ARMS Summer Reading

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Our middle school students are required to read one book over the summer. Since ARMS expects each student to read between 10 and 15 books each year, the summer reading program gets them started.

Students will complete 3 different journal entries, of their choice, from the list below.
Summer reading will be collected the first week of the new school year and YES, it does count!
Suggested authors are listed on the back, but of course, if the student and his or her parent wish, the student may choose a book by another author.

Enjoy your summer and don’t forget…READING IS FUN!


Each of the 3 entries should be approximately 100 words in length. What is essential is that time is taken to write thoughtful responses. This should be an opportunity to reflect on what was read. Please do NOT summarize. Remember to complete “3” different entries for your book!

Put yourself in the character’s shoes at a particular moment and consider how you would feel or what you would do.
Write about a connection between a moment from the book and a moment from another book, a movie, or your life.
Write about a connection between two moments from the book.
Consider how the setting affects the mood of the story.
Make an observation about the way the author wrote the book (point of view) and speculate about why he/she made the choice you observe.
Explain how a character has changed over the course of the novel.
Compare two characters – after considering their similar traits and backgrounds, explain how they are also different.
Choose a scene from the book where a character had to make a decision. Explain how that decision impacted the story or character.

Suggested Authors

Lloyd Alexander
David Almond
Laurie Halse Anderson
VC Andrews
Joan Bauer
Anilu Bernardo
Joan W Blos
Edward Bloor
Judy Blume
Ann Brashares
Terry Brooks
Meg Cabot
Lori M Carlson
Beverly Clearly
David Clement-Davies
Sharon Creech
Sandra Cisnero
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Caroline Cooney
Susan Cooper
Christopher Curtis
Roald Dahl
Paula Danziger
Barry Denenberg
Jennifer Donnelly
Nancy Farmer
Paula Fox
Paul Fleischman
Jean Fritz
Jack Gantos
Jean Craighead George
Bette Greene
Margaret Haddix
Virginia Hamilton
Julie Hahnke
Karen Hesse
Will Hobbs
Kimberly Willis Holt
Brian Jacques
Jim Kjelgaard
Jackie French Koller
Elaine Konigsburg
Trudy Krisher
Kathryn Lasky
Madeline L’Engle
Lois Lenski
Gail Carson Levine
C S Lewis
Jack London
Lois Lowry
Harry Mazer
Norma Fox Mazer
Walter Dean Myers
Beverly Naidoo
Garth Nix
Joan Lowry Nixon
Han Nolan
Naomi Shihab Nye
Scott O’Dell
Joyce Carol Oates
George Orwell
Katherine Paterson
Edith Pattou
Gary Paulsen
Richard Peck
Wilson Rawls
Ann Rinaldi
Hazel Rochman
J K Rowling
Louis Sachar
Anna Sewell
Lemony Snickett
Gary Soto
Jerry Spinelli
Beverly Clearly
Judith Bau Stamper
George Sullivan
Rosemary Sutcliff
Mildred Taylor
JRR Tolkien
Mark Twain
Jules Verne
Cynthia Voigt
Jude Watson
Budge Wilson
Virginia Euwer Wolff
Tim Wynne-Jones
Jane Yolen
Paul Zindel

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