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Milford Middle School Summer Reading

Grade 6

Students should read one of the following books.  Click here to see all Grade 6 summer reading books in our catalog.


  • Case Closed?: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science – Susan Hughes
  • Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature`s Mysteries from Perilous Places – Donna M. Jackson
  • Look Up! Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard – Annette LeBlanc Cate


  • A Long Walk to Water – Linda Sue Park
  • Ellington Was Not a Street – Ntozake Shange
  • No Turning Back – Beverley Naidoo
  • Secrets of the Sphinx – James Cross Giblin
  • The African Mask – Janet E. Rupert
  • The Book of Time – Guillaume Prevost
  • The Glory Field – Walter Dean Myers


  • Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution – Ji-li Jiang
  • The Rainbow People – Lawrence Yep
  • When my Name was Keoko – Linda Sue Park

South America

  • The Dreamer – Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Secret of the Andes – Ann Nolan Clark

Central America

  • Amazon Diary: The Jungle Adventures of Alex Winters – Hudson Talbott
  • Here Where the Sunbeams Are Green – Helen Phillips
  • The Ugly One – Leanne Statland Ellis
  • The Zoo at the Edge of the World – Eric Kahn Gale
  • Whiskers, Tails & Wings: Animal Folktales – Judy Goldman


Grade 7

Students should read 1 selection from at least 3 of the genres below.  All poems and short stories below are available to read online.  Copies are also available at the library and at the Milford Middle School office.

Fable Oscar Wilde The Happy Prince
Parable Judith Ortiz Cofer “Aunty Misery”
Poetry Robert Frost Ghost House” (summer)“The Road Not Taken” (autumn)“Good Hours” (winter)“Birches” (spring)
Narrative Poem Robert W. Service The Cremation of Sam McGee

Click here to see books on the Grade 7 Recommended Reading List (not required).

Grade 8

Students should read one of the following books.  Please be aware that not all of the books are appropriate for every reader.  Please help your student to choose a book that is appropriate for him/her.  Click here to see all Grade 8 summer reading books in our catalog.

  • A Loss of Words – Lou Ann Walker
  • Airman – Eoin Colfer
  • Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Patterson
  • Bud, Not Buddy – Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Crackback – Jon Coy
  • Eight Keys – Suzanne M. LaFleur
  • Esperanza Rising – Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Every Day – David Levithan
  • Faith, Hope, and Ivy June – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Flygirl Sherri L. Smith 
  • Gym Candy – Carl Deuker
  • Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
  • Heart of a Champion – Carl Deuker
  • Homeboyz Allen Lawrence Sitomer 
  • Is It Night or Day? – Fern Schumer Chapman
  • Letters from Wolfie – Patti Sherlock
  • Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  • Lizzie Bright & the Buckminster Boy Gary D. Schmidt
  • Miracle’s Boys – Jacqueline Wilson
  • Misfits – James Howe
  • Rash – Pete Hautman
  • Runner – Carl Deuker
  • Slam – Walter Dean Myers
  • Soldier Boys – Dean Hughes
  • Soldier X – Dan L. Wulffson
  • Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Stuck in Neutral – Terry Trueman
  • Summer of My German Soldier – Bette Greene
  • Sunrise Over Fallujah – Walter Dean Myers
  • The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  • The Contender – Robert Lypsite
  • The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  • The Fledgling – Jane Langton
  • The Red Kayak – Priscilla Cummings
  • Travel Team – Mike Lupica
  • Truesight – David Stahler Jr.
  • What Happened to Cass McBride – Gail Giles
  • Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls
  • Wonder – R.J. Palacio