The Inly Summer Reading List – Part 7

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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been posting sections of our school’s summer reading list.  Rather than listing books according to the grade the student is entering, we base our summer list on Bonnie Campbell Hill’s Reading Continuum. The ten sections of Hill’s continuum identify characteristics of children at certain stages in their growth as readers. Our students are given summaries of each title, but in the interest of space, I’ve been listing titles only – with a few exceptions. The three remaining sections will be posted during the week ahead.

Today’s list is for Fluent Readers.  The characteristics of a fluent reader are:

–         many books include a central theme

–         challenging vocabulary

–         fully developed plots and characters

Fever by Laurie Halse Anderson

Books (mysteries) by John Bellairs

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting   

 Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

“This is a book to cherish and to hold close like a warm, cuddly blanket that you draw around yourself to keep out the cold.” (starred review, School Library Journal)

Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach

Masterpiece by Elise Broach

Powerless by Matthew Cody

Books by Sharon Creech

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West by Sid Fleischman

The Porcupine Year by Louise Erdrich

The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee T. Frazier

Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

How to Scratch a Wombat by Jackie French

Scat by Carl Hiaasen

 Books by Eva Ibbotson

The Great Ghost Rescue (1975)
Which Witch? (1979)
Not Just a Witch (1989)
The Secret of Platform 13 (1994)
Dial-a-Ghost (1996)
Island of the Aunts (2000)
Journey to the River Sea (2001)
The Haunting of Granite Falls (2004)
The Star of Kazan (2004)
Dial a Ghost (2008)
The Dragonfly Pool (2008)

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers

Only Theodosia Throckmorton can see the black magic and ancient curses that emanate from the Egyptian artifacts that her parents bring back from their archeological digs.  She has secretly learned the magic spells necessary to cleanse the objects.  But this time her mother has brought back an ancient amulet so cursed that it threatens the British Empire.  First-time author LaFevers has written a humdinger of a fantasy/historical/thriller novel. (Politics and Prose, Favorite Children’s Books, 2007)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord

The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone

Five Children and It byE. Nesbit

“In a hole in the ground, a few children find an old, hideous and short-tempered sand fairy, which awards them a wish for the day that would last only until sunset  Soon enough, they might learn that magic is not just a wonderful adventure – it can sometimes be tricky.”  (National Public Radio – Adventures to Read All Through the Summer)

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel  (or any books from this series: Sunwing, Firewing

  Darkwing, etc..)

Books by Gary Paulsen

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Bill Peet: An Autobiography

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick 

“Philbrick offers rip-roaring adventure in this Civil War–era novel featuring a mistreated orphan who doesn’t let truth stand in the way of spinning a good yarn. When his guardian, Uncle Squinton—the meanest man in the entire state of Maine—sells off Homer P. Figg’s older brother, Harold, to take a rich man’s son’s place in the Union army, Homer can’t just stand around doing nothing. Determined to alert the authorities (and his brother) that Harold is too young to be a soldier, the plucky narrator traces the path of the regiment. He faces many dangers, including an abduction or two, and being robbed and thrown in with the pigs, and joining the Caravan of Miracles before landing smack in the middle of the Battle of Gettysburg, where he reunites with his brother and more or less drives the Confederates away. The book wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without Homer’s tall tales, but there are serious moments, too, and the horror of war and injustice of slavery ring clearly above the din of playful exaggerations.”  (starred review, Publishers Weekly)

The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family’s Farm by Michael Rosen

Holes by Louis Sachar

Fortune’s Magic Farm by Suzanne Selfors

The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr by Judith St. George

Early on a July morning in 1804, on a patch of field overlooking theHudson River, two prominent political figures dueled. Suspenseful, alternating chapters follow the contrasting lives and characters of the men from birth to that fateful day.” (School Library Journal)

Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer by Shelley Sommer

What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb

The Mysterious Benedict Society byTrenton Lee Stewart

 Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey byTrenton Lee Stewart

            The sequel to The Mysterious Benedict Society – and just as fun!

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by C. Thimmesh

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers


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