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					Dear Parents/Guardians: Because reading is a fundamental part of everyone’s education, we are offering summer reading lists for rising grades 6-8. We hope that your child will both enjoy and benefit from a summer of reading. Included with each list you will find the following information: author’s name, book title, book genre, and Lexile level. This information is provided to help you and your student make the best possible choice when it comes to summer reading books. Lexile Levels In the Fall of 2007, each middle school was given the opportunity to test the reading level of the students using the Gates MacGinitie Reading Test. This test provided a grade-level reading score, which can be used to estimate the Lexile Reading Level for the student. “The Lexile Framework for Reading is a scientific approach to reading measurement that matches readers to text. The Lexile Framework measures both reader ability and text difficulty on the same scale, called the Lexile Scale. This approach allows educators (and parents) to manage reading comprehension and encourage reader progress” (www.lexile.com). The Lexile scale is provided for your reference. Lexile Scale
Grade Level Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Lexile Ranking 200-350 350-500 500-750 620-910 730-960 800-1030 880-1090 Grade Level Grade 8 Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Post High School Lexile Ranking 910-1140 1030-1160 1080-1210 1130-1260 1180-1300 1300-1700

Assignment We recommend students read two to five books during the summer. To gain maximum educational benefit, we suggest that your student record information on the reading log that follows and also write a brief response to one of the questions for each book read. If your student is enrolled in an advanced level English class, we suggest that he/she read at least three books from the rising grade level and complete three response questions. At the beginning of the school year, the log and responses should be given to your student’s English teacher. We also hope that your student will take advantage of Henrico County Public Library’s summer reading program. This year, the public library is offering students the opportunity to record their summer reading books online at the YA Summer Reading Club. Please visit www.henricolibrary.org for more information. Thank you for your support of the summer reading program. Marilyn Royal, Director of Middle School Education Ann Marie Seely, Educational Specialist – English/Language Arts/Reading

HENRICO COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUMMER READING LIST RISING GRADE 6
Author Allen, Thomas Anderson, Laurie Halse Avi Bode, N.E. Creech, Sharon Cushman, Karen Dahl, Raold DiCamillo, Kate Fallen, Anne-Catherine Farley, Walter Farmer, Nancy Grahame, Kenneth Hesse, Karen Hobbs, Will Holt, Kimberly Willis Juster, Norton Korman, Gordon McKissack, Patricia Nixon, Joan Lowery O’Dell, Scott Parks, Rosa Paterson, Katherine Reeder, Carolyn Rowling, J.K. Spinelli, Jerry Tolan, Stephanie S. Yep, Laurence Yolen, Jane Title George Washington, Spymaster Fever 1793 Crispin: At the Edge of the World The Anybodies Love That Dog Midwife’s Apprentice Danny the Champion of the World The Tiger Rising USA From Space The Black Stallion The Ear, the Eye and the Arm The Wind in the Willows Witness Bearstone Dancing in Cadillac Light The Phantom Tollbooth The Contest (or others in this series) Run Away Home The Orphan Train Streams to the River, River to the Sea Rosa Parks: My Story The Great Gilly Hopkins Grandpa’s Mountain Harry Potter (any in the series) Loser Surviving the Applewhites Dragon’s Gate Here There be Angels Genre Non-Fiction Historical Fiction Historical Fiction Fantasy Fiction Fiction Fiction Fiction Non-Fiction Fiction Fiction Fiction Poetry Fiction Fiction Fiction Fiction Historical Fiction Historical Fiction Historical Fiction Non-Fiction Fiction Historical Fiction Fantasy Fiction Fiction Fiction Poetry Lexile Level 1100 580 730 730 1010 1240 770 520 1090 680 660 920 N/A 780 760 1000 690 810 820 740 970 800 810 880-1030 650 820 730 810

You may also choose to read a book of your choice not suggested on the above list.

Students are also encouraged to read the 2008-2009 All Henrico Reads Middle School selection – Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez

Please see the reverse side for assignment information.

