Required Summer Reading

Summer Reading 2020

Students: Please read one of the novels that is associated with your grade level. Be prepared upon returning to school in August for vocabulary, class activities, and/or projects related to your assigned novel.

Fifth Grade

Fifth graders need to read ONE of the following novels in preparation for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • Caterpillar Summer, Gillian McDunn
  • The Problim Children, Natalie Lloyd
  • Forever Neverland, Susan Adrian
  • The Storm Keeper’s Island, Catherine Doyle
  • Spark, Sarah Beth Durst
  • Greystone Secrets:The Strangers, Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Song for a Whale, Lynne Kelly

Sixth and Seventh Grade

All sixth- and seventh-grade students will be required to read at least one book over the summer. These ten books are the Junior Tome books for the 2020–2021 school year.  For the required summer reading, students should choose ONE of the following.

  • Blood Mountain, James Preller
  • Each Tiny Spark, Pablo Cartaya
  • Fire & Heist, Sarah Beth Durst
  • Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster, Jonathan Auxier
  • The Door to the Lost, Jaleigh Johnson
  • The Memory Keeper, Jennifer Camiccia
  • The Revenge of Magic, James Riley
  • The Season of Styx Malone, Kekla Magoon
  • The Storm Runner, JC Cervantes
  • Words on Fire, Jennifer Nielsen

Books can be ordered online. Barnes and Noble has them all, but other sites will as well.

Note: Those students who plan to participate in the Junior Tome Reading Bowl during the 2020–2021 school year may wish to use their time over the summer to read more than one of these books. If so, I would recommend writing out a few potential reading bowl questions and answers so that you don’t forget the plot lines of the books. We can then use these questions for review before the online tests next year.

Eighth Grade

This summer, rising eighth-graders must build a habit of reading and finish at least one of the books listed below. Students, set a goal for yourself. How much time will you spend reading every day or every other day? Choose ONE of the following TOME books to read and complete the “As you read. . .” tasks:

  • The Season of Styx Malone, Kekla Magoon
    • Boy protagonist, set in small town, adventure, friendship
  • Each Tiny Spark, Pablo Cartaya
    • Girl protagonist, ADHD, family and friendship conflict
  • The Storm Runner, J.C. Cervantes
    • Boy protagonist, Mayan mythology, disability
  • Sweep, The Story of a Girl and Her Monster, Jonathan Auxier
    • Girl protagonist, orphan chimney sweep, England, fantasy
  • Blood Mountain, James Preller
    • Older sister / younger brother, lost hiking, adventure
  • Words on Fire, Jennifer A. Nielsen
    • Girl protagonist, World War II, adventure 
  • The Door to the Lost, Jaleigh Johnson
    • Girl protagonist, magic, alternate universe 
  • Allies, Alan Gratz - TOME IT List
    • Six story lines, World War 2, adventure
  • Mike, Andrew Norriss - higher level TOME IT List
    • Boy protagonist, athlete, coming of age story
  •  The Silence Between Us, Alison Gervais - higher level TOME IT List
    • Girl protagonist, hearing impaired/deaf, romance


As you read… tasks 

  • Fully understand the novel in preparation for discussion
  • In what ways did you connect with a character or the story?
  • Can you summarize the story in your own words?
  • Collect unfamiliar vocabulary words you come across this summer both in your book and in daily life
  • Write a description of a unique book project idea


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.

Q: I want to participate in the Junior Tome Reading Bowl. 

A: Great! See Mrs. McClurg’s “Note” to 6th and 7th grade students (ABOVE) and follow her directions.