WMS Summer Reading Suggestions for Students 2018
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WMS Summer Reading Suggestions for Students 2018: WMS reads year-round! These are just some ideas of books you can choose for your Book Buzz.
TitleAuthorGenre(s)Description (unless noted, summaries are provided by Follett Library Services Titlewave.)Grade recommendation (from review sources)
The CrossoverAlexander, KwameRealistic Fiction, Novel in Verse, SportsFourteen-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. Coretta Scott King Author Honor. Newbery Medal.6-10
ReboundAlexander, KwameHistorical Fiction (US), Novel in VerseIn the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.6-8
ChainsAnderson, Laurie HalseHistorical Fiction (US)After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.5-8
Close to FamousBauer, JoanRealistic FictionThe residents of Culpepper, despite their grand aspirations, have made little progress toward achieving their goals, but unexpected events and surprises put the ambitions of the residents of Culpepper to the test.5-8
Marching to the Mountaintop : How Poverty, Labor Fights, and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final HoursBausum, AnnU.S. History, Social Science, Civil RightsExamines the link between the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., discussing how the strike, the media, politics, the civil rights movement, and the labor protests all laid the foundations for what many consider to be King's greatest speech, given just days before he was killed, and how that speech and King's death influenced the end of the strike.5-8
El DeafoBell, CeceAutobiography, Graphic NovelA graphic novel memoir of author/illustrator Cece Bell who grew up hearing impaired. Newbery Honor Book.3-7
Insignificant Events in the Life of a CactusBowling, DustiRealisticAven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she'll have to answer the question over and over again. Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It's hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven's about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms.5-8
The Wild Robot (series)Brown, PeterScience FictionRoz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants. 3-7
The Sisters Grimm (series)Buckley, MichaelFantasyOrphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they have always believed to be dead.3-6
Because of Mr. Terupt (series)Buyea, RobRealistic FictionSeven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt.4-6
The Epic Fail of Arthur ZamoraCartaya, PabloRealisticTells the story of Arturo, who is looking forward to a relaxing summer until Carmen, a cute and funny girl moves into his apartment complex and while he deals with his stomach turning into a deep fryer over a girl, a smarmy land developer rolls into town and threatens to change it.5-8
The Land of Stories (series)Colfer, ChrisFantasyThrough the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.3-6
Raymie NightingaleDiCamillo, KateHistorical FictionHoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.4-7
Mockingbird: (Mok'ing-bûrd)Erskine, KathrynRealistic FictionTen-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure [from her brother's death during the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech] by working on a project with her father.4-7
Michael Vey (series)Evans, Richard PaulFantasyFourteen-year-old Michael discovers he has special electrical powers and, with the help of his best friends, becomes aware that there are other teens with similar powers, but something or someone is hunting them and, after Michael's mother is kidnapped, he will need to rely on his powers and his friends to rescue his mom, protect himself, and save the others.5-9
Ranger's Apprentice (series)Flanagan, JohnFantasyWhen 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.4-8
The Great and Only Barnum: the Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. BarnumFleming, CandaceBiographyChronicles the life of showman P. T. Barnum, discussing how he created his legendary circus, the people and events that shaped his life, and the impact Barnum had on the entertainment industry. 6+
Stickman Odyssey: an epic doodle. (series)Ford, ChristopherGraphic Novel, Mythology, HumorA humorous take on the Odyssey in which Zozimos, banished from his country by his evil stepmother, has many adventures as he prepares to return home to reclaim the throne that is rightfully his.5-9
The Graveyard BookGaiman, NeilFantasyAfter the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.5-8
Spy School (series)Gibbs, StuartScience Fiction, MysteryTwelve-year-old Ben Ripley leaves his public middle school to attend the CIA's highly secretive Espionage Academy, which everyone is told is an elite science school.4-8
Absolutely AlmostGraff, LisaRealistic FictionTen-year-old Albie has never been the smartest, tallest, best at gym, greatest artist, or most musical in his class, as his parents keep reminding him, but new nanny Calista helps him uncover his strengths and take pride in himself.4-6
Garvey's ChoiceGrimes, NikkiRealistic fiction, Novel in Verse, SportsPreferring science and reading to the sports his father wants him to play, Garvey comforts himself with food and endures bullying before joining the school chorus, where he learns how to accept himself and bond with his father.4-8
The Missing (series)Haddix, Margaret PetersonFantasyWhen thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip, who are both adopted, learn they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to repair the fabric of time.4-8
Charles and Emma : the Darwins' Leap of FaithHeiligman, DeborahBiographyA biography of English naturalist Charles Darwin that provides an account of the personality behind evolutionary theory and the affect of his work on his personal life, such as his relationship with his religious wife. 8+
