Summer Reading 2011
For incoming 8th Graders at TCMS

Have a terrific summer!
Mrs. Maas
TCMS Librarian

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School. Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob’s rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down. This is her remarkable story.

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

The Year We Disappeared: A Father-Daughter Memoir by Cylin Busby and John Busby
With their lives unraveling around them, the Busby family left everything and everyone they had ever known–and simply disappeared. As told by both father and daughter, this is a harrowing true story of a family, a brutal shooting, and the year that would change their lives forever.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Genius Cammie Morgan begins the spring semester of her sophomore year with many questions about her ex-boyfriend, mother, and the last term, and intends to use her spying abilities to have them answered.

The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley is sent to Haven, a boys’ school in Maine, after being kicked out of several private schools for his untrained magical powers. His headmaster, Gregory Leicester, has his own mysterious agenda when he agrees to help Seph channel his magic.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong…

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. *

Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
Fifteen-year-old Colie, a former fat girl, spends the summer working as a waitress in a beachside restaurant, staying with her overweight and eccentric Aunt Mira, and trying to explore her sense of self.

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
Groomed by his father to be a star player, football is the only thing that has ever really mattered to Mick Johnson, who works hard for a spot on the varsity team his freshman year, then tries to hold onto his edge by using steroids, despite the consequences to his health and social life.

The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Sixteen-year-old Seph McCauley is sent to Haven, a boys’ school in Maine, after being kicked out of several private schools for his untrained magical powers. His headmaster, Gregory Leicester, has his own mysterious agenda when he agrees to help Seph channel his magic.

Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein
After winning a basketball reporting contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.

Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Newly arrived in New York from Italy in 1911, Bella (one of three girls in the story) gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory working long hours under terrible conditions alongside hundreds of other immigrants. When a spark ignites a bit of cloth, the factory becomes engulfed in flames!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
This is the story of a young girl’s search for the truth about her mother and her courage to break down racial barriers. During the summer of 1964, Lily Owens finds strength and peace living in the home of three African-American, beekeeping sisters.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “birdkids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find
themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove. Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, resourceful Francie Nolan struggles against all odds to survive and thrive in Brooklyn in the early 1900s.

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven’s world is turned upside down.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian
Seventeen-year-old Josh, a loner &; philosopher who wants to make a difference in the world, tries to maintain his secret identity as the author of a website that is receiving national attention. A terrific book to talk about and think about.

The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Tally is faced with a difficult choice when her new friend Shay decides to risk life on the outside rather than submit to the forced operation that turns sixteen year old girls into gorgeous beauties, and realizes that there is a whole new side to the pretty world that she doesn’t like.

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Ziven
After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to “live.”

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl who’s book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.