• Summer Reading List

    Berkshire 7th Grade Language Arts Summer Reading

    The seventh-grade language arts team at Berkshire believes that learning is a year-round endeavor and that summer vacation presents unique opportunities to develop as better readers. With this in mind, students are encouraged to read during the summer. Parents, please encourage your child to participate in summer reading. Education is a partnership between parent, teacher, and student; your encouragement, involvement, and support are an integral component of your child’s success. Statistics show that children who read during school breaks retain their reading skills that might otherwise be diminished through disuse. It has also been proven that the middle school years are critical in developing life-long reading habits (which will be needed for years of education to come). With the right book and the right environment, the reading habit can be sustained and growth in reading can be maintained (and increased!) during the summer months.

    Each student is expected to read at least one novel, but is of course invited to read two, three, or more! A list of suggested novels is provided, although students are allowed to read any novel of their choice. The list includes lower level books, grade-level books, and challenging reads for a variety of learners. As always, peruse the book or read a synopsis first to make sure it’s a book you would want your child to read.  However, we do request if a student picks reading from off the list that the reading is from a novel (not a comic book, children’s book, textbook, etc.). Students will be using their summer reading for their first reading assignment of the seventh-grade year.

    ~Mrs. Schultz and Ms. Edwards

    Suggested Reading


    *A Walk to Remember (Nicholas Sparks)

    *Akata Witch (Nnedi Okorafor)

    *Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)

    *Chomp (Carl Hiaasen)

    *Code Orange (Caroline B. Cooney)

    *Divergent series (Veronica Roth)

    *Emma (Jane Austin)-CHALLENGE

    *Everything, Everything (Nicole Yoon)

    *Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)—CHALLENGE

    *Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)--CHALLENGE

    *Hatchet (Gary Paulsen)

    *Harry Potter series (JK Rowling)

    *The Hunger Games series (Suzanne Collins)

    *Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

    *Monster (Walter Dean Meyers)

    *Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)

    *Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)--CHALLENGE

    *Percy Jackson series (Rick Riordan)

    *Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)- CHALLENGE

    *Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Mildred D. Taylor)

    *Series of Unfortunate Events series (Lemony Snicket)

    *Soul Surfer (Bethany Hamilton)

    *Shadow Falls series (C.C. Hunter)

    *Stargirl (Jerry Spinelli)

    *Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself (Judy Blume)

    *Summer of My German Soldier (Bette Green)

    *The Ascendance series (Jennifer A. Nielsen)

    *The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

    *The Call of the Wild (Jack London)

    *The Cay (Theodore Taylor)

    *The Chronicles of Narnia series (C.S. Lewis)

    *The Fault in our Stars (John Green)

    *The Gathering series (Kelley Armstrong)

    *The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings series (J.R. Tolkien)

    *The Hound of the Baskervilles— Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) -CHALLENGE

    *The Princess Bride (S.E. Hinton)

    *The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater)

    *The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (Avi)

    *This Dark Endeavor:The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein (Kenneth Oppel)

    *Twilight series (Stephenie Meyer)

    *Wonder (Louis Sachar