Summer Reading

Eighth Grade


A Long Walk by

A Long Walk to Water is based on the true story of Salva, one of some 3,800 Sudanese “Lost Boys” airlifted to the United States beginning in the mid 1990’s.



Linda Sue Park is the author of the Newbery Medal book A Single Shard, many other novels, several picture books, and most recently a book of poetry: Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems). She lives in Rochester, New York, with her family, and is now a devoted fan of the New York Mets.

Seventh Grade


Bystanderby James Preller

Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people, and although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution.


The youngest in a family of seven children, James Preller always dreamed of playing baseball for the New York Mets. After he graduated from college, he worked as a copywriter for Scholastic publishing. Revising other authors’ work inspired him to write his own books.

Sixth Grade


Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan. As he struggles to be seen as just another student, he endures his classmates’ taunts.

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Author R.J. Palacio resides in New York where she previously worked as a book jacket designer. Wonder is her debut novel.