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Hamilton and Wheeler 6th Grade Summer Reading 2014

Students must read:

Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli

and two (2) books of your choice. Here is the link to the 6th grade Recommended Reading List for 2014

See the tab at the top of this page:


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Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli
Call Number: YA Spinelli
ISBN: 0679986375
Publication Date: 2000-08-08
Stargirl, a teen who animates quiet Mica High with her colorful personality, suddenly finds herself shunned for her refusal to conform


Hamilton 7th Grade Summer Reading 2014

Read a free choice book in June, send OR email Mrs. Harris a summary

Read another free choice book in July, send OR emal Mrs. Harris a summary

Read Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan in August, arrive the first day of school with a written summary in hand.

Thank you!

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Becoming Naomi Leon - Pam Muñoz Ryan
Call Number: Munoz Ryan
ISBN: 0439269695
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Eleven-year-old Naomi's long-absent mother shows up at the trailer park where Naomi, her brother, and their great-grandmother have been happily living for the past seven years. With its quirky characterizations and folksy atmosphere, this engrossing family drama resembles a Sharon Creech novel on the surface, but it has its own uniquely affecting emotional core.


Hamilton 8th Grade Summer Enrichment 2014

Please read one book of your own choosing and the book listed below and complete the following assignments:

As you read A Long Journey Home by Julius Lester, take brief notes at the top of each page. Each note should mention a character and an action.

Your creative assignment for A Long Journey Home is to make a 6 window cartoon (one page or poster board sectioned into 6 squares). Each window should depict an event from one of the 6 chapters in the book. At the bottom of each window, write a sentence of your own about the event depicted. On the first day of school, bring in the book containing your notes and the cartoon.

As you read your “free choice” book, find 3 props that would be representative of 3 main ideas in the book. Bring in the book and the 3 props on the first day of school. Have fun!

H8 Summer Writing: 

Write a 250+ word, typed, descriptive, three paragraph essay explaining how you feel about independent reading as an activity. In the body (middle) paragraph, mention a few themes and characters from books you have read, and write about why you think you remember those best. Plan on writing down some notes first, (early July) and handwriting a rough draft or detailed outline (mid-late July) to be handed in along with the final, typed essay (August). Notes, outline/rough draft, and final essay are due the first day of school.

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Long Journey Home - Julius Lester
Call Number: YA Lester
ISBN: 059041433X
Publication Date: 1988-02-01
Meet Rambler, a runaway slave roaming the countryside with a guitar, who knows the only way to stay free is to keep moving. Louis is another runaway, fleeing the plantation where he was raised, because he is about to be sold. And Jake and Mandy's marriage is damaged by slavery—and destroyed by freedom. Here is the African-American experience, brought alive by a master storyteller


Wheeler 7th Grade Summer Reading 2014


Choose three (3) books to read over the summer. Any genre is okay. Please be ready to discuss the books when we meet in September.


Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson
Call Number: YA Anderson
ISBN: 1416905855
Publication Date: 2008-10-21
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War


Wheeler 8th Grade English Summer Reading 2014

Rising 8th graders should read as widely as possible over the summer, pursuing individual interests and passions in a variety of genres.

Additionally, all 8th graders must read a  version of Homer’s Odyssey, but all of you are free to choose the version that best suits you. 


Robert Fagles’ eloquent 1997 translation of the entire epic

Gareth Hinds’ amazing 2010 graphic version

Rosemary Sutcliffe’s dramatic 1995 version for young adults, The Wanderings of Odysseus

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The Odyssey - Gareth Hinds (Illustrator)
Call Number: 741.597 Hin
ISBN: 0763642681
Publication Date: 2010-10-12
Retells, in graphic novel format, Homer's epic tale of Odysseus, the ancient Greek hero who encounters witches and other obstacles on his journey home after fighting in the Trojan War

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The Wanderings of Odysseus - Rosemary Sutcliff; Alan Lee (Illustrator)
Call Number: MS 883.01 Sut
ISBN: 0385322054
Publication Date: 1996-05-01
A retelling of the adventures of Odysseus on his long voyage home from the Trojan War

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The Odyssey - Bernard Knox (Introduction by); Robert Fagles (Translator); Homer
Call Number: 883.01 Hom
ISBN: 0670821624
Publication Date: 1996-11-01
Epic poem recounting the experiences of Odysseus during his return from the Trojan War


Wheeler 8th Grade History Summer Reading 2014

Read the profile of John Lewis and Heroes of September 11 from Profiles in Courage for Our Time, edited by Caroline Kennedy. Choose two additional profiles to read. Please DO NOT read the Irish Peacemakers.

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Profiles in Courage for Our Time - Caroline Kennedy
Call Number: 973.099 Pro
ISBN: 0786886781
Publication Date: 2003-04-30
Contains profiles of individuals and groups, all elected officials at the national, state, or local level, who have been presented with the Profile in Courage Award by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation since 1990 for standing fast for the ideals of America in the face of personal risk


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