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Polson Favorites

If you liked... try...

If you like Wonder... try...

Counting By Sevens Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie Mockingbird Fish in a Tree Mindblind Out of My Mind

If you like Hunger Games...try...

Legend I am Number Four Insignia Divergent The Testing Matched Fire & Flood Unwind

If you like Unwind...try...

The Enemy The Fifth Wave The Eye of Minds City of Bones Maze Runner Gone Uglies Cinder Life As We Knew It Full Tilt

If you like Fantasy...try...

Graceling The False Prince Bitterblue Red Queen Eragon The Last Dragonslayer Throne of Glass Seraphina The Unwanteds

If you like Michael Vey: The prisoner of Cell 25...try

Don't Turn Around Stormbreaker Point Blank Silverfin Artemis Fowl Lightning Thief Red Pyramid Adoration of Jenna Fox

If you like Sports... try...

The Final Four Crossover Booked LeBron's Dream Team Crackback

Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick

Grace, Gold and Glory

The Walk On

Foul Trouble

Books by:
Tim Green
Mike Lupica

If you like Chic Lit... try...

Belles Waiting for Normal Little Women Secret Life of Bees The Selection Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Flipped Best of Me

If you like stories from Around the World ...try

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon A Time to Dance All Fall Down Egg and Spoon Golden Boy

From Page to Screen...Books Becoming Movies ...

Thirteen Reasons Why Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Cinder Unwind The Fifth Wave Legend Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

If you like Graphic Novels...try...

Amulet Smile Sisters Bone:  Out from Boneville Nimona Lumberjanes Science a Discovery in Comics

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Fantasy / Science Fiction

Polson's Favorite Fantasy titles

The Mortal Instruments:  City of Bones Tesla's Attic The Unwanteds Maximum Ride:  The Angel Experiment Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Rot and Ruin The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder Ender's Game Throne of Glass

Sword of Summer


Red Queen Atlantia Ranger's Apprentice Warriors:  Into the Wild Fourteenth Goldfish Winter The Scorpio Races

Series Starters

Legend Throne of Glass Divergent Graceling Unwanteds Matched Artemis Fowl Ender's Game Unwind
The Eye of Minds City of Bones Maze Runner Gone Uglies Cinder Life As We Knew It The Giver Michael Vey

If you like Fantasy...try...

Elsewhere Off the Page Grave Mercy Crenshaw The Last Dragonslayer The Rithmatist The Glass Sentence Seraphina Queen of the Tearling

If you like Survival...try

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 Stormbreaker Point Blank Silverfin Artemis Fowl Lightning Thief Red Pyramid Adoration of Jenna Fox
Sword of Summer

Historical Fiction

Welcome to Polson Middle School Suggested Summer Reading List

Polson Reads!

Students entering grades 7 and 8 are asked to read regularly this summer and complete a minimum of four titles by the time they enter Polson in the fall.

What should you read? Anything you want! Check out the lists on this site -- created almost entirely by Polson Students. They include a variety of genres, media, audiobooks, and websites that may pique your interest.

Our students like to use Goodreads, our Destiny library catalog, Scranton Library's Teen website, Polson Library Twitter @polsonlmc, Nutmeg Nominee Lists, Commonsense Media and Amazon to connect with other readers and recommendations.

Read what interests you! Just read! And then complete a Summer Reading Recording Sheet to return to your Language Arts teacher in September or submit titles as you finish them throughout the summer via the online version.

Historical Fiction

Chains Anderson, Laurie Halse: Chains
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker: Jefferson's Sons
A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson's life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, including two who were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings.

Audacity Crowder, Melanie Audacity
A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson: Uprising.
In 1927, at the urging of twenty‐one‐year‐old Harriet, Mrs. Livingston reluctantly recalls her experiences at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory. She includes the miserable working conditions that led to a strike, and the fire that took the lives of her two best friends, when Harriet, the boss's daughter, was only five years old.
Levine, Kristin: Lions of Little Rock
Twelve-year-old Marlee develops a strong friendship with Liz, the new girl in school, but when Liz suddenly stops attending school and Marlee hears a rumor that her friend is actually an African American girl passing herself off as white, the two young girls must decide whether their friendship is worth taking on integration and the dangers it could bring to their families.
Myers, Walter Dean: Sunrise Over Fallujah
Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time there profoundly changes him.
A Night Divided

Nielsen, Jennifer A.: A Night Divided
When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz were trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic were in the West--four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.

Shadow on the Mountain Preus, Matthew: Shadow on the Mountain
In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy.
Echo Ryan, Pam Munoz: Echo
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, a harmonica--and decades later three children. Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny during WWII, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
Salisbury, Graham: Hunt for the Bamboo Rat
Zenji Watanabe, seventeen, is sent from Hawaii to the Philippines to spy on the Japanese during World War II. After he is captured and tortured, he must find a way to survive months of being lost in the jungle behind enemy lines.
Schmidt, Gary D.: The Wednesday Wars
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh‐grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare.
Sepetys, Ruta: Between Shades of Gray
In 1941, fifteen‐year‐old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia. There her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life. She vows to honor her family and the thousands like her by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.
Sharenow, Robert: Berlin Boxing Club
In 1936 Berlin, fourteen‐year‐old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non‐religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.
Black Dove White Raven Wein, Elizabeth Black Dove, White Raven
Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930s America, Emilia Menotti, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms, drawing the teens into the conflict.
Wiles, Deborah: Revolution
It's 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny's town is being invaded by people from up north who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn't much better, as a new stepmother, brother, and sister are crowding into her life, giving her little room to breathe.
Woodson, Jacqueline: Brown Girl Dreaming
The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.
The Book Thief Zusak, Mark: The Book Thief
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel‐‐a young German girl whose bookstealing and story‐telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.


Polson's Favorite Mysteries...

The Compound FalloutBodeen, S.A: The Compound and Fallout
Fifteen‐year‐old Eli, locked inside a radiation‐proof compound built by his father to keep them safe following a nuclear attack, begins to question his future, as well as his father's grip on sanity as the family's situation steadily disintegrates over the course of six years.
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy Carter, Ally: The Gallagher Girls Series
The series follows 14‐year‐old Cameron (Cammie) Ann Morgan, a sophomore at Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a school for "very gifted girls," but actually a school for espionage spies in training.Titles: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You; Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy; Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover; Only the Good Spy Young.
Ettiquette and Espionage

Carriger, Gail: A Finishing School book: Ettiquette and Espionage, book 1
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

The Face on the Milk Carton Cooney, Caroline. B.: Janie Face to Face
At college in New York City, Janie Johnson, aka Jennie Spring, seems to have successfully left behind her past as "The face on the milk carton," but soon she is pursued by a true‐crime writer who wants her help in telling her kidnapper's tale.
The London Eye Mystery Dowd, Siobhan: The London Eye Mystery
When Ted and Kat’s cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferris wheel, the two siblings must work together –Ted with his brain that is “wired differently" and impatient Kat—to try to solve the mystery of what happened to Salim.
The Body in the Woods

Henry, April: The Body in the Woods
While helping the Portland County Sheriff's Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find instead, a body and join forces to find the girl's murderer, forming an unlikely friendship, as well.

Chomp HootHiaasen, Carl: Chomp
The difficult star of the reality television show, "Expedition Survival," disappears on location in the Florida Everglades, where they were filming animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family. Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him, but they must avoid Tuna's gun‐happy father.
Stormbreaker Horowitz, Anthony: Alex Rider Series, Stormbreaker
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.
The Name of the Star Johnson, Maureen: The Name of the Star
Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.
The Great Green Heist Johnson, Varian: The Great Greene Heist
Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight--but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson's former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.
The Body at the Tower Lee, Y.S. The Agency Series
Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan and thief Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls where she is trained to be part of an all‐female investigative unit called The Agency. Titles: A Spy in the House; The Body at the Tower
Greenglass House Milford, Kate: The Greenglass House
At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winterholidays relaxing, but soon guests are arriving with strangestories about the house that send Milo and Meddy, the cook's daughter, on an adventure.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Riggs, Ransom: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive.
When You Reach Me Stead, Rebecca: When You Reach Me
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s 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 Mysterious Benedict Society Stewart, Trenton: The Mysterious Benedict Society
Four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.
Viola in Reel Life Trigiani, Adriana: Viola in Reel Life
Fourteen year old Viola is sent from her beloved Brooklyn to boarding school in Indiana for ninth grade. She must overcome her initial reservations as she makes friends with her roommates, goes on a real date, and uses the unsettling ghost she keeps seeing as the subject of a short film‐‐her first.
Ghosts of Tupelo Landing Turnage, Sheila: The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing (Book 2 of Mo & Dale Mysteries)
When Miss Lana accidentally buys a haunted inn at the Tupelo Landing town auction, Desperado Detectives--aka Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale--opens up a paranormal division to solve the ghost's identity before the town's big 250th anniversary bash

Mystery Authors

Carl Hiaasen Harlan Coben Caroline Cooney Vivian Vande Velde

Nancy Werlin Mary Higgins Clark Lois Duncan



Life in Motion

Copeland, Misty: Life in Motion: an unlikely ballerina
Misty Copeland describes her life, ballet training, and becoming the only African American soloist at the American Ballet Theatre.

Grace Gold and Glory

Douglas, Gabrielle: Grace, Gold & Glory: my leap of faith
Gabrielle Douglas United States gymnast all-around gold medal winner at the 2012 London Olympics tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination.

The Warrior's Heart

Greitens, Eric: The Warrior’s Heart
Eric Greitens shares his life journey from being an average kid to working to make a difference in the world's trouble spots and joining the Navy SEALS to protect the weak, and encourages readers to reflect on the power of choice and acts of courage.

Steve Jobs Hartland, Jessie: Steve Jobs: insanely great
A biography in graphic novel format of computer pioneer Steve Jobs, from his childhood in San Francisco through his creation of and success with Apple Computer to his death in 2011 at the age of 56.
October Sky Hickam, Homer: October Sky:
Homer Hickam, the son of a miner and a mother determined to get him out of Coalwood, West Virginia, nurtures a dream to send rockets into outer space‐‐an ambition that changes his life and the lives of everyone living in Coalwood in 1957.
LeBron's Dream Team

James, Lebron and Buzz Bissinger: LeBron’s Dream Team: How Five Friends Made History
Basketball superstar James and Bissinger, the Pulitzer Prize‐winning author of Friday Night Lights, tell this poignant, thrilling account of the power of teamwork to transform young lives, including James's own. Also published under the title: Shooting Stars

Andrew Jenks

Jenks, Andrew: Andrew Jenks: My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker
In this comprehensive photo‐biography, fans of all ages will be able to discover everything they’ve ever wanted to know about Jenks, from growing up to becoming a renowned documentary filmmaker.

Anne Frank

Metselaar, Menno: Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures
Highlighting the life and trials of the Jewish girl who spent two years hiding from the Nazis in a secret apartment in the Netherlands, this book also includes photos of Anne Frank’s famous diary, her hiding place, and school pictures.

Archie, Peyton and Eli

Nagle, Jean: Archie, Peyton and Eli
This book provides an overview of the careers of professional football players Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning.

Rivera, Mariano: The Closer, young readers edition.
The greatest relief pitcher of all time shares his extraordinary story of survival, love, and baseball.

Solo, Hope: Hope Solo: my story
Hope Solo, Olypmic gold medalist and goalie for the US women's national soccer team, tells the exciting insider details of her life on and off the field, in her own words.



Bascomb, Neal: The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi
Presents the history of the group of spies, Holocaust survivors, and lawyers who persued Adolf Eichmann, a Nazi war criminal, for fifteen years in order to bring him to justice for his leadership role in the killing of thousands of Jews during World War II.
Spies of Mississippi Bowers, Rick: Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement
Chronicles how the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission attempted to halt racial integration in the 1950s and 1960s through an extensive propaganda effort to label civil rights leaders and their followers as communists.
Boys in the boat

Brown, Daniel James Boys in the Boat: A True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics
Out of the depths of the Great Depression comes the astonishing tale of nine working-class boys from the American West who at the 1936 Olympics showed the world what true grit really meant. With rowers who were the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew was never expected to defeat the elite East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler.

Fleming, Candace: The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
Details the history of Russia's last royal family, the Romanovs.

Freedman, Russell: Because They Marched: The People's Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America
Provides an account of the march for African American voting rights led by Dr. Martin Luther King in January 1965.

The War to End All Wars

Freedman, Russell: War to End All Wars: World War I
This book examines World War I, the first global war in which modern weapons inflicted mass slaughter and an estimated 20 million people were killed.

Hillenbrand, Laura: Unbroken: An Olympian's Journey From Airman to Castaway to Captive
A biography of Olympic runner and World War II bombardier, Louis Zamperini, who had been rambunctious in childhood before succeeding in track and eventually serving in the military, which led to a trial in which he was forced to find a way to survive in the open ocean after being shot down.
The Dark Game

Janeczko, Paul: The Dark Game: True Spy Stories
This book is a collection of true spy stories from throughout the history of the United States, discussing personalities, missions, traitors, technological advances, and more.

Iceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic McPherson, Stephanie: Iceberg, Right Ahead!: The Tragedy of the Titanic
McPherson explores the lasting legacy of the "Titanic" tragedy, and discusses how the sinking of the ship led to new regulations and the formation of an ice patrol that later became the U.S. Coast Guard.
Prins, Marcel and Peter Henk Steenhuis: Hidden Like Anne Frank: 14 true stories of survival
Presents a collection of fourteen first-person accounts that share what it was like to go into hiding during World War II.
Beyond Courage

Rappaport, Doreen: Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust
Provides detailed accounts of twenty-one acts of defiance committed against Nazis in Nazi-occupied countries during World War II.

Rivera, Mariano: The Closer, YA edition
A young readers adaptation of the life and professional baseball career of Mariano Rivera, who played nineteen seasons in the major leagues.

Sandler, Martin: How the Beatles Changed the World
Examines The Beatles' dramatic rise to fame and their impact on rock and roll music and American culture.

Witches! The Absolutely True Tales of Disaster in Salem Schanzer, Rosalyn: Witches! The Absolutely True Tales of Disaster in Salem
This is the riveting story of the victims, accused witches, crooked officials, and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children into a witch hunt that took over a dozen people’s lives and ruined hundreds more.
Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Sheinkin, Steve: Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal - the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
Examines the history of the atomic bomb, discussing the discovery of the behavior of uranium when placed next to radioactive material, the race to build a bomb, and the impact of the weapon on societies around the world.
Port Chicago 50 Sheinkin, Steve: Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights
Describes the fifty black sailors who refused to work in unsafe and unfair conditions after an explosion in Port Chicago killed 320 servicemen, and how the incident influenced civil rights.
Courage Has No Color Stone, Tanya: Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers
Tanya Lee Stone reveals the story of the first black paratroopers, the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, nicknamed the Triple Nickles.
Finest Hours

Tougias, Michael J: The Finest Hours: the true story of a heroic sea rescue
On the night of February 18, 1952, during one of the worst winter storms that New England has ever seen, two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half by the force of the storm. Tells the story of a harrowing CoastGuard rescue when four men in a tiny lifeboat overcame insurmountable odds and saved more than 30 stranded sailors.

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine

Walker, Sally: Secrets of a Civil War Submarine
This is the story of the H. L. Hunley, the Confederate submarine that became the first to ever sink an enemy ship but lay missing on the ocean floor for more than a century. The book describes its creation, its discovery, skeletons and objects found on board, and facial reconstructions of crew members by forensic anthropologists.
Is It Still Cheating If I Don't Get Caught Weinstein, Bruce: Is It Still Cheating If I Don’t Get Caught?
This book uses real‐life examples and five basic moral principles to encourage teens to make the right choices in various situations related to friends, family, school, and relationships.
Eat This, Not That for Kids

Zinczenko, David: Eat This, Not That for Kids: Be the Leanest, Fittest Family on the Block
Learn nutritional information that addresses the growing trend in childhood weight disorders, and discover tips on how to make informed choices.

Nutmeg Nominees

2016 Teen Nutmeg Nominees

Endangered Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
A girl, having travelled with her mother to an animal sanctuary for bonobos in the Congo, struggles to survive with the animals after revolution breaks out and she and the chimpanzees are forced to flee into the jungle.
Far Far Away Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal
When Jeremy Johnson Johnson's strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.
The Iron Trial The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
Warned away from magic all of his life, Callum endeavors to fail the trials that would admit him to the Magisterium only to be drawn into its ranks against his will and forced to confront dark elements from his past.
The Mark of the Dragonfly The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
Since her father's death in a factory in the Dragonfly territories, thirteen-year-old Piper has eked out a living as a scrapper in Merrow Kingdom, but the arrival of a mysterious girl sends her on a dangerous journey to distant lands.
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
Max Delaney has Asperger's and an imaginary friend named Budo. Budo defends Max from bullies in school and fears the day when Max will stop believing in him.
The Night Gardener The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.
Sure Signs of Crazy Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington
Twelve-year-old Sarah writes letters to her hero, To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch, for help understanding her mentally ill mother, her first real crush, and life in her small Texas town, all in the course of one momentous summer.
Swagger Swagger by Carl Deuker
High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.
A Time to Dance A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.
Turn Left at the Cow Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard
Thirteen-year-old Trav feels like a fish out of water in rural Minnesota in this coming-of-age mystery about a boy who discovers his dad may have been a bank robber