There are three required books for each student during the summer of 2021: 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:
The Hard Hat by Jon Gordon (ISBN: 978-8126558377). This book is a true story about a selfless, loyal, hard-working and compassionate leader and teammate and the impact he had on his team and his program. The book gives 21 lessons that we can all learn from him. As we talk a lot about leadership, grit and determination, this book will become one of the focal points for these conversations.
Students going into grades 4, 5, and 6:
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar (ISBN: 978-0394805726)
Spy School by Stuart Gibbs (ISBN: 978-1442421837) OR Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham (ISBN: 9780142428696)
Students should come to school ready to use the books in reading comprehension activities and have an understanding of the plot and characters in each book. Please note that both Spy School and Theodore Boone are the first books in a longer series and will play a role in our Reading curriculum next year.
Students going into grade 7:
Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn (ISBN: 978-1983504303)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (ISBN: 978-0380807345)
Students should come to school ready to discuss these books and use them in class discussions and writing assignments, including a book report, which will be the focus of their first major assignment in English class.
Students going into grade 8:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (ISBN: 978-1338299168)
Choose Your Own Book -- Choose a fiction book that is 250 pages long or more.
Students should come to school ready to present the book they read to the class, including the topics of character development, the history and setting of the story, the plot, the lessons and meanings learned by the characters.
Students going into grade 9:
Think Like A Freak by Steven D. Levitt (ISBN: 978-0062218346)
Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (ISBN: 978-1451678192)
Students should come to school prepared to discuss, in detail, these two books, and use them in class discussions and writing assignments.
Please feel free to read more books, in fact, I encourage you to read every day!