Summer 2020 Reading Suggestions

The following are suggested texts that thematically follow the 7th grade curriculum next year. The focus of summer reading this year is to read multiple books for pleasure. Physical books, eBooks and Audiobooks are all valuable ways for students to engage with texts. Help your student select titles they will enjoy reading.

Unit 1: The Choices We Make

Literature

  • War Dances by Sherman Alexie (Lexile 790l)
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya (Lexile 840L)
  • The Dark is Rising (series) by Susan Cooper (Lexile 920L)
  • Greek Gods and Heroes by Robert Graves (Lexile 990L)
  • The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton (Lexile 660L)
  • Witness by Karen Hesse (Lexile N/A)
  • Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier (Lexile 890L)
  • Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos (Lexile 980L)
  • The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds (N/A)
  • Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston (Lexile 1020L)
  • African Myths by Gary Jeffrey (Lexile N/A)
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (Lexile 940L)
  • The Greatest: Muhammad Ali by Walter Dean Myers (Lexile N/A)
  • Seesaw Girl by Linda Sue Park (Lexile 810L)
  • Trickster’s Choice (Daughter of the Lioness, Book 1) by Tamora Pierce (Lexile 790L)
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Lexile 650L)
  • World Mythology: An Anthology of Great Myths and Epics by Donna Rosenberg (Lexile 1030L)
  • Shooting Kabul by N. H. Snzai (Lexile 800L)
  • Novio Boy by Gary Soto (Lexile N/A)
  • Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan (Lexile 800L)

Non-Fiction/Informational Text

  • Funny in Farsi: Am Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America by Firoozeh Dumas (Lexile 1030L)
  • Rocket Boys/October Sky by Homer Hickam (Lexile 900L)
  • Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang (Lexile 780L)
  • Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez (Lexile 750L)
  • Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret (Lexile 890L)
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller (Lexile 1150L)
  • Eastern Sun, Winter Moon: An Autobiographical Odyssey by Gary Paulsen (Lexile 1080L)
  • When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago (Lexile 1020L)

Unit 2: What Influences My Choices

Literature

  • The House of Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Lexile 870L)
  • Taco by John DeJesus (Lexile N/A)
  • Daughter of Xanadu by Dori Jones Yang (Lexile 780L)

Non-Fiction/Informational Text

  • Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories of the Dark Side of American Immigration by Ann Bausum (Lexile 1170L)
  • The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson (Lexile N/A)
  • Akira to Zoltan: 26 Men Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee (Lexile N/A)
  • Amelia to Zora: 26 Women Who Change the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee (Lexile N/A)
  • What the World Eats by Faith and Peter Menzel D’Aluisio (Lexile 1150L)
  • The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionists by Margarita Engle (Lexile N/A)
  • Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know by Shari Graydon (Lexile N/A)
  • Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse (Lexile N/A)
  • We Were There Too! Young People in U.S. History by Phillip Hoose (Lexile 950L)
  • World’s Greatest Olympians by Michael Hurley (Lexile 960L)
  • John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist by Kathryn Lasky (Lexile 1050L)
  • Investigating the Scientific Method with Max Axiom, Super Scientist by Donald Lemke (Lexile 760L)
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat (Young Reader’s edition) by Michael Pollan (Lexile 930L)
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (Lexile 1240L)
  • Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson (Lexile N/A)
  • Generation Green: The Ultimate Teen Guide to Living and Eco-Friendly Life by Linda Sivertsen and Josh Sivertsen (Lexile N/A)
  • Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea by Alice Waters (Lexile N/A)
  • Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez (Lexile 890L)

Unit 3: Choices and Consequences

Literature

  • A Step from Heaven by An Na (Lexile 670L)
  • 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye (Lexile 970L)
  • Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antionette Peacock (Lexile 700L)
  • Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins (Lexile 680L)
  • Bait by Alex Sanchez (Lexile 630L)

Non-Fiction/Informational Text

  • Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas (Lexile N/A)
  • Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mohandas Gandhi (Lexile 1010L)
  • Cesar Chaves by Josh Gregory (Lexile 930L)
  • The Warrior’s Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courage by Eric Greitens (Lexile 910L)
  • Who Was Jackie Robinson? by Gail Herman (Lexile 670L)
  • The Story of My Life by Hellen Keller (Lexile 1150L)
  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King Jr. (Lexile N/A)
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Ralph Leighton and Richard Feynman (Lexile N/A)
  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (Lexile 1120L)
  • Nobel Prize Women in Science by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne (Lexile N/A)
  • Lazy B: Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest by Sandra Day O’Connor and H. Alan Day (Lexile N/A)
  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama (Lexile N/A)
  • Feynman (Graphic Novel) by Jim Ottaviani (Lexile 620L)
  • Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry (Lexile 1000L)
  • My Life for the Poor: Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Janet N. Playfoot (Lexile N/A)
  • Gettysburg: The History of America’s Most Famous Battle and Turing Point by Wayne Vansant (Lexile N/A)
  • Night by Elie Wiesel (Lexile 570L)
  • Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah (Lexile 960L)
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Lexile 1000L)

Unit 4: How We Choose to Act

Literature

  • Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color: Poems by Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson (Lexile N/A)
  • Pieces of Me: Who do I want to Be by Robert Ballard (Lexile N/A)
  • Cautionary Tales for Children by Hillaire Belloc (Lexile N/A)
  • 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Everyday by Billy Collins (Lexile N/A)
  • The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop & Poetry of a New Generation by Billy Collins (Lexile N/A)
  • I’m Nobody. Who Are You? by Emily Dickinson (Lexile N/A)
  • Relatively Speaking: Poems About Family by Ralph Fletcher (Lexile N/A)
  • Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems by Kristine O’Connell George (Lexile N/A)
  • The Miracle Worker by William Gibson (Lexile N/A)
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (Lexile N/A)
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Lexile N/A)
  • The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes (Lexile N/A)
  • Stone Bench in an Empty Park by Paul B. Janeczko (Lexile N/A)
  • A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata (Lexile 700L)
  • Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb (Lexile 1330L)
  • Poems of Black and White by Kate Miller (Lexile N/A)
  • My Own True Name: New and Selected Poems for Young Adults by Pat Mora (Lexile N/A)
  • Honeybee: Poems & Short Prose by Naomi Shihab Nye (Lexile N/A)
  • Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems) by Linda Sue Park (Lexile N/A)
  • The Raven and Other Poems and Stories; Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe Vol. 1: Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (Lexile N/A)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (Lexile N/A)
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Lexile N/A)
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (Lexile N/A)
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (Lexile N/A)
  • This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman (Lexile N/A)
  • Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls and Rhythms by Charles R. Smith (Lexile N/A)
  • No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels by SparkNotes (Lexile N/A)
  • Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman (Lexile 750L)
  • Suitcase of Seaweed by Janet S. Wong (Lexile N/A)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Lexile 730L)