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Wayland Middle School Summer Reading List 2010

Welcome to a summer of fun-filled reading! To assist in selecting top quality reading

materials for our students, the library has collected this list of recommended summer
reading from current nonfiction and fiction titles. This list has been compiled as a
collaborative effort with April Mazza, the head of Youth Services at the Wayland
Public Library. Barnes and Noble also has this list on file. For supplemental reading
lists, the American Library Association has online booklists at
**Summaries provided by Follett Library Services Titlewave.

Current Nonfiction

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream--Stone, Tanya Lee. Profiles

thirteen women who challenged expectations and government policies to prove they
could be exceptional astronauts. Robert F. Sibert Medal Winner - 2010

Amelia Earhart: The Broad Ocean--Taylor, Sarah. A biographical depiction, in graphic

novel format, of the life of aviator Amelia Earhart, focusing on her crossing of the
Atlantic Ocean in 1928.

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal--
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. An illustrated biography of Bass Reeves, a former slave
who was recruited as a deputy United States Marshal, based on his ability to
communicate with the Native Americans in the area that was to become Oklahoma.
King Medal Author Award - 2010

Born to Write: The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous Authors--Cotter, Charis. This
book looks at the childhoods of six celebrated authors, Madeleine L’Engle, E.B. White,
L.M.Montgomery, Philip Pullman, Christopher Paul Curtis, and C.S. Lewis, discussing
how their experiences in their youth influenced their writing.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope--
Kamkwambe, William. The author details how he ignored naysayers and was able to
bring electricity and running water to his Malawian village when he built a makeshift
windmill out of scrap metal and spare parts. Alex Award - 2010

The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth--Krull, Kathleen. Presents
a picture-book biography of Philo Farnsworth who created the world’s first television
image in 1928.

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith--Heiligman, Deborah. A biography of

English naturalist Charles Darwin that provides an account of the personality behind
evolutionary theory and the effect of his work on his personal life.
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer--Swanson, James. Recounts the twelve-day pursuit and
capture of John Wilkes Booth, covering the chase through Washington, D.C.,
Maryland, and Virginia. Included is an overview of Abraham Lincoln as a father,
husband, and friend and examines the impact of his death on those close to him.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice--Hoose, Philip M. Presents an account of

fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin, an African-American girl who refused to give up her
seat to a White woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama nine months
before Rosa Parks. The text covers her role in a crucial civil rights case. 2010 Newbery
Honor Book, Robert F. Sibert Honor Books - 2010

Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs--Gold, Rozanne. A collection of
more that eighty fresh recipes from teen chefs, including snacks, smoothies, burgers,
pizzas, and other desirable teen treats.

Every Human Has Rights: A Photographic Declaration for Kids--National Geographic.

Combines photographs with poetry to offer an overview of the thirty rights granted to
all people by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Frog Scientist--Turner, Pamela. Discusses the work of Tyrone Hayes and his
efforts to study and protect frogs and follows Hayes into the field with his students in
performing experiments with various types of frogs.

Goal!: The Fire and Fury of Soccer’s Greatest Moment--Stewart, Mark. Looks at some
of the most exciting goal moments in soccer history and the athletes who were part of

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T.
Barnum--Fleming, Candace. Chronicles the life of showman P.T. Barnum, discussing
how he created his legendary circus, the people and events that shaped his life, and the
impact Barnum had on the entertainment industry. YALSA (Young Adult Library
Services Association) Finalist for Excellence in Nonfiction for YA - 2010

Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary--
Partridge, Elizabeth. Recounts the three months of protest that took place before Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s landmark march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to
promote equal rights and help African-Americans earn the right to vote.

Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story of Annette Kellerman Who Swam Her
Way to Fame, Fortune, and Swimsuit History!--Corey, Shana. An illustrated biography
of Annette Kellerman, an early feminist who overcame a childhood illness to become
internationally recognized for her swimming, invention of water ballet, and introduction
of the modern swimsuit for women.

Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis--Chevat, Richie. Former vice
president Al Gore helps children understand the underlying causes of the climate crisis
that is threatening the global environment at the start of the twenty-first century and
explains what they can do to help reverse the damage.
Smile--Telgemeier, Raina. The author relates, in graphic form, her experiences after
she injured her two front teeth and had to have surgeries and wear embarrassing braces
and headgear, all the while also dealing with the trials and tribulations of middle school.

Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the
Civil Rights Movement--Bowers, Rick. Chronicles how the Mississippi State
Sovereignty Commission attempted to halt racial integration in the 1950’s and 1960’s
through an extensive propaganda effort to label civil rights leaders and their followers
as communists.

The War to End All Wars: World War I--Russell Freedman. A narrative history of
World War I that features archival photographs and describes how advanced military
weaponry impacted the course of the war.

