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Middle School Summer Reading

All Middle School students will read the three books from the list below and write at least a one-page essay on each of these books.

In these essays, students should describe the book’s main characters, setting, plot, and lessons or themes. In addition to demonstrated knowledge of the story, students will be graded on proper spelling, punctuation, logic, and style according to their respective grade levels. The essays will count towards the first quarter English and History grades. If possible, teachers appreciate typed essays (12-pt font, double-spaced), although this is not required.

All essays should be submitted to faculty on the first day of school.

Sixth Grade

Students entering Sixth grade have one required book and the other two books can be chosen from the list below. Please review the writing assignment above.

Required for History Class

Carry on Mr. Bowditch  by Jean Lee Latham

Choose two of the following for English class

  • White Water, P.J. Petersen
  • Mr. Tucket, Gary Paulsen
  • My Brother Sam is Dead, James and Christopher Collier
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  • Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt
  • April Morning, Howard Fast
  • Old Yeller, Fred Gipson
  • Yankee Doodle Boy, Joseph Plumb Martin

Seventh Grade

Students entering Seventh grade have one required book and the other two books can be chosen from the list below. Please review the writing assignment above.

Required for History Class

Shades of Gray, Carolyn Reeder

Choose two of the following for English class

  • Banner in the Sky, James Ramsey Ullman
  • Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling
  • Adam of the Road, Elizabeth Janet Gray
  • The Day Lincoln Was Shot, Jim Bishop
  • True Grit, Charles Portis
  • Day of Infamy, Walter Lord
  • King Solomon’s Mines, H. Rider Haggard
  • Summer of the Monkeys, Wilson Rawls
  • The Chestry Oak, Kate Seredy

Eighth Grade

Students entering Eighth grade have one required book for History class and the other two books can be chosen from the list below. Please review the writing assignment above.

Required for History Class

The Bronze Bow, Elizabeth George Speare

Choose two of the following for English class:

  • Call of the Wild, Jack London
  • Set All Afire, Louis de Wohl
  • A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne
  • The Raft, Robert Trumbull (Naval Institute Press)
  • Incredible Victory, Walter Lord
  • Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, C.S. Forester
  • The Lantern Bearers, Rosemary Sutcliff
  • The Light in the Forest, Conrad Richter
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • The Prince and the Pauper, Mark Twain