Welcome Back!

By now I hope that all students have had an opportunity to visit the library to check out books.  We’ve had a busy September and are looking forward to the wonderful Medieval Faire. With that in mind, our “New Books” displays have been replaced with books on Medieval themes. If you or your child are excited by dragons, castles, princes, princesses, fairy tales, and all things Medieval, stop by for some fun reading!

If you visit the Upper School, be sure to stop by their library to view the Banned Book display. Students are amazed by the titles and reasons.

And of course, if you have any questions at all about the library, please contact me.  Ponnie

Summer Reading Lists and a Thank You from the Library

It’s been a wonderful year in the library.  Thank you for your support… encouraging your children to read, helping return library books, supporting the book fair, giving books and baking cupcakes at the library birthday party, participating in the Reading Challenge, donating books, and volunteering your time in so many ways.

Summer reading lists:

Suggested summer reading lists for those entering grades 2-8 in the fall can be found below.  If you need a paper copy, please let me know.  And parents, our popular recommended reading list for adults can be found below too.  Whenever you read a book you love, please let me know, and I’ll include in next summer’s list.

Remember summer reading provides wonderful entertainment for travel and quiet times as well as a terrific opportunity to maintain reading proficiency.  Set aside a special time or place for reading, make it fun, and remember that modeling reading is a sure way to show your child that your family values and enjoys reading.  Have fun!

Have a great summer,

Ponnie

pderby@thegrammarschool.org

2nd Grade Suggested Summer Reading 2016

        Parents, it’s important to make time for your child to read for at least 20 minutes every day this summer.  For children not reading independently yet, we hope you will take time to read aloud to him or her.  For those who are reading independently, a good way to gauge if the book your child has chosen is at his/her reading level is to have the child read a few paragraphs aloud to you.  If he/she is reading haltingly, and you can’t understand the paragraph clearly, that book is probably too advanced, and he/she should make another choice.  Remember that this is a list of suggested titles which cover a wide range of reading abilities, it does not mean that your child should be able to read all (or any) of these independently.  What is important is that you set aside a special time for reading.

Vermont State Standard 2nd grade: Demonstrates the habit of reading extensively* by …Reading one or two books, or one or two medium-long chapters, or the equivalent every day.

Read Aloud or Alone (+ = Good for readers practicing their skills. * = series.)

FICTION

If you like adventure/fantasy stories….

Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi  *

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves retold by Katie Daynes +

Emma and the Blue Genie by Cornelia Funke

The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald   *

Magic Tree House by Mary Anne Osborne   *  

The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka *

If you like stories about animals…

Biscuit by Allyssa Capucilli +  *

Bramble and Maggie by Jessie Haas *

Horse Crazy by Alison Lester *

Lost! A Dog Called Bear by Wendy Orr *(& other animals in Rainbow Street Shelter series)

If you like stories where animals are the main characters…

Fly Guy  by Tedd Arnold +

Spunky Tells All by Ann Cameron

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo +   *

Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott *

Arthur by Lillian Hoban +   *

Frances by Russell Hoban +  *                                

Houndsley and Catina by James Howe +  *

Park Avenue Adventures by Johanna Hurwitz *

Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel +  *

Fox and His Friends  by Edward Marshall  +  *

Henry and Mudge or Mr. Putter and Tabby or Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant + *

Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton *

My New Friend is So Fun by Mo Willems +

The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems *

If you like funny stories….

Tales from Deckawoo Drive by Kate DiCamilio *

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo +  *

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanion *

Judy Moody or Stink by Megan McDonald  *

Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor +  *

Little Soup’s Hayride by Robert Newton Peck

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish +   *  

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar   *

Geronimo Stilton by Geronimo Stilton  *

Ellray Jakes by Sally Warner *

If you like historical stories…

American Girl by various authors   *

My America by various authors   *

If you like mysteries…

Cam Jansen by David A. Adler *

Virtual Cody by Betsy Duffey *

Nancy Clancy, Super Slueth by Jane O’Connor  *

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat +   *

Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus *

American Girl by various authors   *

If you like realistic stories…

Building our house by Jonathan Bean +

Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed

Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows  *

Seal Island School or Seal Island Seven by Susan Bartlett

Ramona by Beverly Cleary  *

Amber Brown by Paula Danziger  *

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo  

Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon *

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes *

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann + *

Soccer Sam by Jean Marzollo  +

Simon Ellis: Spelling Bee Champ by Claudia Mills * (Franklin School Friends)

