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These are possible choices
for your summer reading books. Students, make sure you discuss with your
parents(s)/guardian(s) what you choose to read remembering these are choices
and some may have delicate material.
Please do not read something you have already read and remember to
choose at your reading level. Junior high students may read up into the high
school level if desired. Don’t read
something too easy for you. Challenge yourself as well as choose a book you
will love. Some of these you may check out from the school, but you must return
in the fall or you will be charged for it.
If there is a listed
book which is in a series, please remember you may read any book in that series
that you have not already read.
The following are NOT
choices because they are used in classes:
Miserables, Count of Monte Cristo,
Frankenstein, Hound of the Baskervilles, Black Like Me, Tale of Two
Cities, Macbeth, A Separate Peace, The Scarlet Letter, Ethan Frome, My Antonia, Huckleberry Finn¸ The Crucible, Fahrenheit 451,
The Giver, Night, Julius Caesar , Great Expectations, To Kill a Mockingbird,
Anne Frank, I Heard the Owl Call My Name, Guts, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry,
Esperanza Rising ,Rent Collector
Grade Level Recommendation
School has this book for checkout if you desire
Touching Spirit Bear
Every Soul a Star
Summer of My German Soldier
The Call of the Wild
A Day No Pigs Would Die
Robert Newton Peck
The Sign of the Beaver
Elizabeth George Spear
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Satire, Folklore, Adventure Fiction
Bridge to Terabithia
Sarny: A Life Remembered
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
A Family Apart
Joan Lowery Nixon
Number the Stars
Julie of the Wolves
Jean Craighead George
Harriet Tubman Conductor on Underground Railroad
The Boys in the Boat(Abridged)
Daniel James Brown
Finest Hours by Tougias and Sherman
Casey Sherman and Michael Tougias
Nonfiction-true story of coast guard’s daring rescue
Anne of Green Gables Books
Chronicles of Narnia Books
The Hiding Place
Corrie Ten Boom
Beneath A Scarlet Sky(series)
Epic tale(based on true story)
Janet Lee Carey
Candy Shop War
The Brotherband Chronicles
The False Prince
Jennifer A. Nielsen
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Fantasy, young adult, Greek mythology
The Ghost of Graylock
Ghost story, paranormal fiction
The Quick and the Dead
James Barkley/William Armstrong
Indian in the Cupboard
Lynne Reid Banks
Where I Belong
The Great Gatsby
Marcia Argueta Mickelson
A Lesson Before Dying
Fiction but based on true story
Fantasy, Greek Mythology
Education of Little Tree
Of Mice and Men
The Book Thief
Finest Hours by Tougias and Sherman
Casey Sherman and Michael Tougias
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Japanese American Experience WWII
Suspense, Historical Fiction
And Then There Were none
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Maltese Falcon
Daphne du Maurier
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Murder on the Orient Express
The Turn of the Screw
Michael Vey Series
Richard Paul Evans
The Hunger Games Series
The Lord of the Rings Series
Brave New World
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Series
Orson Scott Card
The Things They Carried
All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque
Red Badge of Courage
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Poisonwood Bible(longer book-slow read but good)
The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Boy on the Wooden Box
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Mealer and William Kamkwamba
Life of Pi
The Glass Castle
Tuesdays With Morrie
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Other Wes Moore
A Long Way Gone
Mountains Beyond Mountains
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Hot Zone
James A Michener
Long Walk to Freedom
Light in the Forest
Coming of Age
A Farewell to Arms
X(BR) pretty rough
Grapes of Wrath
The Good Earth
Pearl S. Buck
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Prayer for Owen Meany
Death of a Salesman
East of Eden
Pride and Prejudice
Romance, Classic Regency
Tragedy, Gothic Fiction
The Canterbury Tales
The House on Mango Street
The House of Seven Gables
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Joy Luck Club
Death on the Nile
Three Cups of Tea
Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
The Long Walk
Oliver La Farge
Fellowship of the Ring
The Kite Runner
The Fifth Wave(series)
Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son
Sense and Sensibility
The Landry News
Nonfiction(history, journalism, government)
Steve Jobs Biography
Heroes of Olympus Series-junior high and high school level
The Silent Storm
Dystopian, young adult, romance
Doomed Queen Anne
Historical fiction, young adult fiction
Fantasy, fiction, dystopian
The Running Dream
Wendelin Van Draanen
If I Stay
The Captive Maiden
Escape from Camp 14
Where the Crawdads Sing
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Between Shades of Gray
Summer Reading Rubric and Reflection
Summer Reading Book of Choice Written Project
Please review the following rubric and give yourself an honest appraisal. Then answer the following questions.
