Summer Reading 2018

 McGee Middle School
Summer Reading


  • Read two (2) books of your choice

    • Any genre you’d like.

    • Just because you finish two, doesn’t mean you need to stop. Keep reading!

  • Complete two (2) graphic organizers

    • Fill out both sides of the organizer and bring to school on the first day of school.

    • Organizers will be handed out to students. Need a copy of the organizer? Download a copy here.

Berlin Schools Scholastic Summer Book Fair:

Get new books, see teachers and meet friends at the annual summer book fair!

  • Where: Hubbard School, 139 Grove St. Berlin, CT

  • When: July 25th and 26th, 4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

  • Who: All preK-8th grade students

Middle School Students who attend will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Teen Summer Reading at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library:

Be sure to stop by the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library to get new books, attend programs and participate in their Teen Summer Reading Program.  

Find out more at

Teen Events at Berlin-Peck

Berlin-Peck's Makerspace

Teen Scratch Ticket Program

Need a Book Recommendation?

Browse the McGee Book Reader’s Blog to read reviews from McGee students!

Summer Reading Suggestions from the CT State Library

Grades 5 and 6

Grades 7 and 8

Top 10 Book Checkouts for McGee Middle School

1. I Will Always Write Back- Alifirenka (Non-fiction)
The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from an impoverished city in Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever.

2. Cardboard- TenNapel (Graphic Novel)
Cam gets a cardboard box for a birthday present that he makes into a man which comes to life, but when his neighbor Marcus takes the cardboard box, he creates his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all.

3. Fish in a Tree- Hunt (Realistic Fiction)
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?

4. The Perfect Score- Buyea (Humor Fiction)
Told from different viewpoints, five sixth-graders, facing various challenges and under pressure to do well on statewide assessment tests, agree to a plan for acing the tests.

5. The Ruins of Gorlan- Flanagan (Fantasy)
Told from different viewpoints, five sixth-graders, facing various challenges and under pressure to do well on statewide assessment tests, agree to a plan for acing the tests.

6. Refugee- Gratz (Survival)
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together

7. A Night Divided- Nielsen (Historical)
When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz were trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father and her other brother Dominic were in the West--four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.

8. Michael Vey: The Rise of Elgen - Evans (Sci-Fi)
Fifteen-year-old Michael Vey, born with Tourette's syndrome and special electromagnetic powers, joins his techno-genius best friend and an alliance of other "electric" teenagers to battle powerful foes in the jungles of Peru, where Michael learns the Order of Elgen's plan to "restructure" the world.

9. Girl, Stolen- Henry (Mystery)
When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.

10. The Walk On- Feinstein (Sports Fiction)
After moving to a new town his freshman year in high school, Alex Myers is happy to win a spot on the varsity team as a quarterback but must deal with the idea of not playing for two years since the first-string quarterback is not only a local hero, he is also the son of the corrupt head coach.

*All book descriptions were provided by Follett Titlewave.