Completely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker *

Cobble Street Cousins by Cynthia Rylant   *

NON-FICTION

If you like true stories and books that give information……

Elephants Can Paint Too! by Katya Arnold

Fly Guy presents : Sharks by Tedd Arnold (also Space and Bats)

Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole *

Tiny Creatures by Nicola Davis

Titanic Lost & Found by Judy Donnelly +

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca

Batman Science by Tammy Enz

LEGO Play book: ideas to bring your bricks to life by Daniel Lipkowitz

Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late by Laura Overdeck

A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino

Friends by Catherine Thimmesh (nonfiction – animals)

If you like stories about real people (biographies)….

Lou Gehrig by David A. Adler

America’s Champion Swimmer by David A. Adler

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Who was Sacagawea? by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin *

Who was Babe Ruth? by Joan Holub *

Jim Henson: the guy who played with puppets by Kathleen Krull

Who was Harriet Tubman? by Yona Zeldis McDonough *

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France     by Mara Rockliff

POETRY TO ENJOY

Poetry for Young People *          

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl                           

Mammalabilia by Douglas Florian     

Dirt on My Shirt  by Jeff Foxworthy +            

Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems by J. Patrick Lewis                        

Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne                

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry

Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky                    

Button Up!: Wrinkled Rhymes by Alice Schertle

Math Curse and Science Verse by Scieszka  

Mirror mirror by Singer, Marilyn

Everything On It by Shel Silverstein          

Pug: and other Animal Poems by Valerie Worth

Have a great reading summer!

3rd & 4th Grades Suggested Summer Reading 2016

        Below is a list of suggested summer reading titles which we hope will help you choose at least five books to read over the summer.  If you find a particular book you enjoy, try other titles by the same author.  Titles have been placed in categories, but many of the books might fall in more than one category.  For example, a historical title may also be an adventure.

        Don’t leave your reading until August, you will read better and faster if you keep practicing throughout the summer.  And parents, please encourage your children to practice their skills and discuss their books with them. Make reading fun!

        Vermont State Standard for grades 3-8: Demonstrates the habit of reading extensively* by…”Reading the equivalent of at least two books a month, including in-school, out-of-school, and summer reading.”

“+” denotes good choices for readers who are still practicing their skills, “*” denotes books for advanced readers. DCF denote books nominated for Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award.

FICTION

If you like animals or animals as main characters…

Little Dog, Lost by Joan Bauer

Escape from Baxters’ Barn by Rebecca Bond (2016-17 DCF nominee)

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (2014 Newbery Award) *

Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott *

The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein

Jigsaw Pony by Jessie Haas +

Star in a Storm by Joan Hiatt Harlow

Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry *

Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith +

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz *

Lost! A Dog Called Bear by Wendy Orr (& other animals in Rainbow Street Shelter series)

The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck *

Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins *

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan +

Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant

The Cricket of Times Square by George Selden

Young Fredle by Cynthia Voight

If you like fantasy or adventure…

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley (2016-17 DCF nominee) *

Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Knight’s Castle by Edgar Eager *

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke *

The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon (2016-17 DCF nominee) *

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George *

Ever After High by Shannon Hale *

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine

Where the Mountains Meet the Moon by Grace Lin *

Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd *

Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski (series)

Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor

I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis

Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde  *

If you like graphic…

El Deafo by Cece Bell ( 2016 DCF winner)

I Am Pusheen the Cat by Claire Belton

Fairy Tale Comics by Chris Duffy, ed.; Various Cartoonists

Rapunzel’s Revenge and others by Shannon Hale

TinTin series by Herge

Olympians series by George O’Connor *

Zita spacegirl series by Ben Hatke

Bone series by Jeff Smith

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Robot Dreams by Sara Varon

See also Graphic titles under Non-Fiction below.

