Dear MMSA Parents,
Summer is almost here! No more teachers! No more books! No more—wait…no more books? While summer may mean a break from the classroom, it doesn’t necessarily mean kids have to give up reading. In fact, studies suggest that children who read as few as six books over the summer maintain the level of reading skills they achieved during the preceding school year.
Reading more books leads to even greater success. When kids are provided with 10 to 20 self-selected books at the end of the regular school year, as many as 50 percent of them not only maintain their skills, but actually make reading gains.
Your children’s English teachers at MMSA have created a reading list below for incoming middle and high school grades that will help prepare them to be successful learners beginning in September.
Why not make it a competition? Kids of all ages can track their reading minutes online atwww.scholastic.com/summer to earn rewards for themselves and their school.
Locomotion by Jacquelyn Woodson
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulson
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Esperanza Rising by Paul Munoz Ryan
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Brooklyn Bridge: They Said It Couldn’t Be Built by Judith St. George
Lord of the Flies by James Aubrey
West Side Story by Arthur Laurents
A Child Called It by David Pelzer
Freedom Writers by Erin Gruwell
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
Lust for Life by Irving Stone
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper
Hiroshima by John Hersey