Summer Reading MS 2007

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2007 Middle School Summer Reading: 

2007 Middle School Summer Reading Suggested Titles for Your Consideration

Realistic Fiction – Thinking about How Other People Live: 

Realistic Fiction – Thinking about How Other People Live Absolutely Normal Chaos Cages Clover Colibri Emilio Everything on a Waffle Flipped Homeless Bird Hope Was Here I Heard the Owl Sing Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Lizzie at Last Loser Maniac Magee Olive’s Ocean Pictures of Hollis Woods Ruby Holler Skeeter So B. It Sun and Spoon Surviving the Applewhites The Graduation of Jake Moon The Great Gilly Hopkins The Haymeadow The Jumping Tree The Man Who Loved Clowns The Tiger Rising The View from Saturday Touching Spirit Bear

Absolutely Normal Chaos: 

Absolutely Normal Chaos By Sharon Creech "Here it is: my summer journal . . But please, PLEEEASSSE DON'T READ IT!" That’s the way Mary Lou Finney begins her summer journal assignment. She just doesn’t think anything interesting could ever happen to her. Mary Lou’s wrong. She dreads this assignment, but her journal will tell all about her very unique summer. Read this novel to learn about life, love, death, holding hands, and the absolutely normal chaos of the Finney family.


Cages By Peg Kehret Kit has her heart set on getting this role in the school play. When she doesn’t get it, she does something really bad. She tries to steal a bracelet from a department store, and she gets caught. As part of her punishment, she must work at the local animal shelter. Read to see what Kit learns about the cages in life and how to set yourself free.


Clover By Dori Sanders In South Carolina, Clover’s father dies within hours of getting married. At ten years old, Clover must learn a whole new way of life with her new stepmother. To make matters even more complicated, Clover’s family members on her father’s side don’t like Sara Kate. She and Sara Kate must deal with grief, readjustment, family, and racial issues. Read to find out how these two handle life together!


Colibri By Ann Cameron Colibri is kidnapped from a crowded bus in Guatemala. An ex-soldier rescues her and renames her “Rosa.” Fortune tellers predict that Rosa will bring him a big fortune. As Rosa grows older, the treasure does not appear, so he becomes frustrated and consults a fortune teller. Read to discover if this fortune teller’s prediction will come true for Colibri.


Emilio By Julia Mercedes Castilla Emilio, A young immigrant from Central America, has just moved with his family from the country to the city. He finds it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in the big city of Houston, Texas. He faces many different challenges, like attending a new school and dealing with the memory of his deceased father. He also intensely wants to go back to his homeland. Read Emilio’s story to discover how he adjusts to his new life.

Everything on a Waffle: 

Everything on a Waffle By Polly Horvath Primrose’s parents are lost at sea, and she must live with her Uncle Jack until they return (if they ever do). Primrose meets Kate, the owner of a local restaurant. Kate serves everything on a waffle, including fish and pasta. Kate teachers Primrose how to cook, listens to her problems, and even offers her advice. Read to see what Primrose learns about life and her future.


Flipped By Wendelin Van Draanen When Bryce moves to a new town, he meets Julianna Baker, the next door neighbor who sticks to him like glue for the next several years! This incredibly unique novel deals with Bryce’s troubles with Juli and their friendship over the years! Just when they think they have each other figured out, things get all flipped. Learn about basket boys, sycamore trees, and chicks. But even more important, read about family, friendship, and middle school.

Homeless Bird: 

Homeless Bird By Gloria Whelan Arranged marriages are the custom in India, and Koly’s parents have arranged for her to marry. Koly’s young husband soon dies. Koly’s mother-in-law finds a way to “lose” the girl, and Koly finds herself on her own. Koly’s only interests are reading and embroidering, and now she must find a way to support herself with the help of a few wonderful friends. Read about a different world and an amazing young girl’s financial and emotional struggles.

