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Mandatory Summer Reading - Incoming Seventh Grade

Summer Reading Requirements for Masconomet Regional Middle School 

Seventh Grade

Incoming seventh graders are required to read two books from the list below.  An assessment will be given based on the two books read by each individual. This will count as part of your first trimester grade.  


Choose any two books from the following seventh grade listbut only one of the two titles may be a graphic novel.

 The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin  352 pages Guided Reading Level Y
    Franny Jackson and Suzy Swanson had been best friends for years until Franny joined a middle-school clique and began to drift from Suzy and her penchant for scientific facts. As seventh grade begins, 12-year-old Suzy channels the conflicting emotions surrounding Franny’s drowning death into silence, shutting out her divorced parents, her older brother and his boyfriend, her psychologist, and a caring science teacher. Replacing language with research, Suzy follows the scientific method, whose structure mirrors that of the book, hoping to prove that a jellyfish sting was responsible for Franny’s drowning. Suzy embarks on an ambitious plan to prove her hypothesis, while tentatively reaching out to new friends and finding support for her emerging voice.

 All's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson  248 pages Guided Reading Level V
    Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she's eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she'll need to prove her bravery. Luckily, Impy has just the quest in mind: she'll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it's not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don't) and starts to be embarrassed about her thrift shop apparel, her family's unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all. 


 One Trick Pony: a graphic novel by Nathan Hale 128 pages Guided Reading Level V
    In a future where alien beings consume technology as a few humans try to preserve it, Strata, her brother, and a friend are separated from their caravan and, with a wonderful robotic horse, must fight their way back.  The author uses a mix of humor, aliens, adventure, and folklore to tell an interesting, post-apocalyptic adventure in this graphic science fiction novel.

 El Deafo by Cece Bell 233 pages Guided Reading Level X
    The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."  Going to school and making new friends can be tough,  but going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny memoir, author and illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful and very awkward hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear things she shouldn't sometimes, but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her for who she is.  After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All," and, more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed to have.


 Ungifted by Gordon Korman 280 pages Guided Reading Level V
    Donovan Curtis is not a person one considers gifted; he's more like the don't try this at home type of guy,  so when the trouble-maker pulls a major prank at his middle school, even he thinks he's gone too far.  However, thanks to a mix-up by an administrator, instead of getting in serious trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students.  What follows is an interesting study in what determines the definition of gifted.

 Supergifted by Gordon Korman 304 pages Guided Reading Level V
    This funny sequel to Ungifted cleverly questions our ideas about 
intelligence, heroism, and popularity. Although a sequel, this book can be read independently, but references to characters from the first book are given throughout the book.
    Donovan Curtis has never been what anyone would call “gifted,” but his genius friend Noah Youkilis is actually supergifted, with one of the highest IQs around. After years at the Academy for Scholastic Distinction, all Noah dreams of is the opportunity to fail if he wants to, and he’s landed in the perfect place to do it—Donovan’s school.
     Almost immediately, Noah finds himself on the wrong side of cheerleading captain Megan Mercury and alpha jock Hash “Hashtag” Taggart. Sticking up for Noah lands Donovan in the middle of a huge feud with Hashtag. He’s told to stay away from the sports star—or else.
     That should be the end of it, but when a freak incident suddenly makes Donovan a hero, he can’t tell anyone about it because Hashtag is involved, so Noah steps in and becomes “Superkid.” Now he’s gone from nerd to titan at school, and it may have gone more than a little bit to his head.

 All Fall Down by Ally Carter 310 pages Guided Reading Level Z

    Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday, she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

     As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her, so there's no one she can completely trust—not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador; not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row; and not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.                Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts, but they can't control Graceno more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn't stop it, Grace isn't the only one who will get hurt because, on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

 All We Have Left by Wendy Mills 362 pages Guided Reading Level Z

    A then and now story of two sixteen-year-old girls tells how love and hope will always triumph.  Since Jesse's brother died in the September 11th attacks, her dad has filled their house with anger and grief. When Jesse gets caught up with the wrong crowd, one momentary, hate-fueled decision turns her life upside down. The only way to make amends is to face the past, starting Jesse on a journey that will reveal the truth about how her brother died.

    Alia is proud to be Muslim; it's being a teenager that she finds difficult. After being grounded for a stupid mistake, Alia decides to confront her father at his Manhattan office, putting her in danger she could never have imagined. When the planes collide into the Twin Towers, Alia is trapped inside one of the buildings. In the final hours, she meets a boy who will change everything for her as the flames rage around them.

 Chomp by Carl Hiassen 290 pages Guided Reading Level W

    Wahoo Cray and his father are hired to manage the wild animals on the set of "Expedition Survival" in the Florida Everglades. When the show's star disappears, Wahoo and his new friend Tuna, who is hiding from her abusive parent, set out to find him while trying to avoid Tuna's gun-happy father. 


 The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye 399 pages Guided Reading Level Z

    Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters, the only two in Russia, and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

    To help himself, the tsar initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill, the greatest test an enchanter will ever know.  The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

    Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg, but can she kill another enchanter, even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

    For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime, but his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with: beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative, and he can’t stop thinking about her.

    And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love, or be killed himself.

 Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead 289 pages Guided Reading Level Z
    Accident survivor Bridge makes her way through seventh grade, along with her best friends Emily and Tabitha, and more-than-friend Sherm, as she seeks what her life's purpose is. 

  The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall 288 pages
Guided Reading Level Y

    In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur throws a brick at the neighborhood junk man and is sentenced to community service, helping the junk man collect certain items. While finding things on his list, Arthur finds out about himself and what is really important in life. 


 Unwanteds by Lisa McMann 390 pages Guided Reading Level Z

    In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend university, while the other, supposedly eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.


 The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan 516 pages Guided Reading Level U

    Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion. This forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

 Nonfiction Titles

  Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown 96 pages Guided Reading Level Z
    This tale about Hurricane Katrina's effect on the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, shows the courage, selflessness, and heroism, but also the incompetence, racism, and criminality of the event in which 80 percent of the city flooded and 1833 people lost their lives. Don Brown's kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

  The President Has Been Shot by James L. Swanson 270 pages Guided Reading Level Z
    In his new young-adult book about the Kennedy assassination, James Swanson transports readers back to one of the most shocking, sad, and terrifying events in American history. As he did in his bestselling Scholastic YA book, Chasing Lincoln's Killer, Swanson deploys his signature "you are there" style, a riveting, ticking-clock pace with an unprecedented eye for dramatic details and impeccable historical accuracy, to tell the story of the JFK assassination as it has never been told before. 


    **The Voluntary Summer Reading program will not run the Summer of 2019.**

      Middle School seventh and eighth graders, check out the Voluntary Summer Reading for an opportunity to participate in an ice cream party in the fall.  The Voluntary Summer Reading is strictly optional and is extra reading above the two mandatory books.
     If you read more than the two mandatory books, please enter the extra title(s) in the Travel Adventures Voluntary Summer Reading LogReaders may enter books from the required reading list, only if they have already read at least two books from this list. The top two readers, one from seventh grade and one from eighth grade, will win a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble, and the others will be entered into a drawing for some fabulous prizes!