Summer Reading Booklists

Imagine Your Story this summer...

with these suggested titles for children and teens!

(Click right on the titles to go to the CWMARS catalog, see each book, and place a hold!)

Middle Grades

Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Legends

Sukey and the Mermaid by Robert D. San Souci

Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile by Won-Ldy Paye

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young

The Goat-Faced Girl: A Classic Italian Folktale by Leah Sharpe

Little Gold Star/A Cinderella Cuento by Joe Hayes

Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott


Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis

Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison

Emmanuel's dream : the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle


Realistic Fiction

Firebird by Misty Copeland

Our Favorite Day by Joowon Oh

Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons

The Fisherman and the Whale by Jessica Lanan

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Fractured Fairytales & Silly Stories

Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty? and Other Notorious Nursery Rhyme Mysteries by David Levinthal

The Very Smart Pea and the Princess to Be by Mini Grey

Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray

This is Not That Kind of Book by Christopher Healy



Finding Wonders: A Verse History of Girls and Science by Jeannine Atkins

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America's Test Kitchen

All in a Drop: how Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World by Lori Alexander

This Promise of Change: One Girl's Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

Realistic Fiction

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling


Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker

Can You Survive [...]? An Interactive Survival Adventure (series)

A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Graphic Novels & Fantasy

The Dragonet Prophecies by Tui Sutherland

The Girl Who Drank the Moon or The Witch's Boy by Kelly Regan Barnhill

Amulet by Kabu Kibuishu

Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty

Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races by Kristin Halbrook


Short Stories/Anthologies

A Phoenix First Must Burn, Patrice Caldwell, ed.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, Ellen Oh, ed.

A Tyranny of Petticoats, Jessica Spotswood, ed.

Dear Heartbreak, Heather Demetrios, ed.

The Other Side by Juan Pablo Villalobos

Realistic Fiction

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Education of Margo Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your A** by Meg Medina

Fairy Tales with a Fresh Spin

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Grim, Christine Johnson, ed.


These reading lists have been provided to the Millbury Public Library by representatives of the respective schools. For further questions regarding assignments or reading requirements, please contact the school (links to the schools provided below). Note that these lists link to a version of the print copies; try a fuller catalog search for the titles in other formats, including downloadable e-books and audiobooks, or different editions.

Elmwood Street Elementary School:

All students--no list; your choice

Abbey Kelley Shaw Charter School:

Required books:

4th Grade--Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo

5th Grade--The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

6th Grade--Restart by Gordon Korman

7th Grade--When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead


Choice Book (Choose one):

Grades 4/5

The Strangers by Margaret Haddix Peterson

Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli

Race the Wild: Rain Forest Relay by Kristin Earhart

Crumbled! The Misadventures of Nobbin Swill by Lisa Harkrader

Grades 6/7

Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth by Jeff Anderson

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo

The Strangers by Margaret Haddix Peterson

The Finest Hours The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman

Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. by Betsy Bird, ed.

Shaw Elementary School:

All students: your choice, one fiction or non-fiction book

Grade 6: choose one of the following:

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

Blackstone Valley Tech:

Incoming Freshmen: Peak by Roland Smith

Returning students--no list; your choice

Millbury Jr/Sr High School:

Grade 7: Eleven by Tom Rogers

Grade 8: Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Grade 9 (Honors/College Prep): All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

Grade 10 (Honors/College Prep): The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Grade 11 (AP): In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Grade 11 (Honors/College Prep): Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Grade 12 (AP): How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Grade 12 (Honors/College Prep): Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness by Liz Murray

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