Hope Was Here: 

Hope Was Here By Joan Bauer Hope hasn’t had the easiest life, but she knows she can count on one person – her Aunt Addie. When Addie suggests they move again, Hope agrees but worries about what life will be like in Wisconsin. Hope is the world’s best waitress, and Addie is a great cook. Their new world will revolve around the Welcome Stairways restaurant. The Welcome Stairways leads Hope to new friendships, politics, and love. Read to see what life has in store for Hope and her new family.

I Heard the Owl Call My Name: 

I Heard the Owl Call My Name By Margaret Craven A young minister is sent to live in a remote Canadian Indian village. The bishop discovers that the vicar is sick, so the minister takes the post. The Indians live simply and the minister learns to fit in with their way of life. They give him a very special gift. Read to discover about the customs of the Indians in this village.

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key: 

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key By Jack Gantos Joey has this little problem. He has trouble paying attention, and things just seem to happen when he’s around. His meds don’t seem to work for long, and he does unusual things – like swallowing his house key. Then, there’s an accident at school, and a girl gets hurt. Now read to find out what happens when Joey gets sent to another school.

Lizzie at Last: 

Lizzie at Last By Claudia Mills Lizzie’s about to begin seventh grade, but everyone thinks she’s a nerd – especially Ethan, the guy she’s in love with! Lizzie’s aunt comes to visit and helps Lizzie. Lizzie changes the way she dresses, the people she talks to, and even messes up on math – all to fit in. What she’s doing isn’t working or making her happy. How can she learn to fit in and still be herself? Read to see how Lizzie learns to be Lizzie at last!


Loser By Jerry Spinelli Donald Zinkoff sees the world a little differently than most people. His fellow students think he’s a loser, but Zinkoff doesn’t care. He’s just enjoying life, until a neighborhood girls disappears in a blizzard. Zinkoff wants to find her on his own. Read to see what happens when Zinkoff sets off to locate the missing girl.

Maniac Magee: 

Maniac Magee By Jerry Spinelli Maniac Magee – What earns a person a nickname like that? Running away? Winning a race by running backwards? Taking on challenges that seem bigger than life? All of these are true about Jeffrey Lionel Magee as he tries to find a home, deal with fear, and bring a town together. Read this fun book to learn about Maniac Magee!

Olive’s Ocean: 

Olive’s Ocean By Kevin Henkes Martha’s classmate, Olive Barstow, has accidentally died. Olive’s mother gives Martha an excerpt from Olive’s journal. The journal tells of Olive’s wishes to see the ocean, to be a writer, and to become friends with Martha. When Martha goes to visit her grandmother on the coast, she can’t help but think about Olive. Read to learn what Martha discovers about growing up, relationships, Olive, and even Martha herself.

Pictures of Hollis Woods: 

Pictures of Hollis Woods By Patricia Reilly Giff Hollis is a fantastic artist. It’s her best talent … and her worst is getting kicked out of foster homes. Through her pictures, we discover what her life was like with Izzy and the Old Man and their son Stephen. Something happens that leads her to Josie, a remarkable artist herself. When the lady from the agency discovers that Josie has a little memory problem, they must run before Hollis is sent away again. Read to see what Hollis’s picture of home will end up looking like.

Ruby Holler: 

Ruby Holler By Sharon Creech Dallas and Florida live in a children’s home and are just waiting for the right opportunity to run away. Sairy and Tiller Morey temporarily take them in to help them get ready for their dream vacation. Sairy and Tiller are very different and so is their home – Ruby Holler. Everything’s nice there, but can it last? Follow Dallas and Florida on their adventures in Ruby Holler.


Skeeter By K. Smith Two young boys meet an elderly man named Skeeter Hawkins when they go hunting. Even though Skeeter catches them trespassing, he invites them back. The legendary hunter begins to teach them about hunting. Joey and Steve learn not only about hunting, but also about life, prejudice, and death. Read about what happens as a result of their friendship.

