Summer Reading Lists Are Out

summer reading

Torrance Unified School District asks that students read a book over the summer.  Here is the suggested list.  ELA teachers may have students write about their selection in the Fall.

Incoming Sixth Grade Reading List

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (visual media)
  • The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick (realistic fiction)
  • The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (mythological fiction series)
  • Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (Newbery Medal Winner 2012)
  • Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered by Gary Paulsen (historical fiction)
  • I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosin (historical fiction)
  • Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty (mystery)
  • The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (classic)
  • Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
  • The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam by Quang Huynh (autobiography)
  • Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
  • The Longitude Prize by Joan Dash (non-fiction)
  • The Pinballs by Betsy Byars (realistic fiction)
  • Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline Cooney (fiction)
  • The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks by Katherine Paterson (folktale)
  • 13 Gifts by Wendy Moss (humorous fiction)
  • Books of your choice!

These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/. For titles of 2014 award winning children’s books, see the American Library Association website- Awards and Grants, http://www.ala.org/.

Incoming 7th Grade Reading List

  • Elijah Of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis, 2008 Newbery Honor Book
  • The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jimenez (autobiography)
  • Dogs on Duty: Soldiers Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy H. Patent (nonfiction)
  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (realistic fiction)
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff by Jennifer Holm (fiction)
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  • Chained by Lynne Kelly
  • My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulson(autobiographical)
  • Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine (historical fiction)
  • 10 Plants That Shook The World by Gillian Richardson (science)
  • The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake (realistic fiction)
  • Last Shot: Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein (realistic fiction)
  • The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Deedy (fantasy)
  • Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman
  • Books of your choice!

These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/. For titles of 2014 award winning children’s books, see the American Library Association website- Awards and Grants, http://www.ala.org/.

Incoming 8th Grade Reading List

  • Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal (non-fiction)
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (historical thriller)
  • Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson (historical thriller)
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (science fiction)
  • Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin (fiction)
  • The Prophecy Keepers by Melanie Bryant (fantasy)
  • Phantoms In the Snow by Kathleen Duble (historical fiction)
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata (historical fiction)
  • Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin (historical thriller)
  • The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and The Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman (non-fiction)
  • So B. It by Sarah Weeks (realistic fiction)
  • The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell (historical fiction)
  • Son by Lois Lowry (companion to The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger)
  • The Great Wide Sea by M. H. Herlong
  • Books of you choice!

These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on amazon.com. Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/rl/. For titles of 2014 award winning children’s books, see the American Library Association website- Awards and Grants, http://www.ala.org/.

 

 

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