2018 Summer Reading List

(use list for the grade your child is going into)

4th Grade:  Using your STAR reading level from 4th quarter as a guide; choose 3 books from the list below.   Choose books that look interesting to you and that you have NOT already read.  Make sure two out of your three choices from the list are chapter books. Some on the list are not.  Read these three books over the summer & keep a journal entry for each one summarizing what you have read.  This will help you to remember what you have read.
*Be prepared to take these three AR tests when you return to school in August. 

  • El Deafo by Cece Bell (RL 2.7) 
  • Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper (RL 3.0) 
  • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (RL 3.2) 
  • The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin (RL 3.3) 
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena (RL 3.3) 
  • A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins (RL 3.6) 
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (RL 3.6) 
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate (RL 3.8) 
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (RL 3.9) 
  • Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes (RL 3.9) 
  • The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker (RL 4.1) 
  • Woof by Spencer Quinn (RL 4.3) 
  • A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord (RL 4.4) 
  • The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett (RL 4.5) 
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (RL 4.6) 
  • Holes by Louis Sachar (RL 4.6) 
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katerine Paterson (RL 4.6) 
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien (RL 5.1) 
  • How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (RL 6.6)

5th Grade:  Using your STAR reading level from 4th quarter as a guide; choose 2 books from the list below.   Choose books that look interesting to you and that you have NOT already read. Read these 2 books over the summer & keep a journal entry for each one summarizing what you have read.  This will help you to remember what you have read. 

*Be prepared to take these two AR tests when you return to school in August. 

  • The Wish Giver:  Three Tales of Coven Tree by Bill Brittain (RL 4.4) 
  • Wringer by Jerry Spinelli (RL 4.5) 
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (RL 4.6) 
  • Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley (RL 4.8) 
  • Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb (RL 4.8) 
  • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (RL 4.8) 
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (RL 4.9) 
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (RL 4.9) 
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (RL 5.0) 
  • Mesmerized:  How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff (RL 5.0) 
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien (RL 5.1) 
  • Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz (RL 5.1) 
  • Hamster Princess:  Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon (RL 5.1) 
  • Unusual Chicken for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones (RL 5.2) 
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (RL 5.4) 
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater (RL 5.6) 
  • How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (RL 6.6)

6th-8th Grade:  Using your STAR reading level from 4th quarter as a guide; choose 2 books from the list below.  Choose books that look interesting to you and that you have NOT already read. Read these 2 books over the summer & keep a journal entry for each one summarizing what you have read.  This will help you to remember what you have read. 

*Be prepared to take these two AR tests when you return to school in August. 

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (RL 4.3) 
  • The Fog Diver by Joel Ross (RL 4.6) 
  • Holes by Louis Sachar (RL 4.6) 
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (RL 4.7) 
  • Nightmares! By Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller (RL 4.8) 
  • Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (RL 4.9) 
  • Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson (RL 5.0) 
  • The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis (RL 5.0) 
  • Hoot, Chomp, Flush, Scat  by Carl Hiaasen (RL 5.0 - 5.5) (any of these Hiaasen books) 
  • Space Case by Stuart Gibbs (RL 5.3) 
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (RL 5.3) 
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (RL 5.3) 
  • Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus (RL 5.4) 
  • Doll Bones by Holly Black (RL 5.4) 
  • Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (RL 5.4) 
  • The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton (RL 5.7) 
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (RL 5.7) 
  • The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe-Book 1) - (RL 5.7 unabridged) (any books in this series) 
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (RL 5.9) 
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law (RL 6.0) 
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (RL 6.5) 
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (RL 6.7) 
  • Percy Jackson Heros of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan ( RL 4.1 - 6.0) (any books in this series) 
  • I Survived Middle School Series by James Patterson (RL: 3.7 - 5.3) (any books in this series) 
  • Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by  John Feinstein  (RL: 4.8. - 5.5) (any Feinstein mystery book in this series) 
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (RL: 4.9-5.1 ) (Alex Rider adventure in this series) 
  • Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (RL: 4.8 ) (Any book in the ’Among the …’  series by Haddix; RL: 4.8 - 5.6)