Summer Reading

Rose Hill supports literacy by providing a summer reading program for all students.

Our students get a head start in the fall by coming prepared to discuss books they have read over the summer, and can immediately begin the process of literary analysis. Specific grade level requirements are provided through the links below.

Summer Reading Requirements

Reading lists for 6th-8th graders have been broken into three categories, depending on grade level. Books at the "standard level" are at the grade level equivalent for the grade that they represent. Any book listed as "approaching standard" will be at an easier reading level and any book listed as "above standard" may be more difficult reading or may have more mature content.

6th Grade Reading Requirements

This summer, please read one book from the 6th Grade Summer Reading list below. There is a reading response form for you to fill out and they are due the first day of school. The novels represent various genres and reading levels and will be the book list for Battle of the Books 2019-20, if you choose to participate.

If you would like to choose a challenge option, please read two books, at least one book should be from the challenge list.

Approaching Standard

New Kid – by Jerry Craft (Graphic Novel)
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his friends and staying true to himself?

At Standard

Nikki on the Line – Barbara Carroll Roberts (Realistic/Sports)
Nikki, thirteen, dreams of being a great basketball player but struggles on her new, elite team while also juggling school stress, her non-traditional family, and revelations about her biological father.

Armstrong and Charlie – Steven B Frank (Historical Fiction)
During the pilot year of a Los Angeles school system integration program, two sixth grade boys, one black, one white, become best friends as they learn to cope with everything from first crushes and playground politics to the loss of loved ones and racial prejudice in the 1970s.

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus – Dusti Bowling (Realistic/Humor)
Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she'll have to answer the question over and over again. Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It's hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven's about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms.

Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora – Pablo Cartaya (Realistic)
Tells the story of Arturo, who is looking forward to a relaxing summer until Carmen, a cute and funny girl moves into his apartment complex and while he deals with his stomach turning into a deep fryer over a girl, a smarmy land developer rolls into town and threatens to change it.

Above Standard/Challenge

Google It: A History of Google –Anna Crowley Redding (Non-Fiction/STEM)
Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out as two Stanford college students with a wild idea: They were going to organize the world's information. From that one deceptively simple goal, they created one of the most influential and innovative companies in the world. The word “google” has even entered our vocabulary as a verb. Now, find out the true history of Google―from its humble beginnings as a thesis project made out of “borrowed” hardware and discount toys through its revolution of the world's relationship with technology to a brief glimpse of where they might take us next.

Dry – Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman (Action)
A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.

Nyxia – Scott Reintgen (Science Fiction)
Emmett accepts an interstellar space contract but learns en route that to win the promised fortune he and nine other recruits face a brutal competition, putting their very humanity at risk.

Rosemarked – Livia Blackburne (Fantasy)
A healer and a warrior embark on a dangerous mission to fight against a brutal empire.

Trell – Dick Lehr (Realistic Fiction)
Determined to clear her father of the wrongful conviction for a gang-related crossfire death, thirteen-year-old Trell persuades a reporter and a lawyer to investigate the case and uncover the truth.

We are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World – Malala Yousafzai (Non-Fiction/Multi-Cultural)
Malala's experiences visiting refugee camps caused her to reconsider her own displacement -- first as an Internally Displaced Person when she was a young child in Pakistan, and then as an international activist who could travel anywhere in the world except to the home she loved. In We Are Displaced, which is part memoir, part communal storytelling, Malala not only explores her own story, but she also shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her journeys -- girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they've ever known. (Mature Content)

Wild Bird – Wendelin van Draanen (Realistic)
3:47 a.m. That’s when they come for Wren Clemmens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march into the desert. This is what happens to kids who’ve gone so far off the rails, their parents don’t know what to do with them anymore. This is wilderness therapy camp. Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert. Eight weeks to turn your life around. Yeah, right.
The Wren who arrives in the Utah desert is angry and bitter, and blaming everyone but herself. But angry can’t put up a tent. And bitter won’t start a fire. Wren’s going to have to admit she needs help if she’s going to survive. (Mature Content)

Reading Response Form Printable 6th Grade List

7th Grade Reading Requirements

This summer, please read one book from the 7th Grade Summer Reading list below. There is a reading response form for you to fill out and they are due the first day of school. The novels represent various genres and reading levels and will be the book list for Battle of the Books 2019-20, if you choose to participate.