If you like history…

Caddie Woodlawn  by Carol Ryrie Brink  (1860s) *

Bud, Not Buddy  by Christopher Paul Curtis  (1930s) *

The Birchbark House and sequel by Louise Erdrich  (1840s) *

Bo at Ballard Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill  (1920s)

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill  (1948) +

True Colors by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock  (1950s Vermont) *

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose  (1870s free verse)

Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder (1930s)

Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1870s)

If you like humor…

Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom  Angleberger (series)

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett (2016-17 DCF nominee) *

Superfudge series by Judy Blume

Ramona, the Brave by Beverly Cleary

Amber Brown series by Paula Danziger

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo +

The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths (series)

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Bunnicula series by  James Howe *

Russell series by Johanna Hurwitz +

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones (2016-17 DCF nominee) *

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

Judy Moody and Stink series by Megan McDonald

I Funny by James Patterson

Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka *

Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde  *

If you like mystery and suspense…      

The Lemonade Crime (series) by Jacqueline Davies

Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon

Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell

Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Secret of the Ruby Ring by Yvonne MacGrory *

Key to the Treasure and others in series by Peggy Parrish

The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery series by Nancy Springer

Sammy Keyes series by Wendelin Van Draanen *

If you like realistic fiction…

Ivy + Bean series by Annie Barrows  +*

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall (series) (Newbery winner) *

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot *

Grace (series) by Mary Casanova

Lost and Found by Andrew Clements

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (DCF winner)

Mallory on the Move by Laurie B. Friedman

Dory and the Real True Friend  by Abby Hanlon +

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (DCF winner) *

Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Wonder by R. J. Palacio (DCF winner) *

When Life Gives You O. J. by Erica S. Perl

Honey by Sarah Weeks *

NON-FICTION

If you like biography…

Who Was series by various authors

On a beam of light: a story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne +

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff

Bully for you Theodore Roosevelt by Jean Fritz

Double Life of Pocahontas by Jean Fritz *

Papa is a Poet: a Story about Robert Frost by Natalie Bober

The Extraordinary Mark Twain (according to Susy) by Barbara Kerley

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel

I Am Amelia Earhart (Ordinary People Change World series) by Brad Meltzer

Knucklehead  by  Jon Scieszka *

Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff

Revolutionary Poet: Phyllis Wheatley by Maryann Weidt +

Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express by Margaret K. Wetterer +

If you like poetry…

Poetry for Young People (series)

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

Amazing Faces: Poems by Lee Bennett Hopkins

My People by Langston Hughes

Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems by J. Patrick Lewis

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry by National Geographic Society Children’s Books

Oxford Book of Children’s Verse

Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky

Math Curse or Science Verse by Jon Scieszka

Everything On It by Shel Silverstein

Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer

A Child’s Calendar by John Updike

If you like other non-fiction…

Batman Science : the Real-World Science behind Batman by Biskup Agnieszka *

Basher Science or Basher History series by Simon Basher and various authors *

Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell

Tiny Creatures by Nicola Davies

Locomotive by Brian Floca (2014 Caldecott winner)     

Great Estimations by Bruce Goldstone

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Salad People and More Real Recipes by Mollie Katzen

The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky

LEGO Play Book by Daniel Lipkowitz

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska

National Geographic Society Kids Almanac

Ye Olde Weird But True by National Geographic Society Children’s Books

Olympian series by George O’Connor (Graphic) *

Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late by Laura Overdeck

Peterson First Guides by various subjects and authors

Founding Mothers : Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts

Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics by James Sturm

The Woods Scientist by Stephen R. Swinburne

Friends by Catherine Thimmesh

Have a great summer reading!

 

5th Grade Suggested Summer Reading 2016

        This is a list of summer reading titles that we hope will help you choose at least five books to read over the summer.  Many of these titles have been nominated for or won awards. You may want to try these.  If you find a particular book you enjoy, try other titles by the same author.

        Please write a paragraph or two on the books you read, with the author, title, and a brief paragraph including a summary and a statement of your reaction to the book.  Hand this into Mike the first week of school in the fall.  Don’t leave your reading until August, it will be much harder for you to complete your assignment.  Reading regularly during the summer will help you keep the skills you already learned this year, plus it’s fun!

        To aid you in your book selection, books are placed in categories.  Although each book has been placed in only one category, many books crossover into more than one.  For example, The Blackthorn Key is listed under “Mystery and Suspense”, but it could also be listed as “Historical”, so try books from more than one category.  Remember that many “Historical” books can also be adventures, humorous or mysteries, and therefore, very exciting. All 2016-17 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award nominees appropriate for 4th and 5th grades have been included and are noted with “DCF”.

       Vermont State Standard for grades 3-8: Demonstrates the habit of reading extensively* by…

“Reading the equivalent of at least two books a month, including in-school, out-of-school, and summer reading.”

