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Summer Reading List

Dear Parents and Students,


Every year we change our summer reading list a bit.  This year, we have changed some selections to attract a broader audience.  There are two choices of texts per incoming class.  Of course, we encourage students to read far more during the summer than our reading list requires.  We believe, and know through research, that students take an “academic dip” over the summer (and have to play catch-up in the fall) if they don’t practice any learned skills.  So, we encourage all families to visit the public library, check out books (for free!) and read over the summer months. 


We, as an English department, expect that your student will read at least one of the following books over the summer.  At the beginning of the school year, your child will be given an assignment or exam directly related to the books on the reading list. 


We also ask – if you can – that you donate your summer reading book (and any other school-appropriate books) so that we may build up our classroom libraries.  During the 2017-2018 school year, every child will be expected to read a book for at least ten minutes in all English, intervention, and reading classes – every time those classes meet.  Why are we emphasizing reading so much? As educators and researchers, we know that the single greatest factor in a student’s academic success is how much and how often he/she reads.  Reading does more to improve language skills, thinking skills, social skills, and test scores than any other single activity a student can perform.  We believe in it and hope that through our combined efforts your child will become a lifelong reader and learner.


Thank you for your help in this endeavor.  Enjoy your summer reading!


The English Department at Woodland Hills Academy.



From the appropriate column below, please choose one book to read.  We encourage you to read the second book as well, but you will only be evaluated on your understanding of one of the books listed.  Reading selections are listed according to your reading skills: struggling, good, or advanced. If you have any questions, please talk to your English teacher as soon as possible.


Enjoy your summer reading!




Entering 6th Grade

Struggling Readers

Good Readers

Honors/Advanced Readers

Freckle Juice

By Judy Blume


All Shook Up: The Life and Death of Elvis Presley

By Barry Denenberg


Bridge to Terabithia

By Katherine Paterson

Double Fudge

By Judy Blume


Tuck Everlasting

By Natalie Babbitt


Bud, Not Buddy

By Christopher Paul Curtis



Entering 7th Grade

Struggling Readers

Good Readers

Honors/Advanced Readers

American Born Chinese

By Gene Luen Yang

Goodbye Stranger

By Rebecca Stead


The Seventh Most Important Thing

By Shelley Pearsall

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

By J.K. Rowling


Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Unite with His Mother

By Sonia Nazario


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

By Ransom Riggs



Entering 8th Grade

Struggling Readers

Good Readers

Honors/Advanced Readers


By Roald Dahl


Esperanza Rising

By Pam Munoz Ryan


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

By Mark Haddon

Cirque Du Freak

By Darren Shan



By Walter Dean Myers

Flowers for Algernon

By Daniel Keyes