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Middle School Summer Reading Requirements
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER READING, 2022
This summer, your Middle School teachers encourage you to read
as much as possible!
Rising Grade 5 and Grade 6 students should read the following for the start of school:
1. Middle School Read: Choose ONE book from the list below.
2. Free Choice Books: Please read TWO books of your choosing. We recommend using the Blue Tabs above for new releases and book suggestions. You can also take advantage of your Public Library Summer Reading Programs, where books, audiobooks and e-books are available for free. Make a note of the titles you read so you can share them with peers and teachers in September.
3. Optional Summer Reading BINGO: If you want to be a part of the Summer Reading Raffle in September, complete a Summer Reading BINGO Board. Get BINGO by completing a row on the board horizontally, vertically or diagonally. (You will need to hand in the filled in board.)
Middle School Read
MIDDLE SCHOOL READ
Choose 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.
Barakah Beats by
Publication Date: 2021-10-19
It's Nimra Sharif's first time going to public school. Nimra's nervous, but as long as she has her best friend, Jenna, by her side, she figures she can take on just about anything. Unfortunately, middle school is hard. The teachers are mean, the schedule is confusing, and Jenna starts giving hijab-wearing Nimra the cold shoulder aorund the other kids. Desperate to fit in and save her friendship with Jenna, Nimra accepts an unlikely invitation to join Barakah Beats, a band mad up of popular eighth-grade boys. The only problem is, Nimra was taught that music isn't allowed in Islam, and she knows her parents would be disappointed in her. So she devises a plan: join the band just until she wins Jenna back, then quit before her parents find out. but Nimra's lies quickly start to unravel. And as she grows to care about her bandmates, Nimra has to decide whether to betray her new friends or herself. Grade 4-6 (Lexile: 650)
The Class by
Publication Date: 2019-10-08
A sixth-grade class comes together to support a classmate in need, each of them giving their own perspective on the goings on. Grade 4-8 (Lexile: 840)
The Season of Styx Malone by
Publication Date: 2019-12-03
Caleb Franklin and his younger brother, Bobby Gene, spend an extraordinary summer their new, older neighbor, Styx Malone, a foster boy from the city in this lively and diverse story from the Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author of "How It Went Down." Grade 3-6 (Lexile: 510)
Simon B. Rhymin' by
Publication Date: 2021-03-02
Chicago fifth-grader Simon, an aspiring rapper who lacks self-confidence, uses his rhymes to help bring his community together. Grade 5+
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)
When You Trap a Tiger by
Publication Date: 2020-01-28
When Lily, her sister Sam, and their mother move in with her sick grandmother, Lily traps a tiger and makes a deal with him to heal Halmoni. Grade 3-6 (Lexile: 590)