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Middle School (Reading List)
  • Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
  • The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • Riley Bloom Series by Alyson Noël
  • City Spies by James Ponti
  • Aru Shah Series by Roshani Chokshi
  • Theodore Boone Series by John Grisham
  • Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Willam Kamkwamba
  • We’re Not from Here by Geoff Rodkey
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
  • Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
  • Slob by Ellen Potter
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Scouts by Shannon Greenland
  • Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
  • Wings of Fire Series by Tui T. Sutherland
  • 24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling
  • Restart by Gordon Kormon
  • The Adventures of Guild Series by Zack Loran Clark
  • Boy X by Dan Smith
  • Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood by Ibtisam Barakat
  • Breakout by Kate Messner
  • Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller
  • Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz
  • Elephant Secret by Eric Walters
  • Ethan Marcus Stands Up by Michele Weber Hurwitz
  • Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt
  • Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy
  • Slider by Pete Hautman

Students may read additional books for extra credit. For additional, extra credit selections, please check out Hillsborough County’s Summer Reading Programs, found here.

Below are a few websites that will provide reading levels for many of the books listed above. Please feel free to use one of these to find a reading level or use any similar tool that may be available to you. Librarians and teachers are also experts
in helping pair students with appropriate books.
AR Book Finder: http://www.arbookfind.com/default.aspx
Lexile Find a Book: http://www.lexile.com/search/filters/results/
Scholastic Book Wizard: http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/

We encourage students to challenge themselves through summer reading. If your child wants to read a book above his or her level, here are a few tips you can use to assist them in being successful:
· If a reader tackles a book above his or her reading level, consider what additional instruction or lower-level reading resources might help.
· Ask the reader to keep track of unknown words within the book, and look them up together.
· Take turns reading aloud to each other to help process the information into smaller portions.

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6th Grade (Book Report Poster)

Book Report Poster


Get a piece of poster board and construct a Book Report Poster. Your poster must include the follow elements. You may design the elements however you would like.


1)  Title of your book

2)  Author of your book

3)  Picture(s) and paragraph (5 sentences) describing the setting of your book

4)  Picture(s) and paragraph (5 sentences) describing the main characters of your book

5)  Plot timeline: Use several pictures (each with a sentence or two near the picture) describing the main parts of the plot (what happens in the story)

6)  Personal Review: write a paragraph (5 sentences) explaining what you liked, did not like, favorite part, things you might have changed in the story, and whether or not you would recommend the book to friends


All written parts should be typed or neatly written in blue or black ink. Pictures may be hand drawn or printed from the Internet.

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6th Grade (Cereal Box Book Report)

Cereal Box Book Report


The idea of this book report is to “sell” your book. You want to make others want to “buy” (read) your book using the same marketing techniques that cereal companies use to sell their cereal. You will need to use the two templates that you will cut out and paste on your box. Before you begin, you need to:

a)    finish your book

b)   get an empty cereal box

c)    cover the cereal box with some kind of paper (wrapping paper, brown paper bags, etc.)

d)   print out the templates that you will fill in and glue on your box (or get them from class)

e)    get scissors and a glue stick or tape


FRONT OF BOX: Use a piece of white or light colored paper to cover the front of

your cereal box. (You will probably want to create the cover before gluing it on

your box.) Include the name of the “cereal” and a picture. Invent a name for the

cereal that is related to the title of the book and sounds like a cereal. Do not use

the exact title of the book. Choose a shape for the cereal as well as colors and ingredients that all relate to the book. For example, for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, you might invent a cereal called Wizard Wands, a toasted oat cereal in the shape of miniature lightning bolts.


RIGHT SIDE: (Use template) Make a list of ingredients that includes the two story elements “Characters” and “Setting.” Under the heading "Ingredients," list the main characters and write a sentence about each one. Then describe the setting. You can use the template on the attached sheet or cover the side with white or light colored paper and do it in your own way. Just make sure you include the main characters and the setting.


LEFT SIDE: (Use template) Write a summary that describes the main problem and the solution of the book. Try to use words that will “grab” readers’ attention and make them want to buy your cereal. You can use the attached template or do this in your own way.


BACK OF BOX: Design a game that is based on the story. It can be a puzzle, a word search, a word scramble, a maze, a crossword puzzle, a hidden pictures illustration, or any other fun activity that might be found on the back of a cereal box. Make sure it includes information from the book.


TOP OF BOX: (Use template) Include the title, author, number of pages, and number of stars you would give this book if you were a book critic. The maximum number of stars would be 5. You can use the template or create the top of the box yourself as long as you include all of the things listed above.

PRIZE: Cereal boxes often include a prize. Your prize must be something the main character could have used in the book or something that reminds you of the main character. You can even include a picture of the prize on the front of your box to let the reader know what is inside the box.

7th Grade (Book Report)
8th Grade (Book Report)