There are three required books for each student during the summer of 2020: an all school read, and then two books per grade. These books will be the basis of discussion and lessons at the beginning of the school year, so it is important that all students read them this summer. Please reach out to
Ms. Lucey if you have any questions.
All School Read:
Grit for Kids by Lee David Daniels (ISBN: 978-1521109434). This book is about developing resilience, passion, perseverance and grit. We talk a lot about growth mindset throughout the school year, and this book will help set the scene for that.
Students going into grades 4, 5, and 6:
Holes by Louis Sachar (ISBN: 978-0440414803)
Small Steps by Louis Sachar (ISBN: 978-0385733151)
Students should come to school ready to use both books in reading comprehension activities and have an understanding of the plot and characters in each book.
Students going into grade 7:
I will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch (ISBN: 978-0316241335)
Posted by John David Anderson (ISBN: 978-0062338211)
Students should come to school ready to discuss the benefits of writing letters and the impact that letters/notes can have on a person.
Students going into grade 8:
Animal Farm by George Orwell (ISBN: 9780451526342)
The Plague by Albert Camus (ISBN: 978-0679720218)
Students should come to school ready to discuss the differences and similarities in these books and current world events, as well as think about how these books can be applied to previous world events.
Students going into grade 9:
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (ISBN: 978-0812550702)
Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card (ISBN: 978-0765374714)
Students should come to school ready to discuss how different points of view change how a story is told, as well as the nuances that change in each story.
Please feel free to read more books, in fact, I encourage you to read every day!