Monday, May 29, 2006

Summer Reading List

Link free, as it would take too long.

Just as information sharing; I'm going to be doing visits to a local middle school (grades 7 to 8) and here's the list I'm using. While I'm not going to talk to each class about each book, I like to have a large selection so that I can do different books for different classes; have a wide range, for reading level and interest; plus some titles come from the school's summer reading list and some from the Garden State Teen Book Awards list.

A Boy At War by Harry Mazer
Abarat by Clive Barker
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
B for Buster by Iaian Lawrence
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Di Camillo
Bindi Babes by Narinder Dhami
Blood Secret by Kathryn Lasky
Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi
Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams
Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam
Dust by Arthur Slade
Emako Blue by Brenda Woods
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Game of Sunken Places by MT Anderson
Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen
Indigo’s Star by Hilary McKay
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key by Jack Gantos
Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary Schmidt
Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
One Of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
Piratica by Tanith Lee
Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan
Swords for Hire by William Allen
The City of Ember by Jeanne Du Prau
The Fire-Eaters by David Almond
The Oracle Betrayed by Catherine Fisher
The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier
The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
The Shamer’s Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol
The Sign of the Qin by L.G. Bass
The Steps by Rachel Cohn
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld


Little Willow said...

Good luck with your school visits! I love doing school visits. Have fun and tell us how everything goes. :)

My favorites from your list:
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Di Camillo (sweet and squeaky clean - Annie and Sandy would agree)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (his books rock, and this cat rules - anxious about the upcoming film)
One Of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies by Sonya Sones (her best to date)
So B. It by Sarah Weeks (I thought it should have been in the running for the Newbery Award)
The Rag and Bone Shop by Robert Cormier (One of THE best last sentences of ANY novel)
The Steps by Rachel Cohn (Have you read the sequel yet? It is just as cute.)
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (*bows to Westerfeld*)

Liz B said...

The visits were this morning and they were great! I just didn't have enough time to talk about as many books as I would have liked. There were between 160 and 180 kids; I was there with 2 other librarians, because it's a regional school so has kids from our 3 towns; and there was so much to talk about (summer volunteering, teen advisory board, etc.)

My favorite part was when one of the girls came up at the end, announced she'd already read everything on the list, so we started talking about some of the new-new books.

Liz B said...

Abarat is great; I have to read the sequel.

And anything Neil Gaiman does is amazing.