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Summer Reading Assignment


POMS Summer Reading Flyer 2017 

The required all school read book is Stand Tall by Joan Bauer. Students will participate in a school-wide book club
during the first week of school to discuss Stand Tall. Students will be given an assignment during the first week of
school related to the choice book.
REQUIRED ALL SCHOOL READ: Stand Tall by Joan Bauer
Tree is six foot, three and a half inches tall, copes with his parents’ recent divorce and his failure as an athlete. He's never
really fit in, but with the help of his grandpa and the new girl at school, Tree begins to realize that he can stand tall and be
himself, no matter where he is.
The following is a list of books provided for your summer reading pursuits; please choose one additional book to read from this list:
Realistic Fiction
Addie on the Inside by James Howe – Outspoken thirteen-year-old Addie Carle learns about love, loss,
and staying true to herself as she navigates seventh grade, enjoys a visit from her grandmother, fights with
her boyfriend, and endures gossip and meanness from her former best friend.
• Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin - Jason, a twelve-year-old autistic boy who wants to
become a writer, relates what his life is like as he tries to make sense of his world.
• After Eli by Rebecca Rupp – After the death of his older brother, Daniel Anderson became engrossed in
recording details about dead people, how they died, and whether their deaths mattered but he is eventually
drawn back into interaction with the living by two unexpected friends, Walter and Isabelle.
• Booked by Kwame Alexander – Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the
power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stand up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of
his dreams.
• The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter – The fate of a small California town rests on the outcome
of one baseball game, and Tome Gallagher hopes to lead his team to victory with the secrets of the now
disgraced player, Dante Del Gato.
• Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes – Preferring science and reading to the sports his father wants him to
play, Garvey comforts himself with food and endures bullying before joining the school chorus, where he
learns how to accept himself and bond with his father.
• Lost In the Sun by Lisa Graff – As Trent Zimmerman struggles to move past a traumatic event that took
place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little, who helps him understand that he
can move on.
• When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead – As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980’s
television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense
of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time
and space.
• I Become Shadow by Joe Shine – Abducted at age fourteen and trained by the F.A.T.E. Center to become
a Shadow, guardian of the future leader, Ren Sharpe, now eighteen, is assigned to protect college
science student Gareth Young, but with help from her secret love and fellow Shadow, Junie, she learns
that F.A.T.E. itself is behind an attack on Gareth.
• Sweet by Emmy Laybourne – The luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener
Solu, should be the vacation of a lifetime. It takes a horrifyingly wrong turn when the gig becomes an
expose on the shocking side effects of Solu.
• Unbreakable by Kami Garcia – Seventeen-year-old Kennedy Waters discovers she is a member of an
ancient secret society formed to protect the world from a powerful demon, determined to find a way
out of his dimension and into ours. She joins the Legion on a mission to find a weapon that can defeat
the demon.
• When by Victoria Laurie – Sixteen-year-old Maddie Flynn cannot help but see the death date of
everyone she meets or sees in a photograph or on-screen, and her alcoholic mother exploits this by
having her to do readings for money. But when Maddie predicts the death of a young boy, she becomes
the center of an FBI investigation.
• Audacity by Melanie Crowder – A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlieh and
her struggle for woman’s labor rights in the early 20th century in New York.
• Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson – Twelve-year-old Rosa and thirteen-year-old Jake form an
unlikely friendship as they try to survive and understand the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers
in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
• Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire And Its Legacy by Albert Marrin – Provides a detailed account
of the disastrous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, which claimed the lives of 146
garment workers in 1911, and examines the impact of this event on the nation’s working conditions and
labor laws.
• The Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle – In 1942, Robert and his cousin Elliot uncover long-hidden
family secrets while staying in their grandparents’ Rhode Island town, where they also become involved
with a German artist who is suspected of being a spy.
• A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen – When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother
Fritzz, were trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother
Dominic were in the West—four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on
the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.
• The Fire Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman – When Jade Moon, born in the unlucky year of the Fire Horse,
and her father immigrate to America in 1923 and are detained at Angel Island Immigration Station, Jade
Mood is determined to find a way through and prove that she is not cursed.
• The Boy Who Harnesssed the Wind by William Kamkwamba – African teenager William Kamkwamba
explored science books in his village library when he was forced to drop out of school, and was able to
change his family’s life by creating a windmill to pump water for his family’s farm.
• Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins – A biographical novel in verse
of three different girls in three different time periods who grew up to become grounbreaking scientists.
• The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin – Loss of two best friends; one to new friends, one to
drowning, science minded Suzy studies jelly fish stings.

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