Wilmington High School & Middle School Announce Summer Reading Lists

Below is an announcement from Wilmington Public Schools:

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools is recommending summer reading assignments for all students entering grades 6-8. Students entering grades 9-12 will have a required assignment. Summer reading encourages independent learning, active reading, and critical thinking. Summer reading also helps students maintain the progress they have made as readers and writers during the academic year. 

Wilmington Middle School

Students entering Wilmington Middle School (grades 6-8) are encouraged to read one of the books listed for their grade; we also hope that students will consider discovering other great reading choices. Each grade includes note-taking guides and reading guides to support thoughtful reading. Highlighted titles are available to borrow at the Wilmington Memorial Library.

Grade 6: Recommended summer reading journal and information sheet

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell 
  • Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Every Soul a Star, by Wendy Maas
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Middle School, Get Me Out of Here by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
  • New Kid, by Jerry Craft
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Orphan Island, by Laurel Snyder
  • The Tiger Rising, by Kate DiCamillo
  • Travel Team by Mike Lupica
  • You Go First, by Erin Entrada Kelly

Grade 7: Recommended summer reading journal and information sheet

  • The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer L. Holm
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Lions of Little Rock, by Kristin Levine
  • New Kid, by Jerry Craft
  • The Pants Project, by Cat Clarker
  • Pop, by Gordon Korman
  • Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson
  • They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott
  • Ungifted, by Gordon Korman
  • Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate

Grade 8: Book Options Handout and Assignment Sheet

  • Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, by Steve Sheinkin
  • Coraline, by Neil Gaiman
  • Dead End in Norvelt, by Jack Gantos
  • The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
  • The Juvie Three, by Gordon Korman
  • House Arrest, by K.A. Holt
  • New Kid, by Jerry Craft
  • See You at Harry’s, by Jo Knowles
  • Sheets, by Brenna Thummler

Wilmington High School

Students entering Wilmington High School (grades 9-12) are required to complete a summer reading assignment. Most titles are available to borrow at the Wilmington Memorial Library.

  • Look for the course you are entering for the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Join the Google Classroom for your grade for resources and reminders
  • Pick one of the books and read it this summer
  • Talk about your books with friends and family
  • Complete a dialectical journal for your book
  • Be prepared to turn in your dialectical journal and demonstrate your understanding of the book at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. 

Students entering AP English Language or AP English Literature will have a different assignment. Details can be found below. 

Grade 9 CP/Honors

Google Classroom Code: fipnm5e

Theme: Journeys & Change

  • Every Day, by David Levithan
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
  • A Painted House, by John Grisham
  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Grade 10 CP/Honors

Google Classroom Code: iip2q7u

Theme: Coming of Age

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
  • Feed, M.T. Anderson
  • The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier

Grade 11 CP/Honors

Google Classroom Code: 4smhyal

Theme: American Literature & Identity

  • Ask Me No Questions, by Marina Budhos
  • The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown (2014 edition; NOT the Young Readers Adaptation)
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
  • Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

Grade 12 CP/Honors

Google Classroom Code: 5ywt3ai

Theme: Perseverance & Courage

  • The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
  • Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys
  • All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

AP English Language & Composition (Information sheet and assignment)
Google Classroom: de6v3bh

AP English Literature & Composition (Information sheet and assignment)
Google Classroom: r6xavgk

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