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Independent reading Assignment
7th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

Summer Reading List

Students going into 7th grade

***Students should read at least one book from this list over the summer!***

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s newest novel is an adventure- filled story of a courageous girl’s journey across the ocean and into the memories of her past. Sophie’s struggle to reclaim who she is inspires similar exploration from those around her- as the crew discovers the joys and trials of belonging to a family.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Newbery Medal Award Winner. This is a story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on an island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building shelter; making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dog. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.

The Misadventures of Maude March by Audrey Couloumbis

Eleven year old Sallie March is a whip- smart tomboy and voracious reader of western adventure novels. When she and her sister Maude are orphaned for the second time, they decide to escape their self -serving guardians for the wilds of the frontier and an adventure the likes of which Sallie has only read about.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Newbery Award Winner. Master storyteller Rodman Philbrick takes readers on a colorful journey as young Homer Figg sets off to follow his brother into the thick of the Civil War. Through the series of fascinating event, Homer’s older brother has been illegally sold to the Union Army. It is up to HOmer to find him and save him. Along the way, he encounters strange but real people of that area.

Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm

It isn’t easy being a pioneer in the State of Washington in 1899, but it’s particularly hard when you are the only girl ener born in the new settlement. With seven older brothers and a love of adventure, May Amelia Jackson just can’t seem to abide her family’s insistence the she behave like a Proper Young Lady. She’s sure sh could do better if only there were at least one other girl living along the banks of the Nasel River. And now that Mama’s going to have a baby, maybe there’s hope.

Pirates Son by Geraldine McCaughrean

It is the year 1717 in England. when Nathan and his sister Maud find themselves orphaned, Tamo White, the son of a pirate, offers them refuge and extraordinary adventure in a new life on the high seas. Sent to England in the early 1700s by his dying pirate father for a proper education, Tamo White decides to return a few years later to his Madagascar birthplace. He invites two new friends, Nathan and Maud Gull, who have just lost their own father, to join him on board his guardian's ship. When they reach Madagascar, Captain Sheller turns out to be a villainous trader and tries to sell Maud to a band of cutthroats. The three barely escape and settle in a small village.

Stowaway by Karen Hesse

It is known that in the summer of 1768, Captain James Cook sailed from England on H.M.S Endeavour, beginning a three-year voyage around the world on a secret mission to discover an unknown continent at the bottom of the globe. What is less known is that a boy by the name of Nicholas Young was a stowaway on that ship.

Newbery winner Karen Hesse re-creates Cook's momentous voyage through the eyes of this remarkable boy, creating a fictional journal filled with fierce hurricanes, warring natives, and disease, as Nick discovers new lands, incredible creatures, and lifelong friends.

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