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Summer Reading List for 7th and 8th Grade

Ottoson Middle School


About summer reading

Required whole-class-read

ALL STUDENTS MUST READ THE WHOLE-CLASS-READ TITLE SELECTED FOR THE GRADE YOU ARE ENTERING.

This summer (2006), the whole-class-read books for the 6th grade students going into the 7th grade are (read both) A long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck, Puffin Books and A Year Down Yonder also by Richard Peck

The whole-class-read book for the 7th grade students going into the 8th grade is Lizzie Bright and the Buckminister Boy by Gard D. Schmidt

Consider this question as you read: "How do Turner and Lizzie show the citizens of Phippsburg, Maine, that caring is an integral part of bettering the world?" Use the text to support your answer. .

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Required summer reading

ALL STUDENTS GOING INTO 7th OR 8th GRADE MUST READ A MINIMUM OF FOUR BOOKS FROM THE READING LIST BELOW, and we strongly recommend that you read AT LEAST 6-8 BOOKS THIS SUMMER.

Please do not forget to fill out the summer reading log - this log is needed in September.

Students are not required to confine their additional reading solely to the reading list below, but we do think that the titles and authors on this list will interest and excite you.

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Availability of books

Since Ottoson Library is closed during the summer, we have put our copies of the books from the reading list on deposit at the Robbins and the Fox Libraries.  This means that the town libraries have generous quantities to lend.  Also, local bookstores were sent our reading list, so they are likely to have the books in stock.

Throughout the summer use the Robbins and the Fox Libraries to borrow books, use on-line computers to view authors' web sites and get more background about the stories you are reading, sign out books- on-tape.

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Summer events

Call the Robbins Library at 781 316 3235 to check on programs planned for July and August. Some require sign-ups and you'll want to get on the list!

Visit local Museums using passes from the Robbins.

Check the Arlington Advocate for special programs for students.

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Fine print

Explore other worlds @ your libraryŽ 2004 Statewide Summer Library Adventure is funded by your local library and the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems. 

Ottoson Middle School Library/Media Center is a member of the MetroWest Region of the Massachusetts Regional Library System

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Forms

Whole-class-read journal

Students should write a journal while they are reading the whole-class-read book.  Journal forms were given with the reading list.  These forms have specific questions that should be answered after finishing a quarter of the book, half of the book, three-quarters of the book, and the rest of the book.

If the whole-class-read journal got lost, you can get a blank one here in a printer-ready format.

To get the 7th grade journal, please click this more button.

To get the 8th grade journal, please click this more button.

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Reading log

Students should keep a log of books read this summer.  A convenient from was provided with the reading list.

If the reading log form got lost, you can get a blank one in a printer-ready format here by clicking the more button.

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Click here for Reading list

 

ANY TITLE BY ANY AUTHOR ON THIS LIST IS APPROVED FOR INCLUSION ON YOUR READING LOG.

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Other authors

The following Authors and Poets are also highly recommended for Grades 7 and 8.

Douglas Adams,Joan Aiken, Louisa May Alcott, Natalie Babbitt, J.M. Barrie, Francesca Lia Block, Lucy Boston, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Eric Campbell, Richard Chase, Agatha Christie, Mary Stetson Clarke, Vera and Bill Cleaver, Robert Cormier, Emily Dickinson, Berlie Doherty, Lois Duncan, Sarah Ellis, Amy Ehrlich, Sid Fleischman, Esther Forbes, Robert Frost, Leon Garfield, Rosa Guy, James Herriot, S.E. Hinton, Irene Hunt, M.E. Kerr, Stephen King, Jackie French Koller, Gordon Korman, C.S. Lewis, Anne McCaffrey, David McCord, John Marsden, Milton Meltzer, Ogden Nash, Edith Nesbit, Sterling North, Mary Norton, Scott O'Dell, Zibby O'Neal, K.M. Peyton, Daniel Pinkwater, Edgar Allan Poe, Chaim Potok, Howard Pyle, Anna Sewell, Shel Silverstein, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Theodore Taylor, James Thurber, J.R.R. Tolkien, P.L. Travers, Mark Twain, Yoshiko Uchida, Jill Paton Walsh, Sylvia Waugh, E.B. White, T.H. White and Jacqueline Woodson,

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Printer-friendly version

To obtain a printer-friendly version of the reading list (in PDF format), please click on the more button.

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Additional titles to expand your reading experience:

EAST by Edith Patou (Harcourt)
Rose has always felt out of place in her family, a wanderer in a bunch of homebodies. So when an enormous white bear mysteriously shows up and asks her to come away with him--in exchange for health and prosperity for her ailing family--she readily agrees. 

Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread (NEWBERY MEDAL BOOK 2004) by Kate Dicamillo (Candlewick) 
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. 

The Boy Who Spoke Dog by Clay Morgan (Dutton) 
When his ship wrecks, Jack, a nineteenth-century cabin boy, finds himself stranded on a remote island near New Zealand. Once inhabited by farmers, the island now has only sheep and sheep dogs. 

The Maori of New Zealand by Steve Therinissen (Lerner Publications) 
This book gives a brief history of the Maori from their arrival in New Zealand fifteen hundred years ago to the present. Enhanced with color photographs and sidebars in a busy design, the text describes ancient traditions and customs, as well as noting some of the country's flora, fauna, and physical features. 

Out of the Deep by Gloria Skurzynski (National Geographic Society) 
Jack, Ashley, and their new foster sister set out to solve the mystery of why whales are beaching themselves at Acadia National Park. 

Deadly Waters by Gloria Skurzynski (National Geographic Society) 
While visiting the Everglades National Park with their parents, the Landon children uncover the mystery of dying manatees and learn important lessons about the natural environment. 

New Zealand ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of New Zealand by Holly Schroeder (Picture Window Books)

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This page was last updated on Tuesday, June 22, 2004