• Happy Summer! Here is all you need to know for your summer reading!

    Dear Eighth Graders,

    Every student is required to read The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz this summer. As you read, please take time to fill in the attached notesheet. When you return to school, the class will participate in a group discussion on this text. You will submit your note sheet for credit, so take care not to lose it!

    In addition to The Inquisitor’s Tale, you are required to read two other books that you have not previously read. Please read books from the list of recommendations attached. After you read the books, write two separate letters addressed to me discussing what you learned from each book and why you think the author wrote each book. These should be 100% your own ideas. I am more concerned with your genuine, original thought than any deep analysis that you have “borrowed” from another source! These letters should be at least one page each, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12. Each letter should refer to at least two specific passages or scenes in the book. Please use page numbers in your references.


    Ms. DeSanto

    Summer Reading List

    Students are required to read three books this summer. The mandatory book is The Inquisitor’s Tales by Adam Gidwitz. The other two books should come from the list below.

    A Raisin in the Sun – Lorraine Hansberry

    A Separate Peace – John Knowles

    Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

    The Call of the Wild – Jack London

    A Tree Grows In Brooklyn – Betty Smith

    All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

    The Pearl - John Steinbeck

    Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys

    Warriors Don’t Cry – Melba Patillo Beals

    The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

    I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives - Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka

    Play Their Hearts Out: The Story of Demetrius Walker - John Feinstein
    Dodger - Terry Pratchett

    A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest Gaines

    And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

    The Contender - Robert Lipsyte

    The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

    Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson

    Wonder - Raquel J. Palacio

    Out of Nowhere - Maria Padian

    The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

    False Prince -- Jennifer A. Nielsen

    Edge of Everthing -- Jeff Giles

    Divided We Fall -- Trent Reedy

    Out of Nowhere -- Maria Padian

    Scorpio Races -- Maggie Stiefvater

    Endangered -- Eliot Schrefer

    Blackthorn Key -- Kevin Sands