Malibu Middle School Summer Reading

  • Click this button to download the Malibu Middle School summer reading guide for 2020 Happy summer break! This year we are doing something a little different with summer can choose which book(s) you want to read!

    You may read a book you have at home, purchase a book, rent one from the public library (via Overdrive unless it opens back up), or you can choose a book from SORA, our online library with hundreds of free books for you to choose from.

    To access a free book from SORA, please click here.

    If you are looking for some suggestions on what to read, here are some ideas (you may choose any of these books, not just the ones under your grade...listing by grade is just a guide to help you):

    6th Grade:

    Realistic Fiction
    Draper, Sharon | Out of My Mind Lexile: 700. 295 pages.
    Hiaasen, Carl | Hoot Lexile: 760. 292 pages. Newbery Award honor.
    Spinelli, Jerry | Crash Lexile: 560. 176 pages.
    Telgemeier, Raina | Smile Lexile: 410. 365 pages. Eisner Award.

    Fleischman, Sid | Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini Lexile: 940. 240 pages.
    Hopkinson, Deborah | Titanic: Voices from the Disaster Lexile: 1040. 304 pages. Utilizes primary sources material and firsthand accounts.
    Mealer, Bryan | The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Young Readers’ Edition Lexile: 860. 304 pages.
    Turner, Pam | Samurai Rising Lexile: 950. 256 pages. Young Adult Library Association (YALSA) Excellence in Nonfiction.

    Historical Fiction
    Dumas, Firoozeh | It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel Lexile: 730. 384 pages.
    Herlong, M.H. | Buddy Lexile: 670. 320 pages. Bank Street College Award, Kirkus Best Book.
    Meloy, Maile | The Apothecary Lexile : 740. 384 pages. 1st in a series.

    Fantasy & Science-Fiction
    Nelson, O.T. | The Girl Who Owned a City Lexile: 660. 189 pages.
    Oppel, Kenneth | Airborn Lexile: 760. 544 pages. Printz Award honor. 1st in a series.
    Stead, Rebecca | When You Reach Me Lexile: 750. 208 pages. Newberry Award.
    Tolkien, J.R.R. | The Hobbit Lexile: 1000. 305 pages. 1st in a series.

    Mystery & Adventure Fiction
    Dowd, Siobhan | The London Eye Mystery Lexile: 640. 366 pages. 1st in a series.
    Hahn, Mary Downing | Closed for the Season Lexile: 670. 192 pages.
    Edgar Award. Horowitz, Anthony | Stormbreaker Lexile: 670. 240 pages. Lots of action, fast plot. 1st in a series.
    Nielsen, Jennifer A. | The False Prince Lexile: 710. 352 pages. Cybil Award, Whitney Award. 1st in a series.

    7th Grade:

    Realistic Fiction
    Flake, Sharon | The Skin I’m In Lexile: 670. 171 pages. Coretta Scott King Award. Protagonist struggles with positive body image.
    McCall, Guadalupe Garcia | Under the Mesquite Lexile: 990. 224 pages. Novel in verse. Sad. Pura Belpré Award.
    Sloan, Holly Goldberg | Counting by 7s Lexile: 770. 378 pages.
    Van Draanen, Wendelin | Flipped Lexile: 720. 256 pages. Alternating narrators; one boy, one girl.

    Heiligman, Deborah | Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith Lexile: 1020. 288 pages. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. Biography about Charles Darwin & his wife Emma. Discusses the religious attitudes that prevailed during the time.
    Lewis, John; Aydin, Andrew | March: Book One Lexile: 760. 128 pages. Graphic novel. Heavy, but historically accurate. 1st in a series.
    Osborne, Linda Barrett | This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration Lexile: 1080. 124 pages. YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction finalist.
    Tunnel, Michael O. | Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” Lexile: 1130. 120 pages.

