Bloomsbury Summer Enrichment and Required Reading and Math Activities

Great Reads(grades 6-8)

Find these books and more at the local public library (Phillipsburg, Warren County), bookstore, or maybe your home bookshelf! Do not feel limited by this list -- students may choose to read what they enjoy or find interesting.

Action / Adventure

  • The Accidental Hero (Jack Blank series) (Matt Myklusch)
  • Alex Rider (Anthony Horowitz)
  • Ruby Redfort Look into My Eyes (Lauren Child)


  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
  • The Incredible Journey (Sheila Burnford)
  • The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle)


  • Among the Hidden (Margaret Peterson Haddix)
  • The City of Ember (Jeanne DuPrau)
  • Divergent (Veronica Roth)
  • Matched (Allyson Condie)
  • The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

Historical Fiction

  • Between Shades of Gray (Ruta Sepetys)
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Jacqueline Kelly)
  • The Midwife's Apprentice (Karen Cushman)
  • One Crazy Summer (Rita Williams-Garcia)
  • Shooting Kabul (N.H. Senzai)
  • The Wednesday Wars (Gary D. Schmidt)


  • Close to Famous (Joan Bauer)
  • Flipped (Wendelin Van Draanen)
  • I Funny (James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein)

Mystery / Thriller

  • The Clockwork Three (Matthew Kirby)
  • Skellig (David Almond)
  • When You Reach Me (Rebecca Stead)

Realistic / Literary Fiction

  • Absolutely Normal Chaos (Sharon Creech)
  • The Island (Gary Paulsen)
  • Out of My Mind (Sharon Draper)
  • Wonder (R.J. Palacio)
  • The Revealers (Doug Wilhelm)
  • Unstoppable (Tim Green)

Science Fiction / Fantasy

  • Fifth Wave (Rick Yancey)
  • The False Prince (series) (Jennifer Nielsen)
  • Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders (Brandon Mull)
  • The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien)
  • Ranger's Apprentice (series) (John Flanagan)
  • Redwall (Brian Jacques)


  • Breakaway (Alex Morgan)
  • Chasing Lincoln’s Killer (James Swanson)
  • The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue (Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman)
  • How to Fake a Moon Landing (Darryl Cunningham)
  • I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition)
  • It’s Raining Fish & Spiders (Bill Evans)
  • Red Scarf Girl (Ji-li Jiang)
  • Story of My Life (Helen Keller)
  • Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem (Rosalyn Schanzer)
  • With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman's Right to Vote (Ann Bausum)

Authors to Look For

  • Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Avi
  • Sharon Creech
  • Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Gordan Korman
  • Lois Lowry
  • David Lubar
  • Wendy Mass
  • Garth Nix
  • Gary Paulsen
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Jerry Spinelli
  • Sarah Weeks

More Lists

  • Garden State Teen Book Awards: Annotated ballot of the grades 2017 6-8 Fiction and Nonfiction nominees.
  • Guys Read: We’ve collected recommendations from teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, parents, and guys themselves. These are the books that guys have said they like.
  • Kirkus Children's and Teen Book Reviews: Link brings you to a filtered search for Middle School focused book reviews.
  • Newbery Medal & Honor Books: The Newbery Medal is awarded to to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
  • Teen Reads: Reviews, ultimate reading lists, author interviews, contests, and more.
  • YA Books Central: Book reviews, author interviews, and free giveaways.