“*” = more challenging books    “~”=series

FICTION

If you like adventure

Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle ~

The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon (2016-17 DCF nominee)

Escape from Mr.Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein  (DCF 2015 winner) *

Chase by Jessie Haas (horse) *

Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel (2016-17 DCF nominee) (actually, a thriller)

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Guys Read: Thriller by Jon Scieszka, editor (short stories by various authors)

Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder

If you like animals…

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (2013 Newbery winner)

Poppy by Avi ~

Escape from Baxters’ Barn by Rebecca Bond (2016-17 DCF nominee)

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck

Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins

A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron

Listen! by Stephanie S. Tolan

If you like fantasy…

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley (2016-17 DCF nominee)

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi ~

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson *

Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon (2016-17 DCF nominee)

The Heroes of Olympus and other series by Rick Riordan * ~

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling *~

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (2016-17 DCF nominee)

Septimus Heap by Angie Sage ~

The Youngest Templar by M. P. Spradlin *~

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart ~

The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon by S. S. Taylor         

If you like history

The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (2016-17 DCF nominee) (WWII England)

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper (2016-17 DCF nominee) (1930s segregated South)

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1900s Vermont)

Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by Helen Frost (1812 Native Am/non N.A. boys)

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson (1854)*

Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd (2016-17 DCF nominee) (1960s Freedom Riders)

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (WWII)

A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen (2016-17 DCF nominee) (1961 Berlin Wall)

Bread and Roses, too by Katherine Paterson (1912 Vermont)

Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi (1885, based on a true story) *

The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau (2016-17 DCF nominee) (Magic, history, folklore Mexico)

Elephant Run by Roland Smith (WWII)

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (1870s missing girl) *

If you like humor…

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett (2016-17 DCF nominee)

Troublemaker by Andrew Clements

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes ~

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones (2016-17 DCF nominee)

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O’Connor

I Funny by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein  

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Alison Dana Levy

Middle School: the worst years of my life (and sequels) by James Patterson

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka, editor (short stories by various authors)

Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde (fractured fairy tale)

If you like mystery and suspense…

Doll Bones by Holly Black

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis Curtis

The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies ~

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart

Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (2016-17 DCF nominee) (1665 London)

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye by Nancy Springer * ~

Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage ~

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief by Wendelin Van Draanen * ~

If you like realistic or coming of age…

El Deafo by Cece Bell (2016 DCF winner) (graphic)

The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin (2016-17 DCF nominee)

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall *

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova (2016-17 DCF nominee)

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

George by Alex Gino (2016-17 DCF nominee)

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff (2016-17 DCF nominee)  

Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala(2016-17 DCF nominee)

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton (2016-17 DCF nominee) (1960s Vermont)

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (2016-17 DCF nominee) (graphic)

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III

Wonder by R. J. Palacio (DCF 2013 winner)

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall (2016-17 DCF nominee)

Holes by Louis  Sachar

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern (humorous)                

If you like science fiction…

The White Mountains by John Christopher * ~

Gregor the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins ~

Rat Trap by Michael Daley

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau * ~

The Orphan Army by Jonathan Maberry ~ (2016-17 DCF nominee)

Robot Dreams by Sara Varon (graphic)

If you like sports…    (See also Non-Fiction titles)

One Handed Catch by Mary Jane Auch

The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks *

Safe at Second by Scott Johnson *

Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner

NON-FICTION

If you like biographies…

Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman *

Eleanor Roosevelt by Russell Freedman *

Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret

Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power by Milton Meltzer

Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford by Don Mitchell

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

How Angel Peterson Got His Name: and Other Outrageous Tales About Extreme Sports by Gary Paulsen +

Bill Peet: an autobiography by Bill Peet

No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero * (teen mountain climber)

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka (graphic)                                                   

If you like poetry…

Poetry for Young People series

The Place My Words are Looking For by Janeczko (also other Janeczko anthologies)

The Same Sky by Naomi Shihab Nye

Oxford Book of Children’s Verse by Opie

Math Verse or Science Verse by Jon Scieszka

Everything On It by Shel Silverstein

Locomotion  by Jacqueline Woodson  

If you like other non-fiction…

Batman Science : the Real-World Science behind Batman by Biskup Agnieszka

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (civil rights)

Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell

The Wicked History of the World: History with the Nasty Bits Left In! by Terry Deary (humorous history)

Titantic Sinks! by Barry Denenberg (history)

Who Was First? by Russell Freedman (discovering America)

Superstars of Science by R. S. Grant (Basher science series)

Somewhere There is Still a Sun: A Memoir of the Holocaust by Michael Gruenbaum (2016-17 DCF nominee)

What’s Happening to My Body for Boys/Girls by Linda Madaras (health)

Dewey: A Small-town Library Cat Who Touched The World by Vicki Myron (pet)

Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson (African American history)

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Diane Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani (graphic) *

Gorilla Doctors by Pamela S. Turner (science)

Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue by Maris Wicks (graphic)

Have a great summer reading!

