Glenbrook Middle School Summer Reading

One School One Book Program:

  The Wishtree  by Katherine Applegate

“A red oak tree and a crow help their human neighbors work out their differences”–


 Additionally Glenbrook Teachers are Requiring the following books:
Grade 6

  Hatchet by Gary Paulson

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.


Summer Reading List: Glenbrook Grade 7 English Language Arts.
A Choice of ONE of 6 Books.

  The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

(Contemporary, Realistic, STEM)

“African teenager William Kamkwamba explored science books in his village library when he was forced to drop out of school, and was able to change his family’s life by creating a windmill to pump water for his family’s farm.”


The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

(Contemporary, Sports, Novels in Verse)

“Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.”


The Misfits by James Howe

(Contemporary, Realistic)

“Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.”


  Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

(Contemporary, Historical, Novels in Verse)

“The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South”


Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

(Historical, Humor)

“In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.”


The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

(Fantasy, Adventure)

“Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.”


Grade 8

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.