Summer Reading Activity

Every year we ask you to participate in a summer reading program that encourages leisure reading. Although we require one book, we remind you that the State requires students to read 25 books each year. Feel free to read as many as you wish.

Choose from the following book choices:

Bad Girls by Cynthia Voigt

Thick with suspense and simmering with adolescent turmoil, Bad Girls is an action-adventure survival story that pits a group of troubled teens against a forbidding tropical landscape, an elusive enemy, and, worst of all, each other.

The Bully of Barkham Street by Mary Stolz

What made Martin Hastings, the bully of A Dog on Barkham Street, behave the way he did?  Martin resolves problems of his own in a sensitive study of a lonely, frustrated boy.  The family relationships are exceptionally well drawn.

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis

A quirky and utterly logical seventh-grade girl named Emma-Jean Lazarus discovers some interesting results when she gets involved in the messy everyday problems of her peers.

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Written in 1944, The Hundred Dresses is a timeless story about the hurt inflicted by teasing and the painful consequences for bystanders who fail to act courageously.  This beautifully written story has touched the hearts of readers for nearly 60 years.

Indigo's Star by Hilary McKay

Spurred on by his yougest sister, Rose, twelve-year-old Indigo sticks up for himself and an American boy who has replaced him as the primary target of the school bullies.

Men of Stone by Gayle Friesen

Fifteen-year-old Ben can't make sense of his mixed-up life.  Then his elderly aunt arrives for a visit and the tales she shares of her past in Stalinist Russia light the way for his future.

Shredderman: Secret Identity by Wendelin Van Draanen

Bubba has been the bane of Nolan's existence for five long years.  So when Mr. Green asks the class to become reporters, Nolan decides he'll write an exposé on Bubba.  He doesn't want to sign his name to it (that'd would be suicidal), so Nolan creates a secret identity for himself on the Internet.  He launches Shredderman.com as a place where truth and justice prevail and bullies get what's coming to them.  This hilariously triumphant story is for any kid who's ever dreamed of unleashing their own inner superhero.

Shug by Jenny Han

As the summer comes to an end, twelver-year-old Annemarie Wilcox, known as "Shug" to her family, realizes middle school is going to be completely different from elementary school.  Everything around her is changing, and everything is happening so fast.  All Shug wants is for her life to stay the way it is.  The novel finds her learning about friendship, first loves, and self-worth in a small town in the South.