Summer Reading Lists


Dear Northwest Middle School Parents/ Guardians,


In an effort to keep our NISD students engaged in literacy throughout the summer, students are expected to read one or more novels from the following district approved grade level lists.


This novel should be read in its entirety before school starts. This will ensure that the student is well- prepared to participate in classroom discussions over their chosen book, and is ready to begin the year with the rigor and challenges of our district curriculum.


  • GT and Pre-AP students are expected to read at least one novel in the GT/Pre-AP column from their grade level list. After at least one title is read from this list, then GT/Pre-AP students may read other titles from either the GT/ Pre-AP list OR from the On-Level list.


  • On-Level students are expected to read at least one novel from either the GT/Pre-AP OR the On-Level grade level list. 





6th Grade




Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamilla


Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Found (The Missing, Book 1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix


The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander


The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Wings of Fire- The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

7th Grade




Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo


For Darkness Shows the Stars by Dianna Peterfreund

Legend by Marie Lu


The Roar by Emma Clayton

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin


The Warrior’s Heart by Eric Greitens

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

8th Grade




The Book Thief by Markus Zusac

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman


The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman


October Sky by Homer Hickam

Monster by Walter Dean Myers



Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo