Summer Reading

Students will read one book from each section. You must read the all-school read and the book from your class lists, then choose two other books. A recommendation list by grade is provided with links to descriptions, but any book may be read. Please complete the Summer Reading Guide for the two required books.


1. All-School Read

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World

by William H. McRaven

In May of 2014 Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. The speech included 10 principles he learned during Navy Seal Training and it is available on YouTube. It was seen by Hillside Students as a precursor to our Speaker Series two years ago. Here, McRaven elaborates on where the 10 lessons came from in a deeper way.


2. Class Lists

Read the required book for your grade. These books will tie into English classes in the Fall.

5th and 6th Grade

Lawn Boy Gary Paulsen

7th Grade

The City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau

8th Grade

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Steve Sheinkin

9th Grade

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Steve Sheinkin

3. Recommendation List

Teacher Favorites

And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
Smile Raina Telgemeier
The Crossover Kwame Alexander
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat Oliver Sacks
Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein Susan Goldman Rubin
Bomb Steve Sheinkin
Trapped Mark Aronson
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
The Color of Magic Terry Pratchett
The Boundless Kenneth Oppel

8th and 9th Books

Eleven Seconds Travis Roy
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman
Divergent Veronica Roth
The Color of Water James McBride
Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card *
Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-year-old GI Ryan Smithson
Hiroshima John Hersey
iBoy Kevin Brooks
Moneyball Michael Lewis
Twisted Laurie Halse Anderson
Trapped Michael Northrop
The Natural Bernard Malamud
The Nick Adams Stories Ernest Hemingway
Old School Tobias Wolff
Rule of the Bone Russell Banks
True Legend Mike Lupica
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (ESL Recommendation)
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Michael Scott *
The Art of Keeping Cool Janet Taylor Lisle (Scott O’Dell Award)
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer James L. Swanson
Dodger Terry Pratchett
Endangered Eliot Schrefer
Fallen Angels Walter Dean Myers
Fever 1793 Laurie Halse Anderson
The Hobbit or There and Back Again J.R.R. Tolkien
Million Dollar Throw Mike Lupica
Over Sea, Under Stone Susan Cooper
Samurai Shortstop Alan Gratz
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World Jennifer Armstrong
Zen and the Art of Faking It Jordan Sonnenblick
Across Five Aprils Irene Hunt
Beardance Will Hobbs
Code Talker Joseph Bruchac
War Horse Michael Morpurgo (ESL Recommendation)
Darius & Twig Walter Dean Myers
That Was Then, This is Now S.E Hinton
The Book Thief Markus Zusak
1984 George Orwell
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi

7th Books

5th and 6th Books

Knucklehead Jon Sciezka
Because of Mr. Terupt Rob Buyea
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind William Kamkwamba (young readers ed.)
The Keeper: The Unguarded Story of Tim Howard Tim Howard (young readers ed.)
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary Laura Shovan
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story by Linda Sue Park
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
The Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown
No Excuses: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life Kyle Maynard
The Most Important Thing Avi
Steve Jobs: Insanely Great Jessie Hartland (graphic novel)
The Rain Wizard Larry Dane Brimner
Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass Mary Kay Carson
Football Genius Tim Green

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