Dartmouth Schools Summer Reading 2016

Dartmouth Public (High School, Middle School, Elementary School), Bishop Stang High School, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, New Bedford Public Schools and Friends Academy – Scroll down to see all of them.

DHS – Dartmouth High School

There is no whole-school summer reading this year. Students can read books of their own choosing except for Honors and AP English.

English 9Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, English 10Into the Wild by John Krakauer, English 11 – Choose a New York Times fiction bestseller from the past 3 years, English 12Animal Farm by George Orwell, AP Lang & Comp/CapstoneTBA, AP LiteratureTBA, AP English IITBA.

DMS – Dartmouth Middle School

For students entering 6th grade, the requirement is to read The Bully Book by Eric Kahn Gale. Middle School students receive it for free.

Incoming 7th and 8th graders have a choice of 10 books. Students should choose one, read it and be prepared to discuss with their peers and a teacher. See the list of books below.

1. The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart – realistic – 229 pages.  A boy named Mark, tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from home with his dog, Beau.
2. Twerp by Mark Goldblatt – realistic – 275 pages.  In Queens, New York, in 1969, twelve-year-old Julian Twerski writes a journal for his English teacher in which he explores his friendships and how they are affected by girls, a new student who may be as fast as Julian, and especially an incident of bullying.
3. Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare –fantasy – 244 pages.  Warned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the Magisterium trials only to be drawn into its ranks against his will and forced to confront dark elements from his past.
4. Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner – science fiction – 264 pages. After a concussion that affects her balance, memory, and other abilities, twelve-year-old Kat goes to I-Can, the “Miracle Clinic in the Swamp,” where she joins forces with other patients to expose plot that endangers them all.
5. Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff – realistic – 289 pages.  As Trent struggles to move past a traumatic event that took place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little, who helps him understand that he can move on.
6. Doll Bones by Holly Black – fantasy – 244 pages. Three friends who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a reallife quest to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
7.  Jinx by Sage Blackwood – fantasy – 360 pages. A young boy named Jinx encounters magic and danger as he grows up in the deep, dark forest known as the Urwald.
8. Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac – historical fiction – 231 pages. Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
9. A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier – historical fiction – 282 pages. When the Spanish influenza epidemic reaches Portland, Oregon, in 1918, 17-yearold Cleo leaves behind the comfort of her boarding school to work for the Red Cross.
10. The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands – mystery – 384 pages. In 1665 London, Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.

*If you’re dying to read any of these now, download the FREE MackinVIA app, find our school and use your 6 digit number and long password to log in. Almost all are available as eBooks or digital audiobooks! See Ms. Gardner with any questions.

Dartmouth Public Schools – Elementary

Choose one:
Entering Grade 1: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes or Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes. Suggested Additional Reading.
Entering Grade 2: Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel or Henry and Mudge : in the Green Time by Cynthia Rylant. Suggested Additional Reading.
Entering Grade 3: Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne or Miss Daisy is Crazy! by Dan Gutman. Suggested Additional Reading.
Entering Grade 4: Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli or The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davis. Suggested Additional Reading.
Entering Grade 5: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper or Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Suggested Additional Reading.

Bishop Stang High School

Click here for Stang’s Summer Reading Selections

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School

Entering grade 9: Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Entering grade 10, choose one: The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez or Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
Entering grade 11: The Goldsmith’s Daughter by Tanya Landman or We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
Entering grade 12, choose one: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak or Consider by Kristy Acevedo.

EnglishHonors students are also responsible for reading:
Entering grade 10: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Entering grade 11: The Crucible by Arthur Miller.
Entering grade 12: A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.

AP students are only responsible for reading:
Entering grade 11, AP Language and Composition: 1984 by George Orwell, Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, and Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard.
Entering grade 12, AP Literature and Composition: The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri,  Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon, and White Teeth by Zadie Smith.

New Bedford Public Schools – Elementary

Entering Kindergarten: Biscuit Goes to School or Biscuit Loves the Library by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (book provided during K registration), Entering Grade 1: Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes, Entering Grade 2: Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel, Entering Grade 3: Magic Tree House #22 Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne, Entering Grade 4: Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, Entering Grade 5: Swindle by Gordon Korman.

New Bedford Public Schools – Middle & High SchoolClick Here


Friends Academy

Entering Grade 3: Suggested Reading List
Entering Grade 4: Hank Zipzer, Niagara Falls or Does It? by Henry Winkler and one book from this list of suggested books.
Entering Grade 5: Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone and one book from this list of suggested books.
Entering Grade 6: D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire and two books from this list of suggested books.
Entering Grade 7: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and one book from this list of suggested books.
Entering Grade 8: The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood or King of Shadows by Susan Cooper plus at least 3 stories from Shutting Out the Sky by Deborah Hopkinson. Also choose one book from this list of suggested books.

Friends Academy Sally Borden Program

Entering Grade 3: Suggested Reading List
Entering Grade 4: Hank Zipzer: Niagara Falls, or Does It? by Henry Winkler.
Entering Grade 5: Rules by Cynthia Lord and My America: Our Strange New Land: Elizabeth’s Jamestown Colony Diary, Book One by Patricia Hermes and books of your choice.
Entering Grade 6: The Civil War Experience by Allison Lassieur and Matt Doeden and one more book of your choice.
Entering Grade 7: 13: See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles and a book of your choice.
Entering Grade 8: TBA.