2017 7th Grade Summer Reading assignment

 7th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

Due Date: Monday August 29, 2016

Over the summer, you are expected to be reading. The 7th grade Language Arts team has put together a list of novels for you to choose from for this assignment. You MUST choose a book from the provided list.

Assignment: You will write a postcard (on a 5 x 8” index card) to your classmates that answer the questions/prompts below to celebrate your summer reading. Your responses can be handwritten or typed, your choice. On the due date, we will have a celebration and each of you will share your postcard about your novel with your classmates. (*This should be completed at home during the summer)


What to put on the front of your postcard:

 1.) Author

2.) Title of book

3.) Genre 

4.) Illustration/printed image of your favorite scene from the book


What to put on the back of your postcard:

 5.) Determine the theme or central idea of the novel and provide an objective summary of the text on 3-5 sentences. RL 7.2

6.) If this book was a color, what would it be and why? (One complete sentence)

7.) Provide two vivid adjectives to describe your novel’s main character.

8.) Who would you recommend this novel to and why? Explain your reasoning.


Example: Front of postcard:

1.) Yann Martel

2.) Life of Pi

3.) Fiction

4.) (Illustration or image)


Example: Back of postcard:

5.) This book is about a young Indian boy named Pi whose family owns a zoo. The family moves with their zoo to Canada by ship, but they tragically shipwreck at sea. The only ones who survive are the young boy and the zoo’s prized possession: its Bengali tiger. Pi is forced to coexist with the ferocious tiger and limited supplies aboard a life boat in the middle of the ocean. Pi’s unbelievable tale of survival is narrated by his older self, reflecting on the life-altering experience. There are four major themes within the book Life of Pi: survival, religion, storytelling and boundaries.

6.) If this book was a color it would be orange to represent the main character’s biggest conflict (the tiger) and to also represent the main character’s courage that burns inside him and keeps him motivated to survive.

7.) Pi is pious and dauntless.

 8.) I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys tales of adventure and survival. I would also recommend this novel to anyone curious about various spiritualties, as Pi discusses his personal spiritual journey and how religion has helped him throughout his rather tragic life.

** If clarification is needed, please contact Kimberlie Harmon: email: kimberlie.harmon@kcs.k12.nc.us


7th Grade Summer Reading Book List:




The Face on the Milk Carton by: Caroline B. Cooney

Last Shot at Final Four Mystery by: John Feinstein

The Westing Game by: Ellen Raskin

Seraphina and the Black Cloak: Robert Beatty


Realistic Fiction:


Gym Candy by: Carl Deuker

Out of My Mind by: Sharon Draper

Skin I’m In by: Sharon Flake

Mockingbird by: Kathryn Erskine


Historical Fiction:


The Boy Who Dared by: Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Brooklyn 9 by: Alan Gratz

Crow by: Barbara Wright

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by: Avi
One Crazy Summer by: Rita Williams-Garcia



Hero by:Mike Lupica

Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard

Wrinkle in Time by: Madeline L’Engle

Shiver by:Maggie Stiefvater


We are asking that you choose one book only from the list above.