If you would like to choose a challenge option, please read two books, at least one book should be from the challenge list, and answer the challenge question on the reading response form.

Approaching Standard

New Kid – by Jerry Craft (Graphic Novel)
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his friends and staying true to himself?

Nikki on the Line – Barbara Carroll Roberts (Realistic/Sports)
Nikki, thirteen, dreams of being a great basketball player but struggles on her new, elite team while also juggling school stress, her non-traditional family, and revelations about her biological father.

Armstrong and Charlie – Steven B Frank (Historical Fiction)
During the pilot year of a Los Angeles school system integration program, two sixth grade boys, one black, one white, become best friends as they learn to cope with everything from first crushes and playground politics to the loss of loved ones and racial prejudice in the 1970s.

At Standard

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus – Dusti Bowling (Realistic/Humor)
Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she'll have to answer the question over and over again. Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It's hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven's about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms.

Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora – Pablo Cartaya (Realistic)
Tells the story of Arturo, who is looking forward to a relaxing summer until Carmen, a cute and funny girl moves into his apartment complex and while he deals with his stomach turning into a deep fryer over a girl, a smarmy land developer rolls into town and threatens to change it.

Google It: A History of Google –Anna Crowley Redding (Non-Fiction/STEM)
Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out as two Stanford college students with a wild idea: They were going to organize the world's information. From that one deceptively simple goal, they created one of the most influential and innovative companies in the world. The word “google” has even entered our vocabulary as a verb. Now, find out the true history of Google―from its humble beginnings as a thesis project made out of “borrowed” hardware and discount toys through its revolution of the world's relationship with technology to a brief glimpse of where they might take us next.

Rosemarked – Livia Blackburne (Fantasy)
A healer and a warrior embark on a dangerous mission to fight against a brutal empire.

Trell – Dick Lehr (Realistic Fiction)
Determined to clear her father of the wrongful conviction for a gang-related crossfire death, thirteen-year-old Trell persuades a reporter and a lawyer to investigate the case and uncover the truth.

Above Standard/Challenge

Dry – Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman (Action)
A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.

Nyxia – Scott Reintgen (Science Fiction)
Emmett accepts an interstellar space contract but learns en route that to win the promised fortune he and nine other recruits face a brutal competition, putting their very humanity at risk.

We are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World – Malala Yousafzai (Non-Fiction/Multi-Cultural)
Malala's experiences visiting refugee camps caused her to reconsider her own displacement -- first as an Internally Displaced Person when she was a young child in Pakistan, and then as an international activist who could travel anywhere in the world except to the home she loved. In We Are Displaced, which is part memoir, part communal storytelling, Malala not only explores her own story, but she also shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her journeys -- girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they've ever known. (Mature Content)

Wild Bird – Wendelin van Draanen (Realistic)
3:47 a.m. That’s when they come for Wren Clemmens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march into the desert. This is what happens to kids who’ve gone so far off the rails, their parents don’t know what to do with them anymore. This is wilderness therapy camp. Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert. Eight weeks to turn your life around. Yeah, right.
The Wren who arrives in the Utah desert is angry and bitter, and blaming everyone but herself. But angry can’t put up a tent. And bitter won’t start a fire. Wren’s going to have to admit she needs help if she’s going to survive. (Mature Content)

Reader Response Form Printable 7th Grade List

8th Grade Reading Requirements

This summer, please read one book from the 8th Grade Summer Reading list below. There is a reading response form for you to fill out and they are due the first day of school. The novels represent various genres and reading levels and will be the book list for Battle of the Books 2019-20, if you choose to participate.

If you would like to choose a challenge option, please read two books, at least one book should be from the challenge list.

Approaching Standard

New Kid – by Jerry Craft (Graphic Novel)
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his friends and staying true to himself?

