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Grade Title Author Reading Level Lexile Description 3 8 The Vine Basket Josanne LaValley 740 GBA 2015 16 Realistic Fiction Life has been hard for 14 year old Mehrigul a member of the Uyghur tribal group scorned by the Chinese communist regime so when an American offers to buy all the baskets she can make in three weeks Mehrigul strives for a better future for herself and her family despite
Forsyth County Middle School Recommended Summer Reading List 2016. 5 7 Loot How to Steal Jude Watson 4 2 560 GBA 2015 16 Action Adventure. a Fortune When Alfie McQuinn the notorious jewel thief is killed on a job his. last words to his son March are to find jewels and this instruction. leads him to Jules the twin sister he never knew he had and the. perfect partner to carry on the family business, 5 7 Nickel Bay Nick Dean 5 3 830 GBA 2015 16 Realistic Fiction. When 11 year old Sam gets into trouble and is forced to work for his. reclusive neighbor Mr Wells he soon finds out that his mysterious. new acquaintance hides many secrets of his own including one that. will change Sam s life forever, 5 7 A Snicker of Magic Natalie Lloyd 4 0 680 GBA 2015 16 Winner Fantasy Fiction. The Pickles are new to Midnight Gulch Tennessee a town which. legend says was once magic but Felicity is convinced the magic is still. there and with the help of her new friend Jonah the Beedle she hopes. to bring the magic back, 5 7 This Journal Nancy J 5 3 830 GBA 2015 16 Realistic Fiction. Belongs to Ratchet Cavanaugh Homeschooled by her mechanic environmentalist father 11 year old. Rachel Ratchet Vance records her efforts to make friends save a. park remember her mother and find her own definition of normal. 5 7 How to Outrun a Jess Keating 5 1 750 GBA 2015 16 Realistic Fiction. Crocodile When When 12 year old Ana s zoologist parents move the whole family into. Your Shoes are the zoo the Sneerers the clan of carnivorous female predators in her. Untied class have even more ammunition to make her life miserable. although she tries to act like a chameleon and fade into the. background, Forsyth County Middle School Recommended Summer Reading List 2016. 5 8 Prairie Evers A Ellen Airgood 5 2 790 GBA 2015 16 Realistic Fiction. Novel 10 year old Prairie is happy being home schooled and raising her flock. of chickens so transferring to regular school is a big change but. fortunately she meets a wonderful friend, 5 8 The Saturday Boy David 4 9 710 GBA 2015 16 Realistic Fiction. A Novel Fleming, Every school day seems to bring more trouble to 11 year old Derek. whose former best friend bullies him while at home he deals with the. long absence of his father a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and his. mother s sudden moodiness, 5 8 The Red Pencil Pinkney 5 3 620 GBA 2016 17 Realistic Fiction. Andrea Davis, After her tribal village is attacked by militants Amira a young. Sudanese girl must flee to safety at a refugee camp where she finds. hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single. red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder. 6 Freedom Walkers Freedman 7 7 1110 Non fiction History Civil Rights. The Story of the Russell, Covers the events surrounding and including the Montgomery Bus. Montgomery Bus Boycott the end of segregation on buses. 6 A Night to Lord Walter 7 950 Non fiction, Remember The story of the unsinkable steamship Titanic which went down with. 1 503 men women and children aboard in the North Atlantic Ocean on. April 15 1912, Forsyth County Middle School Recommended Summer Reading List 2016. 6 Boy Tales of Dahl Roald 6 0 1090 Autobiography Memoir. Childhood Presents humorous anecdotes from the author s childhood including. his summer vacations in Norway and life at an English boarding. 6 Flora and Ulysses DiCamillo 4 3 520 Graphic Comic book Novel Fantasy Fiction 2014 Newbery Medal. Kate Winner, A girl named Flora and a squirrel named Ulysses whose life was saved. by Flora after he was involved in an incident with a vacuum cleaner. team up to use Ulysses superpowers to conquer villains and protect. 6 The Crossover Alexander 4 3 750 Realistic Fiction Sports Fiction. Kwame Fourteen year old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with. highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his. declining health, 6 El Deafo Bell Cece 3 3 420 Autobiography Memoir Graphic Novel 2015 Newbery Honor Award. Chronicles the author s hearing loss at a young age and her. subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear which gives Cece the. ability to hear sometimes things she shouldn t but also isolates her. from her classmates 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 for, Forsyth County Middle School Recommended Summer Reading List 2016. 