MIddle school passport to reading 2015
All students are required to read a minimum of four books, either fiction or nonfiction, set in other countries. Each of your choices must be set in a different country ie. 4 books set in 4 different countries. Below is a suggested list, but feel free to choose others – there are too many good choices to list all of them. You can also download the Passport to Reading pdf for a hard copy of Summer Reading info.
- Afghanistan – Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis
- Australia – Walkabout by James Vance Marshall
- Austria – Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn
- Austria – The Night Crossing by Karen Ackerman
- Brazil – Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
- Cambodia - Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
- China – Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
- Congo (Democratic Republic) – Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
- 9.Denmark – Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- Egypt – Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
- England – One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis
- France – Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
- Gabon – Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
- Germany – The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
- Germany – Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
- Germany – An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo.
- India – Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
- India – Sold by Patricia McCormick
- Iraq – Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
- Ireland – Greener Grass:The Famine Years by Caroline Pignat
- Ireland – A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
- Japan – Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
- Japan – The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
- Kenya – Facing the Lion:Growing up Masai on the African Savanna by Joseph Lemosolai Lekuton
- Kenya – The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann
- Korea – The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park
- Lithuania - Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
- Nepal – Peak by Roland Smith
- Pakistan - I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- Peru - Secret of the Andes by Jean Charlot
- Russia – Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan
- Senegal – In Bikole: Eight Modern Stories of Life in a West African Village by Tom Gilroy
- Sudan – A Long Walk To Water:a novel based on a true story by Linda Sue Parks
- Sweden – Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
- Thailand – Tangled Threads:a Hmong Girls Story by Pegi Deitz Shea
- Vietnam – A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata
Please select books that are on your reading level. Extra credit given for additional books read.
For each book you read, rate it 1-10 with 10 being terrific, then write/word process a paragraph about why you gave it that rating. These should be brought to your Language Arts teacher the first week of school.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – 10 stars
I enjoyed reading this book because I had read that Malala had won the Nobel Peace prize and I was interested in learning her story. I learned many interesting facts about growing up in Pakistan. I knew that it was difficult for young girls to get an education in Pakistan and was amazed by her and her family’s persistence in getting her an education. She is a wonderful role model for young women and anyone who believes in the right to education.
This list represents books on a wide range of reading and maturity levels. Parental discretion is suggested. Many of these books are available as eBooks or on audio tape.