• 7th Grade Suggested Summer Reading 2021

    Getting middle schoolers to read over the summer is a challenge, but we should encourage them to read so they will be even stronger readers next year. English 7 Suggested Summer Reading List is organized by unit themes that will be covered over the course of the year. 

    Students are encouraged to read one of the books listed below during the summer break.

Suggested Books

  • The Wednesday Wars

    by Gary D. Schmidt Year Published: 2007 Fiction

    Seventh grader Holling Hoodhood isn't happy. He is sure his new teacher, Mrs. Baker, hates his guts. Holling's domineering father is obsessed with his business image and disregards his family. Throughout the school year, Holling strives to get a handle on the Shakespeare plays Mrs. Baker assigns him to read on his own time, and to figure out the enigmatic Mrs. Baker. As the Vietnam War turns lives upside down, Holling comes to admire and respect both Shakespeare and Mrs. Baker, who have more to offer him than he imagined. And when his family is on the verge of coming apart, he also discovers his loyalty to his sister, and his ability to stand up to his father when it matters most.

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  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    by Mildred D. Taylor Year Published: 1991 Historical Fiction

    *Mature Language*

    Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie's story—Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.

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  • The Outsiders

    by S.E. Hinton Year Published: 1997 Fiction

    *Mature Language/Theme*

    No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. But not much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids whose idea of a good time is beating up on “greasers” like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect—until the night someone takes things too far.

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Last Modified on June 1, 2021