The students will be required two books per quarter (8 books total for the year) from the list of books below and complete a project for each book. Eventually we will have a whole class activity called "Battle of the Books." The students will receive more information in their google classroom about each book and each project.
2020-2021 Independent Reading Book Choices: (The First 20 on the list are up for a Rebecca Caudill award and if student read 4 of them they will be able to participate in the vote for the award)
1). Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Joathan Auxier: (Fiction) Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster. Together, these two outcasts carve out a life—saving one another in the process. By one of today’s most powerful storytellers, Sweep is a heartrending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and hope.
2) Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow: (Fiction) Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a mouse. Now she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods.
But this summer brings a lot of big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself unexpectedly falling for another girl at camp. To top it all off, Melly’s not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock n’ roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart?
3) Twelve Days in May : Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimmer: (Non-fiction) On May 4, 1961, a group of thirteen black and white civil rights activists launched the Freedom Ride, aiming to challenge the practice of segregation on buses and at bus terminal facilities in the South.
4) Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: (Non-fiction) Written especially for young readers, Becoming Kareem chronicles how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar become the icon and legend he is today, both on and off the court.
5) Small Spaces by Katherine Arder: (Fiction) Eleven-year-old Ollie lives with her big-hearted baking enthusiast father following the tragic death of her mother, and finds respite from her grief through reading. Her circumstances take a supernatural turn when she encounters a frightening woman attempting to throw a book into the river.
6) Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes: (Fiction) A valuable peacock ring. A mysterious brother-sister duo. Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. She's hoping that spending time in Mexico will help her unlock memories of the too-brief time they spent together.
7) New Kid by Jerry Craft: (Fiction) New Kid is a 2019 graphic novel by Jerry Craft. The novel tells the story of Jordan Banks who experiences culture shock when he enrolls at a private school. The book was well received and won the 2020 Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award. It was the first graphic novel to be awarded the Newbery Medal.
8) The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz: (Fiction) Inspired by true events, The Only Road is an individual story of a boy who feels that leaving his home and risking everything is his only chance for a better life. It is a story of fear and bravery, love and loss, strangers becoming family, and one boy's treacherous and life-changing journey.
9) The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson: (Fiction) In THE PARKER INHERITANCE, 12-year-old Candice has to spend the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, due to her parents' divorce. When she and her mom take up residence in her deceased grandmother's house, Candice finds a letter alluding to a town tragedy and offering clues to a mysterious fortune.
10) Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale: (Non-fiction) Leatherdale provides compact profiles of five adolescents who, between 1939 and 2006, left their homelands to escape violence and repressive regimes.
11) Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh: (Fiction) Written about a teenage Syrian refugee whose father dies on the journey to Europe — in part to help her kids make sense of big, complex topics like immigrant integration, terrorism and the refugee crisis.
12) The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty: (Fiction) In THE MISCALCULATIONS OF LIGHTNING GIRL, Lucy survived a lightning strike that left her with genius-level math talent -- and obsessive compulsive disorder. She's only 12 and capable of starting college, but her grandmother enrolls her in middle school to spend time with kids her age.
13) Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen: (Fiction) Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels between the Jewish ghettos of Poland, smuggling food, papers, and even people. Soon Chaya joins a resistance cell that runs raids on the Nazis' supplies. But after a mission goes terribly wrong, Chaya's network shatters.
14) Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh: (Fiction) As something evil and malicious takes over Michael more and more, Harper and Dayo research on the house's history and discover some really frightening information. And it helps when Harper reconnects with her old friend Rose, a ghost who lives in a family mirror, and who can help figure things out.
15) A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramee: (Fiction) Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. (Oh, and she'd also like to make it through seventh grade with her best friendships intact, learn to run track, and have a cute boy see past her giant forehead.) But in junior high, it's like all the rules have changed.
16) Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds: (Fiction) Jason Reynolds' new novel Long Way Down is focused on a moment of decision. It happens in an elevator — teenaged Will is on his way to take revenge for the murder of his brother, but his plan is interrupted by a few visitors on the way down to the ground floor.
17) Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed: (Fiction) The compelling story of a girl's fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude. Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day.
18) Speechless by Adam P Schmitt: (Fiction) With dark comedy and raw authenticity, Schmitt captures the awkward moments of the funeral while exploring complicated family dynamics, untreated mental health issues, and family secrets. Speechless takes material that would normally be overwhelmingly depressing and manages to make it entertaining.
19) Nightbooks by J.A. White: (Fiction) A boy is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive. This thrilling contemporary fantasy from J. A. White, the acclaimed author of the Thickety series, brings to life the magic and craft of storytelling.
20) Front Desk by Kelly Yang: (Fiction) Front Desk is based in Kelly Yang's real-life experiences, making it an #ownvoices novel. In the Author's Notes, she explains how situations in the story evolved from her growing up and helping her parents manage three hotels in California.
21) The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjaili Q. Rauf: (Fiction) A story about friendship, kindness, and adventure that is centered within the refugee crisis. When Ahmet arrives in the narrator's classroom three weeks after the first day of school, he is silent and doesn't join all the kids for recess.
22) My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi: (Fiction) Set in Harlem in the early days of hip-hop, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich is a moving and hilarious story of girl finding a place and a voice in a world that's changing at warp speed.
23) Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson: (Fiction) A timely and powerful story about a teen girl striving for success in a world that too often feels like it wants to break her. Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And she has.
24) Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams: (Fiction) This is the story of a thirteen-year-old girl who is filled with self-loathing and must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself. There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list.
25) Clean Getaway by Nic Stone: (Fiction) When CLEAN GETAWAY begins, Scoob, an 11-year-old Black boy is in an RV with his White grandmother. She's invited him on a road trip. Scoob is grounded after being suspended from school, and his dad has canceled spring break plans. Traveling with G'ma is a welcome loophole.
26) A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park: (Fiction) The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours' walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the "lost boys" of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay.
27) Grey Grayson: Camp Legend by Marie Lu: (Fiction and is 1st book in a series) Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. ... Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death.
Source: All book summaries were from a google search on google.com