Summer Reading

Middle School Summer Reading Assignment Overview

  • Dear Parents/Guardians,                                                                                                                                 

    Research shows that in order for students to become life-long habitual, critical and passionate readers they need to read.  Therefore, as English teachers we believe that good reading habits need to be part of every student’s daily routine year-round.  In working towards this goal, we are requiring that all students read a novel over the summer and complete a one-page reflection sheet to help capture their thoughts about the book.

    Your child has been given a copy of one of three novels chosen by the department.

    5th to 6th Grade

    6th to 7th Grade

    7th to 8th Grade

    Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt


    Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper


    Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine


    My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George


    Titanic Locket: The Haunted Museum by Suzanne Weyn


    The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

    Booked by Kwame Alexander


    Brainwashed: Crime Travelers Spy School by Paul Aertker


    Masterminds by Gordon Korman


    Because students will begin the school year with an assessment piece directly related to the novel they read, it is vital that they complete the novel and the reflection sheet before returning to school in September.  Students will be able to use the reflection sheet to complete their assessment in the fall. Your child's novel must be turned back in at the start of the school year.

    Since this novel must be completed over the summer, we are asking for your assistance.  Please encourage your child to begin this assignment early on in the summer months.  Feel free to read with or to your student and model both the enjoyment of reading and the questions good readers ask while trying to understand their novel.  You can take out the audiobook version of the story to help with your child’s comprehension or invite a friend(s) over to read and work on comprehension together.   

    Although reading more than one book is not mandatory, for every novel your child does read after the first one, he or she will be given a ticket that will be put into a drawing in September. Please have your child keep track of each book he or she reads throughout the summer by completing a reading log. Your signature at the bottom means you have observed your child reading and finishing the books on the chart.

    Remember, you can download books onto your phone or digital device for free from the public library using as long as you have a public library card. The following library website offers book suggestions for teens:




    GCMS English Language Arts Teachers

Last Modified on June 15, 2018