Summer Reading List -- Intermediate

This list of recommended vacation reading for the intermediate grades is provided by Penguin Young Readers Group and Dorling Kindersley.
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The Fling
by Julian F. Thompson
ISBN: 0140375031
Book Description: When three high-school friends are invited to live briefly with a wealthy neighbor, their lives are changed by their relationships with a mysterious "gardener."

Frank O. Gehry: Outside In
by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
ISBN: 0789426773
Book Description: Illustrated with color photographs of architect Gehry and his works, this thin volume is packed with details about his life, his creative process, and the planning and construction of his buildings.

Freddy the Detective
by Walter R. Brooks
ISBN: 087951809X
Book Description: Freddy the pig does some detective work in order to solve the mystery of a missing toy train.

Getting Used to the Dark: 26 Night Poems
by Susan Marie
ISBN: 0789424681
Book Description: The mysteries, surprises, and delights of the night are celebrated here in evocative style and variety. The poems are ideal for reading aloud and for encouraging children to see into the dark newly for themselves – perhaps in poems of their own making.

The Ghost Sitter
by Peni R. Griffin
ISBN: 0525466762
Book Description: Charlotte is looking forward to a great summer in her new home, despite her many baby-sitting duties. Gradually Charlotte realizes her all-too-normal house is haunted by the ghost of a girl who doesn't – or won't – realize that she's dead.

A Girl Named Disaster
by Nancy Farmer
ISBN: 0531095398
Book Description: After the death of her mother, Nhamo is left a slave in her small African village. Upon learning that by her 12th birthday she must marry a cruel man with three other wives, Nhamo desperately decides to run away.

The House of Wisdom
by Florence Parry Heide
ISBN: 0789425629
Book Description: Ishaq, the son of the chief translator to the Caliph of ancient Baghdad, travels the world in search of precious books and manuscripts and brings them back to the great library known as the House of Wisdom.

The Iron Ring
by Lloyd Alexander
ISBN: 0525455973
Book Description: Tamar, the young king of Sundari, loses everything in a dice game – his kingdom, his riches, and even the right to call his life his own. To make good on his debt, he sets out on a journey that leads him into a world of magic, where animals can talk, the foolish are surprisingly wise, and danger awaits.

Island of the Aunts
by Eva Ibbotson
ISBN: 0525464840
Book Description: As they get older, several sisters decide that they must kidnap children and bring them to their secluded island home to help with the work of caring for an assortment of unusual sea creatures.

James and the Giant Peach
by Roald Dahl
ISBN: 0679980903
Book Description: Wonderful adventures abound after James escapes from his fearful aunts by rolling away inside a giant peach.

Letters from Rifka
by Karen Hesse
ISBN: 0805019642
Book Description: In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium temporarily when the others emigrate to America.

Lucy Dove
by Janice Del Negro
ISBN: 0789425149
Book Description: While sewing the laird's trews by moonlight in a haunted churchyard in return for a sackful of gold, an aging seamstress outwits a terrible monster.

My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George
ISBN: 0525463461
Book Description: Young Sam Gribley leaves New York City and spends a year living by himself in a remote area of the Catskill Mountains.

Notes from a Liar and Her Dog
by Gennifer Choldenko
ISBN: 0399235914
Book Description: Antonia takes refuge in lies as her seemingly perfect siblings distance themselves from her.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
by Eleanor Coerr, Ronald Himler
ISBN: 0399205209
Book Description: Hospitalized with leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold 1,000 paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

The Secret of Platform 13
by Eva Ibbotson
ISBN: 0525459294
Book Description: Odge Gribble, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their Island to London to rescue their King and Queen's son who had been stolen as an infant.

by Sheila Greenwald
ISBN: 0789426757
Book Description: While working on a project for a contest at school, fourth grader Emerald comes to appreciate her family's very small, cramped New York City apartment.

Summer of the Swans
by Betsy Byars
ISBN: 0670681903
Book Description: A teenage girl gains new insight into herself and her family when her mentally handicapped brother gets lost.

Summer Reading Is Killing Me
by Jon Scieszka
ISBN: 0670880418
Book Description: At the beginning of summer vacation Joe, Sam, and Fred find themselves trapped inside their summer reading list, involved in a battle between good and evil characters from well-known children's books.

Sun and Spoon
by Kevin Henkes
ISBN: 0688152325
Book Description: After the death of his grandmother, ten-year-old Spoon tries to find the perfect artifact to preserve his memories of her.

The Thief
by Megan Whalen Turner
ISBN: 0140388346
Book Description: Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes in the adventure that takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.

To Ride the Gods' Own Stallion
by Diane Lee Wilson
ISBN: 0789468026
Book Description: After being taken as a slave to Nineveh, 13-year-old Soulai finds his life intertwined with that of the son of King Ashurbanipal and a magnificent stallion, and he gets a chance to prove to himself and others that he is not a coward.

The Twenty-One Balloons
by William Paene Du Bois
ISBN: 0140320970
Book Description: Prof. William Waterman Sherman was found adrift in the Atlantic clinging to the debris of 21 balloons and all of America was rocked with curiosity.

The Westing Game
by Ellen Raskin
ISBN: 0140386645
Book Description: The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Summer Reading Activities
Ask students to complete these activities for their summer reading.
Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How
Title and Story Map

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