Middlesex Middle School, Darien, CT 06820
2015 MMS Summer Reading
Updated 5/27/2015

Rationale & Requirements

Summer is a time to break out of usual reading patterns and explore new interests, ideas, and authors. Reading should be viewed as a portal to lifelong learning. It is not a chore, but a mechanism to help students discover themselves through literature. Reading can also bring a lifetime of pleasure and enlightenment. Research strongly suggests that reading, like most skills, improves with practice and decreases when we don't engage in it for even a short time, so we encourage students to read over the summer from a variety of genres.

Each year, incoming students are asked to read at least three books over the summer of their choice. In selecting these books we ask that each book be from a different genre. Some ideas of genres are science fiction, historical fiction, realistic fiction (includes sports fiction, romance, etc.), fantasy, mystery, non-fiction (biography, autobiography, informational), and adventure/suspense novels.

Upon completion of each book, students are asked to complete a written review of the book. This is a change from years past when students were asked to complete a book log sheet analyzing each novel. To help students develop their book reviews, we have included a set of suggestions below that may help guide their thinking, along with a sample review that students can use as a guide. These reviews should include the title, author, genre, and total pages.

NOTE to Incoming 8th Graders: All incoming 8th graders are expected to read Peak by Roland Smith as one of their three summer reading books.


Book Review Do's and Don'ts

In a book review, it is helpful to… In a book review, it is NOT helpful to…
• begin with a brief summary of the book.
• be clear about why you liked or did not like the book. Talk about something specific from the book. • give a rating.
• talk about what type of reader/person would like this book and why.
• compare the book to another book or movie.

• give too much information about the plot.
• give no information about the book.
• be too negative or too positive.

Click here for a sample book review!


Recommended Book Lists
NOTE: Students do NOT need to stick to just these lists. We are posting these pages simply as a guide to help students choose quality pieces of literature. If you struggle to find a book that interests you, please see a Darien Librarian!

Darien Library Book Lists for Kids: http://www.darienlibrary.org/kids/booklists

Darien Library Summer Booktalk Lists:

Barrett Bookstore Suggested Summer Reading for Middle School (organized by genre!): http://www.barrettbookstore.com/suggested-summer-reading-middle-schoolers

Read Kiddo Read: http://www.readkiddoread.com/home

Teenreads.com Ultimate Teen Reading List (this is for older middle school/high school students): http://www.teenreads.com/teenreadscom-ultimate-reading-list

ALA Michael Printz Award-Winners (for students going into grade 8): http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/printzaward/Printz.cfm


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