QPS Summer Reading for Middle School

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Drawing of a girl holding a stack of booksChildren are encouraged to read anything at their reading level. The lists are only suggestions and examples.  Many of the books may be out being enjoyed by another reader but don't panic--simply place a hold or choose another book.

Many of the books on these lists can be checked out of the library in Quincy and many of them are also owned by other South Shore libraries in the Old Colony Library Network.  If the book you want is checked out, you can place a hold on it either at the library or online. Click on the underlined titles to check availability in the library catalog. 


Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Graphic Novels Recommended by
Thomas Crane Public Library


Grade 6  
A Week in the Woods - Andrew Clements
Absolutely Normal Chaos - Sharon Creech
Bud, Not Buddy - Chrisopher Paul Curtis 
Savvy - Ingrid Law
Chronicles of Narnia series - C.S. Lewis
Do the Math series - Wendy Lichtman
Game Changers - Mike Lupica
Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell
Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
The Egypt Game- Zilpha Keatley Snyder 
Nonfiction, Biography & Autobiography
11 Planets: A New View of the Solar System - David Aguilar
Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul - Jack Canfield
Red Scarf Girl - Ji Li Jiang
Breakthrough - Jack Andraka
Jim Thorpe, Original All-American
 - Joseph Bruchac
The Education of Little Tree - Forrest Carter
Hidden Figures Young Reader's Edition - Margot Lee Shetterly


Grade 7  
Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories - Chris Crutcher
Across Five Aprils - Irene Hunt
- Mike Lupica
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
The Running Dream - Wendelin Van Draanen
Dragonwings - Lawrence Yep
The Pigman - Paul Zindel

Nonfiction, Biography & Autobiography
The Emancipation Proclamation and Other Primary Sources - Carin T. Ford
Geysers - Roy A. Gallant
Calligraphy for Kids - Eleanor Winters
The Big Sea: An Autobiography - Langston Hughes
In Their Shoes - Deborah Reber
Knots in My Yo-Yo String - Jerry Spinelli
Royal Diaries (series) - various authors


Grade 8  
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
New Boy - Julian Houston
Over the Candlestick - Michael Montgomery
Rascal - Sterling North
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie - Jordan Sonnenblick
Sword of the Rightful King - Jane Yolen
Nonfiction, Biography & Autobiography
Vincent Van Gogh - Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
Arctic Thaw - Peter Lourie
The Mystery of Beethoven's Hair - Russell Martin
Capyboppy - Bill Peet
Within Reach: My Everest Story - Mark Pfetzer 
Jackie's Nine - Sharon Robinson 
Chasing Lincoln's Killer - James L. Swanson
Confucius, The Golden Rule - Russell Freedman  
Women of Steel and Stone - Anna Lewis
Trailblazers - Rachel Swaby
Brown Girl Dreaming - Jacqueline Woodson
I am Malala - Malala Yousafzi and Christine Lamb


Graphic Novels Recommended by Thomas Crane Public Library
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Book One - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack
Anya's Ghost - Vera Brosgol
Delilah Kirk and the King's Shilling - Tony Cliff
The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan - Bryan Doerries
The Nameless City - Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire
A Glance Backward - Pierre Paquet and Tony Sandoval
Camp Midnight - Steven T. Seagle and Jason Katzenstein
Nimona - Noelle Stevenson


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