earth, asks him to go on an impromptu road trip, he's in the RV faster than he can say FREEDOM. With G'ma's old maps and a strange pamphlet called the 'Travelers' Green Book' at their side, the pair takes off on a journey down G'ma's memory lane. But adventure quickly turns to uncertainty: G'ma keeps changing the license plate, dodging Scoob's questions, and refusing to check Dad's voice mails. And the father they go, the more Scoob realizes that the world hasn't always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren't always what they seem--G'ma included. Grade 5-8 (Lexile: 780)
Publication Date: 2016-08-23
In Washington, D.C., twelve-year-old Florian Bates, a consulting detective for the FBI, and his best friend Margaret help thwart the biggest art heist in United States history. Grade 4-7 (Lexile: 680)
The Leak by
Publication Date: 2021-03-16
A young journalist is determined to uncover a secret that threatens her town. Ruth Keller is brash and precocious; she argues with her dentist, her parents, and her teachers. So, when she discovers a strange black slime in the man-made lake of her suburban neighborhood, she decides to investigate. Fortified by the encouragement of those around her, Ruth seeks the truth at all costs, even if it means taking on the rich local country club owner, who she believes is responsible for the pollution. Between the teasing of former friends, and a sudden viral spotlight, Ruth discovers how difficult it is for a journalist to take a stand for what's right in the face of critique and controversy. From writer Kate Reed Petty and illustrator Andrea Bell, comes a story about corruption, pollution, and freedom of the press, and the young journalist at the center of it all. Grade 4-7
Publication Date: 2017-05-30
Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof; in fact, he doesn't remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids. Trouble is, he really isn't sure he likes the Chase that's being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life? Grades 4-7 (Lexile: 730)
Shouting at the Rain by
Publication Date: 2019-05-07
Delsie loves tracking the weather—lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She's always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she's looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a "regular family." Delsie observes other changes in the air, too—the most painful being a friend who's outgrown her. Luckily, she has neighbors with strong shoulders to support her, and Ronan, a new friend who is caring and courageous but also troubled by the losses he's endured. As Ronan and Delsie traipse around Cape Cod on their adventures, they both learn what it means to be angry versus sad, broken versus whole, and abandoned versus loved. And that, together, they can weather any storm. Grade 4-6 (Lexile: 560)
Some Places More Than Others by
Publication Date: 2019-09-03
Amara visits her father's family in Harlem for her twelfth birthday, hoping to better understand her family and herself, but New York City is not what she expected. Grade 5-7 (Lexile: 750)
Things Seen from Above by
Publication Date: 2020-02-04
April is looking for an escape from the sixth-grade lunch hour, which has become a social-scene nightmare, so she signs up to be a "buddy bench monitor" for the fourth grade recess. Joey Byrd is a boy on the fringes, who wanders the playground alone, dragging his foot through the dirt. Over time, April realizes that Joey isn't just making random circles. When you look at his designs from above, a story emerges. Grade 4-6 (Lexile: 750)
Three Keys by
Publication Date: 2020-09-15
Mia Tang thinks she's going to have the best year ever. She and her parents are the proud owners of the Calivista Motel, Mia gets to run the front desk with her best friend, Lupe, and she's finally getting somewhere with her writing! But as it turns out, sixth grade is no picnic. Grade 4-7 (Lexile: 710)
RECOMMENDED BOOKS PUBLISHED IN 2019 - 2020
Use Mrs. Lansdale’s Libguides (see blue tabs above to access books published in the last year) and reading lists on the school library page to find recommended titles. You can also take advantage of your Public Library Summer Reading Programs, where books, audiobooks and e-books are available for free.
More Reading Choices
These books should only be the beginning!
Go the library page for other great choices.
Read! Read! Read!
Summer is a great time to read, so read as much as you can. It is important to also read a variety of enjoyable books over the summer.
We look forward to seeing you in September. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy your summer reading and your summer vacation.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs. Rosolen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Lansdale at email@example.com.