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Summer Reading 2019 Entering 7th Grade

Princeton Public Schools - Summer Reading Recommendations 2019

Student Entering Seventh Grade

At John Witherspoon Middle School, our readers benefit from the variety of fiction and nonfiction titles we offer during Reading Workshop in our English classes.  As we believe in and stress the importance of reading beyond the school year, we will be offering a few suggested titles that are developmentally appropriate for all of our students who share varied ability levels, learning styles and interests.

As a result, we are offering twelve fiction and twelve nonfiction suggested titles at each grade level in our middle school as a reflective example of what students will find in each classroom library.  In September, students should bring a copy of one of the texts read over the summer and expect to answer a variety of reader-response questions regarding their summer choices during the first full week of school.  If the text selected for use in class is not on this list, it may be brought to class if it is of comparable merit and the student has a parent's or guardian's permission.

Fiction Selections

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Calico Joe by John Grisham

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Dove Arising by Karen Bao

Hoops by Walter Dean Myers

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

New Kid by Jerry Kraft

Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Nonfiction Selections

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird by Pamela S. Turner

Elon Musk & the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix

Frozen in Time by Mitchell Zuckoff

Hidden Figures (Young Reader’s Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly

I am Malala (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai

Native American Doctor: The Story of Susan Laflesche Picotte by Jeri Chase Ferris

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson

Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition) by Andrew Maraniss

Untold History of the United States (Young Reader’s Edition) by Oliver Stone

 Princeton Public Schools

Extended Summer Reading List 2019

Entering Seventh Grade

Did you read through the whole list and need more suggestions?!?  Below are a few of our book award winners, favorite lists of book recommendations created by others, and audiobook pairings*.  While perusing the lists, bear in mind that most of the lists include books that are appropriate for middle school reading levels but may contain content that is not be appropriate for middle school students.

Amelia Bloomer Book List feminist themes

American Indian Youth Literature Award - books by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promoting Asian American cultures and heritages

Batchelder Award books originally published in another country and also translated to English

Book Riot's 50 Must Read Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Charlotte Huck Award - National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)'s award for fiction

Charlotte Zolotow Award best picture book text

Children's Choice Awards and Children's Choices Reading List chosen for kids by kids

Coretta Scott King Award African American culture and universal human values

Global Read-Aloud (Fall 2019)

Jane Addams Children's Book Award - peace, social justice, global community and equity books

I Read This Book

Manga for Middle Schoolers

Mathical Award Winners - books with a mathematical theme

LGBTQ Inclusive

NCTE's Excellence in Poetry Award - for poets who publish for children

NSTA's Outstanding Trade Books in Science

Newbery Award distinguished contributions to children's literature (usually middle grade fiction)

New York Public Library's Best Books for Children Lists

New York Times 2018 Notable Children's Books

Orbis Pictus Award National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)’s award for non-fiction

PPL Suggestions for Teens

Pura Belpre Award celebrating the Latinx experience

Schneider Family Book Award artistic representation of the disability experience

Scott O'Dell Award historical fiction

Sibert Informational Book Award distinguished non-fiction

Stonewall Award GLBT books

Sync Audiobooks for Teens

We are KidLit Summer Reading List

*Audiobooks are a great source of text for readers who may experience motion sickness during travel by air, land, or sea.