Summer Reading List-Castner

Download 44.07 Kb.
Size44.07 Kb.
Summer Reading List-Castner
For: All seventh graders entering eighth grade in 2018.
Summer is a time for relaxing and fun. Why not relax with a good book? This packet includes a reading list, recording chart and instructions for writing an approach paper, which is similar to a book report.
Over the summer, keep track of all the books you have read. Choose books from the attached list. Pick your favorite title from your summer reading and complete the approach paper. In addition, read at least two other books from the list. When you return to school in the fall, you will hand the reading chart and approach paper to your Language Arts teacher. This will be for a grade. The approach paper must be typed. It should be double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 font.
In addition, you must read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. You should come to class prepared to discuss the book. Also, you need to bring one newspaper article discussing an account of people in the contemporary world who are suffering from racism. Additionally, bring, in writing, five quotes from the book indicating racism and an explanation as to why you believe these particular quotes are so important. This should be handwritten in blue or black ink, in cursive. Don’t forget your name! You may expect a major test on this work after discussion during the first week. You should not write the approach paper on this book. They are two separate assignments.
Happy Summer! Happy Reading!

Summer 2018 Reading Suggestions


Alcott, Louisa May Little Women

One of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg's joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo's struggle to become a writer, Beth's tragedy, and Amy's artistic pursuits and unexpected romance.

Diary of Anne Frank

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic -- a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

Blackmore, Richard D. Lorna Doone (first published anonymously,1869)

The powerful Doone family are feared and hated throughout Exmoor. But when John Ridd, whose father was killed by them, meets Lorna, a kind-hearted girl at odds with her family, he determines to rescue her.

Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451 (published as a shorter novel “The Fireman,” 1951)

A bookburner official in a future fascist state finds out books are a vital part of a culture he never knew. He clandestinely pursues reading, until he is betrayed.

Rawlings, Marjorie The Yearling (1938)

Young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raised as a pet.

Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903)

Talkative, ten-year-old Rebecca goes to live with her spinster aunts, one harsh and demanding, the other soft and sentimental, with whom she spends seven difficult but rewarding years growing up.


Anderson, Laurie Halse Prom (YA)

Eighteen-year-old Ash wants nothing to do with senior prom, but when disaster strikes and her desperate friend, Nat, needs her help to get it back on track, Ash's involvement transforms her life.

Bauer, Joan Close to Famous

The residents of Culpepper, despite their grand aspirations, have made little progress toward achieving their goals, but unexpected events and surprises put the ambitions of the residents of Culpepper to the test.

Draper, Sharon Out of My Mind

Narrator Melody is a fifth grader with cerebral palsy. She's brilliant, but few people realize just how brilliant until she receives "Elvira," her Medi-Talker computer.

Lord, Cynthia Touch Blue

When the state of Maine threatens to shut down their island's one-room schoolhouse because of dwindling enrollment, eleven-year-old Tess, a strong believer in luck, and her family take in a trumpet-playing foster child, to increase the school's population.

Mass, Wendy Every Soul a Star (2011 CA Young Reader Medal Nominee)

Ally, Bree, and Jack meet at Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, to watch a total eclipse of the sun; but soon they begin to learn a great deal about themselves, each other, and the universe.

Matti, Truus Departure Time

A girl suffering from amnesia finds herself in a run down motel filled with strange creatures who seem to know her and may be able to offer clues to her past.

Oppel, Kenneth Half Brother (YA)

In 1973, when a renowned Canadian behavioral psychologist pursues his latest research project--an experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills--he brings home a baby chimp named Zan and asks his thirteen-year-old son to treat Zan like a little brother.

Schmidt, Gary D. The Wednesday Wars (Newbery Honor 2008)

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

Woodson, Jacqueline Feathers (Newbery Honor 2008)

When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Bacigalupi, Paolo Ship Breaker (YA) (2011 Printz Winner)

In a futuristic world near a drowned New Orleans, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

Bray, Libba A Great and Terrible Beauty (YA)

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England after many years in India to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

Cashore, Kristin Graceling (YA)(2011 California Young Readers Medal Nominee)

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace of killing and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

Epstein, Adam Jay The Familiars

Three young wizards-in-training are kidnapped by an evil queen and their familiars--Aldwyn the alley cat, Skylar, a know-it-all blue jay, and Gilbert a tree frog who can see the future--set out on a dangerous journey to rescue the boys.

Fisher, Catherine Incarceron (YA)

To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

Flanagan, John The Ruins of Gorlan

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger. Harrison, Mette Ivie The Princess and the Snowbird (YA)

Liva, a girl whose magic allows her to take animal form, falls in love with Jens, who has no magic at all. Together they join forces to defeat the Hunter, an enemy who is out to eliminate all magic everywhere.

Jacques, Brian Redwall

When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.

Shulman, Polly The Grimm Legacy

New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the “New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.

Historical Fiction

Anderson, Laurie Halse Forge

Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.

Avi Crispin: The End of Time

Crispin and Troth, wandering the French countryside following the death of their beloved mentor, Bear, find refuge at a convent, and when Troth decides to stay, Crispin continues on alone, joining a band of traveling musicians who he soon realizes are murderous thieves.

Bradford, Chris Young Samurai: The Way of the Sword

In 1611 Japan, English orphan Jack Fletcher continues his difficult training during his first year at samurai school while Dragon Eye, the ninja who killed his father, seeks him out to obtain a navigational logbook, and Jack's only hope of survival rests on his success in an ancient ritual.

Cadnum, Michael The King’s Arrow

In 1100, eighteen-year-old Simon struggles to find himself a place in divided England. When he is offered the chance to accompany the king on a royal hunt, Simon hopes the journey will unlock doors for an exciting future, but when the hunt takes a fatal turn, Simon is forced to flee for his life.

Chotjewitz, David Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi (YA)

In 1933, best friends Daniel and Armin admire Hitler, but as anti-Semitism buoys Hitler to power, Daniel learns he is half Jewish, threatening the friendship even as life in their beloved Hamburg, Germany, is becoming nightmarish. Also details Daniel and Armin's reunion in 1945 in interspersed chapters.

Crossley-Holland, Kevin Crossing to Paradise

Gatty is given the chance of a lifetime when she is asked to accompany Lady Gwyneth and her household on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land; the journey, though dangerous, quickly changes Gatty's life forever.

Dogar, Sharon Annexed (YA)

A fictional account of life with Anne Frank hidden in the secret annex from Peter's point-of-view, following as he becomes closer with Anne, begins to question his own religion, and is forced to suppress his own desires to join the fight.

Haddix, Margaret Uprising

In 1927, at the urging of twenty-one-year-old Harriet, Mrs. Livingston reluctantly recalls her experiences at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, including miserable working conditions that led to a strike and then the fire that took the lives of her two best friends, when Harriet, the boss's daughter, was only five years old.

Hale, Marian Dark Water Rising

While salvaging and rebuilding in the aftermath of the Galveston flood of 1900, sixteen-year-old Seth proves himself in a way that his previous efforts never could, but he still must face his father man-to-man.

Klages, Ellen The Green Glass Sea (Scott O’Dell Award Historical Fiction, 2006)

While her father works on the Manhattan Project, eleven-year-old gadget lover and outcast Dewey Kerrigan lives in Los Alamos Camp, and becomes friends with Suze, another young girl who is shunned by her peers.

Rosnay, Tatiana de Sarah’s Key (YA)

American journalist Julia Jarmond researches the brutal 1942 Nazi roundup in Paris and stumbles upon a connection between her family and one of the victims, which compels Julia to learn more about the girl's life.

Paulsen, Gary Woods Runner

From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly-skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Native Americans who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community.

Preus, Margi Heart of a Samurai (2011 Newbery Honor)

Shipwrecks, whaling, a search for home and a delightful exploration of cultures create a swashbuckling adventure. This historical novel is based on the true story of Manjiro (later John Mung), the young fisherman believed to be the first Japanese person to visit America, who against all odds, becomes a samurai.

Rinaldi, Ann Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South (YA)

In South Carolina in 1780, fourteen-year-old Caroline sees the Revolutionary War take a terrible toll among her family and friends and comes to understand the true nature of war.

Selznick, Brian The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Caldecott Medal Winner, 2008)

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

Vanderpool, Clare Moon Over Manifest (2011 Newbery Award Winner)

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and she hopes to find out some things about his past.

Williams-Garcia, Rita One Crazy Summer (2011 Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King Winner)

The voices of sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern sing in three-part harmony in this wonderfully nuanced, humorous novel set in 1968 Oakland, Calif. During one crazy summer, the three girls find adventure when they are sent to meet their estranged poet-mother Cecile, who prints flyers for the Black Panthers and sends them to summer camp.


Codell, Esme Raji Diary of a Fairy Godmother

Hunky Dory is an unconventional witch who would rather grant wishes than cast spells which gets her kicked out of charm school; so Hunky sets out to become the best fairy godmother she can be.

Curtis, Christopher Paul Bucking the Sarge (YA)

Deeply involved in his cold and manipulative mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, fourteenyear-old Luther keeps a sense of humor while running the Happy Neighbor Group Home For Men, all the while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher.

Korman, Gordon Framed

Griffin Bing is in big trouble when a Super Bowl ring disappears from his middle school's display case, replaced by Griffin's retainer, and the more he and his friends investigate, the worse his situation becomes.

Krieg, Jim Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol

Legendary Griff Carver joins the Rampart Middle School Hallway Patrol and with the help of his new friends, solves the case of counterfeit hall passes.


Kadohata, Cynthia Kira-Kira (Newbery winner, 2005)

Chronicles the close friendship between two Japanese-American sisters growing up in rural Georgia during the late 1950s and early 1960s and the despair when one sister becomes terminally ill.

Muñoz Ryan, Pam The Dreamer (2011 Pura Belpré Award Winner)

A fictionalized biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who grew up a painfully shy child, ridiculed by his overbearing father, but who became one of the most widely-read poets in the world.

Park, Linda Sue A Long Walk to Water

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after immigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

Resau, Laura Star in the Forest

After eleven-year-old Zitlally's father is deported to Mexico, she takes refuge in her trailer park's forest of rusted car parts, where she befriends a spunky neighbor and finds a stray dog that she nurses back to health and believes she must keep safe so that her father will return.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker Ninth Ward (2011 Coretta Scott King Honor)

In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

Schmidt, Gary D. Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (Newbery Honor, 2004)

In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers -- and Turner's -- want to change into a tourist spot.

Shen's Books Chinese History Stories: Stories from the Zhou Dynasty

Contains English translations of eleven Chinese stories of kings and queens, generals, battles, and courtiers from the Zhou Dynasty, 1046 BC to 221 BC.


Higgins, Jack First Strike

British twins Rich and Jade, are once again thrown into danger when they try to help their spy father John Chance save the President of the United States from a radical group holding the White House hostage and attempting to steal the nation’s nuclear arms codes.

Holm, Jennifer Turtle in Paradise (2011 Newbery Honor)

Sassy eleven-year-old Turtle finds her life turned on end when she is sent to live with her aunt in Depression era Key West. With vivid details, witty dialogue and outrageous escapades, Jennifer Holm successfully explores the meaning of family and home… and lost treasures found.

Ibbotson, Eva The Star of Kazan

Annika, a twelve-year-old foundling in late nineteenth-century Vienna, inherits a trunk of costume jewelry, and soon afterwards a woman claiming to be her aristocratic mother arrives and takes her to live in a strangely decrepit mansion in Germany.

Stratton, Allan Borderline (YA)

Despite the strained relationship between them, teenaged Sami Sabiri risks his life to uncover the truth when his father is implicated in a terrorist plot.

Van Draanen, Wendelin Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things

While on her first hiking and camping trip, thirteen-year-old Sammy tries to solve a mystery involving endangered condors while avoiding scorpions, ticks, and embarrassment.

Whyman, Matt Icecore: A Carl Hobbes Thriller (YA)

Seventeen-year-old Englishman Carl Hobbes meant no harm when he hacked into Fort Knox's security system, but at Camp Twilight in the Arctic Circle, known as the Guantanamo Bay of the north, he is tortured to reveal information about a conspiracy of which he was never a part.


Compestine, Ying Chang Revolution is Not a Dinner Party (2011 California Young Readers Medal Nominee)

Starting in 1972 when she is nine years old, Ling, the daughter of two doctors, struggles to make sense of the communists' Cultural Revolution, which empties stores of food, homes of appliances deemed "bourgeois," and people of laughter.

Engle, Margarita The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano

A portrait in poems of Juan Francisco Manzano, the poet who was born a slave in Cuba in 1797.

Fleischman, Sid Sir Charlie Chaplin : The Funniest Man in the World

Chronicles the life and accomplishments of Charlie Chaplin, describing the silent film star and director's impoverished childhood in London and his rise to fame in Hollywood and within the film industry.

Fleming, Candace Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

Traces the life of female aviator Amelia Earhart from her childhood to her final flight, discusses the extensive search for her and her missing plane, and includes photographs, maps, handwritten notes by Amelia, and sidebars.

Mitchell, Don Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford

A photographic history of inventor of the automobile, Henry Ford, providing quotations from his writings, speeches, and interviews to illustrate how he revolutionized American life.

Writing an Approach Paper

Must be typed, 12 font, Times New Roman, double spaced.

An approach paper consists of several sections:

I.       Proper heading with your name, date, class, and novel/play title

II.      Summary Paragraph: A three or four sentence paragraph which explains the ENTIRE novel using as much description and detail as you can manage. To encourage your writing style, you may not use semi-colons or colons in this paragraph, and every sentence must start out in a different way. Prepositional phrases, gerund phrases, normal word order clauses, participial phrases, and infinitive phrases are some of the different ways you might choose to start these sentences. This helps make your writing more interesting to read. This is often the most difficult section of the approach paper to write. It will take some time to condense the happenings of the novel/play into these few sentences which all start in a different way.

III.   Character Descriptions: Choose three or four main characters from your novel or play. By each of the character’s name, list four or five words which describe the character distinctly. This is a good time to think about vivid vocabulary words we have studied and to check the dictionary and thesaurus for ideas. If you use a particular word to describe one character, you may not use that same word to describe another character.

IV.    Discussion/Essay Questions: Write three questions that a teacher might ask you about the novel or play either in class or for an essay. These questions should be thought provoking and almost always take more than one line to type because they ask readers to combine more than one idea. Just writing these types of questions helps you to anticipate what questions might be asked of you in class discussion or on a test and encourages you to think more insightfully about the book or play. You must also write a thoughtful answer for each question.

  1. Key Passage: Choose the most important passage in the novel/play (in your opinion). Type it up word-for-word in the approach paper. Make sure to identify the speakers.

VI.    Key Passage Explanation: In a fully-developed paragraph, explain why your chosen passage is important to understanding the novel/play. In your explanation, make sure you integrate quotes (actual words or phrases) from the key passage to strengthen your explanation. Often, this selected passage will offer clues to the novel/play’s themes. Explain any mentioned or inferred themes connected to the key passage.

Record of Books Read

Date Completed

Title of Book



# of pages



































































































Excellent 5

Very Good 4

Good 3

Fair 2

Boring 1

Download 44.07 Kb.

Share with your friends:

The database is protected by copyright © 2022
send message

    Main page