Required Reading

  September 27th, 2012

Attention students and parents, it is time to start submitting the book summaries to me.

Students you can send me an email and make your summary file an attachment I will make a hard copy, grade your summary and respond to you by email.

This must be done as quickly as possible. I'm setting a deadline for the end of the first week of October.

Remember to follow the format!!!!!  

1)Crossing the Wire for periods
    by Gary Hobbs

This book is for 3rd  and 6th period students only
Summary: (Source:
In the mountains of central Mexico, fifteen-year-old Victor Flores has been scratching out a living for his family by farming ever since his father died. Days after Victor's best friend, Rico, runs away from home to seek a better life in the U.S., Victor learns that he may not be able to sell his corn this year. As his family teeters on the brink of disaster, Victor heads north in an attempt to "cross the wire" into the States, find work, and send money home.
Unlike Rico, Victor has no experienced men to travel with and no coyote money to pay the smugglers who sneak illegal workers across the border. He resorts to jumping trains. For a while Victor travels with Julio from Honduras, then the mysterious Miguel, and finally with his childhood friend, Rico.
Victor's journey is fraught with danger as he faces freezing cold, the scorching heat of the Arizona desert, hunger, and dead ends. It's a gauntlet run by millions attempting to cross the border. Through Victor's often desperate struggle, Will Hobbs brings to life one of the great human dramas of our time.

2) Tae's Sonata
byHaemi Balgassi

This book is for 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th period students only.

Summary: (Source :
A novel about a Korean eighth grader, a recent immigrant to the United States, coming to terms with her background.

3) Blood on the River: James Town 1607
    byElisa Carbone
This book is required reading for all eigth grade U.S. History students  periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

Summary: (Source:

Traveling to the New World in 1606 as the page to Captain John Smith, twelve-year-old orphan Samuel Collier settles in the new colony of James Town, where he must quickly learn to
distinguish between friend and foe. This story of Jamestown from 1607-1610, as told through the eyes of Captain John Smith's page, is a captivating experience for readers to enjoy and relive. When Samuel Collier lands on the Virginia shore of the New World, he realizes that new ways have to be learned if the settlers are to survive.

Activity associated with the reading:

On the 20th or 21st of September depending on the date of your class, students will;
 a. take a reading review quiz 
 b. submit a one (1) page summary of the book.

Summary format:
1. Typed paper using microsoft word program
2. Font style: Times New Roman
3. Font size: 12pt
4. Font color: automatic
5. Paragraph and line spacing: Double 
6 Cover page: attach a cover page with the following information:
      The title of the book 
      The Authors name
      Your Name; first name first, then your last name
      Your class period / mandatory