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Bowditch Middle School: Summer Reading List

All Language Arts students entering grades 6th through 8th are encouraged to read over the summer. This is one of the best ways to continue learning and avoid a summer slump. Plus, when students pick books they are interested in, it's fun! These reading lists are not mandatory but are suggested reading in preparation for ELA classes next year,

The following grade-appropriate titles are recommended by Bowditch teachers. Besides this list, check out Common Sense Media or Scholastic Book Lists for suggestions and guidance in helping your student select books.

For Students Entering 6th Grade:

The New Kid by Jerry Craft

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The Thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

For Students entering 7th grade:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callendar

Bird by Angela Johnson

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Lee Stone

Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

For Students Entering 8th Grade:

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Flamer by Mike Curato

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barbara Higuera

The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Kor

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally M. Walker

The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Eugene Yelchin

Bowditch Middle School PTSA
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