Summer is here…. lazy days, bad daytime TV and books. Oh yes! Your kiddo is going to absolutely devour this summer reading list 6th Grade through 8th Grade.
Just don’t tell them it’s an official list — because I know they’ll get hooked once they start.
Find the summer reading list for 6th grade – 8th grade at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.
And a special thanks to the Association for Library Service for the wonderful summer reading inspiration.
Summer Reading List 6th Grade, 7th Grade & 8th Grade
Two of the books my boys really went gaga for are Roller Girl and The Girl Who Drank the Moon.
In fact, we read The Girl Who Drank the Moon out loud as part of our bedtime routine.
It was hard to stop at the end of the chapter for beds some night.
Summer Reading List 6th Grade – 8th Grade
The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives listeners an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in.
Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal. A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016. A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016. An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016. A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016 and more!
A young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon must unlock the dangerous magic buried deep inside her in this epic coming-of-age fairy tale from the highly acclaimed author of The Witch’s Boy.
This epic warrior tale reads like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history.
Minamoto Yoshitsune should not have been a samurai. But his story is legend in this real-life saga. This epic warrior tale may sound like a novel, but this is the true story of the greatest samurai in Japanese history.
Illustrated throughout, including eight drawings printed with glow-in-the-dark ink, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods is for every young reader who loves a good scare.
Newbery Honor Award Winner.
In this graphic novel debut that earned a Newbery Honor and five starred reviews, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverance, and girl power!
The first book of a trilogy, Beetle Boy is a darkly hilarious adventure full of exotic beetles, daring schemes, and true friendship.
Darkus Cuttle took care of his father ever since his mother died, but one day his father vanished from a locked vault at the Natural History Museum, and now Darkus lives with his eccentric uncle.
But one day he finds a large and unusually intelligent and self-aware beetle, and soon he and his two friends are caught up in a struggle to protect an intelligent superspecies of beetles.
Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can’t get rid of.
It isn’t until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little—the girl with the mysterious scar across her face—that things begin to change. Because fresh starts aren’t always easy.
2016 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award.
A provocative audiobook that interrogates the meanings of patriotism, freedom, and integrity, Most Dangerous further establishes Steve Sheinkin as a leader in children’s nonfiction.
From Steve Sheinkin, the award-winning author of The Port Chicago 50 and Bomb , comes a tense, exciting exploration of how Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into “the most dangerous man in America” and risked everything to expose the government’s deceit.
Small misunderstandings lead to big laughs, and beneath the humor, every attempt to win Miranda’s favor becomes a compelling look at the larger world of each guy’s life.
Kirkus Award Finalist. Schneider Family Book Award Winner. Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.
When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally—in this piercing middle grade novel.
Ultimately, the main character is left to wonder if bravery and becoming a man is only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?
This gripping story follows this tragic disease as it shatters lives from the early twentieth century to today. It will keep readers on the edges of the seats wondering what happened to Mary and the innocent typhoid victims.
In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance — including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era — by combining their work with her own original poetry.
Using “The Golden Shovel” poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking.
National Book Award Long List. ALA Notable Children’s Book ∙ Kirkus Best Book ∙ San Francisco Chronicle Best Book∙ Washington Post Best Book
In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel The Crossover, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.
Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realize how big she is inside, where it counts.
American Indian Youth Literature Award.
Jimmy McClean is a Lakota boy—though you wouldn’t guess it by his name: his father is part white and part Lakota, and his mother is Lakota.
When he embarks on a journey with his grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, he learns more and more about his Lakota heritage—in particular, the story of Crazy Horse, one of the most important figures in Lakota and American history.
What does it mean to be fully alive? Magic blends with reality in a stunning coming-of-age novel about a girl, a grandfather, wanderlust, and reclaiming your roots.
From Berry Gordy and his remarkable vision to the Civil Rights movement, from the behind-the-scenes musicians, choreographers, and song writers to the most famous recording artists of the century, Andrea Davis Pinkney takes readers on a Rhythm Ride through the story of Motown.
Eli has never left Serenity… why would he ever want to? Then one day, he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and unexpected happens, it changes everything.
Eli convinces his friends to help him investigate further, and soon it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity. The kids realize they can trust no one—least of all their own parents.
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. New York Times Book Review Notable Book.
Perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia and Linda Sue Park, Listen, Slowly is an irresistibly charming and emotionally poignant tale about a girl who discovers that home and culture, family and friends, can all mean different things.
As a half-Japanese, half-Italian girl with a ridiculous name, Amber’s not feeling molto bene (very good) about making friends at her new school. But the hardest thing about being Amber is that a part of her is missing. Her dad. He left when she was little and he isn’t coming back.
Not for her first day of middle school and not for her little sister’s birthday. So Amber will have to dream up a way for the Miyamoto sisters to make it on their own…
Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award.
At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not.
The boys’ exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phillip Hoose’s inspiring story of these young war heroes.
A 2017 Newbery Honor Book. A New York Times Editor’s Choice. A New York Times Notable Children’s Book. A Washington Post Best Children’s Book. A Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School Library Journal Best Book. An ALA Notable Children’s Book and more.
Beloved bestselling author Adam Gidwitz makes his long awaited return with his first new world since his hilarious and critically acclaimed Grimm series.
Featuring manuscript illuminations throughout by illustrator Hatem Aly and filled with Adam’s trademark style and humor, The Inquisitor’s Tale is bold storytelling that’s richly researched and adventure-packed.
Everyone knows the name Buffalo Bill, but few these days know what he did or, in some cases, didn’t do. Was he a Pony Express rider? Did he serve Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn? Did he scalp countless Native Americans, or did he defend their rights?
This, the first significant biography of Buffalo Bill Cody for younger readers in many years, explains it all.
With copious archival illustrations and a handsome design, Presenting Buffalo Bill makes the great showman come alive for new generations. Extensive back matter, bibliography, and source notes complete the package.
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