 

6th Grade Summer Reading 2016

Dear 6th Graders—

Happy summer! Please plan to read at least five books over the summer. The books you read do not have to be from the attached list, but the list provides suggestions for books and authors you might find interesting.

First, you’ll find a separate list of DCF books. Many of you have probably heard about the DCF program; it is the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award program, and it works like this: we get a list of 30 books written for 4th-8th graders. These books are in the TGS library on a special shelf for 6th graders. We all read books from this list between now and April of 2017, and everyone who has read at least five books from the list by voting time in April gets to vote for his or her favorite book.

Try to read regularly over the summer; graphic novels and magazines count as reading too, and it will be easier to read five books if you are reading all summer. Reading over the summer will help you maintain the skills you learned this year, plus it’s fun!

2016-2017 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Master List

The list below contains a wide range of styles, subjects, and difficulty levels so that kids in grades 4-8 across Vermont can find interesting books to read. If you read one that’s too easy, try one at a higher maturity level. If you start one that’s too hard or you just plain don’t like it, try something else. In order to vote for your favorite book in April, you need to read at least five (5) books from this list. (We’ll work on this during the fall and winter, so you don’t need to read five this summer.) You are encouraged to read many more. Each year, several students challenge themselves to read all 30!

AUTHOR…..TITLE…..GRADE

Barnett, Mac  Jory John…..The Terrible Two…..4 up

Beasley, Cassie…..Circus Mirandus…..4 up

Benjamin, Ali…..The Truth about Jellyfish…..5 up

Bond, Rebecca…..Escape from Baxters’ Barn…..4 up

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker…..The War that Saved my Life…..5 up

Brown, Don…..Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans…..6 up

Chmakova, Svetlana…..Awkward…..5 up

Draper, Sharon…..Stella by Starlight…..5 up

Gannon, Nicholas…..The Doldrums…..4 up

Gino, Alex…..George…..4 up

Graff, Lisa…..Lost in the Sun…..5 up

Gruenbaum, Michael et al. …..Somewhere There is Still a Sun…..5 up

Hautala, Beth…..Waiting for Unicorns…..5 up

Hilton, Marilyn…..Full Cicada Moon…..5 up

Hoose, Phillip…..The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen … …..7 up

Jamieson, Victoria…..Roller Girl…..4 up

Jones, Kelly…..Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer…..4 up

Kidd, Ronald…..Night on Fire…..5 up

Maberry, Jonathan…..The Orphan Army (Nightsiders #1)…..5 up

Magoon, Kekla…..Shadows of Sherwood…..5 up

Nielsen, Jennifer A. …..A Night Divided…..5 up

Oppel, Kenneth…..The Nest…..5 up

Pearsall, Shelley…..The Seventh Most Important Thing…..5 up

Priest, Cherie…..I am Princess X…..7 up

Resau, Laura…..The Lightning Queen…..5 up

Ryan, Pam Munoz…..Echo…..5 up

Sands, Kevin…..The Blackthorn Key…..5 up

Stead, Rebecca…..Goodbye Stranger…..6 up

Stevenson, Noelle…..Nimona…..7 up

Wiechman, Kathy…..Cannon Like a River…..6 up

To view a list of the 2016-2017 Dorothy Canfield Fisher books with summaries, visit http://libraries.vermont.gov/sites/libraries/files/Masterlist1617.pdf

 

2016 6th Grade Summer Reading Recommendations  

Books marked with an asterisk (*) are more challenging.

