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Middle School Summer Reading Requirements
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER READING, 2020
EVERY STUDENT SHOULD READ A BOOK ON THE MS 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 SCHOOLCOMMUNITY 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.
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)
Front Desk by
Publication Date: 2018-05-29
Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason. Grade 4-6 (Lexile: 640)
The Great Treehouse War by
Publication Date: 2017-05-16
Fifth-grader Winnie, with notes from her friends, writes of turning her treehouse into an embassy after her newly-divorced parents become unreasonable, where she's joined by nine others with complaints. Grade 3-6 (Lexile: 890)
Lifeboat 12 by
Publication Date: 2018-09-04
In 1940, a group of British children, their escorts, and some sailors struggle to survive in a lifeboat when the ship taking them to safety in Canada is torpedoed. Includes historical notes. Grade 4-7
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by
Publication Date: 2018-09-11
Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don't have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci's school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna's jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci's grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately -- forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. Grade 4-7.
The Next Great Paulie Fink by
Publication Date: 2019-04-16
Led by new student Caitlyn, seventh-graders at a tiny rural school in Vermont create a reality-show inspired competition to determine who will replace the school's legendary class clown, Paulie Fink. Grade 5-8 (Lexile: 710)
The One and Only Bob by
Publication Date: 2020-05-05
Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family. Grade 3-6
Other Words for Home by
Publication Date: 2019-05-28
Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises. Told in verse format. Grade 4-8 (Lexile: 930)
The Penderwicks (Book 1) by
Publication Date: 2005-06-14
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother. Grade 4-6 (Lexile: 800)
Pie in the Sky by
Publication Date: 2019-05-14
A poignant, laugh-out-loud illustrated middle-grade novel about an eleven-year-old boy's immigration experience, his annoying little brother, and their cake-baking hijinks! Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang! Grade 3-6 (Lexile: 720)
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)
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 or Mrs. Lansdale by phone at 972-0771 or by e-mail at email@example.com or