• 7th Grade Suggested Summer Reading 2020

    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. We recommend choosing from the topic that most interests you as a student.

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Suggested Books

  • Esperanza Rising

    by Pam Munoz Ryan Year Published: 2000 Historical Fiction

    Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico—she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances—Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

    Related unit theme from school year:
    “Raise Your Voice” – Class text will be Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (provided by school)

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  • Out of My Mind

    by Sharon M. Draper Year Published: 2010 Realistic Fiction

    Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom — the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she's determined to let everyone know it — somehow.

    Related unit theme from school year:
    “History in the Making” – Class text will be The Wednesday Wars (provided by school)

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  • Al Capone Does My Shirts (*contains mature content*)

    by Gennifer Choldenko Year Published: 2004 Historical Fiction

    Today I moved to a twelve-acre rock covered with cement, topped with bird turd and surrounded by water. I'm not the only kid who lives here. There's my sister, Natalie, except she doesn't count. And there are twenty-three other kids who live on the island because their dads work as guards or cook's or doctors or electricians for the prison, like my dad does. Plus, there are a ton of murderers, rapists, hit men, con men, stickup men, embezzlers, connivers, burglars, kidnappers and maybe even an innocent man or two, though I doubt it. The convicts we have are the kind other prisons don't want. I never knew prisons could be picky, but I guess they can. You get to Alcatraz by being the worst of the worst. Unless you're me. I came here because my mother said I had to.

    Related unit theme from school year:
    “Nature vs. Nurture: Which Causes Crime?” – Class text will be The Outsiders (provided by school)

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Last Modified on May 14, 2020