Summer Reading

GJSMS Summer Reading Challenge

1) Read at least one book of your choosing or one of the books from our suggested Black Eyed Susan Nominee List below:

  • Kwame, Alexander – Rebound
  • Dee, Barbara  – Halfway Normal
  • Greenwald, Tommy – Game Changer
  • Hood, Susan – Lifeboat 12
  • Key, Watt – Deep Water
  • McAnulty, Stacy – The Miscalcaulations of Lightning Girl 
  • Rhodes, Jewell Parker – Ghost Boys
  • Saeed, Aisha – Amal Unbound 
  • Stone, Tamara – Click’d
  • Swanson, James L. –  Chasing King’s Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin
  • Slater, Dashka – The 57 Bus
  • Yang, Kelly – Front Desk
  • Magoon, Kekla – The Season of Styx Malone
  • Auxier, Jonathan – Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

2) After you finish your novel for summer reading, complete ONE of the following projects. 

  • ​Create a comic strip with at least 10 pictures and captions depicting the main events of the story. Feel free to be creative with colors and cut outs.
  • Rewrite the ending of the story. Be sure to include what happened to the main characters. (2-page minimum)
  • Create a movie trailer for the novel. This can either be drawn out on a story board or a video. You will be able to submit your video to Schoology when you come back to school.
  • Rewrite part of the novel through a different character’s point of view. Begin at the part you think is most exciting, then tell the rest of the story through your character’s eyes.
  • Create a playlist for the novels if it was turned into a movie. There should be a minimum of six songs. Write a summary for each song explaining its connection to the story.
  • Create a board game based on the novel. Include directions and any pieces needed to play the game.
  • Write and illustrate a children’s book about a major theme represented in your novel. (Another option is to rewrite your novel in the form of a children’s book.)
  • Assemble a collage that represents the major themes and characters of the story. Include a summary explaining how your collage represents those characters and themes.

3) Turn in your assignment to your new language arts teacher at the beginning of the school year.

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Interested in even more Summer Reading Challenges?
Select this link to view the BCPL Summer Reading Challenge Webpage