Fiction

If you like adventure…

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald (art)

There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart (hunting)

Chase by Jessie Haas (horse)

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen (ecological)

Crossing The Wire by Will Hobbs (immigration)

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson (dog sledding)

The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson (Tom Sawyer type)

Greenglass House by Kate Milford (strange house)

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (survival)

Pax by Sara Pennypacker (war, friendship)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson * (pirates)

If you like fantasy or dystopian…

Gregor the Underland series by Suzanne Collins

The Search for WondLa (series) by Tony DiTerlizzi

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen

Book of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

Redwall / Mossflower (series) by Brian Jacques *

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

The Apothecary (series) by Maile Meloy

The False Prince (series) by Jennifer Nielsen *

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

The Golden Compass and His Dark Materials (series) by Philip Pullman *

The Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and The Kane Chronicles (series) by Rick Riordan

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman *

The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart

If you like historical fiction…

Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (1930s Depression)

The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine (1346 England)

Salt: A story of friendship in a time of war by Helen Frost (War of 1812)

The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson (1854s London)

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (American frontier)

Day of Tears by Julius Lester (pre Civil War) *

Lions of Little Rock Kristin Levine (Civil Rights/Desegregation)

A Family Apart and others in Orphan Train series by Joan Lowery Nixon (pre Civil War adventures)

Bread And Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson (1912 Vermont)

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus (WWII Norway)

Arundel by Kenneth Roberts (American Revolution)

Elephant Run by Roland Smith (WWII)

One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (1870s)

Listening For Lions by Gloria Whelan (Kenya)

If you like graphic…

El Deafo by Cece Bell (2016 DCF winner)

Fairy Tale Comics by Duffy

Calamity Jack and Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland (biography)

Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi

Silver Six by A. J. Lieberman *

Olympians series by George O’Connor/Robert Venditti

The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth

Meanwhile by Jason Shiga

Lumberjanes  by Noelle Stevenson (series)

Smile, Drama, and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Bake Sale by Sara Varon

Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue by Maris Wicks

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

If you like humor…

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis (adventure, 1900)

Better Nate than Ever and Five, Six, Seven by Tim Federle

I Funny by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

Looking for Bobowicz by Daniel Pinkwater

Guys Read: Funny by Jon Scieszka, editor (short stories)

Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

If you like mystery and suspense…

Gilda Joyce, psychic investigator by Jennifer Allison

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (2015 DCF winner) (series)

Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn (scary)

Fourmile by Watt Key (dark, gritty)

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon by S. S. Taylor

Way Down Deep by Ruth White

If you like contemporary/realistic fiction/coming of age…

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

Absolutely Almost by Lisa  Graff

Hope Is a Ferris Wheel by Robin  Herrera

Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington

33 Minutes…Until Morgan Sturtz Kicks My Butt by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Addie on the Inside by James Howe * (series)

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III (historical too)

Beneath My Mother’s Feet by Amjed Qamar

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee

Unfriended by Rachel Vail

If you like science fiction…

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The White Mountains series by John Christopher

Gregor series by Suzanne Collins

Dark Life and sequel by Kat Falls

The Ear, The Eye, And The Arm by Nancy Farmer *

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin * (series)

Fever Crumb series by Philip Reeve

If you like sports…

The Crossover by Kwame  Alexander

One Handed Catch by Mary Jane Auch

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks *

Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff (horses)

Safe at Second by Scott Johnson *

Heat and other sports books by Mike Lupica

Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner

The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park

Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury *

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm (graphic)

Non-Fiction

If you like biographies…

Boy by Roald Dahl

Escape! The Story Of The Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman

Eleanor Roosevelt by Russell Freedman *

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland (graphic)

Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

A Strong Right Arm: The Story Of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson by Michelle Y. Green

Small Steps by Peg Kehret

Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power by Milton Meltzer

How Angel Peterson Got His Name and Other Outrageous Tales About Extreme Sports by Gary Paulsen

Bill Peet: An Autobiography

No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero

If you like poetry…

Poetry For Young People (series)

Poetry 180 by Billy Collins, editor

The Place My Words Are Looking For and other anthologies by this author by Paul B. Janeczko

The Book Of Limericks by Edward Lear

This Same Sky by Naomi Shihab Nye

Oxford Book Of Children’s Verse by Opie

Math Verse or Science Verse by Jon Scieszka

Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein

If you like other types of non-fiction…

Basher Science series (Astronomy, Chemistry, Rocks & Minerals, etc.) created by Basher

Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (civil rights)

Tracking Trash by Loree Griffin Burns (environment)

Horrible Histories series by Terry Deary (humorous history)

Bodies From the Ash by James M. Deem (Pompeii)

