NEW! ONLY INCOMING 8th GRADE STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT.
All summer reading novels MUST come from this list unless a student receives special permission from Laurie Haller.
Select & read ONE novel from the list that you have not previously read. Please complete five journal entries from the list of "Reader Response Questions". If possible, complete these entries in a new writing journal, which will serve as your reading journal for the next school year. (You may also use PowerPoint.) Each entry should be a minimum of 10 sentences long and in paragraph form. Be sure to include a topic sentence for each so we are clear what question you are answering!
PARENTS: If you are concerned about monitoring the material your child reads, please refer to sites such as Amazon.com (linked to titles below) or Scholastic to learn more about the content.
Brothers in Arms – Paul Langan
Close to Famous – Joan Bauer
Hugging the Rock – Susan Taylor Brown
Jeremy Fink & the Meaning Of Life – Wendy Mass
Mockingbird – Katherine Erskine
Notes From a Liar & Her Dog – Gennifer Coldenko
Pieces of Georgia – Jen Bryant
Surviving the Applewhites – Stephanie Tolan
Somewhere in the Darkness – Walter Dean Myers
Tangerine – Edward Bloor
Tex – S E Hinton
Three Times Lucky - Sheila Turnage
Anything But Typical – Nora Raleigh Baskin
Defiance – Valerie Hobbs
Heaven Looks a Lot Like a Mall – Wendy Mass
Romiette & Julio – Sharon Draper
Rules – Cynthia Lord
Slam – Walter Dean Myers
Small Steps – Louis Sachar
Calamity Jack – Shannon & Dean Hale
Rapunzel’s Revenge – Shannon & Dean Hale
Middle School Life
Eleven – Lauren Myracle
Finally – Wendy Mass
The Kind of Friends We Used to Be – Frances O’Roark Dowell
The Secret Language of Girls – Frances O’Roark Dowell
Thirteen – Lauren Myracle
Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet – Erin Dionne
Twelve – Lauren Myracle
Dragon Slippers – Jessica Day George
The Last Book in the Universe – Rodman Philbrick
Savvy – Ingrid Law
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeline L’Engle
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Brian Selznick
Flora and Ulysses - Kate DiCamillo
Al Capone Does My Shirts – Gennifer Choldenko
Bud Not Buddy – Christopher Paul Curtis
Firehorse – Diane Lee Wilson
One Came Home - Amy Timberlake
Shooting the Moon – Frances O’Roark Dowell
Books in a Series
Gallagher Girls – Ally Carter
The Missing – Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Shadow Children – Margaret Peterson Haddix
Alex Rider – Anthony Horowitz
The Amulet Series – Kazu Kabuishi
Kidnapped – Gordon Korman
On the Run – Gordon Korman
Swindle – Gordon Korman
Maximum Ride – James Patterson
Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan
Edge Chronicles – Paul Stewart
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READER RESPONSE QUESTIONS
1. If you could introduce a character from your book to your family, who would it be? Why?
2. Which character would you be ashamed to introduce to your family? Why?
3. Do any incidents, ideas, or actions in this book remind you of your own life or something that happened to you? Explain.
4. Do any of the characters remind you of your friends, family members, or classmates? Explain.
5. Which character would you choose for as a friend, brother / sister, boyfriend / girlfriend? Explain.
6. Would your mom or dad like this book? Why or why not? Give specific reasons, citing events, characters’ actions, themes, etc from the book to support your claim.
7. Is there any object or place in your book that stands for something else? If so, that is a symbol. Why is that symbol important?
8. Dramatic irony is when you know something that a character does not know. What do you know that a character does not?
9. What is the tone or mood of this book? How does the author create that mood?
10. Did any of the characters change during the course of the book? How did they change? What forces caused this change?
11. Does this book seem similar to any other book you have read? In what ways are the two books similar?
12. Describe the setting’s time and place. List the clues that helped you identify the setting.
13. Compare where you live to the setting described in the book you are reading.
14. Explain how the story would be different if it was:
a. told from a different character
b. in a different time period
15. Draw a comic strip or a graphic novel page for what you just read. Be sure to color or artistically shade your pictures.
16. If the author were here, what would you say and ask him / her?
17. List at least three problems the characters faced. What was the most life changing?
18. Think of a problem that a character had to face. Write the problem and how the character solved it or is working to solve it. If you were that character, what would you do differently?
19. How does a character’s personality change during the story?
20. Did the book end the way you thought it would? What clues did the author give you that made you think that? Did you think these clues were important when you read them?
21. Did you like the ending of the book? Why or why not? Do you think there is more to tell? What do you think might happen next?