Summer Reading

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.

  1. Afghanistan – Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis
  2. Australia – Walkabout by James Vance Marshall
  3. Austria – Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn
  4. Austria – The Night Crossing by Karen Ackerman
  5. Brazil – Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  6. Cambodia - Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
  7. China – Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
  8. Congo (Democratic Republic) – Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
  9. 9.Denmark – Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  10. Egypt – Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  11. England – One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis
  12. France – Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
  13. Gabon – Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
  14. Germany – The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
  15. Germany – Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  16. Germany – An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo.
  17. India – Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
  18. India – Sold by Patricia McCormick
  19. Iraq – Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
  20. Ireland – Greener Grass:The Famine Years by Caroline Pignat
  21. Ireland – A Swift Pure Cry by Siobhan Dowd
  22. Japan – Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
  23. Japan – The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck
  24. Kenya – Facing the Lion:Growing up Masai on the African Savanna by Joseph Lemosolai Lekuton
  25. Kenya – The White Masai by Corinne Hofmann
  26. Korea – The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park
  27. Lithuania - Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  28. Nepal – Peak by Roland Smith
  29. Pakistan - I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  30. Peru - Secret of the Andes by Jean Charlot
  31. Russia – Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan
  32. Senegal – In Bikole: Eight Modern Stories of Life in a West African Village by Tom Gilroy
  33. Sudan – A Long Walk To Water:a novel based on a true story by Linda Sue Parks
  34. Sweden – Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
  35. Thailand – Tangled Threads:a Hmong Girls Story by Pegi Deitz Shea
  36. 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. 

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   Michael Morin
   Director of Upper School and
   Co-Director of Middle School
   Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3046

   Dr. Dana Gurney
   Director of Learning Services 
   and Co-Director
   of Middle School
   Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3048

   Cathleen deLipski
   Administrative Assistant 
   to the Middle School
   Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3105



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