Summer 2020 Reading Suggestions

The following are suggested texts that thematically follow the 6th 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: Stories of Change

Literature

  • My Name is Maria Isabel by Alma Flor Ada (Lexile 860)
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (Lexile 740L)
  • Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd by Holly Black (Lexile 760L)
  • I Sing the Body Electric by Ray Bradbury (Lexile N/A)
  • R is for Rocket by Ray Bradbury (Lexile N/A)
  • One Green Apple by Eve Bunting (Lexile 450L)
  • Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher (Lexile 1010L)
  • The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake (Lexile 670L)
  • Little Worlds: A Collection of Short Stories for the Middle School by Peter Guthrie (Lexile N/A)
  • Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier (Lexile 890L)
  • La Mariposa by Francisco Jimenez (Lexile 750L)
  • Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Lexile 740L)
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (Lexile 910L)
  • The Inland Whale: Nine Stories Retold from California Indian Legends by Theodora Kroeber (Lexile 1170L)
  • Friends Stories About New Friends, Old Friends, And Unexpectedly True Friends by David Levithan (Lexile 930L)
  • Dumpling Days by Grace Lin (Lexile 710L)
  • Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park (Lexile 690L)
  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (Lexile 1000L)
  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick (Lexile 950L)
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (Lexile 750L)
  • Baseball in April and Other Stories by Gary Soto (Lexile 830L)
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Lexile 820L)
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (Lexile 920L)
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (Lexile 530L)
  • Dragonwings by Laurence Yep (Lexile 870L)

Non-Fiction/Informational Text

  • The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky by Farah and Tamin Ansary Ahmedi (Lexile 850L)
  • The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez (Lexile 880L)
  • Bad Boy: A Memoir by Walter Dean Myers (Lexile 970L)
  • A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park (Lexile 720L)
  • Woodsong by Gary Paulsen (Lexile 1090L)
  • Within Reach: My Everest Story by Mark and Jack Galvin Pfetzer (Lexile 970L)
  • A Summer Life by Gary Soto (Lexile 990L)

Unit 2: The Power of Change

Literature

  • Sounder by William Armstrong (Lexile 900L)
  • Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech (Lexile N/A)
  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech (Lexile 1010L)
  • Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech (Lexile 660L)
  • The Wanderer, by Sharon Creech (Lexile 830L)
  • Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Lexile 610L)
  • The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo (Lexile 520L)
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley (Lexile 680L)
  • Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke (Lexile 710L)
  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Lexile 860L)
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (Lexile 910L)
  • Marley: A Dog Like No Other by John Grogan (Lexile 760L)
  • Hat Trick by Jacqueline Guest (Lexile 710L)
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (Lexile 760L)
  • Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata (Lexile 730L)
  • No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman (Lexile 610L)
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London (Lexile 1080L)
  • White Fang by Jack London (Lexile 650L)
  • Gentle Ben by Walt Morey (Lexile 740L)
  • Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat (Lexile 1330L)
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Lexile 890L)
  • Guts by Gary Paulsen (Lexile 1230L)
  • May Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen (Lexile 1150L)
  • Sundancer by Shelley Peterson (Lexile N/A)
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (Lexile 790L)
  • Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan (Lexile 780L)
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (Lexile 650L)
  • Letters from Wolfie by Patti Sherlock (Lexile 760L)
  • Elephant Run by Roland Smith (Lexile 750L)
  • Super Indian (series of 2) by Arigon Starr (Lexile N/A)
  • A Horse of Her Own by Annie Wedekind (Lexile 1040L)

Unit 3: Changing Perspectives

Literature

  • The Tia Lola Stories Series by Julia Alvarez (Lexile 830L-850L)
  • Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate (Lexile N/A)
  • Jakeman by Deborah Ellis (Lexile N/A)
  • Libertad by Alma Fullerton (Lexile N/A)
  • The Misfits by James Howe (Lexile 960L)
  • Night of the Moon by Hena Kahn (Lexile 780L)
  • A New Life by Rukhsana Kahn (Lexile N/A)
  • The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Um Krishnaswami (Lexile 770L)
  • Wait for Me by An Na (Lexile 670L)
  • 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye (Lexile 970L)
  • Ninjas, Piranhas and Galileo by Greg Leitich Smith (Lexile 750L)
  • Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu (Lexile 720L)

Non-Fiction/Informational Text

  • Know the Fact About Personal Safety by Judith Anderson (Lexile N/A)
  • Friend Me: 600 Years of Social Networking in America by Frencesca Davis Dipiazza (Lexile 1040L)
  • Saving the Baghdad Zoo: A True Story of Hope and Heroes by Kelly Milner Halls (Lexile N/A)
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose (Lexile 1000L)
  • The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference by Barbara Lewis (Lexile 850L)
  • Black Gold: The Story of Oil in Our Lives by Albert Marrin (Lexile 1070L)
  • Belva Lockwood: Equal Rights Pioneer by Jill Norgren (Lexile N/A)
  • After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance by Anne Ibley O’Brien and Perry Edmond O’Brien (Lexile 1080L)
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat by Michael Pollan (Lexile 930L)
  • Get real: what kind of world are you buying? By Mara Rockliff (Lexile 890L)
  • Chew on This, Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser (Lexile 110L)
  • Taking Action Against Homelessness by Kaye Stearman (Lexile N/A)
  • Orphan Train Rider: One Boy’s True Story by Andrea Warren (Lexile 960L)

Unit 4: The Final Act

Literature

  • Sixty Comedy Duet Scenes for Teens: Real-Life Situations for Laughter by Laurie Allen (Lexile N/A)
  • Shakespeare’s Scribe by Gary Blackwood (Lexile 870L)
  • Actor’s Choice: Monologues for Teens by Erin Detrick(editor) (Lexile N/A)
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (Lexile 970L)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Lexile 1080L)
  • Acting Scenes and Monologues for Young Teens by Kane Bo (Lexile N/A)
  • Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (Lexile 850L)
  • Tales from Shakespeare by Mary and Charles Lamb (Lexile 1390L)
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (Lexile 940L)
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London (Lexile 1080L)
  • The comedy of Errors by Pegasus Illustrated Shakespeare Stories (Lexile 910L)
  • Actor’s Choice: Scenes for Teens by Jason Pizzarello (editor) (Lexile N/A)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Graphic Novel) adapted by Dan Rafter (Lexile N/A)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Lexile 810L)
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Lexile 810L)
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Lexile 1010L)
  • A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (Lexile 1080L)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (Lexile 1030L)
  • The Call of the Wild (Graphic Novel) adapted by Lloyd Wagner (Lexile N/A)

Non-Fiction/Informational Text

  • Windsor Castle: England’s Royal Fortress by Jacqueline A. Ball (Lexile 680L)
  • Actor (Cool Careers) by Barbara A. Somervill (Lexile 860L)
  • Acting for Young Actors: Ultimate Teen Guide by Mary Lou Belli and Dinah Lenney (Lexile N/A)
  • Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass by Angelica Shirley Carpenter (Lexile 1080L)
  • Who Was Mark Twain? By April Jones Prince (Lexile 910L)
  • Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema (Lexile 1030L)
  • Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England by Diane Stanley and Peter Vennema (Lexile 1060L)
  • Acting Skills by Stephanie Turnbull (Lexile 890L)