So B. It: 

So B. It By Sarah Weeks Heidi’s mother is a little different, but nobody could tell by looking at her. Only when she talked, she has this high voice and can only say twenty-three words. Between her mentally disabled mother and her doting neighbor, Heidi’s life is quite unusual. Heidi does have one thing going for her – a lucky streak. Read to see what happens when one word from her mother’s vocabulary leads her on a hunt for secrets!

Sun and Spoon: 

Sun and Spoon By Kevin Henkes Spoon is still hurting because his grandmother has died. He wants to find something special of hers so that he can feel closer to her. When he finds what he thinks is the perfect item, he soon discovers that things aren’t as easy as they seem. He hurts someone else he loves in the process. Read to find out how Spoon sets out to make the wrong right again!

Surviving the Applewhites: 

Surviving the Applewhites By Stephanie S. Tolan Jake Semple is about as bad as they come. He’s been kicked out of every school in Rhode Island and now the new one in North Carolina. His grandfather only has one idea left – the Applewhites and their very own homeschool academy. Jake discovers that the Applewhites are unlike anyone else he’s ever met, and they’re impossible to shock. How does Jake learn to belong when he’s made a career out of not belonging? Read to find out!

The Graduation of Jake Moon: 

The Graduation of Jake Moon By Barbara Park Jake’s about to graduate the eighth grade, and he’s having a tough time. His grandfather, Skelly, has Alzheimer’s Disease! Jake loves him, but he’s constantly being embarrassed by Skelly. He’s stopped doing everything with his friends, and he’s become resentful. Then, Skelly disappears! Read what happens to Jake & Skelly in this funny, sweet, and sad story.

The Great Gilly Hopkins: 

The Great Gilly Hopkins By Katherine Paterson Gilly’s mother lives in California, and Gilly lives in foster homes. She only wants to live with her real mother. Her plan is to move in and out of foster homes until she can get back to her mother. She’s now in her fourth foster home and babysitting her new little brother. Read to find out if Gilly’s plan will work out the way she thinks it will!

The Haymeadow: 

The Haymeadow By Gary Paulsen 14 year-old John is about to find out if he’s as tough as the “Old Man.” John’s been out at the haymeadow with the hands before when they tended to the sheep. But this summer’s different. John must take care of the sheep by himself this summer – all six thousand of them. And things don’t start out well on his first day alone with them. Read to find out how John’s adventure turns out.

The Jumping Tree: 

The Jumping Tree By Rene Saldana These stories follow Rey from sixth to eighth grade in Nuevo Penitas, Texas. One half of his family lives in Mexico, and the other half lives in Texas. Rey actually fits into both worlds. In Texas, he hangs out with his friends in the barrio, and in Mexico, he begins to understand what it means to be a proud Chicano. Read to follow Rey’s journey.

The Man Who Loved Clowns: 

The Man Who Loved Clowns By June Rae Wood Punky, Delrita’s uncle, has Down’s Syndrome. She wants to protect him from other people who may laugh at him, so she doesn’t make any friends. Delrita loves him and helps to take care of him so he won’t need to live in a home. One day she gets a terrible surprise as she and Punky wait on her parents. Read to find out what happens to Delrita as she faces many challenges and finally makes a friend.

The Tiger Rising: 

The Tiger Rising By Kate DiCamillo Rob’s been through quite a bit, and he’s very sad. He stuffs his feelings in an imaginary suitcase to hide them away. One day he comes across a tiger in a cage in the woods. Then he meets a new girl on the bus who thinks the tiger should be let loose. Read to find out what happens when these two work together.

The View from Saturday: 

The View from Saturday By E. L. Konigsburg Four sixth grade students are chosen by Mrs. Olinski to represent Epiphany Middle School in the academic team competition. Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and Julian become soul mates as they prepare for this huge competition. The stories of these four students demonstrate their own growth, compassion, confidence, and learning. How did these four get chosen, and what will happen in the competition? Read this funny and caring story.

