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									                        Columbus Academy Middle School
                             Summer Reading 2012

All Middle School students will read three books this summer:
       1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio: This is an all-Middle School summer reading book. In
       August, the entire Middle School will participate in activities and discussions about
       Wonder. We will even have a Skype visit with author R.J. Palacio!
       2. One book by visiting author Gary Schmidt. (See grade lists for titles.)
       3. One book from your grade level choice list.


Ebooks on Follett Shelf and Follett Digital Reader App
Any summer reading book that has an asterisk (*) next to its title is available to you as an ebook
through Follett Shelf on your computer or Follett Digital Reader on your iPad or Android tablet.
You can access our ebook collection at any time from any computer, iPad, or Android tablet with
an internet connection. When you check out an ebook, you will have access to it for three weeks.

Follett Shelf on your computer:
1. Open any internet browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc.). Turn off the pop-up blocker. This
is very important because you will not be able to read an ebook if the pop-up blocker is on.
2. Go to the following URL: http://wbb03401.follettshelf.com
3. You will see the log in screen. Log in using your school username and password from the
2011-2012 school year.
4. You will now be directed to the CA MS Library Ebook homepage where you can browse the
available titles. When you find a book you want to read, check to see if it is “IN” or “OUT”. You
can only read books that are available on the ebookshelf at the time you log in, just like you can
only check out a book that is available on the actual library shelf. Click on the title you’d like to
check out; then click “Online” just below “Check out.” Now you can read your ebook!

Follett Digital Reader on your iPad or Android tablet:
1. Go to your app store, and download the free Follett Digital Reader app.
2. When you open the app, type the following in the URL box: wbb03401.
3. Type in your username and password from the 2011-2012 school year.
4. Click on “Check out more ebooks.” This will bring you to the Follett Shelf site. Check out a
book as in #4 above. That book will then appear on the Follett Digital Reader screen under “My
Online Ebooks.” Click on the title to read your ebook.


                                  Happy Summer Reading
                     from the Middle School Language Arts Department!
                    SUMMER READING 2012 – Entering Grade 6

For your summer reading, you will read three books:
       1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
       2. One of the following books by 2012-2013 visiting author Gary Schmidt: Anson’s Way,
       *Okay for Now,*The Wednesday Wars
       3. One book from the list below.

For the Gary Schmidt book and the choice book from the list below, choose a title that you
have not read previously.

After you have read each book, make one note card with the following information:
At the top of the note card, write the title of the book with the author’s name.
Main characters: List three to four main characters and their roles in the book.
Themes: List themes under which the book might be filed in the library or on a web site.
Plot: In three to five sentences, write a summary of the story, including the problem and how the
problem is resolved.
On the back, write a review: What did you think of this book and why?
Your name: Write your name on the card.

Keep your work to one note card, and save each card for August. You will bring these to school to
remind you of the books that you read.

Adventure/Mystery
*All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
The Danger Box by Blue Balliet
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Maze by Will Hobbs
*Heat, *Miracle on 49th Street, or *Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica
The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan (*The Ruins of Gorlan, *The Battle for Skandia,
        *The Icebound Land, *The Sorcerer of the North, *Erak’s Ransom, *The Siege of
        Mackindaw)
Silverfin (A James Bond Adventure) by Charlie Higson
Alex Rider Adventure series by Anthony Horowitz (*Stormbreaker, *Skeleton Key,*Eagle Strike,
        *Point Blank, *Snakehead, *Crocodile Tears, *Ark Angel,*Scorpia, Scorpia Rising)
*Murder At Midnight by Avi

Classics
The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
*Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
*The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Fantasy/Science Fiction
*The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
*Above World by Jenn Reese
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
Ella Enchanted or Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Eragon or sequels by Christopher Paolini
Magyk series by Angie Sage
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan: (*The Lightning Thief, *The Battle of the
       Labyrinth, *Sea of Monsters, *The Titan’s Curse, *The Last Olympian)
The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan (*The Lost Hero, Son of Neptune)
The Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan (*The Red Pyramid, Throne of Fire, The Serpent’s
       Shadow)

Historical Fiction
*Al Capone Does My Shirts or *Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko
*The Brooklyn Nine by Alan Gratz
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
*A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
*Yellow Star by Jennifer Rozines Roy
*Ashes by Kathryn Lasky

Nonfiction
What the World Eats by Peter Menzel
Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan became an American Boy by Andrea Warren
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
*Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers: Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled Dogs by
       Gary Paulsen
*Apple, the Company and Its Visionary Founder, Steve Jobs by Marcia Amidon Lusted

Realistic Fiction
*Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Colibri by Ann Cameron
*Finally by Wendy Mass
Rules by Cynthia Lord
*Things Not Seen or *Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead




Note: Descriptions and reviews of summer reading book choices can be found at Amazon.com.

								
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