The Purpose of Summer Reading

We hope that you enjoy the 2013-2014 edition of The Lexington School reading suggestions for Middle School. Our wish is that students and parents regard this list as a helpful guide for all readers but especially for reluctant readers. Research shows that students who read regularly score higher on vocabulary-related sections of standardized tests. More importantly, people who read regularly open themselves to an expansive world of ideas, magic, wonder, and information that enhances every day.

The books listed below are suggested books that represent a cross section of quality and entertaining choices, but students are not restricted to this list. If you child needs any assistance over the summer finding good books, he or she is encouraged to email the librarians (librarians@thelexingtonschool.org) for reading recommendations. 

Adventure and Survival Stories

Avi

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Cooney

Flight #116 is Down (or others)

Collins

Hunger Games (series)

Eckert

Incident at Hawk's Hill

 Gaiman

Odd and the Frost Giants

George

Julie of the Wolves (or others)

Hesse

Phoenix Rising

Horowitz

Stormbreaker (series)

Mikaelsen

Touching Spirit Bear

Myers

Climb or Die

O'Dell

Black Star, Bright Dawn

Paulsen

Dogsong

Riordan

Percy Jackson & the Olympians (series)

Turnage

Three Times Lucky

Ullman

Banner in the Sky

Voigt

Homecoming

White

Deathwatch

Animal Stories

Avi

Ereth's Birthday (or others)

Hiaasen

Hoot (or others)

Paulsen

Brian's Hunt

Sherlock

Letters from Wolfie

Stranger

That Quail, Robert

Swarthout

Bless the Beasts and Children

Science Fiction & the Future

Anderson

Feedback (or others)

Asimov

Fantastic Voyage

Bradbury

Martian Chronicles

Farmer

Ear, The Eye and the Arm

OBrien

Z for Zachariah

Patterson

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Westerfield

Peeps (series)

 

The Secret Hour (Midnighters series)

 

Uglies (series)

Wilde

Picture of Dorian Gray

Family, Friends & Contemporary Fiction

Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

Applet

Kissing Tennessee

Applegate

The One and Only Ivan

Armstrong

Sounder

Avi

Nothing But the Truth (or others)

Bauer

Hope was Here

Blume

Tiger Eyes (or others)

Bonham

Durango Street

Bunce

Curse Dark as Gold

Burns

Cold Sassy Tree

Capote

Grass Harp

Choldenko

Al Capone Does My Shirts (series)

Cormier

Other Bells for Us to Ring

Curtis

Bucking the Sarge (or others)

Draper

The Battle of Jericho (or others)

Fleischman

Whirligig

Holt

My Louisiana Sky

Holm

Penny from Heaven

Kadohata

Kira Kira

Konigsburg

Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place (or others)

Korman

Born to Rock (or others)

Lockhart

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Lord

Rules

Lowry

Summer to Die

Martin

A Corner of the Universe (or others)

Myers

Monster (or others)

Nelson

Ruby Electric

Nixon

Search for the Shadowman

Oughton

Music from a Place Called Half Moon

Patro

The Higher Power of Lucky

Paulsen

Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered (or others)

Peck

Fair Weather (or others)

Perkins, L.

All Alone in the Universe

Perkins, M.

First Daughter: White House Rules

Quattlebau

Grover G. Graham and Me

Reinhardt

Brief Chapter in my Impossible Life

Rylant

Missing May

Sachar

Holes

Schmidt

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Spinelli

Wringer (or others)

Wolff

Probably Still Nick Swanson (or others)

Woodson

After Tupac & D Foster (or others)

Zevin

Elsewhere

Fantasy

Barron

Lost Years of Merlin (series)

Barry

Peter and the Starcatchers (series)

Blackman

Naughts & Crosses

Bray

Great and Terrible Beauty (series)

Buckley-Archer

The Gideon Trilogy

Colfer

Artemis Fowl (series)

Cooper

Dark is Rising (series)

Cross

Dark Ground

Crossley-Holland

Seeing Stone (series)