Touching Spirit Bear: 

Touching Spirit Bear By Ben Mikaelsen Cole Matthews has been lying, stealing, and fighting for years. He’s just terribly hurt a classmate, and he seems beyond hope. Cole heads to a remote Alaskan island and to Circle Justice. He tries to attack the Spirit Bear of Native American legend. Experience Cole’s journey as he desperately clings to life and tries to accept responsibility for his life, as well as his soul.

Biography/Autobiography – Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes: 

Biography/Autobiography – Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America Soul Surfer Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps

A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson: 

A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson By Michelle Y. Green Mamie Johnson was born to play baseball, not softball. She even slept with a baseball under her pillow. She worked extremely hard to break into a male-dominated sport. She let her strong right arm do the talking for her! Read to see how “Peanut” overcame prejudice and broke down barriers.

Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America: 

Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America By Sharon Robinson Sharon Robinson tells her father’s story. Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play in the major leagues. Sharon gives a unique perspective into the man behind the legend. While Jackie had many successes, he endured many hardships. Read to see a daughter’s special story about a father that changed the All-American sport.

Soul Surfer: 

Soul Surfer By Bethany Hamilton Bethany Hamilton tells the true story of her horrifying experience. She lost her arm to a shark while surfing. Her tale of courage describes how she recovered and adjusted her surfing style. Bethany’s first question was, “When can I surf again? Read her inspiring story and follow her to the championships!

Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps: 

Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death Camps By Andrea Warren This story follows Jack Mandelbaum on his four-year journey through World War II. Hitler puts restrictions on Jack’s Jewish family. Jack struggles to help his family survive, and then they are captured. They go to several concentration camps during the next three years. Read to see what happens to Jack’s family.

Science Fiction/Fantasy – Imagining Things Beyond Belief: 

Science Fiction/Fantasy – Imagining Things Beyond Belief Among the Hidden Eragon Just Ella The Hunting of the Last Dragon The Thief Lord Things Not Seen

Among the Hidden: 

Among the Hidden By Margaret Peterson Haddix Luke is one of the shadow children. A shadow child is a third child in a family. The Population Police forbid the existence of shadow children. Luke has lived his entire life in hiding, and now he can’t even go outside. Then, Luke spots Jen, another shadow child who is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows. Read to find out what Luke decides.


Eragon By Christopher Paolini Eragon is a poor farmer boy who finds a mysterious blue stone. Hoping he can trade it for food for his family, he takes it home. He soon finds out it is a blue dragon’s egg. When it hatches, he bonds to his new dragon. He becomes the first dragon rider in 100 years who is not controlled by the evil ruler of the empire. Read to find out how Eragon learns to fight and understand his newfound magical powers in this fantasy adventure!

Just Ella: 

Just Ella By Margaret Peterson Haddix What happens after the “happily ever after” part? This Cinderella tale takes us to the castle as Ella begins to see that life isn’t what she thought it would be. Ella struggles to learn palace rules and barely sees her prince. She’s not happy and plots to leave … but they don’t want her to leave. Read to see what Ella discovers about her life and destiny.

The Hunting of the Last Dragon: 

The Hunting of the Last Dragon By Sherryl Jordan A fierce dragon destroys the village of Doran, leaving one survivor … Jude. At his stay in a monastery, Jude tells his remarkable story to Brother Benedict, a monk. Jude tells about the dragon’s destruction, his own fear, and a strong-willed young Chinese girl named Jing-Wei. It’s left up to Jude and Jing-Wei to hunt down the last dragon. Read to find out if, together, they can destroy the last dragon and save the countryside.

