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Summer Reading!

Granite Valley Required Summer Reading List 2018-2019

In order to maintain students’ reading skills over the summer, Granite Valley Middle School has required summer reading. Each student will have one mandatory summer reading book, as well as mandatory summer reading on the Newsela website.

The note packet for the assigned book will help students focus on important information and skills while reading and must be completed by the first day of school. There will be assignments connected to both the book and the Newsela reading assignment.

Entering 5th grade: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
5th Grade Summer Reading Notes


Entering 6th grade: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis 
6th Grade Summer Reading Notes


Entering 7th grade – The Giver by Lois Lowry
7th Grade Summer Reading Notes


Entering 8th grade – City of Orphans by Avi
8th Grade Summer Reading Notes



2018-2019 Recommended Summer Reading List

Although they are not required, we strongly recommend that our students read some of the following books to help maintain their reading skills over the summer. The books range in difficulty of reading level and complexity of content, so there is something for everyone on this list!

5th Grade

There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar

Janitor’s Boy by Andrew Clements

Weasel by Cynthia Defelice

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

Niagara Falls, or Does It? (Hank Zipzer Series #1) by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

My Name is Brain Brian by Jeanne Betancourt

The Mayor of Central Park by Avi

Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Frindle by Andrew Clements

Flying Solo by Ralph Fletcher

6th Grade

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

*Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

*Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

*Loser by Jerry Spinelli

May B by Caroline S. Rose

*Tangerine by Edward Bloor

*The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyn

Titanic by Gordon Kormon

Mr. Terupt Falls Again by Rob Buyea

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Auggie and Me (Wonder, Part 2) by R.J. Palacio

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

*Signifies books that are of a sensitive or more mature subject matter

7th Grade

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

*Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science by John Fleishman

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

*Rumblefish by S.E. Hinton Airborn by Kenneth Opel

*Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

*The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Aphrodite’s Blessings: Love Stories from the Greek Myths by Clemence McLaren

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

*Hero by R.L. Rottman

*Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz

*Signifies books that are of a sensitive or more mature subject matter

8th Grade

Children of the River by Linda Crew

Counting on Grace by Elizabeth Winthrop

Forge (Chains, Part 2) by Laurie Halse Anderson

Mississippi Trial by Chris Crowe

Nothing to Fear by Jackie French Koller

Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Shadow of a Doubt by S.L. Rottman

*Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

*The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

Whirligig by Paul Fleishman

Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

*The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor


*Signifies books that are of a sensitive or more mature subject matter


The following website links may also provide a resource for reading material.





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