Summer Reading Assignment
For rising 7th graders, read two books from the list below and create two to three pages of notes (may be typed or hand-written). If you are an incoming 6th grader, choose two books from the recommended reading list below. This will count as two books for the Twenty Book Challenge.
Alas Babylon by Pat Frank
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Don't Look Behind You by Lois Duncan
The Pigman and Me by Paul Zindel
Going Solo by Roald Dahl
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Summer Reading Note-taking Guide
The best way to remember what happened in a book is to take notes as you read. Every book is unique, so the way you take notes will probably vary from one book that you read to another. Your goal should be to write down the most important details as they apply to the particular book you are reading.
Remember…you are taking notes. You do not have to rewrite the book! Please find information below that may be used as a guide for what is important to consider when you take notes.
- List the characters/people in the book.
- Identify their relationship to the other characters/people (brother, friend, neighbor, teacher, etc.).
- Identify personality traits (brave, foolish, kind, etc.) for each character/person.
- List the major events or actions associated with each character/person.
- List the main ideas and themes in the story.
- List conflicts or problems between the characters/people.
- Summarize how these conflicts or problems are solved.
Recommended Reading List:
A Dog's Purpose, A (W. Bruce Cameron)
Across Two Aprils (Irene Hunt)
Anne of Greene Gables (Lucy Maud Montgomery)
Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer)
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Black Stallion, The (Farley)
Boy with the Striped Pajamas, The (John Boyn)
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) (Marissa Meyer)
Counting by 7’s (Holly Goldberg Sloan)
Divergent Series (Veronica Roth)
Ender’s Game (Card)
Enemy, The (first book in series) (Charlie Higson)
Everlost (Skinjacker Trilogy) (Neal Shusterman)
Flowers for Algernon (Keyes)
Frenzy (Robert Lettrick)
Girl Who Drank the Moon, The (Barnhill)
Good Earth, The (Pearl Buck)
Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles) (Suzanne Collins)
Harry Potter Series, The (J.K. Rowling)
Hunger Games Series, The (Suzanne Collins)
Jasper Jones (Craig Silvey)
Johnny Tremain (Esther Forbes)
Kira (Cynthia Kadohata)
Land of Stories, The (Colfer)
Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The (The Narnia Chronicles) (Lewis)
Lord of the Flies (Golding)
Martian Chronicles, The or Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
Maze Runner (Series) (James Dashner)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Series (Riggs)
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (Grabenstein)
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish (Mo O’hara)
My Side of the Mountain (Jean George)
Nature of Jade, The (Deb Caletti)
Neverending Story, The (Ende)
Percy Jackson Series (Rick Riordan)
Pigman, The (Paul Zindel)
Redwall Series, The by Brian Jacques
Rule of Three Series (Eric Walters)
Running Lose (Crutcher)
Series of Unfortunate Events, A/Lemony Snicket Series (Daniel Handler)
Shackleton’s Stowaway (McKernan)
Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy, The (Loftin)
Steel Trapp: The Challenge (Ridley Pearson)
Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days, The (Michele Weber Hurwitz)
Unwanteds Series (Lisa McMann)
Up a Road Slowly (Irene Hunt)
Upstairs Room, The (Johanna Reiss)
Wabi: A Hero’s Tale (Joseph Bruchac)
Walk On, The/Eight Man, The/DH, The (Triple Threat Series) (John Feinstein)
Watership Down (Richard Adams)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Grace Lin)
Witch of Blackbird Pond, The (Elizabeth Speare)
Wrinkle in Time, A (Madeleine L’Engle)