Torrance Unified SD Middle School Summer Reading List

Torrance Unified School District Middle School Summer Reading List

owlWant to keep your lexile reading scores high and still have fun?  Check out these great books this summer at the local Torrance library!  Each library has these lists and has plenty of these titles ready for you to read during the summer.

Incoming 8th Grade Reading List

1.  Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Differentby Karen Blumenthal (non-fiction)

2.  A Single Shardby Linda Sue Park (historical fiction)

3. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (historical thriller)

4. Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson (historical thriller)

5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (science fiction)

6.  Breaking Stalin’s Noseby Eugene Yelchin (fiction)

7. The Prophecy Keepers by Melanie Bryant (fantasy)

8. Phantoms In the Snow by Kathleen Duble  (historical fiction)

9.  Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

10. Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata (historical fiction)

11. Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin (historical thriller)

12. The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and The Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman(non-fiction)

13. So B. It by Sarah Weeks (realistic fiction)ic

14. The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell (historical ftion)

15. Son by Lois Lowry (companion to The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger)

16. The Great Wide Sea by M. H. Herlong

Torrance Unified School District

Middle School Summer Reading List


Incoming 7th Grade Reading List


Elijah Of Buxtonby Christopher Paul Curtis, 2008 Newbery Honor Book

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Childby Francisco Jimenez (autobiography)

Dogs on Duty: Soldiers Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy H. Patent (nonfiction)

 Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (realistic fiction)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff                  by Jennifer Holm (fiction)

Wonderstruckby Brian Selznick

Chained by Lynne Kelly

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulson(autobiographical)

Revolution is Not a Dinner Partyby Ying Chang Compestine (historical fiction)

10 Plants That Shook The World by Gillian Richardson (science)

The Skin I’m Inby Sharon G. Flake (realistic fiction)

Last Shot: Final Four MysterybyJohn Feinstein (realistic fiction)

&   The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Taleby Carmen Deedy (fantasy)

Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman

Torrance Unified School District

Middle School Summer Reading List


Incoming Sixth Grade Reading List


The Invention of Hugo Cabretby Brian Selznick (visual media)

The Young Man and the Sea by Rodman Philbrick (realistic fiction)

&   The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (mythological fiction series)

Dead End in Norveltby Jack Gantos  (Newbery Medal Winner 2012)

&   The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko (realistic fiction)

Harris and Me: A Summer Rememberedby Gary Paulsen (historical fiction)

Wonder by R. J. Palacio (realistic fiction)

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford (classic)

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass

&   The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam by Quang Huynh (autobiography)

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

The Longitude Prizeby Joan Dash (non-fiction)

The Pinballs by Betsy Byars (realistic fiction)

Goddess of Yesterdayby Caroline Cooney (fiction)

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks by Katherine Paterson (folktale)

13 Giftsby Wendy Moss (humorous fiction)


These books have been recommended by the School Library Journal. You can read their reviews and those by the American Library Association on Most books or authors published before 2004 can also be found on the California Department of Education site Recommended Literature for Kindergarten Through Grade 12— For titles of 2014 award winning children’s books, see the American Library Association website- Awards and Grants,





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