2015 PSD 6-8 grade Summer Reading
These are the books on the grades 6-8 summer reading list for the Pawtucket Public Schools.
2015 PSD 6-8 grade Summer Reading
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A brief biography in verse of boxer Muhammad Ali.
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Drawing From Memory - by Allen Say. Caldecott Medalist Allen Say presents a stunning graphic novel chronicling his journey as an artist during WWII, when he apprenticed under Noro Shinpei, Japan's premier cartoonist. Part memoir, part graphic novel, part narrative history, DRAWING FROM MEMORY presents a complex look at the real-life relationship between a mentor and his student.
Caldecott Medalist Allen Say presents a stunning graphic novel chronicling his journey as an artist during WWII, when he apprenticed under Noro Shinpei, Japan's premier cartoonist. Drawing from memory is Allen Say's own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today.
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The title of Allen Say's memoir alludes to his use of drawing as a way of accessing childhood memories of his life in Japan.
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DRAWING FROM MEMORY, by Allen Say (illustrated autobiography) His own story of his path to becoming the renowned artist he is today. Shunned by his father, who didn't understand his son's artistic leanings, Allen was embraced by Noro Shinpei, Japan's leading cartoonist and the man he came to love as his "spiritual father."
Encore -- Drawing from memory / Allen Say.
Describes how an African slave, Toussaint L'Ouverture, lead his fellow slaves of the island of St. Domingue (now Haiti) to revolt against the white plantation owners to gain their freedom and influence the course of world history.
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An authorized portrait about Grandin's life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities describes how she overcame key disabilities through education and the support of her mother.
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This accessible autobiography is the true story of one girl's determination to hold her family together during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.
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Red scarf girl a memoir of the cultural revolution
"When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ,This is not right.'" - Claudette Colvin On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.
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“When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can’t sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.’” – Claudette Colvin Presents an account of fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin, an African-American girl who refused to give up her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, nine months before Rosa Parks, and covers her role in a crucial civil rights case.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (informational, Newbery) tells the story of a young teenage girl who fought segregation. She is a much less known civil rights activist than others like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., but still played an important role. This book would be good to use during black history month or for a study of the civil rights movement or the 14th amendment for older children.
Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God's very existence.
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Charles and Emma : the Darwins' leap of faith by Deborah Heiligman. 2010 Honor Book
Charles and Emma : The Darwins' Leap of Faith - Deborah Heiligman Charles Darwin and his wife, Emma, were deeply in love and very supportive of each other, but their opinions often clashed. Emma was extremely religious, and Charles questioned God's very existence. 268 pg. ; pb available ; non-fiction ; Grades 8-12
Award-winning author James Cross Giblin draws on first-hand accounts of family members, friends, and colleagues to create vivid images of Edwin Booth and his brother John Wilkes, best known today as the man who shot Abraham Lincoln.
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FEBRUARY 2013 (tie) I read it because I'm a civil war geek, but ended up loving it for its theater lore - which informs my career. A short biography which is leading me to other biographies on the Booth family.
Tells the life stories of nineteenth-century actor Edwin Booth and his actor brother John Wilkes Booth, describing the differences between the two men, chronicling John's assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and examining the impact of John's crime on the Booth family for decades afterward.
Born in a small town in rural Arkansas, Daisy Bates was a journalist and activist who became one of the foremost civil rights leaders in America. In 1957 she mentored the nine black students who were integrated into Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Ellen and William Craft were two of the few slaves to ever escape from the Deep South. Their first escape took them to Philadelphia, then on to Boston pursued by slave hunters, and finally 5000 miles across the ocean to England, where they were able to settle peacefully.
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Tells the story of Amelia Earhart's life - as a child, a woman, and a pilot - and describes the search for her missing plane.