    Historical Fiction
    Levine, Kristin | The Lions of Little Rock Lexile: 630. 320 pages.
    Smith, Sherri | Flygirl Lexile: HL 680. 304 pages.
    Steinbeck, John | The Pearl Lexile: 1000. 96 pages.
    Yang, Gene Luen | Boxers Lexile: 690. Graphic novel that tells the story of the Boxer Rebellion from a Chinese peasant boy’s perspective.

    Fantasy & Science-Fiction
    Charbonneau, Joelle | The Testing Lexile: 830. 352 pages. 1st in a series.
    Hartman, Rachel | Seraphina Lexile: 760. 480 pages. 1st in a series.
    Pfeffer, Susan Beth | Life as We Knew It Lexile: 770. 352 pages. Story told through journal entries. 1st in a series.
    Wells, H.G. | The War of the Worlds Lexile: 1040. 287 pages.

    Mystery & Adventure Fiction
    Auxier, Jonathan | The Night Gardener Lexile: 690. 384 pages.
    Evans, Richard Paul | Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 Lexile: HL 500. 326 pages. Fast-paced action story. Usually recommend it to reluctant readers. 1st in series.
    Maetani, Valynne E. | Ink and Ashes Lexile: HL 740. 368 pages. Slow paced story, action is limited. Mystery focuses on family secrets. New Visions Award, APALA honor.
    Paulsen, Gary | Brian’s Winter Lexile: 1140. Sequel to Hatchet. 176 pages. 2nd in a series.

    8th Grade:

    Realistic Fiction
    Benway, Robin | Far from the Tree Lexile: HL 780. 384 pages. Intergenerational story about adoption. Serious tone. National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
    Mass, Wendy | A Mango-Shaped Space Lexile: 770. 221 pages. Protagonist has synesthesia. Schneider Family Book Award.
    Van Draanen, Wendelin | The Running Dream Lexile: HL 650. 336 pages. Protagonist loses her leg in a bus accident.
    Whaley, John Corey | Highly Illogical Behavior Lexile: 700. 256 pages. Two 17 year-old narrators— one boy, one girl. One has agoraphobia.

    Bartoletti, Susan Campbell | They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: the Birth of an American Terrorist Group Lexile: 1180. 176 pages. Heavy subject matter. YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award finalist.
    Brown, Don | Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Lexile: 920. 96 pages. Graphic novel. Orbis Pictus Award, Sibert honor. Heavy subject matter.
    Spiegelman, Art | Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale No Lexile level. 296 pages. Graphic novel. Holocaust story.
    St. John, Warren | Outcasts United (Adapted for Young People) Lexile: 980. 240 pages. Immigration & refugee story.

    Historical Fiction
    Austen, Jane | Emma Lexile: 990. 264 pages.
    Bruchac, Joseph | Code Talker Lexile: 770. 231 pages. Male protagonist. ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
    Mills, Wendy | All We Have Left Lexile: 880. 368 pages. Two female narrators living 15 years apart. 9/11 story.
    Sepetys, Ruta | Salt to the Sea Lexile: HL 560. 448 pages. Three narrators, true historical event that took place in modern day Latvia.

    Fantasy & Science-Fiction
    Adams, Douglas | The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Lexile: 930. 224 pages. 1st in a series.
    Card, Orson Scott | Ender’s Game Lexile: 780. 352 pages. 1st in a series
    . Dashner, James | The Eye of Minds Lexile: 790. 312 pages. Lots of action. 1st in a series.
    Westerfeld, Scott | Uglies Lexile: 770. 425 pages. 1st in a series.

    Mystery & Adventure Fiction
    Aslan, Austin | The Islands at the End of the World Lexile: 590. 384 pages. 1st in a series.
    Budhos, Marina | Watched Lexile: HL 590. 272 pages. Timely subject matter. Raises ethical questions about surveillance. Walter Dean Myers Award, APALA honor.
    Johnson, Maureen | The Name of the Star Lexile: 710. 400 pages. 1st in a series.
    Ruby, Laura | Bone Gap Lexile: 810. 368 pages. Older teen characters. Story is slow-paced. Printz Award.