Middle School Summer Reading - 2016
"WALK IN SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOES"
All students are required to read a minimum of four books prior to the start of school in September. The requirements are listed below.
You can also download the "Walk in Someone Else's Shoes" pdf for a hard copy of Summer Reading info.
Part A. All Middle Schoolers are required to read the 2016 Kids Read Across RI book, *Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.
Part B. Middle Schoolers are required to read one book off each of the following lists.
a. El Deafo by Cece Bell
b. Tangerine by Edward Bloor
c. Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
d. * Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
e. Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
f. * Million-dollar Throw by Mike Lupica
g. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
h. * Wonder by R. J. Palacio
i. * Pax by Sara Pennypacker
j. * Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
k. * The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
i. * The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
m. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
n. * Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
o. * Peak by Roland Smith
a. Lou Gehrig: the Luckiest Man by David Adler
b. Gandhi: Peaceful Warrior by Rae Bains
c. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
d. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
e. Who Was Mother Theresa? by Jim Gigliotti
f. * Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilence and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – either the Adult or Junior edition
g. Women Who Broke the Rules: Coretta Scott King by Kathleen Krull
h. Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can by Cynthia Levinson
i. * Puppies, Dogs and Blue Northers: Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled Dogs by Gary Paulsen
j. Abe Lincoln Grows Up by Carl Sandburg
k. The Keeper of Lime Rock by Lenore Skomal
l. The 14th Dalai Lama: Spiritual Leader of Tibet by Whitney Stewart
Please select books that are on your reading level. Extra credit given for additional books read.
3. One free choice book. More books will be for extra credit.
For each book read, the MS student should create a separate word processing document and answer the following questions. Include the student’s name and the title of the book for each book read on the top of the page.
1. What was the goal that the main character was trying to achieve?
2. Did the main character face any kind of adversity?
3. Who helped him/her? Who blocked him/her?
4. Was he/she successful?
5. How was his/her success determined?
6. What did you learn from the main character’s experiences?
7. Give one quote from your nonfiction book that you feel inspires you.
8. What goal(s) would you like to set for yourself for the coming school year?
9. How do you think you could help others struggling to achieve a goal?
The books on the lists are on a variety of Reading and Maturity Levels. The books have been discussed with the current Middle Schoolers. Parents may want to help their student with the selections.
* Many of these books are available as Text-to-Speech eBooks or on audio tape.