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Mrs. Denielle Baxter » Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Dear Parents and Students,


Through the New York State Learning Standards, it is recommended that students read a minimum of twenty-five books per year across all content areas. This includes textbooks, non-fiction, magazines, and fiction.


To help students gain a head start reaching this goal, I am recommending that students entering eighth grade read at least two fiction books during the summer as well as some non-fiction material (magazines, newspapers, biographies, etc). Of course, students’ reading skills will become better the more they read, so students should be encouraged to read for enjoyment throughout the summer.


*The books listed on the back of this letter are suggestions. Students should feel free to choose other age appropriate books according to ability level and interests. You may want to check the following websites for other suggestions: *





This activity is meant to be regarded as entertainment and not as a dreaded task. I have included titles on the list that most students will find enjoyable. There are books that are considered to be "classics" and books that supplement the 8th grade English/Social Studies curriculum, as well as books that are my personal favorites.


I would also encourage students to work on crossword, search-a-word, or even Sudoko puzzles. Find a few family members or friends and play some board games or put a puzzle together. Perhaps you may want to keep a photo journal of your summer activities. You could even email letters to faraway friends or relatives… but PLEASE use “real” English and not “text-speak.”


Feel free to contact me if you have questions. Leave a message at the Middle School office (265-2000, ext 513) or send an email to me [email protected] Enjoy your summer!



Mrs. Baxter


English 8 Suggested / Recommended Books


Rumble Fish - S.E. Hinton               

Night –Wiesel                                              

Nightjohn –Paulsen                          

The Red Badge of Courage - Crane                     

Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank         

Hiroshima -    Hersey                                               

A Wrinkle in Time - L'Engle                      

Where the Red Fern Grows - Rawls         

Deathwatch - White                        

The Chocolate War - Cormier                   

That Was Then, This is Now - S.E. Hinton

Summer of My German Soldier – Greene                      

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings-Angelou

A Pizza the Size of the Sun – Prelutsky

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee          

Jacob Have I Loved - Paterson

Little Women - Alcott

Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son

            (sequels to The Giver ) -Lois Lowery

Charlie Skedaddle - Beatty

Daniel's Story - Matas

Lord of the Rings Trilogy - Tolkien

The Hobbitt - Tolkien

Falling Up - Shel Silverstein

The Pigman - Zindel

I Am the Cheese –Cormier

Life As We Knew It (and sequels)- Pfeffer

Artemis Fowl series—Colfer

Ashes of Roses—M.J. Auch

Roll of Thunder. Hear My Cry and sequels-Taylor

The Hunger Games (and sequels)- Collins

A Long Walk to Water- Park

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn- Smith

The Horrors of Andersonville: Life and Death

     Inside a Civil War Prison- Gourley




* Please rate the books that you read on a scale of 1 (less than so-so) – 5 (Great!).

* Bring this paper with you to school in September.