SBISD Librarians’ Suggested Summer Reading List

Want something great to read this summer?

The SBISD Middle and High School librarians have created a suggested reading list to get you through those long days of summer.

You can check out these books from any library. You can even check out eBooks and eAudiobooks using Sora. Scroll down for details.

Please note: This list contains books that are appropriate for both Middle and High School readers. As you consider which books to read, understand that some of the books on the High School list are considered Young Adult (YA) and may contain mature themes. So, if you check out a book that you don’t like for any reason, return it and choose another.

There is something for everyone on this list!

Middle School List

After Zero by Christina Collins

Any books by Rick Riordan

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini

Black Panther: The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith

Blended by Sharon Draper

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Code girls : the true story of the American women who secretly broke codes in World War II by Liza Mundy

Diary of Anne Frank Graphic Novel by Ari Folman

Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Everless by Sara Holland

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Grenade by Alan Gratz

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Hazardous Tales Series by Nathan Hale

Hidden by Helen Frost

Hidden Figures (YA edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hunt for the Seventh by Christine Morton-Shaw

In the Shadow of the Sun by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Just Mercy (YA edition) by Bryan Stevenson

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The Moon Platoon by Jeramey Kraatz

Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Notorious RBG by Irvin Carmon

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Restart by Gordon Korman

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

See you in the cosmos by Jack Cheng

Storm Runner by J. C. Cervantes

The Testing Series by Joelle Charbonneau

They call themselves the KKK by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau

Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wonder by R. J. Palacios

Wrinkle in Time Graphic Novel by Hope Larson

High School List

#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Charleyboy (Editor), Leatherdale (Editor)

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Americanized by Sara Saedi

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Brazen by Penelope Bagieu

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak (or anything by Zusak)

Columbine by Dave Cullen

Dear Bully by Dawn Metcalf

Diving Bell and The Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Babuy

DMZ by Brian Wood

Dumplin by Julie Murphy

Educated by Tara Westover

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Every Day by David Levithan

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Homeboyz by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

A Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds

Malice by Chris Wooding

Mary’s Monster (graphic novel) by Lita Judge

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt De La Pena

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Queer, There, Everywhere by Sarah Prager

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Speak (Graphic Novel) Laurie Halse Anderson

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

The Sun is Also the Star by Nicola Yoon

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers


Find these books on Sora!

Sora is a digital library that has copies of all the books on the Middle School List and the High School List (and SO many other books too). Each title has as an eBook and/or eAudiobook. You can either download the Sora app for your device or read with Sora online. See below for links!

Remember, the Sora library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Logging in to Sora

Your login is your itsLearning username and password. And, you can connect your SBISD library card to search the Harris County Public Library Digital Collection too! See Mrs. Fraser or your LA teacher for your card number.

Click HELP for information on logging in and navigating Sora or to watch tutorial videos.

Once you are logged in, tap EXPLORE to find the Middle School Collection and the High School Collection.

Summer Reading Book Club

All MMS students are welcome! Keep track of the books you read with our Google Classroom Site.

The class join code is 4ct3im. Post your thoughts about books in the stream, respond to other students' posts, and answer the brief questions in our Google Form so Mrs. Fraser knows what you're reading. We will have a celebration in the fall for students who read 3 or more books!

“Reading is a joy, privilege, and the right of every patron. As you select library books you will read, please understand that every book is not the best choice for everyone. If a book is unappealing or offensive in any way, please return it and select another. You, patrons, know better than we, the library staff, what library materials best serve you and your standards and beliefs.”