6 7 Stella by Starlight Draper Sharon 5 1 740 Historical Fiction GBA 2016 17. When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932. Bumblebee North Carolina fifth grader Stella must face prejudice. and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town. 6 7 Rapunzel s Hale Shannon 3 7 500 Fantasy Fiction Graphic Novel. Revenge and Dean, Rapunzel having grown up in a lovely castle with the woman she. thought was her mother is placed in a very tall hollow tree as. punishment after her curiosity prompts her to climb the castle wall. and look at the ruin of the world beyond her home She is able to. escape and with the help of Jack embarks on a plan to free the land. from the grip of the witch, 6 8 Out of My Mind Draper Sharon 4 3 700 Realistic Fiction GBA 2011 12. Considered by many to be mentally retarded a brilliant impatient. fifth grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that. will allow her to speak for the first time, 6 8 Circus Mirandus Beasley Cassie 4 6 710 Fantasy Fiction Magical Realism GBA 2016 17. When he realizes that his grandfather s stories of an enchanted circus. are true Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus. and to use its magic to save his grandfather s life. 6 8 Brown Girl Jacqueline 5 3 990 GBA 2015 16 Autobiography. Dreaming Woodson, The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first. sparks that ignited her writing career in free verse poems about. growing up in the North and South, Forsyth County Middle School Recommended Summer Reading List 2016. 6 8 Counting by 7s Sloan Holly 5 3 770 Realistic Fiction GBA 2014 15. Twelve year old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out. how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for. herself after her parents are killed in a car accident. 6 8 The One and Only Applegate 3 6 570 Animal Fiction based on true events 2013 Newbery Medal. Ivan Katherine, When Ivan a gorilla who has lived for years in a down and out circus. themed mall meets Ruby a baby elephant that has been added to. the mall he decides that he must find her a better life. 6 8 Prisoner B 3087 A Alan Gratz 4 9 760 GBA 2015 16 Historical Biographical Fiction. Novel Based on the life of Jack Gruener this book relates his story of. survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow when he was 11. through a succession of concentration camps to the final liberation of. 6 8 The Revolution of Sona Manzano 4 6 720 GBA 2015 16 Historical Fiction 2013 Belpr Honor Award. Evelyn Serrano It is 1969 in Spanish Harlem and 14 year old Evelyn Serrano is. trying hard to break free from her conservative Puerto Rican. surroundings but when her activist grandmother comes to stay and. the neighborhood protests start things get a lot more complicated. and dangerous, 6 8 Masterminds Korman 5 2 730 Science Fiction Action Adventure GBA 2016 17. A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of. the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological. experiment, Forsyth County Middle School Recommended Summer Reading List 2016. 6 8 SYLO D J MacHale 680 GBA 2015 16 Mystery Realistic Fiction. Pemberwick Island Maine is occupied by a Navy section called SYLO. who claim a virus has been unleashed but Tucker Pierce who has. seen strange aircraft and experienced the power of the Ruby realizes. something else is going on, 6 8 Hope is a Ferris Robin Herrera 6 2 860 GBA 2015 16 Realistic Fiction. Wheel After moving from Oregon to a trailer park in California ten year old. Star participates in a poetry club where she learns some important. lessons about herself and her own hopes and dreams for the future. 6 8 A Monster Calls Ness Patrick 4 8 730 Psychological Thriller Fiction. Thirteen year old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside. his bedroom window but not the one from the recurring nightmare. that began when his mother became ill an ancient wild creature that. wants him to face truth and loss, 6 8 Lincoln s Grave Sheinkin 6 6 930 Non fiction History. Robbers Steven, A true crime thriller the first book for teens to tell the nearly. unknown tale of the brazen attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln s body. The action alternates between the conspirators the Secret Service. agents on their trail and the undercover agent moving back and forth. between the two groups with readers getting glimpses into the inner. workings of counterfeiting grave robbing detective work and the. early days of the Secret Service, Forsyth County Middle School Recommended Summer Reading List 2016. 