This is a 6th - 8th grade title list of Mrs. Swenson's, teacher and student favorites that are highly recommended or you may choose your own.  For a detailed description of each title as well as reviews, please visit www.amazon.comClick here for the 6th - 8th grade "summer reading journal" worksheet.  Each student must read at least two books over the summer and complete a worksheet for each.  Worksheets will be collected by your language arts teachers. If a series is listed, the entire series does not have to be read; any title in the series order is acceptable as well as two titles from a series.  Worksheets are due no later than September 4, 2014.

Incoming Sixth Graders:

The School for Good and Evil series (Chainani) ***UNIVERSAL HAS BOUGHT FILM RIGHTS/AUTHOR WRITING SCREENPLAY***
 
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's List: a memoir (Leyson) non-fiction
 
Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron (Losure) non-fiction
 
Zombie Baseball Beatdown (Bacigalupi)
 
Joshua Dread series (Bacon)

Nick of Time series (Bell)

 
The Weight of Water (Crossan)

Timmy Failure series (Pastis)


Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library (Grabenstein)
 
Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity (Roman) graphic novel

Secrets at Sea (Peck)


The One and Only Ivan (Applegate)


A Tale Dark and Grimm series (Gidwitz)


The Savage Fortress series (Chadda)


Incoming Seventh Graders:

The Giver series (Lowry) ***FILM RELEASE DATE AUGUST 15, 2014***
 
The Maze Runner series (Dashner) ***FILM RELEASE DATE SEPTEMBER 19, 2014*** 
 
The Fairy Ring or Elsie and Frances Fool the World {a true story} (Losure) non-fiction
 
Ghostopolis (TenNapel) graphic novel ***DISNEY HAS BOUGHT FILM RIGHTS/STARRING HUGH JACKMAN***

Miles from Ordinary (Williams)

Legend Series (Lu)

Page by Paige (Gulledge) graphic novel 

Tom Thumb: The Remarkable True Story of a Man in Miniature (Sullivan) non-fiction

Maximum Ride Series (Patterson)

Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived (Helfer) non-fiction 

Lockdown: Escape from Furnace Series (Smith)

Hurt Go Happy (Rorby)

IraqiGirl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq (Erigely-Field) non-fiction
 
 
Incoming Eighth Graders:
 
Eleanor and Park (Rowell) ***DREAMWORKS HAS BOUGHT FILM RIGHTS/AUTHOR WRITING SCREENPLAY***

The Fifth Wave (Yancey)

In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle (Blais) non-fiction

Axe Cop--Volume One (Nicolle) graphic novel

Accomplice (Corrigan)

The End Games (Martin)

The Mortal Instruments Series (Clare)

Dairy Queen Series (Murdock)

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine & the Lawless Years of Prohibition (Blumenthal) non-fiction

Ender’s Game Series (Card)

The Orange Houses (Griffin)

Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan (Dau) non-fiction

Rules of Survival (Werlin)
 
Teenboat! The Angst of Being a Teen, The Thrill of Being a Boat! (Roman) graphic novel   
 
Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis (Swanson) non-fiction
 

Enjoy your summer, and happy reading!

Last Modified on May 30, 2014