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. Central Middle School students please see the bottom of the page.

Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grades 7 & 8



Grade 6  
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Young Merlin Trilogy by J. Yolen
The Lighting Thief Series by R. Riordan
Royal Diaries (Series) by various authors
Midnight Magic by Avi
Hachiko Waits by L. Newman
Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul by J. Canfield
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by A. Brashares
Do The Math Series by W. Lichtman
Sky Pioneer by C. Szabo
Madam President by C. Thimmesh
Confucius, The Golden Rule by R. Freedman
Jim Thorpe, Original All-American by J. Bruchac
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech
Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillio
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Savvy by Ingrid Law
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Ella Enchanted by Gale Carson Levine
Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder



Grade 7 Grade 8
Finding Courage by J.M. Bedell (this title is not available in OCLN)
The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter
A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry For Children by Caroline Kennedy
Travel Team by Mike Lupica
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon
Space Station Seventh Grade by Jerry Spinelli
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Stewart
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Nothing But the Truth by Avi
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Witness by Karen Hesse
Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer Holm
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt
New Boy by Julian Houston
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
Fiona McGilray’s Story by Clare Pastore
Within Reach: My Everest Story by Mark Pfetzer
A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials by Ann Rinaldi
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak



Grades 7 & 8

Eragon by C. Paolini
Artemis Fowl (Series) by E. Colfer
Redwall (Series) by B. Jacques
Circle of Magic (Series) by T. Pierce
Inkheart (Series) by C. Funke
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Crispin, The Cross of Lead by Avi
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul by D. Canfield
Zoe Rising by P. Conrad
Maximum Ride by J. Patterson
Night Hoops by C. Deuker
Unfrightened Dark by I. Holland
Alex Rider (Series) by A. Horowitz
Tales from the Red Sox Dugout by J. Prime
Rick & Lanie’s Excellent Kitchen Adventures by R. Bayless
Remember: The Journey to School Integration by T. Morrison
Bone Detectives by D. Jackson
Calligraphy for Kids by E. Winters
The Good, The Bad and The Slimy by S. Latta
Cave Paintings to Picasso by H. Sayre
Arctic Thaw by P. Lourie

Central Middle School

Entering 6th Grade   

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart


Entering 7th Grade

Read anything from the above lists or read what you want and keep a log of what you've read.


Entering 8th Grade    

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

April Morning by Howard Fast
Anything from the list below or by an author on the list below:
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Billy Budd by Herman Melville
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Any biography of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony or Sojourner Truth
Any collection of poems or stories by Thoreau, Emerson, Poe, Dickinson, Longfellow, Whitman or Washington Irving
Do NOT read Across Five Aprils, Johnny Tremain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Lyddie as these will be read in class.

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