SUMMER READING Grades 6-12

Find your grade's list below. Then, find your books in our catalog. (Extra copies of books are on order but will not arrive until after July 1.)  In the catalog click the place hold button to request your book. You will be prompted for your library card barcode number, and your PIN(password). When your book is ready to be picked up you will be notified by either phone call, email, or text. To change your notification method log in to your library account. After notification, you will have 7 days to pick up your book(s).
The Library's pick-up window hours are: Monday-Wednesday 10:00am-3:00pm, Thursday 2:00pm-7:00pm, Friday 10:00am-3:00pm

If you have a question - don't be shy, just ask! Call 978-468-5577, or email Kim Claire, Young Adult Librarian at kclaire@hwlibrary.org.
Here are two FAQs:
     I can keep the books all summer, right?
     You may keep them out for 3 weeks.
     Summer reading books are not renewable.
     This is so other people have a chance to read the book before school starts.
     Are these books available in audio or eBook format?
     Many titles are available as downloads in audio or eBook format.
     To find them search our OverDrive and Hoopla services for those formats.
     Audio books may also be available on CDs or Playaways for physical check out.


Don't forget to register and participate in our Beanstack summer reading challengesThis year the Library will award a Champion Summer Readers trophy to the local public school with the most reading minutes logged. There are also weekly prize drawings.

Miles River Middle School
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Entering Grade 6 Link to Grade 6 summer reading assignment.

In preparation for sixth-grade English language arts class, all students must choose two books to read during the summer. The books are your choice. There are a lot of book lists on this blog to browse. If you would like more help choosing your books please use our Your Next Great Read form.

Following are suggested titles that students have enjoyed in the past:

Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper
Pax, by Sara Pennypacker
Red Kayak, by Priscilla Cummings
Small as an Elephant, by Jennifer Jacobson

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Entering Grade 7 Link to Grade 7 summer reading assignment.

Students entering 7th grade in the Fall are required to read two books over the summer. The books are your choice but must fit into one of the 18 categories found below. To help you select a book there is a 7th Grade page on this blog with suggestions for each category:

Book Suggestions for the 7th Grade Categories




Some restrictions:
  • Don’t use the same category twice. Also be aware that once you use it, it is gone for the year. You will be using these categories all year in 7th grade to work on the goal of exploring different genres and their features.
  • Don’t read a book that was an assigned class text, read-aloud book, or book club book in younger grades. No Julie of the Wolves, Holes, or Hatchet for example. 
  • Don’t read a book that is also a movie. If you aren’t sure, google it.
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All students entering Grade 8 are required to read two books over the summer: 
one is required and one is a choice novel. 
The required novel is: The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Students must read one choice novel that meets the requirements listed below. The goal is to broaden perspective through choice reading, and to consider the ways in which a person can be a positive change-maker in his or her society. As such the novel must...
  • Be over 120 pages in length.
  • Be something you have NOT read before.
  • Be from the point of view of an identity group that is somehow different from the reader. For example, the person could be from another country, be of a different gender, ethnicity, or religion.
  • Genre is wide open!
Following are suggested titles that students have enjoyed in the past:

Nonfiction Titles:
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba
March, Book One, by John Lewis
Positive, by Paige Rawl with Ali Benjamin
Americanized, by Sara Saedi
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
Flygirl, by Sherri Smith
Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

Fiction Titles:
Code Talker, by Joseph Bruchac
The Watsons Go To Birmingham--1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis
Crossing Stones, by Helen Frost
Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, by Annabel Pitcher
All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds
Amal Unbound, by Aisha Saeed

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Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School
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HWRHS Summer reading books available through Hoopla. 
These ebooks are always available, no waiting.
To access Hoopla: Use your preferred email address, and your Hamilton-Wenham Library card and library PIN number or password to create an account, then sign in any time using your email address and password.