Below you will find a brief summary describing what the recommended Summer Reading books for your grade level are about.

Remember to choose wisely – you need to complete two assignments that are due the first week of school – August 2013.


The False Prince
The royal family has been murdered; the country of Carthya is on the brink of civil war, and a scheming nobleman named Conner plans to replace the kingdom’s long- lost prince with an imposter. He just needs to find the perfect puppet—one he can control forever. Sage is a rebellious and sharp-tongued wisecracker who refuses to bow down to anyone. Abducted from an orphanage, he is brought to Conner’s palace and forced compete against three other boys to learn the ways of a nobleman. At the end of their training, one of them will be chosen to be Conner’s false prince, while the other three….


Kingdom Keepers
Five young teens tapped as models for theme park “guides” find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney’s beloved realm, and maybe more. This gripping high-tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt Disney World after hours and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed.


Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see wha tshe gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him. In fact, Mibs is so sure she’ll get a powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus with her sibling and the preacher’s kids in tow. After this extraordinary adventure—full of talking tattoos and a kidnapping—not a soul on board will ever be the same.
Summer Ball
When you’re the smallest kid playing a big man’s game, the challenges never stop; specially when your name is Danny Walke. Leading your travel team to the national championship may seem like a dream come true, but for Danny, being at the top just means the competition tries that much harder to knock him off. Now Danny’s heading to Right Way basketball camp for the summer, and he knows that with the country’s best players in attendance, he’s going to need to take his game up a notch if he wants to match up. But it won’t be easy. Old rivals and new battles leave Danny wondering if he really does have what it takes to stand tall.


Gross Universe
A hilarious and eye-opening new look at the world around us. Gross Universe is an eye-opening and sometimes stomach-turning journey of exploration into all of our own gross inner workings, and some of the more nauseating tales from nature and the world around us.The humor of MAD magazine meets good old hard scientific fact. Always entertaining, in fact downright hilarious, author Jeff Szpirglas takes a scientific look at the many things about our physical selves and the other animals and plants around us that often go unmentioned. From our gross microscopic friends to our skin, hair, sweat, and other malodorous excretions, plus mucus, mold, acne, pus (a Perfectly Understandable Secretion), explosions, fossilized vomit, gas, and myriad other delightful subjects, this is science that will be sure to capture the attention of a young reader. Szpirglas does not expose the sweeter side of life, but will keep young audiences enraptured, laughing, and learning. It may not always be pretty, but it’s definitely fascinating to uncover the scientific reasons for processes that happen to us and around us.