6 8 Storm Runners Smith Roland 5 7 700 Realistic Fiction. 12 year old Chase Masters travels the country with his father a. storm runner but he is tested in ways he never could have. imagined when he and a new friend are caught in a hurricane near St. Petersburg Florida, 7 The Graveyard Gaiman Neil 5 4 820 Supernatural fiction 2009 Newbery Medal Winner. Book The orphan Bod short for Nobody is taken in by the inhabitants of a. graveyard as a child of eighteen months and raised lovingly and. carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and. otherworldly creatures, 7 Rain Reign Martin Ann M 3 5 720 Realistic Fiction GBA 2016 17. Struggling with Asperger s syndrome Rose shares a bond with her. beloved dog but when the dog goes missing during a storm Rose is. forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels even if it means. leaving her routines in order to search for her pet. 7 Every Soul a Star Mass Wendy 5 1 740 Realistic Fiction. Ally Bree and Jack meet at Moon Shadow an isolated campground. to watch a total eclipse of the sun but soon they begin to learn a. great deal about themselves each other and the universe. 7 8 March Book One Lewis John 760 Non fiction Biography History Civil Rights. Presents in graphic novel format the life of Georgia congressman John. Lewis focusing on his youth in rural Alabama his meeting with Martin. Luther King Jr and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement. Forsyth County Middle School Recommended Summer Reading List 2016. 7 8 An Abundance of Green John 890 Realistic Fiction. Katherines Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named. Katherine recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin. sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new. direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to. explain his relationships, 7 8 Trouble Schmidt Gary 5 8 930 Realistic Fiction. 14 year old Henry wishing to honor his brother Franklin s dying wish. sets out to hike Maine s Mount Katahdin with his best friend and dog. but fate adds another companion the Cambodian refugee accused of. fatally injuring Franklin and reveals troubles that predate the. 7 8 The Boneshaker Milford Kate 6 4 900 Fantasy Supernatural Fiction GBA 2013 14. When Jake Limberleg brings his traveling medicine show to a small. Missouri town in 1913 thirteen year old Natalie senses that. something is wrong and after investigating learns that her love of. automata and other machines make her the only one who can set. things right, 8 I Know What You Duncan Lois 7 0 760 Mystery Fiction Detective Fiction. Did Last Summer Four teenagers who have desperately tried to conceal their. responsibility for a hit and run accident are pursued by a mystery. figure seeking revenge, Forsyth County Middle School Recommended Summer Reading List 2016. 8 The Absolutely Alexie 4 0 600 Realistic Fiction 2008 American Indian Youth Literature Award. True Diary of a Sherman, Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane. Part time Indian Indian Reservation to attend an all white farm town school where the. only other Native American is the school mascot,Language Mature Content. 8 Okay for Now Schmidt Gary 4 9 850 Historical Fiction GBA 2013 14. Fourteen year old Doug Swieteck faces many challenges including an. abusive father a brother traumatized by Vietnam suspicious teachers. and police officers and isolation but when he meets a girl known as. Lil Spicer he develops a close relationship with her and finds a safe. place at the local library,Mature Content, 8 Scrawl Shulman Mark 650 Realistic Fiction Bullies Poverty Fiction. When eighth grade school bully Tod and his friends get caught. committing a crime on school property his penalty staying after. school and writing in a journal under the eye of the school guidance. counselor reveals aspects of himself that he prefers to keep hidden. 8 The Eleventh Hirsch Jeff YA 790 Science Fiction Dystopian Fiction. Plague Twenty years after the start of the war that caused the Collapse. fifteen year old Stephen his father and grandfather travel post. Collapse America scavenging but when his grandfather dies and his. father decides to risk everything to save the lives of two strangers.