Length -1 ½ to 2 pages(junior high)
2-3 pages(high school)
Essay Format—beginning, middle, ending paragraphs
Introduction-introduce title and author of the book with a few engaging sentences about the book. Hook the reader.
Required components--Characterization: Who is the protagonist? Why has the writer used this character as the protagonist? Expound on how the protagonist changes or doesn’t change by using events. Explain protagonist’s traits.
Resolution: How does the book end? Discuss if you liked or did not like the ending and why or why not. How did the climax resolve the conflict?
Body- Own choice component—two more for high school and one more for junior high(Follow guidelines-Expound)
Conclusion-Evaluate the storyline and reflect upon own reading of the book
BEST EFFORT was shown in written report.
Did you complete your book by Wednesday, August 16 _____________________________________
If no, FINISH and let the teacher know when you are done because points are being given for completion as well as above categories on written essay. (Over)
2023 Summer Reading Book of Choice Written Project
Directions: All writing is due on Wednesday, August 16 except incoming seventh graders will write their projects in class the first two days of school. All students need to make sure their book is read before school starts. Grades for the writing project will be included in the fall 2023 grades. The typed assessment should be written in essay form following the outline. Use the outline for specifics
on what to discuss. Writing should expound on these points in paragraph format. Junior high needs to be one and a half pages minimum to two pages maximum which includes three components from Roman numeral two below. High school needs to be two pages minimum to three pages maximum which included four components from Roman numeral two below. Use different events to prove your answers. Line spacing is double but make sure there are no extra spaces between paragraphs. All books need to be read. Audio books are okay IF the students read with the audio book.
I. Introduction Paragraph-Required
A. Introduce the title and author of the book with a few original summarizing sentences about the book. Hook the reader in introduction.
II. Body Paragraphs-Required to do the A component and F component then choose other components(at least one more for junior high and two more for high school) for the body of your essay.
Remember to indent paragraphs each time you start a new component (A, B, C, etc.)
1. Who is the protagonist?
2. Why has the writer used this character as the hero/protagonist?
3. Discuss if the protagonist (main character) is a dynamic (changes throughout the course
of the book-Do not explain physical changes but internal) or static(does not
change) character. Expound on how the protagonist changes or doesn’t change by using
events which occur during the course of the novel and how these events affect the
protagonist. Explain what traits this character possesses from beginning to ending.
The same trait may be used throughout the whole book if applicable but use
different events to prove the protagonist’s trait(s).
B. Theme(moral to the story statement)
1. What is the lesson learned from the novel? State this as a complete sentence.
2. Discuss at least two different events from the beginning and ending of the book which
give supporting evidence for the theme. Choose the best events to prove the theme.
1. What is the conflict which drives the entire plot of the novel?
2. Expound on this conflict and how it leads to other events throughout the novel.
D. Point of View
1. What point of view was the novel narrated in?
2. What is the writer’s purpose for writing in this point of view?
3. Share two events showing why this point of view was best in these events.
1. What was the most emotional turning point of the novel? Expound on it.
2. Discuss what led up to it being the most emotional part.
1. How did the book end?
2. Discuss if you liked or did not like the ending and why or why not.
3. How did the climax resolve the conflict?
G. Facts vs. Opinions
1. List three facts found in this book. To be a fact, one must be able to prove it.
2. Expound on at least one of the facts and why it is important and/or startling.
3. List three opinions about those facts.
4. Expound on at least one of your opinions.
H. Title Interpretation
1. Why was the book given the title it was?
2. Was it an effective or ineffective title?
3. If you were to give it a new title, what would it be and why? Even if you like the title, think of a
I. Relationships in the book
1. Discuss at least one relationship in the book.
2. How did the relationship change or stay the same throughout the novel? Show this through events.
III. Concluding Paragraph-Required
A. Evaluate and summarize the storyline
B. Reflect upon your own reading of the book
Make sure you make your conclusion a strong paragraph and don’t announce that you are concluding. Just do it. Proofread and fix your own errors. Your grammar and mechanics matter in your grade.