Titanic Sinks! by Barry Denenberg

Beautiful Lego by Mike Doyle

Who Was First? by Russell Freedman (discovering America)

Good Brother, Bad Brother by James Cross Giblin * (Lincoln assassination)

An Inconvenient Truth: Adapted for a New Generation by Al Gore (climate)

Built to Last by David Macaulay (architecture, cultural history)

What’s Happening to my Body for Boys/Girls by Lynda Madaras (health)

The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery (pets)

Grey Seas Under by Farley Mowat * (adventure)

Dewey: A Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron (pets)

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by E. Nesbit, editor

Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen (humorous)

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin (WWII)

Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone (WWII)

“The President Has Been Shot!”: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James Swanson

The Woods Scientist by Stephen R. Swinburne (science)

Bat 6  by Virginia Euwer Wolff (female baseball team WWII)

Have a great summer reading!

 

7th & 8th Grades Suggested Summer Reading 2016

        During the summer, Laurie requires that 8th graders read Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer (any version is fine) and a biography or an autobiography of any famous (or infamous) American woman.  After researching American Presidents in the spring, she wants the class to focus on women who have historical significance.  She is open to any women, but offers a few suggestions: Eleanor Roosevelt, Sally Ride, Maya Angelou, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Blackwell, Lucy Stone, Abigail Adams, Sandra Day O’Connor or Maya Ying. Billie-Jean King, Rachel Carson, and Janet Reno, and the list goes on.   Please write a 2-page essay about your chosen woman.  What is she known for and what made her interesting to you? These are due the first day of school.

        The 7th grade is required to read The Little Prince by Antoine de SaintbyExupéry, and a work of historical fiction.  The Little Prince can be any translation, and, if you have trouble finding a copy, Laurie has multiple copies she can loan out.

        In addition, we expect you to read at least four other books (and hopefully many more!).   Below is a suggested summer reading list.  Please report back to us those books on the list you enjoyed and those you did not.  Don’t leave your reading for the last moment in August.  It will be much easier, and your reading skills will continue to improve much more, if you read continuously throughout the summer.

        To aid you in your book selection, titles are placed in categories.  Although each book has been placed in one category, many books crossover into more than one.  For example, 47 by Walter Mosley is listed under “Science Fiction;” however, it could also be listed as “Historical.” Remember that many “Historical” books can also be adventurous, humorous, or mysterious, and therefore, very exciting. So try books from more than one category.

Vermont State Standard for grades 3-8: Demonstrates the habit of reading extensively* by… “Reading the equivalent of at least two books a month, including in-school, out-of-school, and summer reading.”

“*” = more challenging books.

Fiction

If you like adventure and suspense…

Watership Down by Richard Adams*

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Sharpe’s Triumph by Bernard Cornwell *

The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine

Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs

Redwall/Mossflower by Brian Jacques (series)

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling *

Call of the Wild by Jack London

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Lookwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud (series)

Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

If you like classics…

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen *

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte *

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens *

Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C. S. Forester *

Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery *

The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings *

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith *

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

If you like dystopian/science fiction/future…

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (series)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury *

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (series)

Scorch Trials by James Dashner (series)

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (series)

Dark Life by Kat Falls (series)

The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Gifts by Ursula LeGuin

The Giver by Lois Lowry (Newbery winner)

47 by Walter Mosley

Maximum Ride by James Patterson (series)

Last Book in the Universe by Lynn Rae Perkins*

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (series)

Divergent by Veronica Roth (series)

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells *

If you like fantasy…

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy (series)

The False Prince series by Jennifer Nielsen

Lireal by Garth Nix (series) *

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Nation by Terry Pratchett

The Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (series)

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

The Hobbit by  J. R. R. Tolkien *

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (series)

Leviathan by Scott Westerfield (series)

Once and Future King by T. H. White *

If you like graphic…

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland (biography)

Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time: the graphic novel by Hope Larson (fantasy)

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

If you like historical fiction…

Crispin by Avi (14th century)

For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (WWII)

Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (mid 1700s by mid 1800, Thomas Jefferson by slavery)

Queen of Hearts by Martha Brooks (1941)  

My Antonia by Willa Cather (Frontier) *

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (series) (Civil War)

Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Giff  (WWII)

Year of Goodbyes by Debbie Levy (WWII)

Day of Tears by Julius Lester (pre Civil War)

Running out of the Night by Sharon Lovejoy (Pre civil war)  

