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Summer Reading

North Country School students are expected to read over the summer. Consistent reading is essential for the development of vocabulary, the advancement in writing skills, and improvement in reading speed and comprehension. Students in each grade level will read a common text over the summer; we expect students to read many, many more books of their choice this summer, in addition to the common text.

At the beginning of classes in September, students will complete a writing assessment, using their grade level’s common text as the subject of that assignment. They should therefore bring their copy of the common text to school for reference.

Abbreviated Summer Reading Information:

Level V: The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas -or- Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

Level IV: For Every One, by Jason Reynolds -and- Feed, by M.T. Anderson

Level III: The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin OR Ghost, by Jason Reynolds

Level II: Becoming Naomi Leónby, Pam Muñoz Ryan

Level I: From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg

Level V Summer Reading

You have two book choices, and need to read one (but can read both!). If you have already read one of these, please read the other. If you have already read both, please contact Meredith Hanson (mhanson@northcountryschool.org) to discuss finding another book.

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Here is how the author describes the book on her website: "Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter navigates between the poverty-stricken neighborhood she has grown up in and the upper-crust suburban prep school she attends. Her life is up-ended when she is the sole witness to a police officer shooting her best friend, Khalil, who turns out to have been unarmed during the confrontation – but may or may not have been a drug dealer. As Starr finds herself even more torn between the two vastly different worlds she inhabits, she also has to contend with speaking her truth and, in the process, trying to stay alive herself.”

You might choose this book if you like realistic stories, have ever felt out of place at school, or are invigorated by the struggle for justice. From a language point of view, it is slightly easier to read. Both books are about the same length.

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel

From the back cover: “When 16-year-old Pi Patel finds himself stranded in a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with only a menacing 450-pound Bengal tiger for company, he quickly realizes that the only way he will survive is if he makes sure the tiger is more afraid of him then he is of it. Finding strength within himself, he draws upon all his knowledge and cunning, bottles for food and shelter, overcomes storms and disasters, and, in the end, makes a peace of sorts with both tiger and ocean.”

You might choose this book if you like adventure stories, are interested in world religions, or like wrestling with big meaning-of-life ideas. From a language point of view, it is slightly harder to read. Both books are about the same length.

In the first week or so of school, you will write about the part or parts of the book that were most meaningful to you. It will be important to bring a paper copy of the book to school.

Level IV Summer Reading

(Please read both of the following two summer reading selections)

For Every One, by Jason Reynolds

From Amazon: "Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world."

"For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish—because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith."


Feed, by M.T. Anderson

Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains. Winner of the LA Times Book Prize.

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play around with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who knows something about what it’s like to live without the feed-and about resisting its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires.

Level III Summer Reading

The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin

From Amazon: "Everyone says that it was an accident... that sometimes things "just happen". But Suzy won't believe it. Ever. After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy's achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door."


Ghost, by Jason Reynolds

From Amazon: "Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel in a new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds."

Level II Summer Reading

Becoming Naomi León, by Pam Muñoz Ryan

From Amazon: "Naomi Outlaw lives with her great-grandmother, Gram, and her little brother, Owen, at Avocado Acres Trailer Rancho, where life is happy and peaceful. According to Gram, most problems can be overcome with positive thinking. That is, until someone mysterious reappears after seven years, stirring up all sorts of questions – and a whole lot of trouble. Soon, Naomi finds herself on a whirlwind journey in Gram’s last–ditch effort to keep the family together. But will positive thinking be enough to save them?"

Level I Summer Reading

From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg

From Amazon: "When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere she wants to run to somewhere—to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and preferably elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother, Jamie, has money and thus can help her with the serious cash flow problem she invites him along."

"Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie, find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at an auction for a bargain price of $250. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn't it? Claudia is determined to find out. This quest leads Claudia to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself."