Summer Reading 2014-15 Instructions 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 during the first week of the 2014-15 school year. 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.  Recommended books are searchable in the Peabody Institute card catalog.

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: 


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?

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!

Summer Reading Instructions Letter  | Summer Reading Recommended Book List | Summer Reading Log

Teen Summer Challenge with the Peabody Institute Library

Karen McGovern, Housemaster


2014 Summer Reading Recommended Book List

Follow the links below to learn more about the book.

Genre: Dystopian

Killer of Enemies  by Joseph Bruchac

Divergent  (series) by Veronica Roth
The Culling: The Torch Keeper # 1 by Steven Dos Santos

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Matched by Allyson Condie

Maze Runner by James Dashner

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Legend by Marie Lu
Crewel by Jennifer Albin

The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey

Genre: Romance

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Heist Society by Ally Carter

Wild Roses by Deb Caletti

Genre: Sports

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Double Play by Sara Cassidy

Travel Team by Mike Lupica

Double Dutch by Sharon Draper

Last Shot by John Feinstein

Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park

The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter

Shooting Star by Frederick McKissack

Athlete vs. Mathlete by W. C. Mack 

Genre: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman

Cinder by Marisa Meyer

William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher

Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Cursed by the Sea God by Patrick Bowman

Found by Margaret Haddix

Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson

Circle of Magic: Sandry's Book by Tamora Pierce

Genre: Realistic

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia"

by R. J. Palacio

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

Absolute Value of Mike by  Katherine Erskine

Mira in the Present Tense by Sita Brahmachari

Operation Oleander by Valerie Patterson

A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin

Seeing Red by Katherine Erskine

Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen

*The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sona Manzano

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango

The Usual Rules by Joyce Maynard

The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

Elephant Run by Roland Smith

Genre: Mystery & Adventure

The Case of Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator by Jennifer Allison

"Who Could that Be at this Hour?" by Lemony Snicket

The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines

Nobody's Secret by Michaela Maccoli

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

The Danger Box by Blue Balliet

Trapped by Michael Northrop

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

P.K. Pinkerton and the Pistol-Packing Widows by Caroline Lawrence

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

Yummy by G. Neri

Olympians (series) by George O'Connor

Astronaut Academy by Doug TenNapel

Level Up by Gene Luen Yang 

Genre: Non-fiction

Chew on This by Eric Schlosser

Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone

The Radioactive Boy Scout by Ken Silverstein

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

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg

How They Choked: Failures, Flags and Flaws of the Awfully Famous by Georgian Bragg

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

I am Malala by Lalala Yousefzai

Eleven Seconds by Travis Roy

Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II by Martin W. Sandler