English Department

Summer Reading

  • Dear Reagan Students and Parents,


         Reagan Middle School is pleased to announce our Summer Reading Assignment for the 2018 - 2019 academic year.  As a campus, we like to keep our students challenged over the summer months, therefore our campus has elected to require Summer Reading from all ELA students Grades 6 - 8.  We would like to encourage you to read the selections along with your children and have some family discussions about great literature! 

          Additionally, we would like to encourage you to purchase the required books for your child if at all possible. There are some wonderful sources to find inexpensive copies of the novels such as half.com, alibris.com, amazon.com, and Half-Price Books. The advantage to owning a text is that the student can annotate in the book rather than on sticky notes which will prove important upon return to class. 

    All Reagan students will be required to read two books over the course of the summer: the required grade-level selection and a book of choice from the list provided. The following is the REQUIRED Summer Reading List for Reagan Middle School for 2018 - 2019:


    • 6thHatchet by Gary Paulsen
    • 7thThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
    • 8thThings Not Seen by Andrew Clements


    • ALL STUDENTS WILL READ A BOOK OF CHOICE selected from the Middle School Summer Reading List.


    Students are not required to complete any assignment other than reading their books. Once school is back in session, there will be assignments over the books your student has read. Please look closely at the choice of books because it has changed since last year. Please encourage your student to broaden their horizon with their choices of books.

         Your child received and signed for receipt of the 2018 – 2019 Reagan Middle School Summer Reading Assignment, and it is imperative that your child completes their summer reading prior to the first day of school.  Expectations are high, and students will be held accountable for their reading. Reagan Middle School wishes your child a summer of great reading!  If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s ELA teacher and/or our campus Dean of Instruction.  Happy Reading!


    Reagan ELA Department



    Reagan Middle School Summer Reading Choice List 2018-2019

    All Students in English classes in grades 6-8 are required to read one book on this list and be prepared to do an assignment and/or an assessment over the reading upon return to school in August.

    Use the following sources to read summaries and reviews of the books on this list:

    Read reviews and synopsis www.goodreads.com, or commonsensemedia.org

    International Literacy Association’s Young Adult Choice Books http://www.reading.org/resources/booklists/youngadultschoices.aspx


    A Brief History of Video Games, Richard Stanton

    A Night Divided, Jennifer A. Nielsen

    A Year Without Mom, Dasha Tolstikova

    All of the Above, Shelly Pearsall

    Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream, Tanya Lee Stone

    Ashfall. Mike Mullin.

    Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity. Dave Roman.

    Awaken. Katie Kacvinsky.

    Babe in Boyland. Jody Gehrman.

    Between. Jessican Warman.

    Boy 21, Matthew Quick

    Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson

    Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot”. Michael O. Tunnell.

    Cinder, Marissa Meyer

    City of Glass. Cassandra Clare.

    City of Lost Souls, Clare

    Crossed. Ally Condie.

    Death Sentence: Escape From Furnace 3. Alexander Gordon Smith

    Department 19. Will Hill.

    Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie, Jordan Sonnenblick

    Eleven, Tom Rogers

    Enclave. Ann Aguirre.

    Every Day, David Levithan

    Exposed. Kimberly Marcus.

    Faceless, Alyssa Sheinmel

    Flawless. Lara Chapman.

    Flip. Martyn Bedford. Ember.

    Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 3). Maggie Stiefvater.

    Fracture, Miranda

    From Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson.

    From Zitface by Emily Howse.

    Grayson, Lynne Cox

    Guys Read: True Stories, Jon Scieszka

    Halo. Alexandra Adornetto.

    Haven. Kristi Cook.

    Hush, Hush. Becca Fitzpatrick.

    I Am Number Four. Pittacus Lore.

    If I Stay. Gayle Forman.

    If You Live Like Me. Lori Weber.

    Incarceron. Catherine Fisher.

    It Started With a Dare. Lindsay Faith

    Jellicoe Road, Marchetta

    Knots in My Yo-Yo String, Jerry Spinelli

    Lebron James: The Rise of a Star, David Lee Morgan

    Leviathan. Scott Westerfeld.

    Low Red Moon. Ivy Devlin.

    Matched. Ally Condie.

    Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25. Richard Paul Evans.

    Misfit. Jon Skovron.

    Monster, Walter Dean Myers

    Out of My Mind. Sharon M. Draper. Atheneum.

    Perfect. Ellen Hopkins.

    Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science, John Fleischman

    Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse). Jackie Morse Kessler.

    Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard

    Refugee, Alan Gratz

    Ruined. Paula Morris.

    Rules of Attraction. Simone Elkeles.

    Saints & Misfits, S.K. Ali

    Sea. Heidi R. Kling.

    Shiver. Maggie Stiefvater.

    Skinny, Cooner

    Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton

    Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series), Anthony Horowitz

    Test Answers. Richard Benson.

    The Bar Code Tattoo, Suzanne Weyn

    The Big Ideas That Changed the World. Dorling Kindersley.

    The Book Thief,  Zusak

    The Crossover, Alexander Kwame

    The Day Before. Lisa Schroeder.

    The Dead. Charlie Higson.

    The Eleventh Plague. Jeff Hirsch.

    The Fault in Our Stars, Green

    The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer

    The Lost Hero. Rick Riordan.

    The Near Witch. Victoria Schwab.

    The Necromancer. Michael Scott.

    The Pale Assassin. Patricia Elliott.

    The Red Bandanna (Young Readers Adaptation), Tom Rinaldi

    The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe

    The Scorpion King, Farmer

    The Sky Is Everywhere. Jandy Nelson.

    The Way We Fall, Crewe

    The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan

    Tilt, Hopkins

    Unstoppable, Tim Green

    Unwind/Unholy, Shusterman

    Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers, Lucinda Dyer

    Waiting, Lynch Williams

    Wheels of Change, Sue Macy

    Wonderstruck, Brian Selznick

    Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, Kory Stamper