DuPrau

City of Ember (series)

Farmer

Sea of Trolls (or others)

Frost

The Paladin Prophecy

Funke

Inkheart (series)

Haddix

Among the Hidden (series)

 

Just Ella

Hale

Princess Academy (or others)

Harrison

Mira, Mirror

Kindl

Goose Chase

Jacques

Redwall (series)

Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle (or others)

L’Engle

Wrinkle in Time (or others)

Le Guin

Gifts (or others)

Levine

Dave at Night (or others)

Lewis

Chronicles of Narnia (series)

Maguire

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Nix

Sabriel (series)

Oppel

Silverwing (series)

 

Airborn (series)

Pierce

Darkangel (series)

Schlitz

Splendors & Glooms

Stroud

Amulet of Samarkand (trilogy)

Thompson

Switchers (series)

Walden

H.I.V.E.: Higher Institute of Villainous Education (series)

Wooding

The Haunting of Alaizabel Gray

Historical Fiction

Avi

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

Blos

Letters from the Corrugated Castle: a novel of gold rush California 1850-1852

Curtis

Elijah of Buxton

Cushman

Rodzina (or others)

Dowell

Dovey Coe

Dumas

Three Musketeers

Garfield

Smith

Giff

Lily's Crossing

Goodman

Winter Hare

Gray

Adam of the Road

Greenberg

Chuck Close, Up Close

Greene

Summer of My German Soldier

Holm

Our only May Amelia

Hunt

Across Five Aprils

Keith

Rifles for Watie

Kelly

Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Lauber

Painters of the Caves

Lord

A Night to Remember

Lunn

Root Cellar

Lyons

Letters from a Slave Girl

McCaughrean

Pirate's Son

Park

Single Shard

Paterson

Lyddie

Patneaude

Thin Wood Walls

Petry

Harriet Tubman

Reiss

Upstairs Room

Rinaldi

Numbering All the Bones

Snyder

Cat Running

Spinelli

Knots in my Yo-yo String

Stead

When you Reach Me

Sutcliffe

Song for a Dark Queen

Taylor

Let the Circle Be Unbroken

Yates

Amos Fortune, Free Man

Yep

Dream Soul

Romance

Appelt

Kissing Tennessee

Avi

Romeo and Juliet: Together (and Alive!) at Last

Byars

Bingo Brown, Gypsy Lover (and other Bingo Brown Books)

Cleary

Fifteen

Conford

If this is Love, I’ll Take Spaghetti

Davis

Who Needs Boys?

Dessen

Keeping the Moon

Draper

Romiette and Julio

Mazer

Girl of His Dreams

Naylor

Alice in Rapture, Sort of

Peck

Soup In Love

Sones

What My Mother Doesn’t Know

Spinelli

Stargirl (or others)

Vail

The Friendship Ring (series)

Van Draanen

Flipped

Horror & the Supernatural

Baird

Willowmere Chronicles (series)

Cross

Wolf

Duncan

Down a Dark Hall

Gilmore

Enter Three Witches

Gripe

Agnes Cecilia

Hahn

Wait Till Helen Comes

Hambly

Those Who Hunt the Night

Klause

Silver Kiss

McNeil

Ghost Stories from the American South

Pearce

Familiar and Haunting : Collected Stories

Peck

Ghost Belonged to Me

Poe

Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness

Price

Horror Stories

Schreiber

Vampire Kisses

St. George

Haunted

Westall

Ghost Abbey

Wooding

Haunting of Alaizabel Cray

Wright

Ghost in the House

Mystery & Suspense

Avi

Man who Was Poe

Bounce

Curse Dark as Gold

Cameron

Court of the Stone Children

Duncan

I know What You Did Last Summer

Hahn

Dead Man in Indian Creek

Hayes

Trouble with Lemons

Jaffe

Bad Kitty

Korman

Chasing the Falconers (series)

L’Engle

Dragons in the water

Nixon

Stalker

Pullman

Ruby in the Smoke

Raskin

Westing Game

Riordan    

39 Clues (series)

Roberts

What Could Go Wrong?