Wild Tracks!: A Guide to Nature’s Footprints--Arnosky, Jim. Presents detailed

illustrations of life-size paw, claw, and hoof prints and explains how to identify tracks
as well as how to determine animal travel-speed.

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland--Walker, Sally.

Reports on the work of forensic scientists who are excavating gravesites in James Fort,
in Jamestown, Virginia, to understand who lived in the Chesapeake Bay area in the
1600’s and 1700’s. The results have uncovered the lives of a teenage boy, a ship’s
captain, a colonial officer, and an African slave girl. YALSA Finalist for Excellence in
Nonfiction for YA - 2010

Current Fiction

After Ever After--Sonnenblick, Jordan. Although Jeff and Tad, encouraged by a new
friend, Lindsey, make a deal to help one another overcome aftereffects of their cancer
treatments in preparation for their eighth-grade graduation, Jeff still craves advice from
his older brother Stephen, who is studying drums in Africa.

Along for the Ride--Dessen, Sarah. Auden gets a chance to recapture the carefree teen
life she missed while her parents were going through a divorce when she goes to spend
the summer with her father and his new family in a quaint beach town. There she meets
fellow insomniac Eli, an intriguing loner fighting his own demons.

Boys without Names--Sheth, Kashmira. Eleven-year-old Gopal and his family leave
their rural Indian village to live with an uncle in Mumbai; however, when they arrive,
his father disappears, and Gopal ends up locked in a sweatshop from which there is no

The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings--Gratz, Alan. Beginning in 1845, this
novel follows the fortunes of a German immigrant family through nine generations as
they experience life in America and play baseball.

The Carbon Diaries--Lloyd, Saci. In 2015, when England becomes the first nation to
introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic attempt to fight climate change, sixteen-
year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing as her family becomes
Catching Fire--Collins, Suzanne. In this sequel to the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen
and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and sufficient food for themselves and
their families as winners of the annual Hunger Games, however, because they won by
defying the rules, they unknowingly become the faces of an impending rebellion.

Cosmic--Cottrell Boyce, Frank. Twelve-year-old Liam, who looks like he is thirty and
is weary of being treated like he is older than he actually is, decides he is going to pose
as the adult chaperone on the first spaceship to take civilians into space. When he ends
up in outer space with a group of peers with no adult supervision, he must act quickly.

Crocodile Tears--Horowitz, Anthony. Alex Rider’s desire to return to life as a normal

high school student must be put on hold when he is asked to face his greatest adversary
yet, a con man who plans to use genetically modified wheat to release a deadly virus
that will kill millions of innocent people.

The Day of the Pelican--Paterson, Katherine. In 1998, when the Kosovo hostilities
escalate, thirteen-year-old Meli’s life as an ethnic Albanian changes forever after her
brother escapes his Serbians captors and the entire family flees from one refugee camp
to another until they are able to immigrate to America.

The Death-Defying Pepper Roux--McCaughrean, Geraldine. Pepper Roux decides to

test fate and embarks on a journey the day before he turns fourteen, which is also the
day he is expected to die.

Everwild--Shusterman, Neal. Nick, enamored with Mary Hightower, leader of a group

of Afterlights living in the ruins of the World Trade Center, joins with her and the
Chocolate Ogre in a battle to save the land of Everlost.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate--Kelly, Jacqueline. In central Texas in 1899, eleven-

year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from
the older three of her six siblings, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, an
activity which leads to an important discovery. Newbery Honor Books - 2010

Fang: A Maximum Ride Novel--Patterson, James. When Max and the Flock discover
an unscrupulous scientist who is experimenting on humans in an effort to “improve” the
human race, they decide that they must try to stop him in spite of Angel’s prediction
about Fang dying.

Fire--Cashore, Kristin. In a kingdom called the Dells, Fire is the last human-shaped
monster with unimaginable beauty and the ability to control the minds of those around
her. However, even with these abilities, she cannot escape the strife that overcomes her

Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits--McKinley, Robin. This is a collection of five tales

about mythical animals such as a dragon and a phoenix as well as other characters who
have experiences with the element of fire.

First Light--Stead, Rebecca. Twelve-year-old Peter and his family arrive in Greenland
for his father’s research where he stumbles upon a secret his mother has been hiding
from him all his life. With this new knowledge, he begins an adventure he never would
have imagined possible.

Flygirl--Smith, Sherri. During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl
“passes” for White in order to join the Women Air Force Service Pilots.

Going Bovine--Bray, Libba. Cameron Smith, a sixteen-year-old diagnosed with mad

cow disease, sets off on a road trip intent to find a cure, joined with a death-obsessed,
video-gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital. Michael L. Printz Book Award Winner -

Heroes of the Valley--Stroud, Jonathan. Halli Sveinsson, a mischievous young man

who does not fit in with his peers and siblings, plays a trick on Ragnor that goes too far,
forcing him to embark on a hero’s quest in which he will face highway robbers,
monsters, an intriguing girl, and truths about his family and the stories with which he
grew up.

