Summer Reading

 2018 HMS
Summer Reading

You can pick up your summer reading book at the Haverford Free Library
or your favorite bookseller. The books below are linked to a reseller purely for reference. 

Required Book

All Grades

Book cover for Restart by Gordon Korman


The One Book, One School choice is

by Gordon 


2018 HMS Summer Reading List

Here's your guide to this year's summer reading choices!
All students will be reading  3 books and asked to complete a Summer Writing Assignment
• All Students will read the One Book, One School choice: Restart.
• Incoming 6th, 7th & 8th Graders will read their grade-level Required Book and one Choice Book from their grade-level list below.


Happy Reading, HMS!

All Grades: Select a Choice Book and Complete the Summer Writing Assignment




Book Cover for Jaguar by Roland Smith


by Roland Smith


The Crossover
by Kwame Alexander

by Tom Rogers

Out of My Mind
by Sharon Draper 


by Sara Penny-Packer 


Lightning Thief
book cover for The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan


American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie
by Jordan Sonnenblick

The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer

See You at Harry's
by Jo Knowles


Stolen Children
by Peg Kehret 




book cover for Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Fever 1793

by Laurie Halse Anderson 


Nothing But the Truth
by Avi

A Separate Peace
by John Knowles

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Mark Haddon 
*This is an adult read that is of interest to teens.
Please preview with your student.

Choice Book Writing Assignment

All incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be required to complete the following assignment. You will write two responses to your Choice Book.
Students are to answer two of the questions below – one from each column. Students may select which questions to answer. Certain questions may be more or less appropriate depending on the book read. Each question should have approximately a 200-word response with paragraphs and proper conventions. The assignment is due on the first day of school to your language arts teacher for an assignment grade. 
Plot and Story Details
1. Comment on the choices made by the main character of the book. What advice would you have given him/her? Use specific examples from the story in your response.

2. Write about the story’s deeper theme or message. Provide specific examples from the text to explain your answer. Remember, a theme is not a one word description.

3. What is the main problem/obstacle that the main character must overcome? Was the problem resolved? Did you find it to be a satisfactory or realistic conclusion? Use specific information to support your response.

4. Describe some personal connections that you made while reading the book. Were they related to any personal experiences, past readings, and/or current events? Be sure to reference specific moments from the text.

5. Choose five adjectives to describe your book and use direct references to the text to defend and explain your five choices.
Craft and Structure

6. How would the story be different if it had been told from a different narrator? Explain using different examples from the story.

7. Discuss your book’s title. Why do you think the author chose this? Create an alternative title and explain what makes this a possibility by providing examples from the story.

8. Find a key quote from the text that connects with the novel’s overall importance. Be sure to explain what the quote means and when/how/by whom it is said.

9. Analyze the author’s writing style. Describe the style of the author by pointing out examples from the text. How does the style of writing contribute to the storytelling?

10. Identify a key moment in the book where a major character’s motivation is on display. Explain why this moment shows the character’s personality by drawing comparisons between this moment and other moments in the book.