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Middle School

As a new or returning middle school student, you have summer reading. Teachers have tried to choose books that will sharpen your reading skills and set up themes for the coming year.  One book is assigned below. The other should be taken from the appropriate 2020 Summer Reading list for your grade level.

10-Book Summer Reading Challenge: see the sidebar to learn how to sign up for this optional summer reading challenge.

If you have questions, email your English teacher for the upcoming school year.

Rising fifth graders: Read The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin. Choose one other book from the fifth-grade summer reading list that you have not read previously. Do not choose books from the 6th–8th grade list.
Rising sixth–eighth graders: It will be helpful to you once school begins to have some notes on main characters and plot sequence of events for the books you read for the summer reading requirement.


2020–21 book assignments

  • Rising sixth graders: Read Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson and choose one other book from the summer reading list that you have not read previously. Do not choose Into Thin Air or To Kill a Mockingbird because these will be covered in seventh and eighth grades. Do not choose books from the fifth-grade list.
  • Rising seventh graders: Read Animal Farm by George Orwell and choose two more books from the summer reading list that you have not read previously. Do not choose To Kill a Mockingbird because it will be covered in the eighth-grade curriculum. Do not choose books from the fifth-grade list.
  • Rising eighth graders: Read two books that you have not read previously from the 6-8 MS Summer Reading list. Feel free to check out library books, but know that you will need to have a copy of your book with you for the first few weeks of school. Do not choose books from the fifth-grade list.
We are always looking for more great books to enjoy. If you are interested in reading a book of comparable difficulty that is not on the list, please ask your future English teacher for permission. You are encouraged to take notes so that you are prepared to discuss the books and to write about them in August. Happy reading!
Ready for a summer of reading?
All KCD middle-school students are eligible for and encouraged to participate in our annual 10-Book Summer Reading Challenge! This program, sponsored by our English department, encourages and rewards voracious summer reading. All participants will receive recognition during the fall of our 2020–21 school year and be invited to our special summer-reading party, where we will celebrate our readers with food and prizes!  

Use this form to log your reading
 
Read 10 Challenge sponsors: Clark Pollitt (clark.pollitt@kcd.org) and Sara Byron-Corne (sara.byron@kcd.org)
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