Summer Reading 2023

 Dover-Sherborn Middle School

Summer Reading Assignment

Read two or more books that meet the following criteria:

  • A character who doesn’t look like you or live like you
  • A topic you don’t know much about
  • In a format that you don’t normally read (graphic novel, audio book, hybrid)

Students are required to bring in one book on the first day of school that you read over the summer. This will be used during English class.

Optional: Take a book shelfie/selfie of yourself HOLDING one of the books that you read and bring a printed photo to your English teacher.

Each English teacher has the following five book suggestions that support the above criteria:


  1. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  2. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
  3. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  4. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  5. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


  1. Rain, Reign by Ann Martin
  2. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
  3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  4. Summerlost by Ally Condie
  5. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown


  1. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  2. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
  3. See you in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
  4. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  5. One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt


  1. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  2. A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
  3. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  4. Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  5. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

    MS. MOY

    1. Odder by Katherine Applegate
    2. Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone
    3. Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    4. The Inheritance Games series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    5. Carry Me Home by Janet Fox


    1. Freewater  by Amina Luqman-Dawson
    2. Dry by Neal Shusterman
    3. A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry
    4. The Summer of 1876 by Chris Wimmer
    5. Glitch by Laura Martin


        1. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
        2. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
        3. Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
        4. Clap When You Land, Elizabeth Acevedo
        5. Freestyle by Gale Galligan

        MRS. PUDELKA

        1. Those Kids From Fawn Creek by Erin Entrada Kelly
        2. Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steven Sheinkin
        3. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
        4. So B. It by Sarah Weeks
        5. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

        MS. LUTZ

        1. Wink by Rob Harrell
        2. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
        3. Playing Through the Turnaround by Mylisa Larsen
        4. We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
        5. Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed

          MS. CAVANAUGH

          1. My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
          2. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
          3. White Bird by R. J. Palacio
          4. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
          5. Love that Dog by Sharon Creech