Summer Reading

Summer  Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Pledge

Neptune Middle Suggested Reading

Alexander, Kwame. Booked. Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. **

Brallier, Max. The Last Kids on Earth. New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2015. "After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg"--Provided by publisher.

 Byrne, Michael. Lottery boy.  After losing his mother, Bully finds himself destitute on the streets with his dog Jack. When he finds a winning lottery ticket stuck inside an old birthday card his mother gave him, his luck could be about to turn around. But people are after him, wanting a piece of his prize at any cost. And now Bully and Jack can only hope to survive long enough to claim their prize. **

Cameron, W. Bruce. A Dog's Purpose.  Every dog happens for a reason. After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?.

Dumas, Firoozeh. It Ain't so Awful, Falafel. Boston : Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2016]. "Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s"--Provided by publisher. SSYRA Nominated **

Hahn, Mary Downing. Took : a ghost story. "A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan's family's new home. He doesn't believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is 'took' to become Auntie's slave for the next fifty years"--Provided by publisher. **

 Lu, Marie. The Young Elites. New York, NY : G. P. Putnam's Sons.  "Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities"--Provided by publisher.

Ponti, James. Framed! First Aladdin. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016. So you’re only halfway through your homework and the Director of the FBI keeps texting you for help What do you do? Save your grade? Or save the country? If you re Florian Bates, you figure out a way to do both. SSYRA Nominated   ** District Kick off Book

Plourde, Lynn. Maxi's Secrets : (or what you can learn from a dog). "Fifth-grader Timminy, who's small for his age and new in town, isn't eager to start middle school--but he gets a great consolation prize in Maxi, a big, deaf, lovable dog"--Provided by publisher. **

Rivers, Karen. The Girl in the Well is Me. 1st ed. Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Young Readers, 2016. Eleven-year-old Kammie reflects on her life as she fights claustrophobia while waiting to be rescued from a well she fell into while trying to impress some mean girls.  SSYRA nominated **

Schmidt, Gary D. Orbiting Jupiter. Boston : Clarion Books. "Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice"--Provided by publisher. **

 Smith, Greg Litich. Borrowed Time. Boston ; New York : Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  "In this time-travel adventure, Max Pierson-Takahashi and his friend Petra return to the days of the dinosaurs, where they must survive attacks from deadly prehistoric creatures and a vengeful, pistol-toting girl from the 1920s"--  **

SSYRA Battle of the Books Club titles
** Available as an ebook through Mackin Via through Classlink from Neptune Middle School Media Center


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