7th Grade Summer Reading

Attention incoming 7th graders:

Dear Parents and Students,

Our middle school has a required summer reading program.  Because students’ maturity and reading levels vary, we encourage parents to participate actively in selecting their children’s reading.

Students are expected to read and respond to TWO books from the list of recommended books to read during the summer. The attached reading journal will help retain information about your readings.

Students are responsible for obtaining their own books; the public libraries, as well as local booksellers specializing in children’s and young adult literature, will have most of these titles available.

All students must be prepared to share and evaluate the books they read soon after school begins in September. Guidelines for the assignment for the books you read will be given the first or second week of school.  This assignment could be in-class writing, a book talk, or a special project.

We are very excited about this program and hope the books on this list will provide knowledge and pleasure for your child.  We encourage you to read and/or discuss these books with your child.


7th Language Arts Teachers



The following Authors and Poets are also highly recommended for Grades 7 and 8

Douglas Adams, Joan Aiken, Louisa May Alcott, Natalie Babbitt, J.M. Barrie, Francesca Lia

Block, Lucy Boston, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Eric Campbell, Richard Chase, Agatha Christie,

Mary Stetson Clarke, Vera and Bill Cleaver, Robert Cormier, Emily Dickinson, Berlie Doherty,

Lois Duncan, Sarah Ellis, Amy Ehrlich, Sid Fleischman, Esther Forbes, Robert Frost, Leon

Garfield, Rosa Guy, James Herriot, S.E. Hinton, Irene Hunt, M.E. Kerr, Stephen King, Jackie

French Koller, Gordon Korman, C.S. Lewis, Anne McCaffrey, David McCord, John Marsden,

Milton Meltzer, Ogden Nash, Edith Nesbit, Sterling North, Mary Norton, Scott O'Dell, Zibby

O'Neal, K.M. Peyton, Daniel Pinkwater, Edgar Allan Poe, Chaim Potok, Howard Pyle, Anna

Sewell, Shel Silverstein, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Theodore Taylor, James Thurber, J.R.R. Tolkien,

P.L. Travers, Mark Twain, Yoshiko Uchida, Jill Paton Walsh, Sylvia Waugh, E.B. White, T.H.

White and Jacqueline Woodson

How to Write your Summer Reading Journal

Your summer reading journal will help you remember your summer reading.  It is a progressive journal, meaning it should be written as you proceed through reading your book.  Below are 4 required entries with writing prompts to consider.  Your response can be a brief well-developed paragraph or extend onto another sheet of paper.  Have your completed journal entries ready for school in August.

  1. After reading the first ¼ of the book(s) : (choose one)
    A. Reflect on how the characters you have met will influence the 
    direction of the book
    B. How does the setting contribute to the atmosphere of the 
    C. Is there a conflict you can make a prediction about?


  1. When you are ½ way through the books: (choose one)
  1. Comment on the importance of one event in the plot.
  2. What has happened in the story so far that has surprised you?


3. When you are 3⁄4 of the way through the book (choose one)
A. Make a connection between this book and another book you have read.
B. Connect the book to an incident in your own experience.

4. After finishing the book.
• Reflect on the meaning or symbolism of the title.
• Create a new title for the book and explain why you think yours is more fitting.
• Explain if you enjoyed or dislike the book and why.




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