The Thief Lord: 

The Thief Lord By Cornelia Funke Prosper and Bo are two runaways in Venice, Italy. They have escaped from their aunt and uncle who want to separate them. They find new friends in “The Thief Lord” and his partners in crime, who help them find shelter and food. Together, they all embark on a mysterious adventure and discover many secrets that will change their lives forever. Read to find out about private detectives, carousels, incredible secrets, and the identity of “The Thief Lord.”

Things Not Seen: 

Things Not Seen By Andrew Clements What happens when no one can see you? Bobby wakes up one morning to find out he’s invisible and he has no idea how it happened. If that’s not bad enough, his parents get in a wreck – and Bobby’s on his own. Bobby only has one other person he can trust – a blind girl he just met. Read and follow along on Bobby’s race to find out what caused this to happen and how to reverse it – before his parents get into worse trouble.

Nonfiction – Reading All about the Real World: 

Nonfiction – Reading All about the Real World Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America I Have Lived a Thousand Years Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story about Brain Science Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World The Great Fire The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights

Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America: 

Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America By Jim Murphy A massive snowstorm hit the Northeast in 1888. New York City had a particularly difficult time. News accounts followed the hardships as people became trapped and struggled to survive. Survivors went on record to record their stories. Read Jim Murphy’s account of this natural event that changed the Northeast.

I Have Lived a Thousand Years: 

I Have Lived a Thousand Years By Livia Bitton-Jackson A thirteen year old Hungarian Jew is imprisoned in the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. At first she and the others are humiliated, and then they are sent to the camps. She describes her terrible experiences and how she was able to survive the Holocaust. She barely escapes the gas chambers. Read this incredible account of the Holocaust!

Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis: 

Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis By Pete Nelson As a student prepares to do a report, he gets more than he expects. He stumbles upon a mystery from fifty years ago and decides to investigate. His goal is to discover who was responsible for the USS Indianapolis tragedy during World War II. He investigates some of the survivors and solves this historical mystery. Read to discover his story.

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story about Brain Science: 

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story about Brain Science By John Fleischman In 1848, Phineas Gage had an accident. An iron rod went into his head and lodged in his brain. He survived almost twenty years after the accident. Doctors noticed that Phineas suffered a personality change as a result of the accident. Read Phineas Gage’s story to see what doctors discovered about how the brain functions.

Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex: 

Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex By Nat Philbrick In 1820, the Whaleship Essex sunk by a whale. The crew consisted of twenty men, most of whom were teenagers. They crammed into three leaky boats with very little supplies and even little hope. Three months later, eight of the men were rescued. Read to discover the story of how they survived against horrible hardships.

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: 

Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World By Jennifer Armstrong In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his twenty-seven crewmen tried to cross Antarctica. They were one hundred miles from land, but their ship was trapped in ice. Shackleton and five crew members took to their life boats and traveled hundreds of miles. Nineteen months later, after a terrible winter, Shackleton came back to rescue them. Read this amazing true journey of survival.

The Great Fire: 

The Great Fire By Jim Murphy In October of 1871, Chicago suffered a horrendous fire. The fire could have been contained, but crucial mistakes helped this fire become one of the worst natural disasters in American history. Murphy uses accounts from people who were actually there to tell this story. Fire departments from far away tried to help the city. Were Mrs. O’Leary and her cow really the ones responsible for the great fire – Read to decide.

The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights: 

The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights By Russell Freedman Marian Anderson was an African-American singer who challenged civil rights. In 1939, she performed in an Easter concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Freedman describes the significance of this event in the struggle for equal rights. Anderson’s life story is told, including the fact that she did not set out to be in any political controversy. Read Marian Anderson’s incredible story.

Adventure/Survival – Keeping You on the Edge of Your Seat: 

Adventure/Survival – Keeping You on the Edge of Your Seat Flight #116 Is Down! Island of the Blue Dolphins Stormbreaker White Fang Wild Man Island

Flight #116 Is Down!: 

Flight #116 Is Down! By Caroline B. Cooney Flight #116 crashes behind Heidi’s house. Even though she doesn’t think she has it in her, Heidi works through the night to save the victims of the crash. It turns out to be a night when choices between life and death are made. This experience changes lives forever. Read to learn about the passengers on this flight and their rescuers!

