Incoming 5th-8th Grade Summer Reading List

By Eric Schommer

St. Monica School 2017 Summer Reading


5th Grade Summer Reading 2017

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli  (820 Lexile) Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (590 Lexile) From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’ s heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton (780 Lexile) The Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen -year old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise--are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (700 Lexile) Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. . . .

Iron Thunder by Avi (620 Lexile) When his father is killed fighting for the Union in the War Between the States, thirteen-year-old Tom Carroll must take a job to help support his family.

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (1070 Lexile) Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He's best known for having made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass, but that changes when a former slave steals money from Elijah's friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief and discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled--a life from which he'll always be free, if he can find the courage to get back home.

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl  (600 Lexile) Mr. Fox is surrounded, and he is going to have to come up with a truly fantastic plan to dig himself out of trouble this time.

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis (Lexile 630) For a full hour, he poured lemonade. The world is a thirsty place, he thought as he nearly emptied his fourth pitcher of the day.And I am the Lemonade King. Fourth grader Evan Treski is people-smart. He's good at talking with people, even grownups. His younger sister, Jessie, on the other hand, is math-smart, but not especially good with people. So when the siblings' lemonade-stand war begins, there really is no telling who will winner even if their fight will ever end.

Charlotte's Web by E.B White (Lexile 680) Charlotte's Web is the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur-and of Wilbur's dear friend Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider who lived with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of Templeton, the rat who never did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of her own, Charlotte saved the life of Wilbur, who by this time had grown up to quite a pig.

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds (Lexile 890) When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and mistreat his dogs.


Read at least one of the books on the list above.  Be prepared to write a brief description or answers questions about the book the first week of school.  This work will be your first grade in Language Arts for the first quarter.


Incoming 6th-8th Grade



Lexile Level

Recommended Grade Level(s)

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Gennifer Choldenko


6th/7th Grade

Maniac Magee

Jerry Spinelli


6th/7th Grade

The Egypt Game

Zilpha Keatley Snyder


7th Grade


Edward Bloor


7th/8th Grade

Z for Zachariah

Robert O’Brien


7th/8th Grade

Paper Towns

John Green


8th Grade

The View from Saturday

E. L. Konigsburg


Advanced 6th/7th Grade

Lord of the Flies

William Golding


Advanced 7th/8th

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald


Advanced 8th

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Jamie Ford


Advanced 8th

Students must read one book from the list above (those recommended for AP classes in the fall will need to choose two).  The listed lexile levels and grade recommendations are to help students and parents choose a book that is suitable for their children’s reading level although any student may choose to read any book listed. Students will complete a brief assessment over the book(s) during the first week of school in August.  If a student needs help in choosing an appropriate book, please feel free to email Mr. Bourke ( ), Mr. Heimann ( ), or Miss Price ( ).