Summer Reading

Blythewood Middle School

2013 Summer Reading

6th, 7th, and 8th Grade


  1. Read a book.  Below is a list of suggested titles.  
  2. Select and complete the assignment for your book as described on the back of this handout.
  3. Turn in the completed assignment to your Language Arts teacher on the first day of school.

South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominees List for 2013-2014

  1. Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
  2. The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
  3. Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald
  4. Chomp by Carl Hiasson
  5. City of Orphans by Avi
  6. The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
  7. Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri
  8. Hidden by Helen Frost
  9. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
  10. Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
  11. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
  12. Notes from an Accidental Band Geek by Erin Dionne
  13. Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  14. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
  15. Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods
  16. Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  17. The Underdogs by Mike Lupica
  18. Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch
  19. Wild Life by Cynthia C. DeFelice
  20. A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

Blythewood Middle School

Summer Reading Assignment 

  1. Read at least one book.  A suggested list of titles is provided.
  2. Complete Part 1 for your selected title.
  3. Select & complete one writing prompt from Part 2
  4. Turn in your handwritten or typed answers to Part 1 and 2 on the first day of school to your Language Arts teacher.


Answer each of the following questions in complete sentences.

*Fiction:  If you read a fiction book, please answer these questions.

  1. Describe the main character.  Include one aspect of the character’s personality you liked or admired and one thing you disliked.  What were his/her strengths or weaknesses?  Give at least one example of each.
  2. What was the main conflict or problem in the book?  How was it resolved?
  3. Briefly describe the setting (time & place) of the book.


*Non-fiction: If you read a non-fiction book, please answer these questions.

1.        What is the main idea of the book?

2.       What was your overall opinion of the book?  Use examples from the book to support your answer.

3.       List five interesting things you learned from your book.


Select & complete one of the following using supporting details from the text. 


If you read a fiction book, select one of the following writing activities:

Write a letter to the main character.

The letter should include three paragraphs with five or more sentences per paragraph.

 Write a different ending for the book.

The new ending should include three paragraphs with five or more sentences per paragraph.

 Pretend you are a talk show host and interview the main character.

Ask the main character 15 questions related to the text and include the answers.



If you read a non-fiction book, respond to the following prompt:

Write about what it would be like to spend a day in the setting of your non-fiction book.

Your narrative should include three paragraphs.  Each paragraph will include one topic sentence with supporting details from the book for a total of five or more sentences per paragraph. 

Lorena Swetnam,
May 3, 2013, 9:18 AM