FlushHiaasen, Carl.MysteryWith their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters around their Florida Keys home.5-8
House ArrestHolt, K. A.Verse, Realistic FictionTimothy, sentenced to house arrest for stealing medicine for his baby brother, keeps a journal into which he documents his fears and frustrations.6-10
Alex Rider (series)Horowitz, AnthonyAdventureAfter the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.5-9
A Fish in a TreeHunt, Lynda MullalyRealistic fictionAlly's greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn't know how to read.4-7
Anne Frank: the Anne Frank House authorized graphic biographyJacobson, SidneyBiography, Graphic NovelProvides a graphic novel account of the life of Anne Frank, covering her family, the rise of Nazism, her years in the Secret Annex, her arrest, her deportation, her death, her father's recovery of her diary, and other related topics. 6-10
UngiftedKorman, GordonRealistic FictionDue to an administrative mix-up, troublemaker Donovan Curtis is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, a special program for gifted and talented students, after pulling a major prank at middle school.5-8
The Lions of Little RockLevine, KristinHistorical Fiction (US)Twelve-year-old Marlee develops a strong friendship with Liz, the new girl in school, but when Liz suddenly stops attending school and Marlee hears a rumor that her friend is actually an African American girl passing herself off as white, the two young girls must decide whether their friendship is worth taking on integration and the dangers it could bring to their families.5-8
I Am Number Four (series) Lore, PittacusScience FictionIn rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.7+
HeroLupica, MikeFantasyFourteen-year-old Zach learns he has the same special abilities as his father, who was the president's globe-trotting troubleshooter until "the Bads" killed him, and now Zach must decide whether to use his powers in the same way at the risk of his own life.6-10
Rain ReignMartin, Ann M.Realistic FictionStruggling 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. Schneider Family Book Award.4-6
The False Prince (series)Nielsen, Jennifer AFantasyIn the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.5-8
WonderPalacio, R. J. Realistic FictionTen-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunts and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.4-8
I funny (series)Patterson, JamesRealistic FictionJamie Grimm tries to win the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic Contest, while also dealing with his stepfamily, friends, and a school bully.4-7
Maximum Ride (series)Patterson, JamesScience FictionAfter the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.7+
The Seventh Most Important ThingPearsall, ShelleyHistorical Fiction (US)In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be moreimportant than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton.5-8
A Nation's Hope : the Story of Boxing Legend Joe LouisPeña, Matt de laBiographyAn illustrated introduction to the life and accomplishments of professional boxer Joe Louis.3+
PaxPennypacker, SaraRealistic FictionPax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . . [Publisher]4-7
As Brave As You Reynolds, JasonRealistic FictionSent to spend the summer with their grandparents in rural Virginia, two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires -- literally. Coretta Scott King Award Author Honors. Schneider Family Book Award.5-8
Ghost (series)Reynolds, JasonSportsGhost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential5-8
The Mighty Mars Rovers : the Incredible Adventures of Spirit and OpportunityRusch, Elizabeth.Astronomy, EngineeringThe story of the two robot vehicles, Spirit and Opportunity, that were sent to explore Mars, lasting far past their projected lives of three months and sending back invaluable images of the environmentally hostile planet.5-9
The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1)Scott, MichaelFantasyBack in London, fifteen-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman must determine whom they can and cannot trust as they search for both Scatty and an immortal who can teach Josh the magic of fire, while Doctor Dee and Machiavelli continue to seek power.6-9
The Way Home Looks NowShang, Wendy Wan-LongHistorical Fiction (US), SportsIn 1972, after his older brother is killed in a car crash, Peter Lee's mother is paralyzed by grief and his traditional Chinese father seems emotionally frozen--but Peter hopes that if he joins a Little League team in Pittsburgh he can reawaken the passion for baseball that all the members of his family used to share and bring them back to life.4-7
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil RightsSheinkin, SteveHistorical AmericaDescribes the fifty black sailors who refused to work in unsafe and unfair conditions after an explosion in Port Chicago killed 320 servicemen, and how the incident influenced civil rights.7+
Undefeated : Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football TeamSheinkin, SteveNonfiction, SportsA great American sport and Native American history come together in this true story of how Jim Thorpe and Pop Warner created the legendary Carlisle Indians football team5-8
ShortSloan, Holly GoldbergRealistic FictionVery short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz4-8
Moon Over ManifestVanderpool, ClareHistorical Fiction (US)Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past. Newbury Award.5-8
Piecing Me TogetherWatkins, RenéeRealistic FictionTired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.7+
One Crazy Summer (series)Williams-Garcia, RitaHistorical Fiction (US)In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. Coretta Scott King Award. Scott O'Dell Award.4-7
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