Waldron Mercy Academy
Summer Reading for Students Entering Seventh Grade
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
Heat by Mike Lupica
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg
Time Enough for Drums by Ann Rinaldi
Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples
The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
The Witch from Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Dear Seventh Grade Parents,
As a school we try to encourage and develop a love for reading in each of the children in hopes of creating lifelong readers! In keeping with this tradition, we want the students to continue reading during the summer. Each student is required to read over the summer. Students may also choose books that do not appear on the list.
Becoming regular readers helps students see how effective stories are put together and gives them a foundation to build on for their own writing. Every student is required to write about one of the books read over the summer. Each child should write a letter to the teacher. The letter should include four parts.
Part 1: Introduce him/herself
Part 2: Talk about his or her summer
Part 3: Discuss why the author wrote the book. What was his or her purpose or message to be shared?
Part 4: Closing paragraph of his or her letter and his or her plans and hopes for the school year ahead
*All letters should be brought to school and given to the homeroom teacher on the first day of school.
On Friday, September 7, Waldron Mercy will host a school-wide event, Snack with Summer Reading! Every teacher and student will participate in a book talk, sharing favorite stories read over the summer. We hope that the excitement about literature is contagious!
Thank you for your support and enthusiasm. Together we can provide a positive experience by reading and responding to literature, building lifelong readers, and creating a storehouse of language experiences.