MMSA summer reading list

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 to earn rewards for themselves and their school.



6th Grade

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


7th Grade

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



8th Grade

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


9th Grade

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



10th Grade

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


11th Grade

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