Download the Middle School Summer Reading Log 
 2016 Summer Reading List for Grades 6-8

All students entering grades 6-8 are required to read 1 book of their choice over the summer, and complete a reading log that contains their thoughts about what they have read.  Parents and guardians are asked to sign the log before students turn them in on the date in the Fall when the school will hold a Book Tasting (TBA). Students will use their reading logs to help them share with classmates “a taste” of their book. Students who turn in a completed and signed log will earn credit for them from their English Language Arts teacher.

Choosing a Book
A list of recommended book titles representing several genres has been compiled by school and city librarians.  Students looking for good books to read will find that it contains many excellent choices.  However, students are not required to choose from the list; they may select any book they wish that is appropriate for their reading level and suits their interests. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s selections.

Keeping a Reading Log

While they read, students are asked to keep a record of their thoughts about what they are reading.  Students may print out as many Reading Logs as they need to hold their thoughts.  The Reading Log contains the following fields:


Pages Read 

My Thoughts



(see below for topic suggestions) 



Use as many lines as you need for a thoughtful reflection. 
Each entry should cover between 1-50 pages. 

Students should consider asking themselves a variety of questions, and record the answers in their logs.  Here are some suggestions:

Fiction: Who are the main characters and how are they connected to one another? What is happening in the story?  What do I think about those events?  What do I think about the characters?  Their words?  Their actions?  How does the author keep the story moving, and keep the reader interested?  What event did I just read about?  Why is it important to the story?

What are some key pieces of information I just learned?  What am I reading about that interests me?  Why? What connections am I making between this book and my world.

Feel free to ask and answer your own questions!  Have a fun and safe summer.  Read another book!

Download the Student Reading Log at or pick up a copy at the Higgins Main Office or the Peabody Institute Library.

Rebound and Read .

2016 Summer Reading Recommended Book List

Follow the links below to learn more about the book.

Genre: Dystopian

The One Safe Place by Tania UnswortH

The Culling by Steven Dos Santos

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Uglies by Scott Westerfield
Legend by Marie Lu
by Marie Lu

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Genre: Sports

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Game Changers by Mike Lupica

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Genre: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Zombie Baseball Beatdown  by Paolo Bacigalupi

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Tesla's Attic by Neil Shusterman and E. Elfmas

Cinder  by Marisa Meyer

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

Genre: Mystery & Adventure

The Art of Secrets by James Klise

Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl by John Feinstein


Genre: Realistic

Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

The Honest Truth by Diane Gemeinhart

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Queen of Water
by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango

If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

33 Minutes by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Genre: Graphic Novels

Gandhi: a manga biography by Kazuki Ebine

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

The Good Neighbors by Holly Black

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Young

Genre: Non-fiction

Chew on This by Eric Schlosser

Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

I am Malala by Lalala Yousefzai

Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy

The Radioactive Boy Scout by Ken Silverstein

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwanba

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Minutes from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson