Grade Summer Reading List
Please read two of the following selections below. The required book in each section will be
discussed in class and a graded evaluation will be assigned during the first week of school. Each
student will also choose one additional book from the list below.
The student is expected to also read a free choice book from the list below and complete the
reading evaluation form found on page 3 and 4 at the end of this packet. The form is due by the first
day of school. In addition to these two selections students will read The Gospel of John.
Grade Language Arts: Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Grade Language Arts: Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
Free Choice Book (Choose one):
A Single Shard (Linda Sue Park) Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives
under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics
Across Five Aprils (Irene Hunt) Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left
to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War.
Amos Fortune, Free Man (Elizabeth Yates) When Amos Fortune was only fifteen years old, he was
captured by slave traders and brought to Massachusetts, where he was sold at auction. Although
his freedom had been taken, Amos never lost his dignity and courage. For 45 years, Amos worked
as a slave and dreamed of freedom. At age 60, he finally began to see those dreams come true.
Canyons (Gary Paulsen) Finding a skull on a camping trip in the canyons outside El Paso, Texas,
Brennan becomes involved with the fate of a young Apache Indian who lived in the late 1800s.
Catherine, Called Birdy (Karen Cushman) The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country
knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for
adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.
The Devil’s Arithmetic (Jane Yolen) Hannah
is tired of hearing about the Nazis during the
Holocaust, but when she opens the door for Elijah at the Passover Seder, she is transported in time
to 1940s Poland. She is captured and put in a death camp. A girl named Rivka befriends her,
teaching her how to fight the dehumanization of the camp and hold onto her identity.
Hoot (Carl Hiaasen) Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another
boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O’Dell) Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast
of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only surviving through her enormous
courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.