Orleans Jr. High Summer Reading 2009

Dear Families:  

As the end of the school year approaches, we are asking your assistance in keeping your child connected to the learning process through the summer months.

We have prepared an exciting summer reading list for students entering grades 7 and 8.   The list below offers a wide variety of reading experiences and reading levels to help your child self-select appropriate reading.  While we recommend that students try to read as much as they can over the summer, reading three of the listed books will allow them to participate in our fall reading party and book discussion. 

Click here to get a form* to list the titles and authors read to be submitted to the high school media specialist (Mrs. Hall) sometime during the first week of the new school year.  We have also included discount coupons to Kings Island to add to your summer fun!!!!   Please join Orleans Community Schools in providing the support and encouragement necessary to make reading an integral part of your child’s life.

Have a wonderful summer!

Jennifer M. Hall
Media Specialist/AP Coordinator
Orleans Jr. Sr. High School

*You will need Adobe Reader or similar program to open the pdf form


Tangerine, by Edward Bloor
Twelve-year-old Paul, who lives in the shadow of his football hero brother Erik, fights for the right to play soccer despite his near blindness and slowly begins to remember the incident that damaged his eyesight  

Raven's Gate
, by Anthony Horowitz
As punishment for being present during an assault, Matt must choose between life with off-putting Mrs. Deverill in a remote Yorkshire village, or jail. As Matt soon learns, Lesser Malling is much worse than jail, because strange and dangerous things are occurring there. Raven's Gate, an ancient portal to the world of evil, is about to be opened, and Matt is to be the blood sacrifice.  If you like this book, check out the sequels: Evil Star and Nightrise.

  by Cornelia Caroline Funke
A girl and her father, a bookbinder who can “read” fictional characters into real life, are abducted by one of the characters, who tries to force them into his service.

by  RolandSmith
Fourteen-year-old Peak Marcello’s goal is to become the youngest person to reach the top of Mt. Everest .

The Invention of Hugo Cabret: by Brian Selznick
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
In 1793 sixteen year-old Matty, who is forced to leave her home to aviod the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, learns self-reliance and perseverance.

Alex Rider Adventures  by Anthony Horowitz:
Read about the adventures of Alex Rider, a teenage super spy. 1st book: Stormbreaker (Series does not have to be read in order)

The Lightning Thief
   by Rick Riordan
Percy learns that he has special powers after he makes his pre-algebra teacher disappear. Further investigation reveals that he is the son of Greek god Poseidon. To save humankind Percy embarks on an adventure to return a lightning bolt his father stole from Zeus.

So B. It   by Sarah Weeks
Heidi searches to discover the background of her mentally disabled mother.

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow  by Susan Campbell Bartoletti: 
Against the backdrop of Hitler’s world, we follow German young people through the many different organizations which formed them into soldiers faithful to the fatherland.

Red Kayak  by Priscilla Cummings
After a young boy is killed in a kayaking accident, 13-year-old Brady struggles with whether he should divulge the prank that caused the accident or keep silent to protect the pranksters.

I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust
  by Livia Bittin Jackson
Holocaust memoir of a 13 year-old girl Jewish girl.

Peeled by Joan Bauer
In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter Hildy Biddle’s determination to be a reporter who her father would have been proud of , finds herself pitted against psychics and unexplained phenomenon.

Airhead  by Meg Cabot
Sixteen-year-old Emerson Watts, an advanced placement student with a  disdain for fashion, is the recipient of a whole body transplant and finds herself transformed into one of the world’s most famous teen supermodels.

The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley is sent to the Havens, a boys’ school in Maine , after being kicked out of several private schools for his untrained magic powers; but his headmaster, Gregory Leicester, has his own mysterious agenda when he agrees to help Seph channel his magic.

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, and the two prepare for a long, dark imprisonment.  Saren’s two suitors – one welcome, and the other decidedly less so – arrive outside the tower, bringing both hope and danger.

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks
Child prodigy Cadel Piggot, an antisocial computer hacker, discovers his true, shocking identity when he enrolls as a first-year student at an advanced crime academy.

Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Aza, who is not the fairest, is valued for her beautiful singing voice in this fairy tale that includes gnomes, magic mirrors, and a bumbling good fairy, Lucinda.

Heat by Mike Lupica
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball. Rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old, but he has no parents to offer them proof.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
Jenna survives a horrific car accident thanks to her scientist father, but at what cost?

Edenville Owls by Robert Parker
Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after WWII, faces new challenges as he tries to pull together the Owls basketball team, handle new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of a mysterious stranger who appears to be threatening his pretty new English teacher.

Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson

Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu
After her cousin Zee arrives from England, thirteen-year-old  Charlotte and he must set out to save humankind from the denizens of the underworld, Nightmares, Death, Pain, and a really nasty guy named Phil.

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Richard Yancey
Orphaned and incurably-geeky, teen Alfred Kropp is coerced by his unscrupulous uncle into stealing a valuable sword that turns out to be Excalibur, and he is drawn into a dangerous and violent misadventure.

Shooting the Moon by Frances O’Roark Dowell
Twelve-year-old Jamie learns that her older brother is headed for Vietnam .  She is thrilled since she has bought in to all the military hype her father, a Colonel, has promoted during their lives.  The first letter  from TJ is to his parents, but he includes a roll of film for Jamie, and she is off to the rec center to learn how to develop it.  She learns a lot more in the coming months.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
9 year old Bruno is forced to move from his home in Berlin to Poland for his father’s work.  Their new home is near a concentration camp.  Bruno befriends a Jewish boy from the other side of the fence.

The Diary of Anne Frank

 The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton
A huge, old house with secret tunnels, a cantankerous caretaker, and buried treasure is a dream-come-true for 13-year-old Thomas. The fact that it's reputedly haunted only adds to its appeal! As soon as his family moves in, Thomas senses something strange about the Civil War era house, which used to be critical stop on the Underground Railroad. With the help of his father, he learns about the abolitionists and escaping slaves who kept the Underground Railroad running. While on his own, he explores the hidden passageways in and under the house, piecing clues together in an increasingly dangerous quest for the truth about the past. Newbery medalist Virginia Hamilton creates a heart-pounding adventure with this absorbing classic for older readers

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series
Lena , Bridget, Tibby, and Carmen have been best friends since birth. Now, just before they are about to spend their first summer apart, they discover a pair of jeans that miraculously fits all of them, despite their differing physiques. And not just fit -- the Pants make each girl look, and feel, beautiful and confident. They don't know it yet, but they'll need that confidence during a summer that will test them, each in different ways.

**Book review pulled from various sources

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