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Top 10 Narrative Nonfiction Books for Kids in Middle School: Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart Lettering by Jessica Hische
To commemorate Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2, Time Out Kids partnered with the New York Public Library to generate a list of the Top 50 Children's Books
Read aloud books for ages 8-12
Fleming, C. (2011). Amelia Lost: the life and disappearance of Amelia Earhart. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books. The life of Amelia Earhart is recounted from her childhood up to her disappearance during her last flight. The facts and myths of her life are examined, providing an intriguing picture of the whole person. Awards: ALA Notable Children's Books (2012), Cybils Awards for Young Adult Nonfiction (2011), NCBLA- Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts (2012) See Comments.
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming
"Mark Twain was born fully grown, with a cheap cigar clamped between his teeth." So begins Sid Fleischman's ramble-scramble biography of the great American author and wit, who started life in a Missouri village as a barefoot boy named Samuel Clemens.
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A biography of Mark Twain, illustrated with photographs throughout, and written in Sid Fleischman’s inimitable style.
Common Core Nonfiction
Cover image for The trouble begins at 8 : a life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild West / Sid Fleischman.
In this groundbreaking memoir set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War, Ibtisam Barakat captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war.
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One of my favorite books.
Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.
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The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. Tally Youngblood is a 15-year old girl who is set to turn "pretty" in two weeks. In Tally's world, everyone who is not pretty has to live in "Uglyville" until they're 16 and can have a special operation to become pretty. Tally can't wait to move into New Pretty Town, where everything will surely be better. But everything changes for Tally when she meets Shay and discovers the terrifying secret of the operation that has to be done in order to turn pretty.
Encore -- Uglies / by Scott Westerfeld.
Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack's life
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Breadcrumbs - A stunning modern-day fairy tale from acclaimed author Anne Ursu Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and disappeared into a forest with a mysterious woman made of ice. Now it's up to Hazel to go in after him. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," Breadcrumbs is a story of the struggle to hold on, and the things we leave behind.
"Breadcrumbs" by Anne Ursu. A fantastic coming-of-age book, worth reading for both young adults and not-so-young adults.
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"A boy got a splinter in his eye, & his heart turned cold. Only 2 people noticed. 1 was a witch, & she took him for her own. The other was his best friend. & she went after him in ill-considered shoes, brave & completely unprepared." Breadcrumbs, Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire (Illustrator.) PInner writes: "Imaginative, modern retelling of the Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. The protagonist, Hazel, is a fantasy lover as well & mentions many great books in her narrative."
Encore -- Breadcrumbs / Anne Ursu ; drawings by Erin McGuire.
Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America's first black paratroopers, who fought against attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II.
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HAVE YOU READ> Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers (Junior Library Guild Selection): Tanya Lee Stone Books
Courage Has No Color - The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone. SUMMARY: Stone examines the role of African Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America's first black paratroopers, who fought in a little-known attack on the American West by the Japanese. The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, in the words of Morris, "proved that the color of a man had nothing to do with his ability."-Amazon.com.
Courage Has No Color: The True story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone Candlewick, 2013. Although focused on the “Triple Nickles,” the first black paratroop unit in the U.S. Army, this penetrating, moving account uses official records and personal interviews to examine the injustice and impact of segregation on the U.S. Military during World War II. (Grade 5-Adult)
Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.
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BOMB: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin. **Newbery Honor Book** Also Starred reviews from PublishersWeekly, SchoolLibraryJournal, and Kirkus. The story of the atomic bomb. This tale includes espionage! (sample page available)
Bomb: The race to build - and steal - the most dangerous weapon by Steve Sheinkin (Winner: YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, 2013; Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children, 2013; Newbery Honor Book, 2013)
his inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people, most of them teenagers or younger adults, from across North America who have done great things for the environment. Heroes include a teenage girl who figured out how to remove an industrial pollutant from the Ohio River, a Mexican superstar wrestler who works to protect turtles and whales, and a teenage boy from Rhode Island who helped his community and his state develop effective e-waste recycling programs.
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"Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet" -- ($1.25) --- This inspiring book presents the true stories of 12 people from across North America who have done great things for the environment.
Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet: Harriet Rohmer: 9780811867795: Amazon.com: Books
Marching for Freedom tells the story of how ordinary kids helped change history. Award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge explores the events at Selma from their point of view, drawing on vivid recollections of some of those who marched as children.
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Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary by Elizabeth Partridge. This book recounts the three months of protest that took place before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s landmark march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to promote equal rights and help African Americans earn the right to vote.
Black History Month
Will the Supreme Court's Decision on the Voting Rights Act Undermine Civil Rights?
Journey to the Namibian desert with Caitlin O'Connell, an American scientist, and witness one of nature's largest , most complex, and most intelligent mammals living today on this earth.
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The Elephant Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series): Caitlin OConnell, Donna M. Jackson, Timothy Rodwell: 9780547053448: Amazon.com: Books
The Elephant Scientist, by Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson. (J 599.67 O'Co) American scientist Caitlin O'Connell shares her observations on her travels to Namibia to study African Elephants in their natural habitat. ALA Notable Children's Book, 2012 Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book. Ages 10 and up.
2012 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book In the sprawling African scrub desert of Etosha National Park, they call her “the mother of all elephants.” Holding binoculars closely to her eyes, American scientist Caitlin O’Connell could not believe what she was seeing from these African elephants: as the mighty matriarch scanned the horizon, the other elephants followed suit, stopped midstride, and stood as still as statues. This observation would guide the scientist to a groundbreaking discovery about ele
Did you know it sometimes takes hours for an elephant matriarch to deem it safe enough for her family to approach a waterhole? Facts like these are woven into a wonderful narrative featuring elephant scientist, Caitlin O' Connell. Amazing photographs too.
With a dazzling as-it-happens narrative and spectacular photographs, readers, young and old, will be fascinated as they discover why these mysterious cats are called ghosts of the mountain. Readers will also be stunned by how much perseverance it takes to research and protect this endangered, little-understood species.
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Discusses the events of the 4,000 African American students who marched to jail to secure their freedom in May 1963.
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We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson Genre: Non-Fiction. In May 1963, African American children and teenagers in Birmingham, Alabama,marched to jail to secure their freedom. They drew national attention to the cause, helped bring about the repeal of segregation laws, and inspired thousands of other young people to demand their rights. This shows young people coming together in order to make changes to end racism and segregation in their community.
wonderful book full of history, great for classrooms during black history month
In the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, the fight for civil rights lay in the hands of children. Through the eyes of four protesters and others who participated in the 1963 Birmingham Children's March, the story of 4,000 black elementary, middle, and high school students who voluntarily went to jail between May 2 and May 11, 1963 is told. The children succeeded - where adults had failed - in desegregating one of the most racially violent cities in America.
"The Long Road to Civil Rights" We've Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children's March (Jane Addams Award Book (Awards)): Cynthia Levinson: 9781561456277: Amazon.com: Books
In 1991, mountain climbers on the Niederjoch Glacier on the Italian-Austrian border came across something unexpected: a body. It had been a very warm summer, and five bodies had already turned up in the area. But something here was different. The materials found with the body suggested it might be very old, perhaps from the 1800s. But radiocarbon dating proved the iceman was 5,300 years older, from the Copper Age. He was named Ötzi and he is the oldest human mummy preserved in ice ever found.
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Grade 7-History: In 1991, mountain climbers on the Niederjoch Glacier on the Italian-Austrian border came across a very different type of body. It had been a very warm summer, and five bodies had already turned up in the area. But the materials found with this body suggested it might be very old, perhaps from the 1800s. But radiocarbon dating proved the iceman was 5,300 years older, from the Copper Age. He was named Ötzi and he is the oldest human mummy preserved in ice ever found.
A photographic collection exploring what the world eats featuring portraits of twenty-five families from twenty-one countries surrounded by a week's worth of food.