Summer Reading (Grades 6-8)

This collection of fine literature is certain to excite your students over the summer. The variety of genres and interesting topics is sure to meet the needs of all reading levels.
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J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling
Your students will love to be entertained with the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends. The fantasy adventures are sure to engage the most reluctant readers while keeping their reading skills. Enjoy one or all in the series -- they are magical.
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Follow Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter into the fantasy world of Narnia where they encounter a witch, a lion, and many exciting adventures. The book is from The Chronicles of Narnia series, which your students will love reading from start to finish.
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Milkweedby Jerry Spinelli
by Jerry Spinelli
Newbery Medal-winning author Jerry Spinelli paints a vivid picture of the streets of the Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II, as seen through the eyes of a young, heartbreakingly naive orphan known as Misha. Readers will love Misha the dreamer and his wonderfully poetic observations of the world around him, his instinct to befriend a Jewish girl and her family, his impulse to steal food for a local orphanage and his friends in the ghetto, and his ability to delight in small things - even surrounded by the horror of the Holocaust.
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This semi-autobiographical journal/cartoon book by Jeff Kinney - in the guise of seventh-grader Greg Heffley - is available online, and in hard-copy. Students can follow the hilarious trials and tribulations of Greg by logging in daily. This book is "an excellent choice for reluctant readers, but more experienced readers will also find much to enjoy and relate to in one seventh grader's view of the everyday trials and tribulations of middle school." according to a review by the School Library Journal Review.
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Homesick: My Own Storyby Jean Fritz
Jean Fritz wrote a compelling story about her youth in the China of the mid 1920's, a period of great turmoil. Jean's own family suffers the loss of her younger sister, as well as other hardships. Eventually, the family resettles in the United States, a country that Jean has only heard about.
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The Diary of a Young Girlby Anne Frank
The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
Born on June 12, 1929, Anne Frank was a Jewish girl in her teens when she was forced to go into hiding during the Holocaust. She and her family, along with four others, spent 25 months during World War II in an annex of rooms above her father's office in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Her diary, saved during the war by one of the family's helpers, Miep Gies, was first published in 1947.
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Dreamlandby Sarah Dessen
by Sarah Dessen
In this riveting novel, Sarah Dessen searches for understanding and answers through the mind of a young girl who suddenly finds herself in a trap of constant menace, a trap that is baited with love and need. More and more she must frantically manage her every action to avoid being hit by the hands that had seemed so gentle. All around Caitlin are women who care--best friends, mother, sister, mentor--but she can confide in none of them, especially not Cass, her brilliant older sister, whose own flight from home had seemed to point the way for Caitlin.
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How to Eat Fried Worms
How to Eat Fried Worms
by Thomas Rockwell
Include more protein in your diet - add worms! How to Eat Fried Worms has been grossing out children and adults since 1973. This is the story of Billy, a ten-year-old who takes a bet that he will eat 15 worms in 15 days - all for $50. The good part is the variety of ways Billy's friends cook up and dress up the worms.
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All of Mildred D. Taylor's novels to date are based on stories from her own family, stories she learned at family gatherings throughout her life. The Logan stories closely follow the history of Taylor's own family, from her great-grandfather's purchase of land in Mississippi in the 1880s to their move to Ohio in the 1940s. The as-yet-untitled Logan, currently Taylor's last novel planned for the saga, will take Cassie and her brothers through World War II.
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