Middle School Summer Reading

In support of the academic shifts taking place within the Common Core State Standards in New York, the Mahopac Middle School English Language Arts Department is continuing its summer reading plan to support the Middle School literacy curriculum.  Over the summer months, all matriculated students, grades six, seven, and eight, will be required to read an assigned book.  The books were chosen for relevancy to the respective grade level, and they address issues and themes which will be a center of focus during the school year in English and/or other content areas.  They will help facilitate verbal development, maintain literacy skills and serve to optimize student preparation from the very first day of We strongly recommend students and their families enjoy the books together; read aloud to one another, discuss the ideas, events, characters met, and spend some pleasant moments in the worlds these authors create.

The following list has been distributed to the Mahopac Public Library for your convenience.  These books can also be obtained at local bookstores and through online shopping sites that sell books.

Incoming sixth graders must choose one of the following books:

  • Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Incoming seventh-graders must choose one of the following books:

  • My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Incoming eighth graders must choose one of the following books:

  • Snow Bound by Harry Mazer
  • That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton

All incoming sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students should be prepared to participate in class discussions and/or group activities related to their assigned book upon return to school in September.  These books serve as the focus of English instruction during the opening days of the 2019-2020 school year.  Students will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of these books during the first weeks of school via reading and writing assessments. This literature will also serve as a foundation for a number of assignments throughout the year.  As an aid for recollection and comprehension, our English Language Arts Department has attached a suggested summer reading outline; it is strongly suggested that students have this outline completed when returning to school.  Click here for the outline form.

Reading is a pleasurable and life-long activity that educates, entertains and enriches the lives of all who participate; join us in making Mahopac Middle School a haven for avid readers.


The Mahopac Middle School English Department