Summer Reading


Cardigan Summer Reading

2018 Summer Reading Requirements


Summer reading helps students stay engaged academically during the summer months. There are many different opportunities for students to expand upon their learning, reading being one of them. Outlined below are the requirements for each of the grade levels. There will be an opportunity to discuss summer reading and what was read in PEAKS® Class when school begins in the fall.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer,
Jarrod Caprow
Assistant Director of Studies & PEAKS® Department Chair

For Students Entering Grade 6

Please read at least one of the following books:

Advanced Readers

  • Minrs series by Kevin Sylvester
  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  • The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

At-Grade Level Readers

  • The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
  • The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Save Me A Seat by Sarah Weeks

English Language Learners

  • Bone series by Jeff Smith
  • Goosebump series by R. L. Stine
  • A Boy at War by Harry Mazer

For Students Entering Grade 7

Please read at least one of the following books:

  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Percy Jackson series of books by Rick Riordan
  • Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  • The Maze Runner series of books by James Dashner
  • The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
  • Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Redwall series of books by Brian Jacques
  • Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  • Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
  • Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood (Graphic Novel) by Tony Lee

For Students Entering Grade 8

Two required reading selections:
1. All students entering grade 8 are to read Over Under Sideways Down, Ebrahim’s story by Karrie Fransman (available electronically from the British Red Cross)
2. Also, please read at least one book of your choice. Please consider one of the following books:

  • The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi Charley
  • Skedaddle by Patricia Beatty
  • Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo Monkey Island by Paula Fox
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The Diamond Brothers series by Anthony Horowitz
  • Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
  • Redwall series by Brian Jacques
  • Dalemark series by Diana Wynne Jones
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg Blood
  • Secret by Kathryn Lasky
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey
  • The Other Side of Dark by Joan Lowery Nixon
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
  • The Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
  • A Ride into Morning by Ann Rinaldi
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt
  • Dragonwings by Laurence Yep


Books that have been awarded the John Newbery Medal are also good selections.

For Students Entering Grade 9

Please read at least one book of your choice. Please consider the following books or select your own:

  • Mosquitoland by David Arnold
  • I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick
  • Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
  • Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
  • The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
  • Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray
  • Deliverance by James Dickey
  • Gidget by Frederick Kohner
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  • Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams
  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  • The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett