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East Greenwich School District Summer Reading: Entering Grade 8

Summer reading requirements at Cole Middle School and East Greenwich High School, East Greenwich Rhode Island

Summer Reading Parent / Student Message

A Message To Parents and Students About Summer Reading Choice Books:


For years, our English Department Summer Reading has obligated every student to read the same grade-level book(s). Unfortunately, those traditional ways of ensuring students read are often ineffective, given students’ many competing past times. We’ve found that rather than encouraging a joy of reading, we’ve instead been making reading one more task to complete. Having said that, it’s important that summer reading support the thematic ideas students will be addressing during the year, while simultaneously opening new worlds to them.


In order to foster a love of reading while also supporting students academically, we’ve worked with our library media specialists to create book lists that will appeal to a broad spectrum of student interests. These book choices have been gathered from recommendations from the National Book Award, Rhode Island Children's Book Award, Rhode Island Middle School Book Award, Rhode Island Teen Book Award, Rhode Island Latino Book Award, School Library Journal (SLJ), Coretta Scott King Author awards, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) and Michael L. Printz Young Adult Literature awards.


We anticipate updating the lists annually to include new award-winning literature in the thematic areas we’ve chosen.  Thus, while it is not possible for your child’s teacher to have read a majority of these books, the selections have been vetted by well-respected panels of library media specialists and preteen/adolescent educators. In the event you wish your student to read only those books your child’s teacher has read, we recommend your student select the “Traditional Summer Reading Assignment” listed on the appropriate grade or class page.  In addition, many upper level classes still have at least one required book due to the demanding nature of the courses. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email Karen Izzo, English Department Chair, at

Summer Reading Instructions for Students Entering Grade 8

Summer Reading Requirements for Students Entering Grade 8 

Students entering 8th grade will be required to complete two summer tasks:

  1. 8th Grade Summer IXL Practice.  Please reference the directions in the document for the IXL expectations.

  2. 8th Grade Summer Reading Graphic OrganizerStudents should choose one title from the “Entering Grade 8” reading list on the library website (book choices are listed below) and complete the graphic organizer for their chosen book.

We welcome students to read multiple titles from the list but additional graphic organizers are not required.​
We strongly advise parents/guardians to preview the content and summaries of the book options before their student chooses one to read. This will help families work together to choose a book that best fits the student’s interests, reading level, and maturity level.

*If you feel that these titles do not fit your student’s needs, they may read Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, which has been our summer reading selection in the past.

East Greenwich Audio and eBooks

East Greenwich school libraries have access to audio and eBooks.  If our school libraries own a copy of an audio book or eBook, a link has been made to the book title.  To access the digital resource, click on the book title link and enter the following:

Username:  Your 5 digit lunch code
Password:  EGR

Rhode Island public libraries have multiple copies of the books listed on this page.  Audio books, books on CD, portable media players and eBooks may also be available.  Please stop by your local public library to reserve a copy and check out the book.

Summer Reading - Identity Theme

Summer Reading List - Identity Theme. Graphic Novels.

Summer Reading List - Identity

Traditional Summer Reading Assignment

If you feel that the titles listed on this webpage do not fit your student's needs, they may read Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, which has been our summer reading selection in the past.

Summer Reading List - Identity

Summer Reading List - Identity