Required Summer Reading

Middle School Summer Reading 2022-2023

All middle school students will choose ONE book from their grade-level list to read over the summer. See the lists below for grade-level book choices.

Summer Reading Assignment - 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will receive an email at the beginning of the summer from the middle school regarding the assignment students need to complete connected to their reading. Contact Carol Madden if the assignment has not been received by email. 

Contact grade level teachers with any questions about book selections and assignments:

Note: Books can be ordered online or, in many locations near the school, checked out from the local library. Barnes and Noble and local Blueridge Toys in Clayton have all titles available for purchase. Other sites will as well.

Fifth Grade

  • Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • The Elephant’s Girl by Celesta Rimington
  • The Girl and the Witch’s Garden by Erin Bowman
  • The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson
  • Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley
  • A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus
  • Rescue by Jennifer Nielsen
  • Wilderlore by Amanda Foody
  • The Islanders by Mary Alice Monroe
  • Lotería by Karla Arenas Valenti 

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades

  • Oddity by Eli Brown 
  • Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordian
  • The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
  • I Am Defiance by Jenni L. Walsh
  • Pony by R.J. Palacio
  • The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling 
  • Treasure of the World by Tara Sullivan 
  • Real by Carol Cujec with Peyton Goddard 
  • Ten Thousand Tries by Amy Makechnie
  • Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes 

Helpful Links 

Q: How do I choose a book that I will like?

A: Read about each book using the following links: OR

Q: Can a family read the book together? 

A: Absolutely! Find tips for a family book club on, “How to Start a Family Book Club (Plus 11 Great Reads to Try)” by Staake.

If interested in Junior TOME Society, contact Kim McClurg, 7th grade English teacher.