Incarcero--Fisher, Catherine. To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage,

Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its
own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

A Kiss in Time--Flinn, Alex. Sixteen-year-old Princess Talia persuades Jack, the

modern-day American who kissed her awake after a three-hundred-year sleep, to take
her to his Miami home where she hopes to win his love before the witch who cursed her
can spirit her away.

Leviathan--Westerfeld, Scott. In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian

Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the
world using machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to
join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

Lucky Breaks--Patron, Susan. Lucky, having met a potential best friend who was
visiting her uncle living in Hard Pan, California, devises a plan to get the young girl
back to the town.

Marcelo in the Real World--Stork, Francisco X. 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. Schneider Family Book Award: Teen - 2010

Million-Dollar Throw--Lupica, Mike. Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie’s

family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, and Nate is frantic because his best
friend Abby is going blind. When he gets an opportunity to win a million dollars if he
can complete a pass during the halftime of a New England Patriots’ game, he is nearly
overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.

Northward to the Moon--Horvath, Polly. When her stepfather loses his job in
Saskatchewan, Jane and the rest of the family set off on a car trip, ending up in Nevada
after improbably being given a bag full of possibly stolen money.
Out of my Mind--Draper, Sharon. Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a
brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that
will allow her to speak for the first time.

Peeled--Bauer, Joan. In an upstate New York farming community, high school reporter
Hildy Biddle investigates a series of strange occurrences at a house rumored to be

Purple Heart--McCormick, Patricia. While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a

traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt
Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old
friend, Ali.

Return to Sender--Alvarez, Julia. After his family hires migrant Mexican workers to
help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure, eleven-year-old Tyler befriends the
oldest daughter, but when he discovers they may not be in the country legally, he
realizes that true friendship knows no borders. Pura Belpre Author Award Winner -

The Sable Quean [sic]--Jacques, Brian. Zwilt the Shade is no match for his rival Vilaya
the Sable Quean when each devises a plan to conquer Redwall Abbey.

Septimus Heap series (Flyte, Magyk, Physik, Queste)--Sage, Angie. When Princess
Jenna is pursued by a dark wizard, it is the apprentice Septimus Heap who must save
her while enduring such terrors as a night in the Forest with hungry wolverines and
carnivorous trees. Subsequent novels continue to follow the adventures of Septimus.

Trouble--Schmidt, Gary. On Henry's 14th birthday, his older brother, Franklin, is

fatally injured by a pickup truck. Chay, a Cambodian refugee and student at Franklin's
prep school, confesses to being the driver. So begins this beautifully written novel
dealing with the impact of racial prejudice.

When You Reach Me--Stead, Rebecca. As her mother prepares to be a contestant on

the 1980’s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York
City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an
anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. The 2010 Newbery
medal winner

Wintergirls--Anderson, Laurie Halse. Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her

best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.
Titles submitted by the students in the WMS English classes

11 Birthdays; A Mango Shaped Space; Wendy Mass

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of
Absolutely Normal Chaos Sharon Creech
Airman; Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer
The Supernaturalist
Alex Rider series Anthony Horowitz
Angel’s Grace Tracey Baptiste
Black Mirror Nancy Werlin
City of Ember; Diamond of Darkhold; Jeanne DuPreau
People of Sparks; Prophet of Yonwood
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney
Dragon Slippers Jessica Day George
Dreamland Sarah Dessen
Ender’s Game Scott Orson Card
Eragon Christopher Paolini
Holes Louis Sachar
House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer
How to Steal a Dog Barbara O’Connor
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period Gennifer Choldenko
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick
Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Verne
Kingdom Keepers Ridley Pearson
London Eye Mystery Siobhan Dowd
Marley and Me John Grogan
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Kate DiCamillo
Million Dollar Shot Dan Gutman
Mysterious Benedict Society Trenton Lee Stewart
Notes from the Dog Gary Paulsen
Pendragon series D. J. MacHale
Percy Jackson and the Olympian series Rick Riordan
Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster
Ranger’s Apprentice series John Flanagan
Redwall series Brian Jacques
Rules Cynthia Lord
Schooled; Swindle Gordon Korman
Series of Unfortunate Events Lemony Snicket
Shadow Children series Margaret Haddix
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares
So B It Sarah Weeks
Summer Ball; Heat; Travel Team Mike Lupica
Tale of Despereaux; Because of Winn Kate DiCamillo
The Time Machine H. G. Wells
Trumpet of the Swan E. B. White
Twilight series Stephenie Meyer
Pretties series Scott Westerfeld
Young James Bond series Charlie Higson

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