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Summer Reading

North Country School students are expected to read over the summer. Consistent reading is essential for development of vocabulary, advancement in writing skills, and improvement in reading speed and comprehension.

Students in each grade level will read a common text over the summer. In addition to the common text, we expect students to read more books of their choice durning vacation.

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.



2020 Summer Reading List

9th Grade: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas OR Life of Pi by Yann Martel

8th Grade: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander OR Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

7th Grade: The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin OR Ghost by Jason Reynolds

6th Grade: Beyond The Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

4th and 5th Grades: Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander



9th Grade 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.

OR

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.


 

8th Grade 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 Melissa Orzechowski (morzechowski@northcountryschool.org) to discuss finding another book.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

From Goodreads:

“With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dreadlocked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.

Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

OR

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming tells the story of my childhood, in verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, I always felt halfway home in each place. In these poems, I share what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and my growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

It also reflects the joy of finding my voice through writing stories, despite the fact that I struggled with reading as a child. My love of stories inspired and stayed with me, creating the first sparks of the writer I was to become.


 

7th Grade 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.”

OR

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.”


 

6th Grade Summer Reading

Beyond The Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

“An award-winning, well-researched, historical novel about an orphaned girl who sets out with her adoptive father to learn about her past despite the many dangers they face. A poignant story of belonging and the meaning of family." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor


 

4th and 5th Grade Summer Reading

Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander

From Amazon: “Gareth's definitely no ordinary cat. For one thing, he can talk. For another, he's got the power to travel through time. And the instant he tells this to Jason, the two of them are in ancient Egypt, on the first of nine amazing adventures that Jason will never forget.”