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Ms. McIntosh's Summer Reading Picks

 

Kinder KReynolds, Peter. Be You!

A celebration on individuality.

 

Blabey, Aaron. Pig the Pug Tourist.

Pig is a greedy and selfish Pug. Little does he know that being greedy has its consequence, and when he went on vacation he'd cause great dismay.

 

Blabey, Aaron. Thelma the Unicorn.

Thelma is an ordinary pony who wishes with all her heart to be a unicorn.

 

Burach, Ross. The Very Impatient Caterpillar.

An exploration of metamorphosis from a caterpillar transforms into butterflies.

 

Willems, Mo. We Are Growing.

Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone but Walt knows their uniqueness. Follow Walt as he tries to discover what makes him special.

 
 

1st ClipartArnold, Tedd. Attack of the 50 Foot Fly Guy! [AR BL 2.0, Pts. 0.5] (Fly Guy Series)

While Buzz is at school one day, Fly Guy grows until he is fifty feet tall. Buzz has to figure out what happened.

 

Dean, Dean, James. Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party. [AR BL 2.7, Pts. 0.5]

Pete piles his favorite topping on the pizza he is making, but when his guests arrive and add their own toppings to the pizza, Pete begins to wonder if his perfect pizza will be ruined.

 

John, Jory. The Good Egg? [AR BL 2.3, Pts. 0.5]

A very good egg learns how being too good can go wrong.

 

Falconer, Ian. Olivia. [AR BL 2.0, Pts. 0.5]

Olivia is busy! She spends her day enjoying life. She sings loudly, creates masterpieces, and wears everyone out! 

 

Diggs, Taye. I Love You More Than…

A father who doesn't live full-time with his son tells him all the ways he misses and loves him.

 
 

2nd ClipartSeluk, Nick. The Brain is Kind of a Big Deal. [AR BL 3.6, Pts. 0.5]

This funny and factual book explains the science behind everything the brain helps you do.

 

Runton, Andy. Owly #1: The Way Home [AR BL 2.0, Pts. 0.5]

Owly is a good-natured little owl, and he's always helping those around him. But despite his kindness, he seems to frighten would-be friends away before they even give him a chance.

 

Dawalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Quit. [AR BL 3.8, Pts. 0.5]

When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.  

 

Stilton, Geronimo.Geronimo Stilton #73: The Missing Movie  [AR BL 4.0, Pts. 1.0]

New Mouse City was having its first film festival. Fame-mouse directors from around the world submitted their best movies for a chance at the big prize, but at the screening, one of the films goes missing.

 

Pilkey, Dav. Dog man series. [AR BL 2.6, Pts. 1.0]

(honestly anything from author Dav Pilkey the students will love and read over and over again)

When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice.


 
 

3rd ClipartDahl, Roald. James and the Giant Peach. [AR BL 4.8, Pts. 4.0]

Wonderful adventures abound after James escapes from his fearsome aunts by rolling away inside a giant peach.

 

Kibuishi, Kazu. The Stonekeeper.  (Amulet Series) [AR BL 2.0, Pts. 1.0]

After moving to their ancestral home, Emily and Navin's mother is kidnapped by a tentacled creature in the basement that leads the children on a deadly chase into the magical world below their home.

 

Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia. [AR BL 4.6, Pts. 5.0]

The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer, who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

 

 Stine, R.L. Goosebumps SlappyWorld #9: Revenge of the Invisible Boy.

 [AR BL 3.5, Pts. 3.0]

Magic Club is supposed to be fun for Frankie Miller and his friends, but that pest, Ari Goodwyn, is always ruining everyone's tricks.

 

Tarshis, Lauren. I Survived Graphic Novel #2: I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916.

 (I Survived Series) [AR BL  3.9, Pts. 1.0]

A great white shark has been attacking swimmers not far from Elm Hills. Everyone in town is talking about it, so when ten-year-old Chet sees something in the creek, he's sure it's his imagination, until he comes face-to-face with the shark.


 
 

4th ClipartColfer, Chris. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell.  (The Land of Stories Series)

[AR BL 5.0, Pts.15.0]

Through the mysterious powers of a book, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic, where they come face-to-face with the fairytale characters they grew up reading about.

 

Sachar, Louis. Holes. [AR BL 4.6, Pts. 7.0]

As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert.

 

Palacio, R.J. Wonder. [AR BL 4.8, Pts. 11.0]

Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. 

 

Gino, Alex. You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! [AR BL  4.7, Pts. 6.0]

Jilly thinks she's figured out how life works, but when her sister Emma is born deaf, she realizes how much she still has to learn.

 

Greenwald, Tommy. Project Z #1: A Zombie Ate My Homework. [AR BL  4.1, Pts. 5.0]

Arnold Z. Ombee has escaped a secret government lab that's developing zombies. Fortunately, he's found by the Kinders, a warmhearted human couple who take him in.

 
 

5th ClipartCalabrese, Keith. A Drop of Hope. [AR BL 5.2, Pts. 9.0]

Something strange is happening in Cliffs Donnelly, Ohio, where times are tough, jobs are scarce, and miracles are in short supply. An old well has suddenly, impossibly, begun to grant wishes, and three sixth graders are the only ones who know why.

 

Hiassen, Carl. Hoot. [AR BL 5.2, Pts. 9.0]

Roy, who is new to his Florida community, becomes involved in another’s boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

 

Calabrese, Keith. Connect the Dots.

Sixth graders Oliver and Frankie's first few weeks of middle school have been full of odd occurrences. But what if none of it was random at all?

 

Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. [AR BL 5.7, Pts. 6.0] When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are sent to live with an old professor in the country, they can hardly imagine what wonderful adventures await them. It all begins when Lucy hides in a magic wardrobe and finds herself in a magical snow-covered land, called Narnia.

 

Libenson, Terri. Invisible Emmie. [AR BL  5.5, Pts. 11.0]

This book contains the story of two totally different girls--quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie--and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day after an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands.

 

Lowry, Lois. The Giver. [AR BL 5.7, Pts. 7.0]  

While training to be the Receiver of Memory, Jonas experiences joy and sadness for the first time. He becomes convinced his society has given up too much, and he can no longer accept the sameness.