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Summer Reading List 2019 Students select one book. Check the SVMS website for more information. English I students are assigned Animal Farm by George Orwell as their summer reading assignment.
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TitleAuthorGenreDescriptionReading Levelpgs.
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Serafina and the Black CloakRobert BeattyHorrorIn 1899, a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina's Biltmore estate teams up with the estate owner's young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.AR - 5.9 Lexile - 850293 pgs.
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Insignificant Events in the Life of a CactusDusti BowlingRealistic FictionNew friends and a mystery help Aden, thirteen, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges.AR - 4.0 Lexile 610302 pgs.
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The War that Saved My LifeKimberly Brubaker BradleyHistorical FictionA young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they findlife to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.AR - 4.1 Lexile - 580316 pgs.
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Gym CandyCarl DeukerSports FictionMick Johnson works hard for a placement on the varsity team during his freshman year, and decides to use steroids in order to hold onto his edge, despite the consequences to his health and social life.AR - 4.6 Lexile - 710313 pgs.
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The Ruins of GorlanJohn FlanaganFantasyWhen fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.AR - 7.0 Lexile - 920249 pgs.
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House ArrestK. A. HoltRealistic FictionTimothy, sentenced to house arrest for stealing, keeps a journal into which he documents his fears and frustrations.AR - 4.0 Lexile 610302 pgs.
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The Boys Who Challenged HitlerPhillip HooseNonfictionTells the story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion during World War II.AR - 7.1 Lexile - 970198 pgs.
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Cracker! The Best Dog in VietnamCynthia KadohataAnimal StoriesA young soldier in Vietnam bonds with his bomb-sniffing dog.AR - 4.9 Lexile - 730312 pgs.
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LegendMarie LuScience FictionIn a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.AR - 4.8 Lexile - 710305 pgs.
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Greenglass HouseKate MilfordFantasyAt Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winterholidays relaxing, but soon guests are arriving with strangestories about the house that send Milo and Meddy, the cook's daughter, on an adventure.AR - 5.4 Lexile - 800376 pgs.
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A Monster CallsPatrick NessFantasy, Death and DyingThirteen-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.AR - 4.8 Lexile - 730204 pgs.
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The First Rule of PunkCelia C. Perez
Realistic Fiction
Twelve-year-old María Luisa O'Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang--violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school's most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.AR - 4.5 Lexile 670310 pgs.
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Ghost BoysJewell Parker RhodesRealistic Fiction"After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till"--Provided by publisher.AR 3.0 Lexile HL360L214 pgs
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneJ.K. RowlingFantasyRescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.AR - 5.5 Lexile - 907309 pgs.
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BombSteve SheinkinNonfictionExamines the history of the atomic bomb, discussing the discovery of the behavior of uranium when placed next to radioactive material, the race to build a bomb, and the impact of the weapon on societies around the world.AR - 5.5 Lexile - 908266 pgs.
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I'll Be ThereHolly Goldberg SloanRealistic FictionRaised by an unstable father who keeps constantly on the move, Sam Border has long been the voice of his silent younger brother, Riddle, but everything changes when Sam meets Emily Bell and, welcomed by her family, the brothers encounter normalcy for the first time.AR 5.6 Lexile 810392 pgs.
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The Bitter Side of SweetTara SullivanRealistic FictionIncludes bibliographical references. "Kept as forced labor on a chocolate plantation in the Ivory Coast, Amadou and his younger brother Seydou had given up hope, until a young girl arrives at the camp who rekindles the urge to escape"--Provided by publisher.AR 5.1 Lexile 810299 pgs.
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The Running DreamWendelin Van DraanenRealistic FictionWhen a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.AR - 5.5 Lexile - 912336 pgs.
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CrowBarbara WrightHistorical FictionMoses Thomas's summer vacation in 1898 does not go as planned, and while he deals with family problems and fickle friends, Moses comes to be more aware of the escalating tension between the African American and white communities of Wilmington, North Carolina.AR - 5.5 Lexile - 913297 pgs.
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I am MalalaMalala YousafzaiMemoirMalala Yousafzai's describes her fight for education for girls under Taliban rule, the support she received from her parents to pursue an education, and how the Taliban retaliated against her by trying to kill her.AR - 5.5 Lexile - 914230 pgs.
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