2019-2020 Summer Reading Lists!

Summer Reading Lists
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Loftis Middle School
 6th Grade Summer Reading List

Your summer reading requirement includes TWO books.

The first book, Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt, will be required reading for all upcoming 6th grade students.  During the 3rd week of school, students will be taking a test on this novel.  Tuck Everlasting will be used throughout the year as a springboard for discussion on a variety of ELA topics.

The second book can be selected from the list of suggestions.  Please choose a book that is a good fit for you and your family. 

The list was compiled using suggestions from the following:

  • Students

  • Middle School Teachers




Harry Potter Series, by J. K. Rowling

Percy Jackson Series, by Rick Riordan

Hunger Games Series, by Suzanne Collins

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

Hatchet Series, by Gary Paulsen

Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli

Wonder, by R. J. Palachio

Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Holes, Louis Sachar

Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech

My Brother Sam Is Dead, by Christopher Collier

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Christopher Paul Curtis

The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt

Knucklehead, by John Scieszka

Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli

Summer Reading List for Rising 7th Graders 

Good readers must read consistently. In order to promote consistent reading, the students at Loftis Middle School are required to read at least TWO books over the summer. One title will be required, and one will be the students’ choice from a list of provided titles. Students should choose a title from the list they have not read before.

These books will be referenced throughout our first unit of study for the year so it is important that students complete their reading with fidelity.

PARENTS: As always, we ask that you monitor your child's book selection. All of the books are middle school appropriate, but we ask that parents use discretion when selecting books. 

You must read:
Refugee by Alan Gratz

You must choose at least one to also read:

The Life of Pi by Yamm Martel

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Save Me a Seat by by Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks

I Live on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín

Look Both Ways in Barrio Blanco by Judith Robbins Rose

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

We Were Here by Matt de la Peña

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Caminar by Skila Brown

The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz

Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña

Summer Reading Requirement for Rising 8th Graders

The Giver by Lois Lowery will be required reading for all rising 8th grade students.  During the second week of school, students will be taking an assessment on this novel.  The Giver will be used throughout the year as a springboard for discussions on a variety of ELA topics.

Also, please select one additional book from the list below to complete your summer reading requirement. 


The Giver by Lois Lowry (Genre – Dystopian)

Select One:

Legend by Maria Lu (Genre – Dystopian)

Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes (Genre – Realistic Fiction)

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (Genre – Realistic Fiction)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Genre - Dystopian)

Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow (Genre - Historical Fiction)

Schooled by Gordon Korman (Genre - Realistic Fiction)

The Outsiders by SE Hinton (Genre - Realistic Fiction)

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (Genre - Historical Fiction)

Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Genre – Autobiography/Graphic Novel)

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Genre - Memoir/Autobiography)

The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake (Genre – Realistic Fiction)

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