Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Reading Suggestions for Middle Schoolers Part III

As a 6th grade Language Arts teacher, I am always trying to give my students new suggestions on really good books to read.  At the end of the school year, I provide them with a list of Recommended Summer Reading. I'm sharing that list with you! Please keep in mind that I attempt to keep the list as clean as possible and I also try to stay away from really popular titles in hopes that you might discover little diamonds waiting for you!

Today's post is Part III, check back tomorrow for more ideas!

Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
In the summer of 2001 during Fadi’s family’s attempt to flee Afghanistan, and escape from Taliban, his little sister, Miriam, is left behind.  Adjusting to a new life in the United States, each of Fadi’s family members, himself included, grapple with the guilt of knowing Miriam may be somewhere alive, but there is no hope of returning to look for her.  When Fadi learns of a photography contest where the prize is a trip to India, he knows that it could be his only chance to get back and find his sister.

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Miss Moses LeBeau is on a mission to find out who killed someone in her home town, but so is this new detective and she doesn’t trust him one bit! It’s a humorous mystery with many interesting characters.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Great historical fiction set during the Holocaust.

Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington 

Sarah’s mother left when she was just two and now her best friend is a plant, that moves with her from place to place.  She knows that next school year she will have to do a Family Tree Project, and she’s not looking forward to exposing her greatest secret. 

Cinder, Scarlett, and Cress  (Lunar Chronicles #1-3) by Marissa Meyer

A spin off of traditional fairy tales, Cinder focuses in a cyborg named Cinder who meets a prince and is invited to a ball, but must stay under the radar or an evil Lunar queen, and avoid her stepmother and stepsister.  Scarlett and Cress bring in Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel themes that interweave with the Cinderella theme.  There are more, but I haven't read them yet.  I also realize that these are very popular, but I couldn't help but put them on here!

Check out Part I , IIIIIIV and V

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