HENRICO COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUMMER READING LIST RISING GRADE 7
Author Alcott, Louisa May Antle, Nancy Asimov, Isaac Avi Barron, T.A. Bruchac, Joseph Canfield, Jack, et al Carbone, Elisa Creech, Sharon DiCamillo, Kate Drez, Ronald Hamilton, Virginia Hobbs, Will Korman, Gordon Lewis, C.S. L’Engle, Madeleine Myers, Walter Dean Nimmo, Jenny Paulsen, Gary Peck, Richard Perl, Lila Rawls, Wilson Rinaldi, Ann Rowling, J.K. Schulman, Arlene Spinelli, Jerry Tolkien, J.R.R. Verne, Jules Title Little Women Lost in the War Fantastic Voyage The Man Who Was Poe The Lost Years of Merlin Sacajawea Chicken Soup for the Soul Stealing Freedom The Wanderer The Tale of Despereaux Remember D-Day! Both Sides Tell Their Stories The House of Dies Drear The Big Wander Son Of The Mob The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe A Wrinkle in Time The Outside Shot Midnight for Charlie Bone Dogsong The River Between Us Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story Summer of the Monkeys A Stitch in Time) HARRY POTTER Muhammad Ali: Champion Wringer The Hobbit 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Genre Fiction Fiction Science Fiction Mystery Fantasty Fiction Non-Fiction Historical Fiction Fiction Fiction Non-Fiction Mystery Fiction Fiction Fiction Fiction Fiction Fiction Fiction Historical Fiction Non-Fiction Fiction Historical Fiction Fantasy Non-Fiction Fiction Fantasy Science Fiction Lexile Level 790-1300 680 770 600 770 840 940 870 830 670 not available 670 800 690 940 740 770 630 930 740 1080 810 590 880-1030 930 690 1000 540-870

You may also choose to read a book of your choice not suggested on the above list.

Students are also encouraged to read the 2008-2009 All Henrico Reads Middle School selection – Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez

Please see the reverse side for assignment information.

HENRICO COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUMMER READING LIST RISING GRADE 8
Author Bauer, Joan Bitton-Jackson, Livia Blackwood, Gary Bunting, Eve Cooney, Caroline B. Cooper, Susan Creech, Sharon DeFoe, Daniel Eckart, Allan Freedman, Russell Gold, Alison Leslie Holt, Kimberly Willis Hobbs, Will Kadohata, Cynthia Koertge, Ron Konigsburg, E.L. Korman, Gordon Lowry, Lois Moore, Yvette Myers, Walter Dean Nixon, Joan Lowry Nye, Naomi Shihab Paulsen, Gary Perkins, Lynne Rae Rowling, J.K. Sachar, Louis Spinelli, Jerry Yep, Laurence Title Hope Was Here I have lived a thousand years The Shakespeare Stealer SOS Titanic Face on the Milk Carton King of Shadows Walk Two Moons Robinson Crusoe Incident at Hawk’s Hill The Voice that Challenged a Nation Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a Childhood Friend When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Downriver Kira-Kira Shakespeare Bats Cleanup Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place Chasing the Falconers The Giver Freedom Songs Now is Your Time Spirit Seeker Is This Forever, Or What? Woodsong Criss Cross Harry Potter (any in the series) Holes Milkweed Dragon’s Gate Genre Fiction Non-Fiction Fiction Historical Fiction Fiction Fiction Fiction Fiction Fiction Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Fiction Fiction Fiction Poetry Fiction Fiction Fantasy Historical Fiction Non-Fiction Fiction Poetry Fiction Fiction Fantasy Fiction Fiction Historical Fiction Lexile Level 710 720 840 690 660 1010 770 880-1070 1200 1180 890 700 760 740 Not available 840 680 760 790 1030 700 Not available 1090 820 880-1030 660 510 730

You may also choose to read a book of your choice not suggested on the above list.

Students are also encouraged to read the 2008-2009 All Henrico Reads Middle School selection – Finding Miracles by Julia Alvarez

Please see the reverse side for assignment information.

Summer Reading Assignment
Response Questions: For each book read, write a well developed paragraph that answers one of the following choices. Turn your response(s) and your reading log in to your new English teacher. 1. Which event would you change? What would happen in your revision? 2. Which character was your favorite? Compare this character to you or to one of your friends. 3. Why did you choose to read a nonfiction book? What facts did you learn? List and briefly explain. 4. What would you say to the author of this book? (Critique two details of this book.) 5. Why did you choose a book that was not on the list? Defend your response with details from your book.

Summer Reading Log Date Book Title Author Comments about the Book

I acknowledge that my child has fulfilled the HCPS summer reading activities by reading and completing the assignment for the books listed above.

______________________________________________ Signature of Parent/Guardian

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