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“Multivoice & Novels in Verse”

"If adolescence is all about finding one’s way-sorting through cacophony for a sense of meaning, an identity, a truth-perhaps its reality is best represented in multivoice or multi genre styles." -Candida Gillis for NCTE

With this intention, the Middle School English department enthusiastically announces this year’s summer reading, focusing on multivoice/multi genre and novels written in verse. All Middle School students are required to read the three novels for their respective grade level by the first day of school in August and bring either the actual books or electronic copies to class with them. These novels will serve as a catalyst for the beginning of the year class discussions, an assessment of students’ comprehension and writing levels, and the first formal assessment of the school year. Please note that the author/poet Kwame Alexander will visit with our Middle School students during this upcoming school year.

Required Novels

Rising Eighth Grade

Rising Seventh Grade

Rising Sixth Grade

Booked

by Kwame Alexander

Nothing but the Truth

by Avi

Home of the Brave

by Katherine Applegate

The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander

Seedfolks

by Paul Fleischman

Heartbeat

by Sharon Creech

The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander

Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks by Kate Klise

Gone Fishing

by Tamera Will Wissinger

*Books may be purchased online, at used bookstores, electronically, or borrowed at your nearest public library.

(8) Booked by Kwame Alexander

Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/
can’t nobody cop you…


Soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as 12-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.


This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action, and emotion of a World Cup match!

(8) Nothing but the Truth by Avi

A ninth-grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story. The story is revealed through a series of journal entries, memos, letters, and dialogues. This highly original novel emerges as a witty satire of high school politics, revealing how truth can easily become distorted.

(8) Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

Kek, a young Sudanese refugee, is haunted by guilt that he survived. He saw his father and brother killed, and he left his mother behind when he joined his aunt's family in Minnesota. In fast, spare free verse, this debut novel by nonfiction writer Applegate gets across the immigrant child's dislocation and loss as he steps off the plane in the snow. He does make silly mistakes, as when he puts his aunt's dishes in the washing machine. But he gets a job caring for an elderly widow's cow that reminds him of his father's herds, and he helps his cousin, who lost a hand in the fighting. He finds kindness in his fifth-grade ESL class, and also racism, and he is astonished at the diversity. The boy's first-person narrative is immediately accessible. Like Hanna Jansen's Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You (2006), the focus on one child gets behind those news images of streaming refugees far away. Rochman, Hazel—This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

(7) The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother, Jordan, are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.


Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

(7) Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

A vacant lot, rat-infested and filled with garbage, looked like no place for a garden, especially to a neighborhood of strangers where no one seems to care. Until one day, a young girl clears a small space and digs into the hard-packed soil to plant her precious bean seeds. Suddenly, the soil holds promise: To Curtis, who believes he can win back Lateesha's heart with a harvest of tomatoes; to Virgil's dad, who sees a fortune to be made from growing lettuce; and even to Maricela, 16 and pregnant, wishing she were dead.

Thirteen very different voices and perspectives—old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted, and hopeful—tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood.

(7) Heartbeat by Sharon Creech

Run run run. That's what 12-year-old Annie loves to do. When she's barefoot and running, she can hear her heart beating . . .thump-Thump, thump-Thump. It's a rhythm that makes sense in a year when everything's shifting: Her mother is pregnant, her grandfather is forgetful, and her best friend, Max, is always moody. Everything changes over time, just like the apple Annie's been assigned to draw. But as she watches and listens, Annie begins to understand the many rhythms of life, and how she fits within them.

(6) The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.


Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story's heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

(6) Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks by Kate Klise


How could a simple request for a new water fountain go so very, very off-track? When Principal Wally Russ writes to fountain designer Florence Waters to ask her to replace Dry Creek Middle School's busted drinking fountain, he little suspects that he is sparking the imagination of an artiste. Kate Klise's charming mystery novel is told entirely in letters and faxes, as the glamorous Florence visits Dry Creek and becomes friends with Mr. Sam N.'s fifth-grade class. The class helps Florence design the most outrageous water fountain ever, and along the way uncovers the dirty (and rather wet) secret that dwells underneath Dry Creek Middle School. Writes Florence to her new fifth-grade friends, "Your drawings are hanging in my studio. Pure inspiration. Of course a drinking fountain should have tropical fish and chocolate shakes!" Claire Dederer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

(6) Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger

Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he’s none too pleased. All ends well in this winsome book of poems—each labeled with its proper poetic form. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found—and, most of all, of delicious anticipation. Charming line drawings animate the poetry with humor and drama, and the extensive Poet’s Tackle Box at the end makes this the perfect primer to hook aspiring poets of all ages.

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