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)


Please bring in one book that you read on the first day of school. This will be used during English class.


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. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
  2. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  3. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  4. Just Jaime by Terri Libenson
  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. Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  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. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  5. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

    MS. MOY

    1. Dry by Neal Shusterman
    2. The Unwanted by Don Brown
    3. Look Both Ways: A Tale Tole in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
    4. The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
    5. Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyami


    1. Kent State by Deborah Wiles
    2. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
    3. Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyami
    4. Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
    5. A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
    6. New Kid by Jerry Craft


      1. Project Paper Doll: The Rules by Stacey Kade
      2. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
      3. Perselopis by Marjane Satrapi
      4. Boy21 by Matthew Quick
      5. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


      1. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
      2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
      3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
      4. George by Alex Gino
      5. Fake ID by Lamar Giles


      1. Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
      2. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
      3. The Plot to Kill Hitler by Patricia McCormick
      4. Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
      5. Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson


        1. My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
        2. Dear Martin by Nic Stone
        3. I Am the Wallpaper by Mark Peter Hughes
        4. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
        5. Love that Dog by Sharon Creech