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Summer Reading

Announcing Our NMS Summer Reading List!

Our Language Arts Teachers have selected some summer reading books that align with our BEST standards. Students will be held accountable for reading two books from their rising grade level list. Books will be reviewed by the Language Arts Department during the first month of the 2022-2023 school year.

You may print out an optional story map to take notes on to help you remember the important parts of the books. We hope you enjoy the books that have been selected. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Angel Welsh, Language Arts Department Chair at: or Ms. Juliet Rezende, Literacy Coach You may also call the school at: (754) 323-3700. We appreciate your participation and cooperation.

*** Starred books are the required book for students in that grade level. Students may choose the second book from within their grade level choices.

 Many of the books are available in free PDF’s

 Option for All Grade Levels

(All YA books should be approved by a parent or guardian)

The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days - Michele Weber Hurwitz

Thirteen-year-old Nina begins her summer vacation by doing a random act of kindness for a neighbor. When she sees how well received this kind gesture is, she decides to spend her summer vacation secretly doing 64 more good deeds for her neighbors, friends and family (one good deed for every day of vacation). Will her random acts of kindness change the world or backfire in ways she never dreamed?

Rising 6th Graders

***The Watson’s Go to BirminghamChristopher Paul Curtis (required)

This story is told from the point of view of 10-year-old Kenneth Watson. The Watson family lives in Flint, Michigan, in 1963. The early chapters of the book detail Kenny’s family life, school days, classmates, and older brother Byron’s exploits. When Byron takes one of his “adventures” too far, Kenny’s parents decide a family road trip to Birmingham, Alabama, is in order; there, they plan to leave Byron with strict Grandma Sands for the summer. No one in the family expects the hatred and violence they encounter, which leave Kenny and Byron facing hard questions about the views of others. The novel was a Newbery Honor book and earned the Coretta Scott King Award.

A Long Walk to Water – Linda Sue Park

A Long Walk to Water teaches about water conditions in South Sudan, Africa. The story is told from two perspectives, a girl named Nya and a boy named Salva. The reader follows the story of Salva and Nya's journey through Sudan with little water, and little family.

The Devil’s Arithmetic – Jane Yolen

The Devil's Arithmetic is a historical fiction time slip novel written by American author Jane Yolen and published in 1988. The book is about Hannah Stern, a Jewish girl who lives in New Rochelle, New York and is sent back in time to experience the Holocaust.

Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

The story is about Jim, a young boy who goes in search of treasure after finding a treasure map. Jim faces shipwreck, a pirate mutiny, and sword fights. Jim's tale is a rags-to-riches story of a young boy who overcomes the odds.

Down, down, down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea – Steve Jenkins

Half the earth’s surface is covered by water more than a mile deep, but most of this watery world is a mystery to us. In fact, more people have stood on the surface of the moon than have visited the deepest spot in the ocean.  Come along as we travel down, down, down, from the surface to the bottom of the sea

Tales of Greek Heroes- Roger Lancelyn

A collection of nineteen Greek myths and legends containing such tales as "The Story of Prometheus," "The Wanderings of Heracles," "The Quest of the Golden Fleece," and "The First Fall of Troy."


Rising 7th Graders

***Freedom Walkers – Russell Freedman (required)

Dramatic stories of the heroes who stood up against segregation and Jim Crow laws in 1950s Alabama.  The author explains the contributions of and sacrifices made by Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin, who refused give up their seats, to Jo Ann Robinson, who began the boycott, to Martin Luther King, Jr., whose leadership was instrumental is carrying it through, and others.

The Red Umbrella – Christina Diaz Gonzalez

This story is about a 14-year-old girl and her journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan – an organized exodus of more than14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro’s revolution.

In 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucia Alvarez still leads a carefree life. Soldiers arrive in her town and everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.

The Prince and the Pauper – Mark Twain

This is the tale of two boys who trade clothing one afternoon and, as a result, they trade lives as well. After many adventures, matters are set right again, with one of the boys resuming his rightful, royal position and the other boy accepting a position that recognizes his innate intelligence and good heartedness.

George vs George: The American Revolution as Seen from Both Sides – Rosalyn Schanzer

There are two sides to every story. The narrative introduces anew the two enemies, both named George: George Washington, the man who freed the American colonies from the British, and George III, the British king who lost them. Two leaders on different sides of the Atlantic, yet with more in common than we sometimes acknowledge.

Rising 8th Graders

***Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country.


The Call of the Wild – Jack London

Buck is a big-hearted, large, gentle mix of Saint Bernard and Scotch Shepherd whose blissful domestic life gets turned upside down when he is suddenly stolen from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon in the 1890s.


Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert - Marc Aronson

The backstory behind the rescue. By tracing the psychological, physical, and environmental factors surrounding the mission, Aronson highlights the amazing technology and helping hands that made it all possible. From the Argentinean soccer players that hoped to raise morale, to NASA volunteering their expertise to come up with a plan, there was no shortage of enterprising spirit when it came to saving lives.

 I Will Always Write Back – Caitlin Alifirenka, Liz Welch, Ganda, Martin

It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. All the other kids picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe written on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of--so she chose it.
Martin was lucky to even receive a pen pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one.

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart is about the tragic fall of the protagonist, Okonkwo, and the Igbo culture. Okonkwo is a respected and influential leader within the Igbo community of Umuofia in eastern Nigeria. He first earns personal fame and distinction, and brings honor to his village, when he defeats Amalinze the Cat in a wrestling contest. Okonkwo determines to gain titles for himself and become a powerful and wealthy man in spite of his father's weaknesses.

Rip Van Winkle – Washington Irving

"Rip Van Winkle" is a short story first published in 1819. It follows a Dutch American villager in colonial America named Rip Van Winkle who meets mysterious Dutchmen, imbibes their liquor and falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains. He awakes 20 years later to a very changed world, having missed the American Revolution.


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