Nikki on the Line – Barbara Carroll Roberts (Realistic/Sports)
Nikki, thirteen, dreams of being a great basketball player but struggles on her new, elite team while also juggling school stress, her non-traditional family, and revelations about her biological father.

Armstrong and Charlie – Steven B Frank (Historical Fiction)
During the pilot year of a Los Angeles school system integration program, two sixth grade boys, one black, one white, become best friends as they learn to cope with everything from first crushes and playground politics to the loss of loved ones and racial prejudice in the 1970s.

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus – Dusti Bowling (Realistic/Humor)
Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she'll have to answer the question over and over again. Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It's hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven's about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms.

Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora – Pablo Cartaya (Realistic)
Tells the story of Arturo, who is looking forward to a relaxing summer until Carmen, a cute and funny girl moves into his apartment complex and while he deals with his stomach turning into a deep fryer over a girl, a smarmy land developer rolls into town and threatens to change it.

At Standard

Google It: A History of Google –Anna Crowley Redding (Non-Fiction/STEM)
Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out as two Stanford college students with a wild idea: They were going to organize the world's information. From that one deceptively simple goal, they created one of the most influential and innovative companies in the world. The word “google” has even entered our vocabulary as a verb. Now, find out the true history of Google―from its humble beginnings as a thesis project made out of “borrowed” hardware and discount toys through its revolution of the world's relationship with technology to a brief glimpse of where they might take us next.

Dry – Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman (Action)
A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a warzone, and she is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.

Nyxia – Scott Reintgen (Science Fiction)
Emmett accepts an interstellar space contract but learns en route that to win the promised fortune he and nine other recruits face a brutal competition, putting their very humanity at risk.

Rosemarked – Livia Blackburne (Fantasy)
A healer and a warrior embark on a dangerous mission to fight against a brutal empire.

Trell – Dick Lehr (Realistic Fiction)
Determined to clear her father of the wrongful conviction for a gang-related crossfire death, thirteen-year-old Trell persuades a reporter and a lawyer to investigate the case and uncover the truth.

Above Standard/Challenge

We are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World – Malala Yousafzai (Non-Fiction/Multi-Cultural)
Malala's experiences visiting refugee camps caused her to reconsider her own displacement -- first as an Internally Displaced Person when she was a young child in Pakistan, and then as an international activist who could travel anywhere in the world except to the home she loved. In We Are Displaced, which is part memoir, part communal storytelling, Malala not only explores her own story, but she also shares the personal stories of some of the incredible girls she has met on her journeys -- girls who have lost their community, relatives, and often the only world they've ever known. (Mature Content)

Wild Bird – Wendelin van Draanen (Realistic)
3:47 a.m. That’s when they come for Wren Clemmens. She’s hustled out of her house and into a waiting car, then a plane, and then taken on a forced march into the desert. This is what happens to kids who’ve gone so far off the rails, their parents don’t know what to do with them anymore. This is wilderness therapy camp. Eight weeks of survivalist camping in the desert. Eight weeks to turn your life around. Yeah, right.
The Wren who arrives in the Utah desert is angry and bitter, and blaming everyone but herself. But angry can’t put up a tent. And bitter won’t start a fire. Wren’s going to have to admit she needs help if she’s going to survive. (Mature Content)

Reader Response Form Printable 8th Grade List

Summer Reading Resources

 

2019-20 LWSD Middle School Summer Reading List

Both Kirkland and Redmond Public libraries have these novels available for check out. Local bookstores may have copies in stock for purchase, as well. You may also find all of these titles at Amazon. We are hoping that some RHMS families will wish to donate summer reading titles to the library for use by those students who cannot buy their own copy and for the Battle of the Books competitions. Having a copy will eliminate students having to work exclusively from memory and will assist them with their literary analysis.

If you decide to purchase from Amazon, you may want to visit our library’s wish list, under “RHMS Library - Rose Hill Middle School Library” and pick up another book to donate to the library. On the Amazon website under Gift and Wish Lists, you can type RHMS Library into the search box and our list will be displayed. Thank you for considering a tax-deductible donation to our library.

Printable Forms