QPS Summer Reading for Middle School

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Cartoon platypus sitting at a desk and readingChildren 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

 Central Middle School AP Classes and 8th Grade Honors ONLY: See bottom of the page for required reading.


Grade 6  
The Only Game - Mike Lupica
Alex Rider series - Anthony Horowitz
The Breadwinner - Deborah Ellis
Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli
Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
Young Merlin series - Jane Yolen
Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan
Royal Diaries series - various authors
Midnight Magic - Avi
Hachiko Waits - Leslea Newman
Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul - Jack Canfield    
Do the Math series - Wendy Lichtman
Sky Pioneer - Corinne Szabo
Madam President - Catherine Thimmesh
Confucius, The Golden Rule - Russell Freedman 
Jim Thorpe, Original All-American - Joseph Bruchac
Chasing Vermeer - Blue Balliet
Al Capone Does My Shirts - Gennifer Choldenko
Absolutely Normal Chaos - Sharon Creech
Bud, Not Buddy - Chrisopher Paul Curtis
Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo
Hoot - Carl Hiaasen
Savvy - Ingrid Law
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeline L'Engle
Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
Chronicles of Narnia series - C.S. Lewis
Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell
Peter and the Starcatchers - Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry
Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli
The Egypt Game - Zilpha Keatley Snyder 


Grade 7  
Heat - Mike Lupica
The Maze Runner series - James Dashner
Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan
Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan
Things Not Seen - Andrew Clements
Knots in My Yo-Yo String - Jerry Spinelli
Finding Courage - J.M. Bedell (not available through our library network)
The Education of Little Tree - Forrest Carter
A Week in the Woods - Andrew Clements
Heartbeat - Sharon Creech
The Breadwinner - Deborah Ellis
The Thief Lord - Cornelia Funke
Night Hoops - Carl Deuker
Unfrightened Dark - Isabelle Holland
Alex Rider series - Anthony Horowitz 
Tales From the Red Sox Dugout - Jim Prime
My Favorite Poetry for Children - Caroline Kennedy
Travel Team - Mike Lupica
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien
Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen - Dyan Sheldon
Space Station Seventh Grade - Jerry Spinelli
The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Stewart
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Eragon - Christopher Paolini
Artemis Fowl series - Eoin Colfer
Redwall series - Brian Jacques
Circle of Magic series - Tamora Pierce
Inkheart series - Cornelia Funke


Grade 8  
Fever 1793 - Laurie Halse Anderson
Red Kayak - Priscilla Cummings
Jackie's Nine - Sharon Robinson
Red Scarf Girl - Ji Li Jiang
Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Eleanora Tate
Nothing But the Truth - Avi
The Hunger Games trilogy - Suzanne Collins
Witness - Karen Hesse
Our Only May Amelia - Jennifer Holm
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town - Kimberly Willis Holt
New Boy - Julian Houston
Touching Spirit Bear - Ben Mikaelsen
Fiona McGilray's Story (Journey to America series) - Clare Pastore
Within Reach: My Everest Story - Mark Pfetzer
A Break With Charity - Ann Rinaldi
Chasing Lincoln's Killer - James L. Swanson
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Maximum Ride - James Patterson
Night Hoops - Carl Deuker
Unfrightened Dark - Isabelle Holland
Alex Rider series - Anthony Horowitz
Tales from the Red Sox Dugout - Jim Prime
Rick & Lanie's Excellent Kitchen Adventures - Rick Bayless
Remember: The Journey to School Integration - Toni Morrison
Bone Detectives - Donna Jackson
Calligraphy for Kids - Eleanor Winters
The Good, the Bad and the Slimy - Sara Latta
Cave Paintings to Picasso - Henry Sayre
Arctic Thaw - Peter Lourie 


Central Middle School AP Required Reading

Grade 6: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Grade 7: Genre reading assignment
The Johns Hopkins list mentioned in the assignment can be found here.
Grade 8 Honors and AP: April Morning by Howard Fast  
Incoming 8th Grade Honors and AP students will also have an additional reading assignment and list of classics to choose from. Please ask at the desk for help finding these titles or check our catalog online

We will be putting aside as many copies of Hatchet and April Morning as we can at both the main library in Quincy Center as well as a few copies at each of the smaller branches. You can always place a hold through our catalog online and have the book you need transferred from another library if there are none on the shelf in Quincy.

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