2019 Summer Reading Lists

2019 Summer Reading Lists

If your child is attending Southern Middle this fall, we would love for them to read over the summer. Below are suggested books for each grade level. You can also choose another book from a similar genre that interests your child and is on their reading level. We just want them reading! 

6th grade:

  • Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story from First Pitch to Game Changer
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Chasing Space: Leland Melvin (Young Reader's Edition)
  • Real Friends by Shannon Hale
  • Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Raymond Obstfeld
  • The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley
  • Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabriella Douglas
  • I am Malala: How ONe Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai
  • Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
  • Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Middle School Series by James Patterson

7th grade:

  • Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez
  • And Still We Rise: The Trials & Triumphs of Twelve Gifted Inner-City Students by Miles Corwin (non-fiction)
  • Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna by Joseph Lekuton
  • House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mab

8th grade:

  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake
  • Night by Ellie Wiesel