2015 Middle School Summer Reading Suggestions

Posted by Bridget Kozar, Middle School Principal on August 11, 2015


For many students, summer is a time to sit back and relax.  It’s also a time to let your mind take a journey with a great book.  Reading a book during the summer months is a way to learn all year long and has countless benefits, such as:

  •   Building com­pre­hen­sion skills and vocabulary
  •   Increasing fluency and speed
  •   Helping to expand your interests and knowledge in different areas
  •   Improving your writing skills
  •   Devel­oping prob­lem solv­ing skills
  •   Improving scores on stan­dard­ized tests

Reading allows you to go on an adventure without having to leave your house!  You can even get books on your Nook, Kindle, or IPad App.  You never will be bored with a good book.  SO….grab a snack and sit back with your Nook, Kindle or paper book and read! Below are a variety of books that can be found at your local library.  What kind of adventure will you go on this summer? 

Here are some great choices if you enjoy fiction:


The Arkadians. Alexander, Lloyd - Three Arkadians wander through a fantasy land from one misadventure to another. An out-of-work bean counter, a young woman of mysterious talents, and a poet try to escape the wicked King Bromios and his crooked soothsayers.

Danger Zone. Klass, David - In this thriller, Jimmy is recruited for an all-star basketball team scheduled to represent the U.S. in an international tournament. When they travel to Rome, the all-star teens are trapped in events beyond their understanding.

Moon Dancer. Rostkowski, Margaret - Sixteen year old Miranda and her 21-year-old cousin Emily take part in a summer excursion into a southern Utah canyon to explore cliff dwellings of the Hopi people.

Buffalo Gal. Wallace, Bill - Fifteen-year-old Amanda finds herself leaving her refined life to accompany her mother to the Oklahoma Territory on a crusade to save the buffalo.



Mystery of the Cupboard. Bank, Lynne Reid - After moving to a home his mother recently inherited, Omri uncovers the mystery of the house and its link to a magic cupboard.



Steal Away. Armstrong, Jennifer - Two women, one white and one black, tell the story of their escape from a southern farm during the 1850s and of their difficult journey north to freedom.

Cadets At War: The True Story of Teenage Heroism at the Battle of New Market. Beller, Susan - The story of 280 schoolboys who fought during the Civil War to stop the Union troops.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963. Curtis, Christopher Paul - A family story, both comic and moving, touches on the frightening times of the early civil rights movement.

Letters from Rifka. Hesse, Karen - In a series of letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl reveals the struggles of her family's flight from Russia in 1919.


Sometimes you just need a good laugh, so try reading a Comedy:

Dog Friday. McKay, Hilary - A boy finds himself in a series of often hilarious, occasionally dangerous scrapes when a wild and eccentric family moves next door.

Falcon's Egg. Gray, Luli - Keeping a dragon in a New York City apartment can be challenging!

Absolutely Normal Chaos. Creech, Sharon - Mary Louis is keeping a journal as an English class assignment. Through the entries, the events of her summer come alive.

Dean Duffy. Powell, Randy - Dean is assured of a scholarship until his pitching arm gives out and he bats only .052 in his last season. His future is questionable until he receives an offer from a small private college for a one-semester scholarship.


If Nonfiction is more your thing, check out these Biography selections:

Talking with Artists: Volume Two. Cummings, Pat - Thirteen renowned picture book illustrators describe their childhood, working methods, and sources of inspiration, as well as offer advice for budding artists.

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery. Freedman, Russell - A biography of one of this century's most outstanding, inspirational women.


Historical Biography

You Want Women to Vote, Lizzie Stanton? Frtiz, Jean - Cady Stanton presents a lively look at her impatient, outspoken personality as she fought for women's suffrage.


Memoirs are real life stories written by real life people:

I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler. Lewin, Ted - The true-story account of how a children's illustrator earned his way through college.

The Moon and I. Byars, Betsy - The author describes her hilarious adventures with a black snake and some comical stories about her first attempts at becoming a professional writer.


So grab a good book and go on a great adventure before school starts!

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