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  • Students are required to read at least one book related to the grade level theme and will complete during and after reading assignments related to it.  Titles with an asterisk are available for purchase from the district. 

    Books included in the 2016 summer reading program include:

  • Grade 6: Stories of Change

    • A Long Walk to Water* by Linda Sue Park
    • Maniac McGee by Jerry Spinelli
    • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
    • The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli
    • The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

  • Grade 7: The Choices We Make

    • Red Kayak* by Priscilla Cummings
    • The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
    • Touching the Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
    • Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers
    • Gym Candy by Carl Dueker

  • Grade 8: The Challenge of Heroism

    • Wonder* by R. J. Palacio
    • Bomb: the Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
    • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
    • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

  • Grade 9: Coming of Age

    • Emako Blue by Brenda Woods
    • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
    • Lord of the Flies by William Golding (NOTE: contains descriptions of violent behavior)
    • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
    • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez
    • Speak* by Laurie Halse Anderson (NOTE: contains mature content and descriptions of trauma)
    • Farewell to Manzanar by James Houston & Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston

    SpEd Suggestions:

    • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (available free online)
    • I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier

  • Grade 10: Cultural Conversations

    • In the Time of Butterflies* by Julia Alvarez
    • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
    • Shabanu by Suzanne Fisher Staples
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (NOTE: contains profanity)
    • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (NOTE: contains profanity and sensitive themes)
    • Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
    • Code Talker by Chester Nez

    SpEd Suggestions:

    • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson
    • A Step from Heaven by An Na (available as a free audiobook)
    • The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

  • Grade 11: The American Dream

    • Tuesdays with Morrie* by Mitch Albom
    • They Call Me Coach by John Wooden
    • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    • Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez
    • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
    • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

    SpEd Suggestions:

    • Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska (available as a free PDF download)
    • Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

  • Grade 12: Perspectives

    • Siddhartha* by Herman Hesse
    • The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley
    • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
    • Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
    • Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
    • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
    • Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan

    SpEd suggestions:

    • Hiroshima by John Hersey (available as a free PDF download)
    • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
    • The Help by Kathrynn Stockett