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Saint Katharine of Siena School Grade 7 Summer Reading Program 2012 Dear Future Seventh Graders, With the closing of another great school year, it is time to think about vacations, relaxing and READING! Please find the following: summer reading list, the required book report format and this letter of instructions. Requirements for this summer as an official seventh grader are as follows. First, you are to read three books, two of which are to come from this list. This list has been compiled with the help of previous seventh graders who suggested their favorite books from past summers. It is a very comprehensive and renowned collection of literature, so hopefully you will not have any trouble finding them in your local libraries or bookstores. The third book is a choice of either The Rivalry by John Feinstein or Theodore Boone- Kid Lawyer by John Grisham. A book report is not required, but there will be testing in September on your particular novel selection, so read it in August. Take notes and look up any unfamiliar words as a reference for the test. Please note changes in the plot and the specific literary genre of the book. Who are the protagonists? Who are the antagonists? Hum, I wonder what that means? Look it up! As soon as you finish reading the other two choices from the list, fill out the book report forms immediately. By doing this right away, you are less likely to forget the details before returning the book to the library. Do the summary according to this exact format. First, you must write a good topic sentence to introduce the main idea of the book. Then you are to write a few sentences explaining the problem and the rising action in the plot. You do not have to mention supporting details, only the most important aspects of the story. When you have completed that, you will write about the climax and conclusion of the story. On the back of the form, you will find the section - personal reaction. You are to write your honest opinion and reaction to that particular book and give reasons to back up your opinions. At the bottom of each form, you are to sign your name and have your parents sign also. The two written reports are due Friday of the first week of school. These reports will count as your first reading grade in the first trimester. Do your best work and make sure you write out your answers on another paper before writing on the forms provided. Proofread your work, correct spelling and always write in pen or you may use your computer. Please do not read The Giver or My Brother Sam Is Dead. We will be reading these novels during the school year. Remember to bring a copy of your third choice to school in September. Have a wonderful and safe summer vacation! Sincerely, Mrs. Jacquelyn Sevag

The Massacre at Fall Creek by Jessamyn West. This is a story of vengeance and justice set in the American wilderness. It is also the love story of frontier beauty Hannah and her young city lawyer. by Emily Neville Award winning story about a teenage boy in New York City who gets a cat instead of a dog simply to annoy his father but then begins to learn that his father is a human being, not just a parent. Banner in the Sky trying to climb the Citadel, a dangerous Swiss mountain, now it is his dream to make that climb. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley . A return to the kingdom of Damar where the girlwarrior, Arlen, wields the power of the Blue swords. Jackaroo justice. quest for

The Tombs of Atman by Ursula LeGuir Book two of the Earth Sea Trilogy in which Arha becomes high priestess to the ancient powers of the earth. Time Enough for Drums by Ann Rinaldi . A young girl learns about love, loyalty and patriotism while growing up during the Revolutionary War. The Last Silk Dress also by Ann Rinaldi A Ride Into Morning by Ann Rinaldi . During unrest at an army camp, commanded by Anthony Wayne, during the Revolutionary Way, a young woman cleverly hides her horse from the mutinous soldiers may be a spy, twelve-year-old Damaris and her friend Peter plunge into an exciting adventure in the 18th century England. Tiger Eyes strength to carry on with her life and conquer her fear. , she must find the

Forward Pass (or any other) by Thomas Dygard. To improve his struggling football teams chances of winning, Coach Gardner brings in a new wide receiver. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. The moving story of a Texas frontier family and the big yellow dog they take in as a stray. Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman. In 19th century London, 16 year old Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby. Lyddie by Kartherine Patterson. It is the year 1844 and Lyddie, a girl from Vermont, is forced by financial hardships to travel to the mill town of Lowell, Mass. She takes a job in a factory where the hours are long and exhausting, and the overseer is a menacing

Flour Babies by Annie Fine. After eleven days of hauling around six pound bags of flour with instructions to keep them dry, safe from harm and absolutely mud free, every boy in Room 8 of St. Boniface School is ready ash can. The exception is Simon by Gary Paulson. Based on the true story of a 15-year old union Soldier, this plainspoken novel dramatized the Civil War s personal experience of battlefield brutality and its aftermath. Any books by this author. Snowbound by Henry Mazer. Tony and Cindy, two spoiled teenagers find themselves in a life and death situation stranded in a blizzard. Witness by Karen Hess. Two girls, one Jewish and the other African American, witness the effects of hatred when their Vermont town is invaded by the Ku Klux Klan in the A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park . This 2001 Newberry winner takes place in 12 th century Korea and is the story of an orphan who is apprenticed to a master potter. s problems. Sequel to The Homecoming. True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by s account of an Atlantic voyage where she is the only passenger and is caught between a ruthless captain and a mutinous crew. Other very good books by Avi are The Fighting Ground, Poppy and Windcatcher. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green. A moving story of a 12 year old s dangerous friendship with a German POW soldier during WWII. The Lost Garden struggle to fit Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S.Lewis The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. This is a book about a world of fantasy called Middleearth with charming creatures called Lilliputians. by Patricia R. Giff. During WWII , a young girl learns that war changes everyone even those at home in the U.S. Sounder by Wm. H Armstrong. A great book about a Black family of sharecroppers who show incredible strength as they are cast in a lowly role by white society. s

Legend of Luke by Brian Jacques. Martin goes on a perilous journey to trace his s heroic legacy. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. A mystery about an ancient treasure, a thief and a king who wants the mysterious stone. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. Artemis is a criminal mastermind who kidnaps a fairy, the captain of the LEPrecon Unit. These fairies are armed and dangerous! Any books in this series. Northern Lights : The Soccer Trails by Michael A. Kusugak. Explores the Inuit beliefs in the spirits and the Northern Lights. Voyage of the Frog by Gary Paulson. A fourteen year old boy sets sail on his boat given to him by The Talisman of Shannara or The Wishsong of Shannara (series) by Terry Brooks Interest level is grade 7-11, fiction about the Shannara children and their adventures. The Wanderer ossing of the Atlantic in a 45-foot sailboat. Bloomability and Walk Two Moons are also very good adventure books by this author. The View From Saturday or The Outcasts Of 19 Schuyler Place by E. L. Konigsburg Iceman by Chris Lynch. This is about a 14 year old boy who is a ruthless ice hockey player who comes to terms with his attitude and his parents. Shoeless Joe by W.P Kinsella. This is a baseball classic! The Outside Shot by Walter Dean Myers. A basketball favorite! The Weirdo a national forest. The Last Shot or any of the Crash by Jerry Spinelli Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines In World War II by Joseph Bruchac Travel Team a sports novel by Mike Lupica . Heat also by Lupica by John Flanagan Johnny Tremain by Ester Forbes e the black bears in

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain Jacob Have I loved by Katherine Paterson Eragon:Inheritance Book 1 by Christopher Paolini After the Rain by Norma Fox Mazer. An unforgettable portrait of two wonderful beings, a spirited grandfather, the other a vivacious fifteen year old girl. And One For All by Theresa Nelson. An inspiring story about family and friendships in the midst of war. I Am Third by Gale Sayers and Al Silverman. The book that inspired I Heard The Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven. Richly moving account of a young vicar, fatally ill, working among the Kwakiati Indians. Death Be Not Proud Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Newbury Award winning book about a boy trying to save a community of owls. Also by this author: Flush Holes by Louis Sachar North By Night by Katherine Ayers. A story about the underground railroad The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke- mystery October Sky by Homer H. Hickam The Land or Let The Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred Taylor Science fiction Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived Seventh Grade) by Denise Vega The Riddle of Penncroft Farm by Dorothea Jenson Stormbreaker or any in the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz Pendragon series by D.J. Mac Hale

Biographies: Go for the Goal :A Champions Guide to Winning Soccer and Life by Mia Hamm Hoop Dreams : A True Story by Ben Joravsky The Only Way I Know by Cal Ripkin jr. Fugitive Slave by Virginia Hamilton Harriet Tubman: Call to Freedom by Judy Carlson Ishi, Last of His Tribe by Theodore Kroeber

Saint Katharine of Siena School 2012 Book Reports Grade 7 Title:_________________________________________________________________ Author:_______________________________________________________________ Publisher & Copyright date:______________________________________________ Main Characters:_______________________________________________________ Setting:_______________________________________________________________ Literary Genre:_________________________________________________________ Short Summary: ( 8 to 10 sentences) Please do not write about every detail in the story; only describe the most important parts of the plot and climax to the conclusion. ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

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Personal Reaction ( 3 to 5 sentences ) Tell whether you liked the book and back up your opinion. ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Student Name: ________________________________________________ Parent Signature:______________________________________________

7th Grade Supply List

1 Heavy Duty Binder (for folders and papers) 2 Three Subject Copybooks 1 Copybook for Math 1 Binder filled with loose leaf paper for Spanish 5 Two Pocket Folders Blue/Black/Red pens Loose leaf Highlighters Index cards and holder TI-34 Calculator Art supplies as desired (crayons, colored pencils, scissors, glue, etc) Ruler #2 Pencils 2 tissues 1 Wipes 2 Paper Towels 1 Flash Drive

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