2017 School Summer Reading Lists

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2017 Summer Reading

Joyce Middle School

Grade 6 Summer Reading List

Students entering Grade 6 at the Joyce Middle School must read at least 1 of the following books. Students will be given an assignment on their chosen book at the beginning of the school year. Students may and are encouraged to read more than one of these books.

Ellen Potter: Slob

Twelve-year-old Owen is miserable at school because he is overweight and picked on. At home he is trying to invent a machine that will help him see into the past and catch the person who killed his parents.

Jacqueline Woodson: After Tupac and D Foster

A lot can happen to three girls in a two-year period — especially when the rap music of Tupac Shakur is the glue holding them together. Eleven-year-old Neeka and her best friend try to make sense of their world when they lose their other best friend and their favorite musician, Tupac Shakur.

C. Collier: My Brother Sam is Dead

This young adult novel, which successfully captures the pain of the Revolutionary War, is a fine example of historical fiction. The American Revolution was a war that divided families (English loyalists versus eager Patriots) and one of the families being torn apart is the Meeker family. Young Tim sees his 16-year-old brother join the militia to fight the British, while his father tries to remain loyal to the crown. Their hometown of Redding Ridge, Connecticut is a Tory town, and it is a constant struggle for the family to remain neutral. As the war progresses, Tim have to learn some very hard lessons: Life does not always follow the easiest and happiest course.

Ransom Riggs: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

This fantasy novel is the story of Jacob, a moody teenager who discovers, over the course of a series of increasingly dangerous adventures, that his grandfather’s stories of monsters and children with strange powers are actually true. As it flips back and forth between past and present, and as Jacob learns old truths about his grandfather and new truths about himself, the narrative pays thematic attention to the question of what constitutes individual identity, and also explores the differences between appearance and reality.


Joyce Middle School

Seventh Grade Summer Reading List


Dear students,


The seventh grade English Language Arts teachers at the Joyce Middle School have decided that students must choose one book (we encourage multiple books) from the following list to read this summer:

Andrew Clements: Things Not Seen

Mike Lupica: Any of his books.

Carl Hiaasen: Hoot

Avi: Any of his books

Walter Dean Meyers: Slam or Hoops

Laurie Halse Anderson: Fever 1793

During one of your classes in September, you will be required to answer an open response question based on one of the books from the list. Of course, you are encouraged to read several books during the summer, but you will only be assessed on one book.

We hope that you will have a wonderful summer and that you will enjoy spending some time reading each day.


Mrs. Pappagianopoulos and Mrs. Donaghey


Joyce Middle School

Grade 8 Summer Reading Assignment


The two required summer reading books for Grade 8 are:

1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

2. El Deafo by Bell

Students will work on a project when they return to school in September.

Information about Wonder:

August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at

Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

Information about El Deafo:

In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.

The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.

We also encourage students to read additional books. Here are some recommendations.


General Fiction

Looking for Alaska (John Green)

Breathing Underwater (Alex Flinn)

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Jenny Han)

Wonder (Palacio)

The Time That I Joined the Circus (Howard)



Hoops of Steel (Foley)

Going for the Record (Julie Swanson)

Painting the Black (Deuker)

Center Field (Lipsyte)

Heart of a Champion (Deuker)



Silent to the Bone (E.L. Konigsburg)

The Name of the Star (William Sleator)

Where Things Come Back (John Corey Whaley)

Stolen (Christopher)

The Boy Who Couldn’t Die (Sleator)


Fantasy/Apocalyptic (End of the World)

Maze Runner (Dashner)

Scorpio Races (Stiefvater)

Gone  (Michael Grant)

Shiver (Stiefvater)

Divergent (Roth)

Eleventh Plague (Hirsch)


Historical Fiction

Purple Heart (McCormick)

Code Name Verity (Elizabeth Wein)

Between Shades of Gray (Ruta Sepetys)

Fever 1793 (Anderson)

Private Peaceful (Morpurgo)



Joyce Middle School

Grades 6 – 8 Language Based Special Education Program

The One and Only Ivan by: Katherine Applegate

Number the Stars by: Lois Lowry


Kennedy Middle School All School Read 2017

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen



Woburn High School One Reads Summer 2017


WMHS History book Summer 2017

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell


WHS English book Summer 2017

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely,



Woburn Memorial High School Supplemental Summer Reading 2017

In addition to the common read, All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, honors students will be responsible for reading one of the titles listed below their teacher’s name, unless otherwise specified.

9 Honors

Ms. Barry

An Invisible Thread (Schroff & Tresniowski)


Ms. Beecher

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Smith)


Ms. Gillis

Book of Choice: see information (from 8th grade teachers??)


Mr. Martin

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (Gladwell) parts 1 & 2 only


10 Honors

Ms. Hanson

Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury)


Ms. Lapolice

The Hate U Give (Thomas)


Mr. Parziale

Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury) OR The Traveler’s Gift (Andrews)


11 Honors

Mr. Morton

Tribe (Junger)


Ms. Ress

Autobiography of a Face (Grealy), Look Me in the Eye (Robinson) OR The Glass Castle (Walls)


Women in Literature

Ms. Beecher

The Kitchen House (Grissom) AND Falling Leaves (Mah)


AP Language and Composition Ms. McMahon

The Boys in the Boat (Brown) and Hillbilly Elegy (Vance)


12 Honors

Mr. Bromley

All Souls (MacDonald)


Mr. Gangi

Catalyst (Anderson), Twisted (Anderson), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Kesey), OR

All Souls (MacDonald)


Ms. Scholnick

All Souls (MacDonald) OR The Color of Water (McBride)


Heroine’s Journey 12 Honors

Ms. Gillis

Book of choice: see move up day information


Sports Literature 12 Honors

Mr. Roy

Seabiscuit (Hillenbrand)


AP Literature and Composition 12 (all of the following)

Ms. Hanson

The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald), How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Foster) AND The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne)