PPS Books for Relaxing Reading, Grade 6-8, Authors A-D
This is the summer reading list for grades 6-8 from the Pittsburgh Public Schools.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.
Chasing Vermeer (and other titles in this series)
When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.
Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration
An award-winning author examines the history of American immigration--a critical topic in 21st century America--particularly those lesser-known stories of immigrants who were denied entrance into the States or detained for security reasons.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
(First of four books in this very popular series) During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their different summer experiences.
When Molly's parents disappear, an unknown uncle appears and takes her, holding her against her will. Her dreams of a Mohawk story and a quirky teacher help her.
Al Capone Does My Shirts
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards' families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister.
(Summer Dreamers' Academy book) When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
(Summer Dreamers' Academy book) Twelve-year-old Greg, who has always been good at moneymaking projects, is surprised to find himself teaming up with his lifelong rival, Maura, to create a series of comic books to sell at school.
Struggling with school and her feelings since her father left, Sahara gets a fresh start with a new and unique teacher who supports her writing talents and the individuality of each of her classmates.
Gregor the Overlander
(Summer Dreamers' Academy book) When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
Hate that Cat
From the author of "Love That Dog", Jack is studying poetry again in school, and he continues to write poems reflecting his understanding of famous poems and how they relate to his life.
Elijah of Buxton
Elijah is the first child born into freedom in a settlement of runaway slaves in Canada. When a former slave steals money from Elijah%u2019s friend, Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief.
The Watsons go to Birmingham -- 1963
When his parents decide to visit Grandma in 1963, ten-year-old Kenny and his siblings journey from Flint, Michigan to Alabama during a dark period of American history
Because of Winn-Dixie
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
The Spiderwick Chronicles (series)
Adventures of the Grace children and their unusual experiences after they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures.
The City of Ember
In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.