Grade 7 Summer Info

Seventh Grade Supplies & Summer Reading

Unity School Summer Reading Program – 2020

Students Entering Grade Seven

Dear Rising Seventh Grader,

It’s time to think about summer reading! I hope you have lots of time to read books this summer. I want you to read books that you will enjoy, so I’ve included a lot of choices.

Here’s your Required Summer Reading Assignment:

  1. Please read The Giver by Lois Lowry toward the end of the summer. When you have completed the book, you must take a Reading Counts Quiz online by Friday, September 4, 2020. You can access this through the Unity School webpage under Academics/Media Center. Please use your username (first initial last name) and your Super Password.

  1. When school begins in August, be prepared to discuss this book.

Here’s your Free Choice Summer Reading Assignment:

  1. Choose and read 2 (two) books from the suggested reading list.
  2. You must take a Reading Counts Quiz online on these two books by Friday, September 4, 2020.
  3. You must write a 6-8 sentence review for e ach book. Be sure to have a good topic sentence about whether you recommend the book or not, at least three details from the story to back up your opinion and a concluding sentence. These are due by Friday, September 4, 2020

That’s it.  Enjoy your reading.  Read as much as you can, and I will see you in August. If you have any problems or questions, please email me at t or Mrs. Ferguson at

Have a safe and fun summer,
Ms. Heinonen

Unity School Summer Reading Program

Students Entering Grade 7 – 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

The following books are recommended for summer reading. Titles are chosen for their applicability to the curriculum, their recognition in journals, and in some cases, because of awards they have received. Students are encouraged to read as many books on the list as they choose; however, they must read the required title as well as two other books of their choice before the start of the school year.  Students may NOT choose a book they have already read, either in class or for another book report. Enjoy reading and have a wonderful summer!

Please note these are suggested books based on published lists for middle school students and have not been reviewed for content. Parents need to use their own discretion when students are choosing books.


Seventh Grade Summer Reading List:

*Required: The Giver by Lois Lowry. Please read this book toward the end of the summer, take a Reading Counts Quiz online, and be prepared to discuss it in August.

*Free Choices: Please read two of the following books, complete a Reading Counts Quiz online for each, and write a one paragraph review of each due in August.


Around the World in 80 Days                           Verne

The Bean Trees                                                      Kingsolver

*****Better Nate than Ever                                  Federle

Beware Princess Elizabeth                                    Meyer, C.

The Big Field                                                    Lupica

Boys’ War                                                        Murphy

Call of the Wild                                               London

A Circle Unbroken                                               Hotze

*Claudette Colvin, Twice Toward Justice         Hoose

*****Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles:
America’s First Black Paratroopers                        Stone

Danger Zone                                                    Klass

Dangerous Days of Daniel X, The                     Patterson

*****Doll Bones                                                Black

Downsiders                                                      Shusterman

***Dead End in Norvelt                                    Gantos

Eldest                                                              Paolini

Emergency Room                                              Cooney

Fell Back                                                          Kerr

Fell Down                                                         Kerr

Firegirl                                                            Abbott

The Fog                                                           Cooney, C.

Heat                                                                 Lupica

The Hero and the Crown                                  McKinley, R.

How to Ruin A Summer Vacation                      Elkeles

The Hunger Games Series                                            Collins
Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay

Just Listen                                                      Dessen

The Hobbit                                                      Tolkien

King of Shadows                                               Cooper

Life As We Knew It                                         Pfeffer

The Man Who Was Poe                                    Avi

*Mare’s War                                                    Davis

Marley and Me                                                 Grogan

Maximum Ride: School’s Out Forever               Patterson

Miriam’s Well                                                    Ruby

Monster                                                           Myers

*****Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and

Survivors Captured the Most Notorious Nazi               Bascomb

New Moon, Twilight, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn             Meyer

*****Paperboy                                                  Vawter

Prince and the Pauper                                     Twain

River Secrets                                                       Hale

Road of the Dead                                             Brooks

Scorpion                                                          Myers, W.D.

Secret Life of Bees                                          Kidd

****Seraphina                                                  Hartman, R.

**Ship Breaker                                                 Bacigalupe

Squashed                                                         Bauer

The Three Musketeers                                    Dumas

****Three Times Lucky                                    Turnage, S.

Treasure Island                                               Stevenson

The Wall: Growing Up Behind                           Sis
The Iron Curtain

The Wednesday Wars                                     Schmidt

Up a Road Slowly                                             Hunt

The Uglies, Pretties or Specials
(any in series)                                             Westerfeld

Witch & Wizard                                               Patterson

Within Reach: My Everest Story                      Pfetzer

****Wonder Show                                           Barnaby, H.


*2010 Award/Honor Books

**2011 Award/Honor Books

***2012 Award/Honor Books

****2013 Award/Honor Books

*****2014 Award/Honor Books

Seventh Grade Supplies