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Riverside Middle School Library: Summer Reading

Honors List

Summer Reading 2017


Students are required to read one book, which will be  part of discussions in honors ELA classes in September.



Grade 6                                 


All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Conner

Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on cell block C, and so far the warden has made it possible for them to stay together. That is until a new district attorney discovers the truth, and Perry is removed from the correctional facility and forced into a foster home. When Perry moves to the outside world, he feels “trapped.” Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime.


Slacker by Gordon Korman

When eighth-grader Cameron Boxer creates the Positive Action Group at school he intends it as a diversion to fool his parents, teachers, and sister into letting him continue to concentrate on his video-gaming--but before he knows it other kids are taking it seriously, and soon he finds himself president of the P.A.G., and involved in community service, so the boy who never cared about anything is now the center of everything, whether he likes it or not.


Kyle Finds Her Way by Susie Salom

On her first day in sixth grade Kyle Constantini punches a bully who is bothering Marcy, a deaf classmate--and so begins her tumultuous year at Georgia O'Keeffe Middle School, in a different school than her twin brother, with new friends, new enemies, and the regional NAVS competition to come.



Grade 7                                 


Touching  Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson

After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life. This gripping, graphic survival story from an award-winning writer paints an unsparing picture of one violent teen and offers a poignant testimony to the power of pain that can destroy and may also heal.




Swim That Rock by John Rocco

When his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake refuses to think he may have lost his father forever. But suddenly, nothing seems certain in Jake's future, and now his family's diner may be repossessed by loan sharks. In Narragansett Bay, scrabbling out a living as a quahogger isn't easy, but with the help of some local clammers, Jake is determined to work hard and earn enough money to ensure his family's security and save the diner in time.


Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandi

When Sonia's father loses his job and she must move from her small, supportive private school to a public middle school, the half-Jewish half-Indian sixth-grader experiences culture shock as she tries to navigate the school's unfamiliar social scene, and after her father is diagnosed with clinical depression, she finds herself becoming even more confused about herself and her family.


Grade 8                                  


Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Ever since she saw Bryce’s baby blues back in second grade, Juli has been smitten. The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. But in eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. Just as Bryce starts thinking there’s more to Juli than meets the eye, she’s thinking he’s not quite all that he seems. This comedy of errors is told in alternating chapters by two fresh, funny voices.


Unstoppable by Tim Green

If anyone understands the phrase 'tough luck,' it's Harrison. As a foster kid in a cruel home, he knows his dream of one day playing for the NFL is a long shot. Then Harrison's luck seems to change. He is brought into a new home with kind, loving parents--his new dad is even a football coach. Harrison's big build and his incredible determination quickly make him a star running back on the junior high school team. In no time, he's practically unstoppable. But Harrison's good luck can't last forever.


A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic are in the West--four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.



RIMSBA Nominees - Suggested Reading