SUMMER READING 6-12

Find your grade below. Click on the book title to find it in our 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 for pickup you will be notified by phone call, email, or text. After notification, you have 7 days to pick up your book(s). To change your notification method log in to your library account
 
Got a question? - don't be shy, just ask! Contact Kim Claire, Young Adult Librarian, at 978-468-5577 x614, or by email at kclaire@hwlibrary.org.
 
     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.

Beginning June 26, 2021, you can start recording your reading and participate in activities, in the teen Beanstack 7 week summer reading challenge: Tails & Tales--7 at One Blow. If you created an account last summer, please use the same account. There will be weekly prize drawings for all reading challenge participants, similar to last summer.

Miles River Middle School
2021 S u m m e r  R e a d i n g


Entering Grade 6 :  Click here for the 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 many 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:

Blended, by Sharon Draper
Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Fever, 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, by Stacy McAnulty
Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper
Pax, by Sara Pennypacker
Red Kayak, by Priscilla Cummings 
The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanen
Small as an Elephant, by Jennifer Jacobson
Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate

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Entering Grade 7 :  Click here for the 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.

Some restrictions:
  • Don’t use the same category twice; once you use a category, it is gone for the year. You will be using these categories all year in 7th grade to work on 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.
Click Here for Book Suggestions to Match the Categories


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All students entering Grade 8 must read two books over the summer, one is required and one is your choice. 
The required book is: 
Nothing But the Truth, by Avi, 1991.
Students must read one choice book that meets the requirements listed below. The goal is to broaden perspective through choice reading, and to consider the ways in which our identities frame our ideas about the world. As such the book 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 you, the reader. For example, the person could be from another country, be of a different gender, ethnicity, or religion.
  • Genre is wide open, but please consider the identity requirement carefully. For example, for a young male reader, Harry Potter being "a wizard" is not an authentic interpretation of the theme.
For your second book here are a few 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
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 
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, by Annabel Pitcher
All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds
Amal Unbound, by Aisha Saeed
Flygirl, by Sherri Smith

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Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School
2021  S u m m e r  R e a d i n g

Entering Grade 9 College Prep English  Read a book of your choice. 
Would you like suggestions for books that match your interests?

Entering Grade 9 Honors English
  Required reading: Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High School, by Melba Patillo Beals, 1994. (Unabridged Edition)

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Entering Grade 10 College Prep English Read a book of your choice. 
Would you like suggestions for books that match your interests?

Entering Grade 10 Honors English 
Required reading: The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, 1989.

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Entering Grade 11 College Prep English Read a book of your choice. 
Would you like suggestions for books that match your interests?

Entering Grade 11 Honors English
Required reading: All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, 2014.

Entering Grade 11 Honors Humanities: U.S. and the World
Required reading: Z, A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Fowler, 2013.

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Entering Grade 12 College Prep English  Read a book of your choice. 
Would you like suggestions for books that match your interests?

Entering Grade 12 Honors English
Required reading: A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini, 2007.

Entering Grade 12 Advanced Placement English
Required reading: The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri, 2003. 
and choose one of the following three options: 
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2013.
All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, 2014.
Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, 1861.