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2015 Middle Grades Summer Reading  

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Summer Reading Requirements

Each student is required to read a total of three books.  

1)  All students are required to read Duke by Kirby Larson. 

2)  All students are required to read a mystery from the list of popular series.

3)  All students are required to read a nonfiction book(s) about dogs or World War II (approximately 50-75 pages) 

4)  All students, along with a family member, are asked to complete an activity and bring evidence of the activity to school in August.  This may be a picture of the final product.  There will be a display showcasing these projects.

Additional books may be any age appropriate book of the student's choice.

Don't stop with three!  Keep Reading!

You may obtain the books by purchasing through a local bookstore, through an online bookstore or by checking the book out at your local public library! (see links in Website box below)


Required Reading

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Duke - Kirby Larson
ISBN: 054541637X
Publication Date: 2013-08-27


Discussion Questions

Please come prepared to answer the questions on the discussion guide.


Family Activity- Choose One

Choose one of the following activites and have fun with the family!

Bring a picture to school to document the fun.

Build a Model - car, airplane, etc.

Collect "Dog" Jokes and write them in a journal.

Learn Origami and create a masterpiece.

Ride your bicycle and keep a log of the miles.

Bake cookies or a cake. 


Choose One Title from a Popular Series

Hardy Boys

Nancy Drew

Sammy Keys

Theodore Boone

Red Blazer Girls

Sisters Grimm


Choose One Nonfiction book about Dogs or World War II

Read 50-75 pages of factual, age-appropriate information about dogs, service dogs, or World War II.  You may read one book that is 50 -75 pages or a combination of nonfiction titles to equal 50-75 pages.


Nonfiction Title Suggestions

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Stubby the War Dog - Ann Bausum
ISBN: 1426314868

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Dogs on Duty - Hinshaw Patent
ISBN: 0802728456

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Super Sniffers - Dorothy Patent
ISBN: 0802736181

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My Life in Dog Years - Gary Paulsen
ISBN: 0440414717

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Yankee Doodle Gals - Amy Nathan
ISBN: 0792282167

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Rosie the Riveter - Penny Colman
ISBN: 9780517885673
Publication Date: 1998-02-10

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Remembering World War II - Dorinda Nicholson
ISBN: 0792271793

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The Red Tails - Steven L. Jones
ISBN: 9780789154873
Publication Date: 2001-01-01


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