Summer Reading Lists

By Eric Schommer

Let's get ready for the 2019-2020 school year!

Summer is an important time for students to keep reading and improve their language skills.

The benefits to summer reading include:

  • encouragement that reading creates a lifelong habit
  • reluctant readers can be drawn in by the stories
  • reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up
  • it can generate interest in the library and books

Grade 4 & 5 - Achieve 3000 and read a minimum of 20 minutes per day

6th-8th Grade




Lexile/Grade Level


Louis Sachar


660 (6th-7th Grade)


Cynthia Lord

Realistic Fiction

670 (6th-7th Grade)

The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan


740 (6th-8th Grade)

The Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Patterson

Realistic Fiction

810 (6th-8th Grade)


Laura Hillenbrand


850 (Advanced 7th-8th Grade)

The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros

Realistic Fiction/Novella

870 (Advanced 7th-8th Grade)

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks

E. Lockhart


890 (Advanced 7th-8th Grade)

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Trenton Lee Stewart


900 (Advanced 7th-8th Grade)


*All students must choose at least one book from the list.

*Students in AP classes must also read Kisses from Katie: A Story of Unrelenting Love and Redemption by Katie Davis Majors OR I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.

*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 ( ).


Grade updates will be added soon.