Taylor

Weirdo

Voigt

Callender Papers

Wells

Man in the Woods

Classics

Alcott

Little Women

Austin

Eight Cousins

Barrie

Peter Pan

Burnett

Secret Garden

Cooper

Last of the Mohicans

Dickens

David Copperfield

Dumas

Count of Monte Cristo

Forester

Captain Horatio Hornblower

Graham

Wind in the Willows

Kipling

Jungle Book

Mitchell

Gone with the Wind

Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables (series)

Scott

Ivanhoe

Sewell

Black Beauty

Smith

Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Stevenson

Black Arrow

Tarkington

Penrod

Twain

Tom Sawyer

Verne

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

White

Sword in the Stone

International List

Canales

Tequila Worm (Mexican-American family)

Cameron

Colibri (Latin America)

Cisneros

House on Mango Street (Hispanic family in Chicago)

Dorris

Morning Girl (Bahamas before Columbus)

Farmer

Girl Named Disaster (Mozambique)

Fritz

Homesick: My own Story (China)

Gordon

Waiting for the Rain (South Africa)

Hautzig

Endless Steppe (Siberia)

Hesse

Letters from Rifka (Russia)

Holm

North to Freedom (Eastern Europe)

Holman

Wild Children (Russia)

Laird

Kiss the Dust (Kurds)

L’Engle

Dragons in the Water (Venezuela)

Levitin

Return (Ethiopian Jews)

Mosher

Zazoo (Vietnam, France)

Naidoo

Chain of Fire (South Africa)

Noonan

McKenzie’s Boots (Australia WWII)

Norman

Climb a Lonely Hill (Australia)

Orczy

Scarlet Pimpernel (French Revolution)

Orlev

Island on Bird Street (Poland WWII)

Paterson

Of Nightingales That Weep (12th C. Japan)

Paulsen

Crossing (Mexico)

Reiss

Upstairs Room (Holland WWII)

Sacks

Beyond Safe Boundaries (South Africa)

Service

Reluctant God (Ancient Egypt)

Speare

Bronze Bow (Roman Palestine)

Staples

Under the Persimmon Tree (Afghanistan)

Taylor

Timothy of the Cay (Caribbean)

Townsend

The Girl in the White Ship (Vietnam)

Watkins

So Far from the Bamboo Grove (Korea WWII)

Non-fiction & Biography

Allen

George Washington, Spy Master

Avi

Airborne: A Photobiography of Wilbur and Orville Wright

Crutcher

King of the Mild Frontier: an ill-advised autobiography

Freedman

Voice That Challenged a Nation

Gilbreth

Cheaper by the Dozen

Grogan

Marley and Me: life and love with the world’s worst dog

Iggulden

The Dangerous Book for Boys

King

The Big Book of Girl Stuff

Masoff

Oh, Yuck! The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty

McWhorter

A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement

Miles

Wild Science: Amazing Encounters Between Animals and the People who Study Them

Myron

Dewey: the small-town library cat that touched the world

Parks

Rosa Parks: My Story

Paulsen

Guts

Sandler

Island of Hope: The Story of Ellis Island and the Journey to America

Schlitz

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

Scieszka

Guys Write for Guys Read

Sheinkin

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Willett

J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary World

Zenati

When I Was a Soldier

Summer
Reading List
 

Summer Reading

What's a summer vacation for? The 3 R's...really having fun, relaxing, doing different things, and reading wonderful books. Reading enriches all our lives in ways too numerous to count.

Reading over the summer is one way to encourage a lifelong commitment to reading.  Summer reading programs also are proven to help prevent summer loss--a documented phenomenon where children lose ground in critical skills over summer months due to lack of use.

Parents, encourage your children and help them customize their reading selections according to their interests and reading abilities. A rule of thumb: independent reading should be easy enough to read and understand with little or no help, but challenging enough to stimulate active conversation.

Have a great summer spending time with good books!

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