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.


Littlest One is a tiny creature slowly learning her job of giving dreams to humans. Each night she and her teacher, Thin Elderly, visit an old woman’s home where she softly touches beloved objects, gathering happy memories, and drops of old scents and sounds. Littlest One pieces these bits together and presents them to her sleeping human in the form of pleasant dreams. But the dreaded Sinisteeds, dark fearsome creatures that plague their victims with nightmares, are always at work against the dream givers. When the old woman takes in John, an angry foster child with a troubled past, the Sinisteeds go after him with their horrifying nightmares. Can Littlest One, and her touch light as gossamer, protect John’s heart and soul from the nightmare of his dark past?


Life As We Knew It
High school sophomore Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, the way “one marble hits another.” The result is catastrophic. How can her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun?
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. This heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all—hope—in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.



Silent to the Bone
Connor is sure his best friend, Branwell, couldn’t have hurt Branwell’s baby half- sister, Nikki. But Nikki lies in a coma, and Branwell is in a juvenile behavioral center, suspected of a horrible crime and unable to utter the words to tell what really happened. Connor is the only one who might be able to break through Branwell’s wall of silence. But how can he prove Branwell didn’t commit the unspeakable act of which he’s accused — when Branwell can’t speak for himself?
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp
The story of an unforgettable new hero who saves the world…by accident. “A fast-paced thriller about an unlikely hero who gets involved with loyal knights, deadly assassins on Suzukis, helicopter gunships, a Ferrari Enzo, and — oh, yeah — a plot to take over the world with King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur.”


What Are You Afraid Of?

Stories About Phobias. Halloween used to be mostly for little kids, but in recent years teenagers and adults have embraced the holiday, not wanting to be left out of the parties,the chance to dress up and most of all, the age-old thrill of being scared. To add to the fun, this fall brings a new crop of scary collections especially for teens. The phobias depicted in this book are not necessarily the obvious ones that typically form the basis of horror films, such as arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, or (despite the immense attention given to a certain recent film) herpetophobia, fear of snakes and other reptiles