Island of the Blue Dolphins: 

Island of the Blue Dolphins By Scott O’Dell Karana’s village has boarded the ship to go to a safer way of life. When she sees her brother has been left behind, Karana jumps overboard. Now Karana must learn to survive on the island. She befriends a wild dog, avoids Aleut hunters, and discovers her own strength. Read to find out what happens to Karana.


Stormbreaker By Anthony Horowitz If James Bond had been a spy at 14, his name might have been Alex Rider. In trying to find out what happened to Uncle Ian, Alex gets pulled into a secret mission. And he finds out that Uncle Ian wasn’t really a banker . . . He was a spy! Now Alex gets his own mission to discover the secret behind Stormbreaker – before it’s too late! Read to see if Alex discovers what could be bad about a man who plans to give every student in every school in England a computer.

White Fang: 

White Fang By Jack London White Fang is terrorized by the other dogs in the village. White Fang’s master encourages him to become more and more vicious, killing other dogs. Then, he is traded to another, even meaner master. Eventually, he is saved by a man named Scott. Read to find out if White Fang’s luck changes when Scott takes him back to California.

Wild Man Island: 

Wild Man Island By Will Hobbs Fourteen year-old Andy gets caught in a storm when he visits the place his dad died. Then he gets trapped on an island! Everyone thinks he’s dead. He quickly must learn how to survive by himself. All he has for help is one Newfoundland dog . . . And one wild man! Who is this wild man who helps Andy? Andy finds mystery, history, and suspense on Wild Man Island!

Historical Fiction – Traveling Through a Different Time: 

Historical Fiction – Traveling Through a Different Time An Acquaintance with Darkness Esperanza Rising Fever, 1793 Girl in Blue Soldier Boys Soldier X The Art of Keeping Cool The Fighting Ground The Ties That Bind, the Ties That Break Torn Thread When My Name Was Keoko

An Acquaintance with Darkness: 

An Acquaintance with Darkness By Ann Rinaldi Emily lives in Washington, D.C., during the time of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Her mother has died, and her best friend’s mother has just been jailed for having a part in Lincoln’s murder. Because her father is also dead, she must go live with her Uncle Valentine. Uncle Valentine is a doctor with a secret. Read to see how much Emily is willing to risk for her law-breaking uncle!

Esperanza Rising: 

Esperanza Rising By Pam Munoz Ryan Esperanza has a wonderful life in Mexico until her father is killed, and her world is turned upside down. Esperanza and her mother must escape to the United States. They struggle to work at a labor camp in California. Esperanza tries to live by her Abuelita’s advice: “Do not ever be afraid to start over.” Read to find out if Esperanza can save her mother, reunite her family, and begin again.

Fever 1793: 

Fever 1793 By Laurie Halse Anderson It’s 1793, and Mattie Cook lives with her mother and grandfather in Philadelphia. When the yellow fever strikes in the city, people begin to get extremely sick, and the death count begins to rise at an alarming rate. Mattie’s mother sends her to the countryside with her grandfather in the hope that Mattie will be safer. Mattie soon discovers that the disease is everywhere, and she returns to the city. Read about Mattie’s struggles to save the lives of her family and friends, as well as her home.

Girl in Blue: 

Girl in Blue By Ann Rinaldi Sarah’s father has offered her hand in marriage to an older man in the town. To keep that from happening, Sarah disguises herself as a boy and enlists in the Union Army. Sarah has a difficult time hiding the fact that she really is a girl from the other male troops. When someone discovers her real identity, Sarah’s life heads in a new direction. Read to see how Sarah continues to help the cause and becomes much more than she ever planned.

