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Summer Reading!


Granite Valley Required Summer Reading List 2017-2018

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: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
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

Required Nonfiction Text Reading – Newsela

For summer reading, Granite Valley Middle School is using, an online reading platform with high-interest nonfiction articles at multiple reading levels, along with the required book. Newsela can be accessed on an internet browser or by downloading the Newsela app from iTunes or from the Google Play store. If your child does not have the internet at home, the Monson Free Library has computers available for students to use.

All current Monson students have created a Newsela Account. The password is located on the label of their summer reading envelope. Students who do not already have Newsela accounts can sign up by going to and clicking “Join”. The class codes are as follows


6th- YKSM5V

7th- 8BST79

8th- BBUHD4

Students should read all articles which have been added to their binder on their Newsela account. The articles are found under their Summer Reading 2017 class. Students should annotate (highlight and make notes in the margin) as they read. Highlighting codes are below. Students should also complete the multiple choice questions for each article.

Red - Information you don’t understand or unknown vocabulary

Green - Information you agree with

Purple - Connections to your summer reading novel

Yellow- Important information

Summer Reading Check List

As you work, please use the checklist below to make sure you complete all of the assigned tasks.

□ I have read my assigned novel.

□ I have completed the notes packet that goes along with my novel.

□ I have read my online Newsela articles.

□ I have completed the multiple-choice questions for each of my Newsela reading articles.

□ I have highlighted and annotated information in my Newsela reading articles.

□ I have answered all the questions my teacher has left for me in the margins of my Newsela reading articles.

2017-2018 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


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

6th Grade

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

*Bridge to Terabitha 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

Auggie and Me 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 Fleischman

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


* 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 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 Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

*The Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

*I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Whirligig by Paul Fleischman

*Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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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