Where the Broken Heart Still Beats by Carolyn Meyer (1860 Native American-white settlers)

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers (Vietnam war) *

Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus (Nazi-occupied Norway)

Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron (1990’s Moscow)

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood (1960’s Mississippi)  

Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (Civil War) *

The Wall by Peter Sis (Iron Curtain by graphic)

Elephant Run by Roland Smith (WWII)

Will Poole’s Island by Tim Weed (1643) *

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (WWII women spies) *

If you like humor…

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

Stuck on Earth by David Klass

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Newton Peck (series)

Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Newton Peck

Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka, ed. (short stories by Neil Gaiman,  Stephen King & more)

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

If you like mystery and suspense…

All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry

The Cases of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle *

Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King *

The Art of Secrets by James Klise

The Greenglass House by Kate Milford

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel (gothic suspense)

Ruby in the Smoke  by Philip Pullman

Guys Read : Thriller by Jon Scieszka, editor (short stories)

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Newbery Award winner)

A Thief in the House of Memory by Tim Wynne-Jones

If you like realistic fiction…

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez (Vermont, farms, illegal immigration)

Tell Me by Joan Bauer (crime)

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Addie on the Inside by James Howe (series)

Dream of Night by Heather Henson

Do Not Pass Go by Kirkpatrick Hill

Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Heaven by Angela Johnson

Fourmile by Watt Key

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver *

Grounded by Kate Klise

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (Newbery Award)

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Golden Boy  by Tara Sullivan

Unfriended by Rachel Vail

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee

If you like sports…

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Newbery Award)

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Shift  by Jennifer Bradbury

Safe at Second by Scott Johnson

Pop by Gordon Korman

The Contender by Robert Lipsyte

Fantasy League by Mike Lupica

Guys Read : Sports by Jon Scieszka, editor (short stories by various authors)

Peek by Roland Smith

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm (Graphic)

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (2012-13 DCF Winner) 

Non-fiction

If you like biographies…

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Martha Graham: A Dancer’s Life by Russell Freedman

Good Brother – Bad Brother by James Cross Giblin * (Lincoln assassination)

Anthony Burns: Defeat & Triumph of a Fugitive Slave by Virginia Hamilton

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by Jessie Hartland (Graphic)

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

Keeping Secrets: The Girlhood Diaries of Seven Women Writers by Mary E. Lyons *

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery

The Harvey Girls: The Women Who Civilized the West by Juddi Morris

No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero (teen mountain climber)

Cleopatra Rules: the Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen by Vicky Shecter

Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka        

Popular: a Memoir: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya van Wagenen

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

If you like poetry…

Poetry 180 by Billy Collins, editor

Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems by Kristine O’Connell George

Who Killed Mr. Chippendale by Mel Glenn

Hoofprints: Horse Poems by Jessie Haas

The Place My Words Are Looking For (and other anthologies) by Paul Janeczko           

The Raven & Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

A Fire in My Hands by Gary Soto

If you like other non-fiction…

They Call Themselves the K. K. K.: the Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (humorous natural history)

Batman Science by Tammy Enz

Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman

The War to End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman

First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove

Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

Ice Story: Shackleton’s Lost Expedition by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Darkness over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews by Ellen Levine

Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood by Sy Montgomery

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin (1944 civil rights)

Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone

“The President Has Been Shot!”: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James Swanson

Have a great summer reading!

Adult Suggested Summer Reading 2016

(recommended by parents, faculty, friends, and alums)
Fun, award winning, thoughtful, informative…with no written assignments due in September, except to let us know what you enjoyed!
Vermont Reads 2016:  The Endurance by Caroline Alexander
Fiction
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Room by Emma Donoghue
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Admission by Jean Korelitz
Presumption of Guilt by Archer Mayor
A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death : a Grantchester Mystery by James Runcie
Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi (humorous science fiction)
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Nest by Cynthia Sweeney
Lisette’s List by Susan Vreeland
Non-Fiction
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Grover Cleveland, Again!: A Treasury of American Presidents by Ken Burns & Gerald Kelley
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking by Gianaclis Caldwell
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious
Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War by Artemis Joukowsky and Ken Burns
The Organized Mind: Straight Thinking in the Age of Information Overload
by Daniel J. Levitin
When Books Went to War: the Stories that Helped Us Win World War II
by Molly Guptill Manning
Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman (Biography)
NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why by Paul Tough
Happy Summer Reading!