Download the Middle School Summer Reading Packet
2015-16 Summer Reading List for Grades 6-8
All students entering grades 6-8 are required to read 2 books 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 one of the books read. Students who turn in completed and signed logs 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 two books they wish that are appropriate for their reading level and suit their interests. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s selections.
In addition to the list of recommended titles, we encourage students to participate in the Peabody Public Libraries summer reading celebration highlighting the theme Every Hero Has a Story and Unmask. Below are some hero themed titles that are sure to delight.
Keeping a Reading Log
While they read, students are asked to keep a record of their thoughts about what they are reading. A separate log should be kept for each book read. Students may print out as many Reading Logs as they need to hold their thoughts. The Reading Log contains the following fields:
(see below for topic suggestions)
Use as many lines as you need for a thoughtful reflection.
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?
Non-Fiction: 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 http://bit.ly/1HydEwZ or pick up a copy at the Higgins Main Office or the Peabody Institute Library.
Summer Reading Instructions Letter | Summer Reading Recommended Book List
Summer Reading Log
Check out the Peabody Institute Library's online calendar at www.peabodylibrary.org to learn about free weekly summer programs (including free lunch!) like anime, manga & fandom meetups, writing workshops and our Camp Create teen tech club where you'll learn how to use a 3D Printer, professional sound recording equipment, sewing machines, stop-motion animation software and more!
Rebound & Read - Books and basketball - what a combination!
Great Books with a Hero Theme
Sidekicked by John David Anderson
Tags: Superheroes, Adventure, Identity, Self-Confidence, Ability, Middle School - Reading Level: 5.4
Andrew Bean might be part of H.E.R.O., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn’t mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there’s Drew’s power: Possessed of super senses – his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet – he’s literally the most sensitive kid in school. Then there’s his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than fighting crime. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: Middle School is a drag even with superpowers. Visit the author’s website. The Peabody Institute has 8 copies available. There is an Audio Audible version available from Amazon and it is available in Kindle and Nook.