Kairos Academies: Summer Book List
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Summer Book List
These titles represent our diverse student body and the issues and topics they may be interested in. As the primary educator, we encourage you to discuss your student’s book choices and reading with them. Often this will open healthy conversations that help you reinforce your values in a context that allows your adolescent to explore multiple viewpoints. Reading with your child also helps them see literacy as a valuable activity as well as gives them the opportunity to connect with you during an often tumultuous developmental stage in their lives.

There will be assignments in the first week of school related to summer reading, so make sure your child reads at least one!
BookAuthorReading LevelAwardsSLPLGood ReadsThemes
The Cardboard KingdomChad HallHighly AccessibleDwayne McDuffie award for Kids' ComicsSLPLGood ReadsGraphic novel, divorce, bullying, gender identity, frinedship
Be PreparedVera BorsgolAccessibleSLPLGood ReadsImmigrant narratives, summer camp, friendship, belonging
Ghost BoysJewell Parker RhodesAccessibleNew York Times best seller, Jane Adams Children's Book Award, E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Reader AwardSLPLGood ReadsPolice violence, historical and contemporary racism, socio-political issues, Emmett Till, death, grief
Real FriendsShannon HaleAccessibleChicago Public Library Best Books of 2017 (Fiction for Older Readers)SLPLGood ReadsDiscrimination, friendship, bullying, school, belonging, graphic memoir
Sci-FuYehudi MercadoSomewhat AccessibleSLPLGood ReadsHip-hop, Sci-fi, Kung Fu, Graphic novel
Front DeskKelly YangSomewhat AccessibleAsian Pacific American Award for Literature SLPLGood Reads Immigrant narratives, ESL, hard work, following your dreams
FeathersJacqueline WoodsonIntermediateNewbury Honor Medal (2008)SLPLGood ReadsRace, deafness, bullying, faith, hope
Touching Spirit BearBen MikaelsenIntermediateNautilus Award for Young Adult Literature SLPLGood ReadsJuvenile incarceration, child abuse, violence, bear attack, self-examination, redemption
The First Rule of PunkCelia C. PérezIntermediate2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor BookSLPLGood ReadsLatinx narratives, punk rock, graphic novel, new school, parents living far away
Miles Morales: Spider-ManJason ReynoldsIntermediateSLPLGood ReadsGraphic novel, superpowers, nightmares, school, historical reflection, community
BookedKwame AlexanderIntermediateSLPLGood Reads Soccer, family, poetry, bullying, reading
The Stars Beneath Our FeetDavid Barclays MooreIntermediateCoretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for New TalentSLPLGood ReadsGang violence, Loss of a loved one
RestartGordon KormanIntermediateSilver Birch Award (Ontario)SLPLGood ReadsBullying, school, history, family, amnesia, sports, change
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her MonsterJonathan AuxierIntermediateBook Riot's Top 100 Children's Books, One of The Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and New York Public Library's Best Children's Books of 2018SLPLGood Reads Victorian London, orphans, monsters, friendship
LocomotionJacqueline WoodsonAdvancedNational Book Award Finalist, Coretta Scott King Honor, 2003 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (Fiction Honor)SLPLGood ReadsLoss of a loved one, foster care, siblinghood, family, poetry, hope
WonderRJ PalacioAdvancedNew York Times Best Seller list SLPLGood ReadsCommunity, difference, empathy, friendship, belonging
The Graveyard BookNeil GaimanAdvancedJohn Newbery Medal, Hugo Award for Best Novel, Carnegie MedalSLPLGood ReadsMurder, ghosts, magic, mystery, orphans
ScytheNeal SchustermanAdvancedALA Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, Gateway Readers Award Nominee SLPLGood ReadsImmortality, fantasy, dystopia
One Crazy SummerRita Williams GarciaAdvancedJohn Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Award for Authors SLPLGood ReadsHistorical fiction, family, sisters
Where the Mountain Meets the MoonGrace LinAdvancedJohn Newbery Medal, Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's LiteratureSLPLGood Reads Fantasy, magic, quests, coming-of-age
GeorgeAlex GinoAdvancedLambda Literary Award, Stonewall Award (American Library Association), Children's Choice Book Awards Debut AuthorSLPLGood ReadsGender Identity
RefugeeAlan GratzAdvancedSydney Taylor Book Award for Older Readers, New York Times Notable Middle Grad Children's BookSLPLGood ReadsRefugee narratives, violence, Nazi Germany, Cuba, Syria, hope