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Mrs. Sheryl Powers, MLIS
Library Media Specialist
            Summer Reading                       

While relaxing this summer, we hope you find some time to read a great book!

Here are some suggestions that you might want to try:


Incoming 5th Grade

War Stories, Linked, or Unplugged by Gordon Korman

Holes by Louis Sachar

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment / Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Becoming Muhammad Ali (with Kwame Alexander) / Ali Cross / Treasure Hunters Series by James Patterson

History Smashers series by Kate Messner 

Before the Ever After by Jaqueline Woodson

Out of My Mind / Blended by Sharon Draper 

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Front Desk by Kelly Yang  

Ghost (Track Series) by Jason Reynolds  

Who Was/What Is series


Incoming 6th Grade

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

Crash by Jerry Spinelli

Ghost (Track Series) by Jason Reynolds

Land of Stories Series by Chris Colfer 

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Holes by Louis Sachar

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Incoming 7th Grade

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Peter and the Star Catchers by Dave Barry

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl


Incoming 8th Grade

Loot / Sting by Jude Watson 

The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (series) by Ransom Riggs

The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins

Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling

A Night Divided / Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Prisoner B-8037 / Projekt 1065 / Refugee  by Alan Gratz

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck

Skellig by David Almond

What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Fault in Our Stars/ Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson


 The Great Stone Face Book Award Nominees for 2021
5th and 6th Grades
The Isinglass Teen Book Award 
Nominees for 2021
7th and 8th Grades
  • Allies by Alan Gratz
  • The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows
  • Bouncing Back by Scott Ostler
  • Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
  • I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 Graphic Edition by Lauren Tarshis
  • Notorious by Gordon Kormon
  • The Oddmire Book 1: Changeling by William Ritter
  • Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga
  • Owl's Outstanding Donuts by Robin Yardi
  • Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos
  • A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying by Kelley Armstrong
  • Shadow School 1: Archimancy by J.A. White
  • Slip of a Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Squint by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown
  • Stay by Bobbie Pyron
  • A Talent for Trouble by Natasha Farrant
  • Tito the Bonecrusher by Melissa Thomson
  • Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick
  • A Wolf Called Wander by Rosanne Parry
  • Internment by Samira Ahmed
  • This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
  • Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake
  • The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
  • On Thin Ice by Michael Northrop
  • Good Enough by Jen Petro-Roy
  • Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy by Rey Terciero
  • Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams
Links to Book Awards:




“When in doubt, go to the library.” - JK Rowling 
Suggest a Book!

Have you heard of an interesting new book that has just been published? Do you know of a good book that you think should be in the DMS Library? Are there any subjects that you wish that we had more books about? Fill out a *Book Suggestion Slip* with your name, the title and author of the book, or the book's subject (i.e., "magic"), and drop it into the blue bin located on Mrs. Powers' circulation desk.