Soldier Boys: 

Soldier Boys By Dean Hughes During World War II, American Spence Morgan joined the army to become a paratrooper. German Dieter Hedrik wanted the approval of the Hitler youth. Dieter didn’t want to listen to his father’s warnings about untruths. These two young soldiers cross paths at the Battle of the Bulge. Read this intriguing story from two very different, and yet somewhat similar points of view.

Soldier X: 

Soldier X By Don Wulffson In 1943, Erik experiences the horrors of war. He’s an ordinary Russia soldier until the Russian position gets overrun. The only way to survive is to become one of the enemy. He plays dead and pretends to be a German soldier until he can return to the Russian lines. Read to see if he’s able to win the fight over hunger, fear, and exhaustion!

The Art of Keeping Cool: 

The Art of Keeping Cool By Janet Taylor Lisle In 1942, Robert’s mother moves her children to Rhode Island to be near their father’s side of the family. There, Robert meets his mean grandfather and his artistic cousin Elliot. When Elliot makes friends with Abel Hoffman, a German artist, both boys get caught up in the war. Espionage, planes shot down over the English Channel, and family secrets all change Robert’s world. Read to discover what Robert uncovers and how he copes with these discoveries.

The Fighting Ground: 

The Fighting Ground By Avi Jonathan really wants to be a soldier. When he hears the tavern bell that summons the soldiers, he is torn. He’s only thirteen years old, but he makes a very adult decision. The next twenty-four hours change his life. Read to discover if the soldier’s life is really what Jonathan wants!

The Ties That Bind, the Ties That Break: 

The Ties That Bind, the Ties That Break By Lensey Namioka In China in 1911, young girls must go through the painful process of having their feet bound. Ailin watched her two older sisters have this done. She loves running and knows that she will never run again once her own feet are bound. When she refuses, the family of her intended husband breaks the marriage agreement, and her own family no longer supports her. Read to see how Ailin’s strong spirit pushes her to follow her own path.

Torn Thread: 

Torn Thread By Anne Isaacs During World War II, Eva and her sister are separated from the rest of their family and sent to work in a sewing factory. They constantly worry about what the Nazis will do to them and to everyone they love. Eva’s sister Rachel is weak, and Eva tries to protect her. Eva and Rachel must face many obstacles together as they wait and hope for the Allies to defeat Germany. Will Eva and Rachel survive? What about the rest of their family? Read this incredibly inspiring story!

When My Name Was Keoko: 

When My Name Was Keoko By Linda Sue Park Sun-hee and her older brother, Tae-yul, live in Korea. Korea is under Japanese occupation, so they must speak Japanese in school. Anything in the Korean culture is now forbidden. The Japanese governor forces everyone to take Japanese names, and Sun-hee becomes Keoko. When World War II comes to Korea, the Japanese expect the Koreans to fight on their side. Read to find out what will happen to this family, drawn into a war that’s not really theirs.

Other Choices: 

Other Choices If you still can’t find one you like, you may also choose one of the following books: 2007-2008 South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee Previous South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee A Newbery Medal or Newbery Honor Winner

Going on Vacation? Still have time on your hands this summer and looking for another good book? Check out something one of these authors has written:: 

Going on Vacation? Still have time on your hands this summer and looking for another good book? Check out something one of these authors has written: Avi Agatha Christie Eoin Colfer Caroline Cooney Sharon Creech Lois Duncan Margaret Peterson Haddix Brian Jacques Walter Dean Myers Joan Lowry Nixon Katerine Paterson Gary Paulsen Richard Peck Pam Munoz Ryan Louis Sachar Jerry Spinelli J.R.R. Tolkien

Remember: Keep a reading reflection journal while you read so that you can review it in August before we come back to school.: 

Remember: Keep a reading reflection journal while you read so that you can review it in August before we come back to school.

Dive into a good book this summer! Read and enjoy!: 

Dive into a good book this summer! Read and enjoy! Your classmates and teacher will want to hear about it in August!

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