Boarding and Day · Co-ed College Prep · Grades 6–12 & Postgraduate · Hebron, Maine

HAMS Summer Reading List

HAMS Summer Reading List

Please ​read your class required book and at least two more books​ of your choice from the grade level lists that follow. You should choose books that interest you! Everyone is encouraged to read more than the minimum from the suggested list, including books not on this list. Keep a reading log of ALL the books you read this summer. It is fine if some of them are not on your grade list.  Happy reading!


Students Entering 6th Grade

Required: Madeline L’Engle, ​A Wrinkle in Time 

Please choose at least two more from the following list:

William H. Armstrong, ​Sounder

Avi, ​The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting 

Cotrell Boyce, ​Millions

Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy 

Sharon M. Draper,​ Out of my Mind

Kristine L. Franklin, ​Lone Wolf 

Neil Gaiman, ​The Graveyard Book 

Lois Lowry, Number the Stars

Katherine Paterson​, Bridge to Terabithia 

Robert Peck, ​A Day No Pigs Would Die

Ellen Raskin, ​The Westing Game 

Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways; A Story Told in Ten Blocks

Jerry Spinelli, ​Maniac McGee 

Louis Sachar, ​Holes

Rebecca Stead, ​When You Reach Me*  (pair with A Wrinkle In Time)

Mildred D. Taylor, ​Mississippi Bridge

Laurence Yep, ​Dragonwings

Sharon Creech, ​Walk Two Moons and/or Absolutely Normal Chaos 

Margaret Peterson Haddix​, Running Out Of Time

Carl Hiaasen​, Hoot

Students Entering ​7th Grade

Required: Nancy Farmer, The Sea of Trolls

Please choose two or more from the following list:

Louisa May Alcott, ​Little Women 

Lynne Reid Banks, ​Tiger, Tiger 

Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatchers

Olive Ann Burns, ​Cold Sassy Tree 

Eoin Colfer, ​Artemis Fowl

William Gibson​, The Miracle Worker 

Roderick Gordon, ​Tunnels

M.E. Kerr, ​Fell

Nancy Mercado​, ed., Baseball Crazy (Short Stories) 

Ellen Oh, Flying Lessons & Other Stories

Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard

Gary Paulsen, Hatchet, Brian’s Winter, Brian’s Hunt

Philip Pullman​, The Golden Compass

Mary Renault, ​Bull From The Sea

Anne Rinaldi, ​Wolf by the Ears

Rick Riordan, ​The Hidden Oracle

Holly Goldberg Sloan, Counting by 7’s

Mildred D. Taylor, ​Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry 

J.R.R. Tolkien, ​The Hobbit

Jane Yolen, The Devil’s ArithmeticChris Crutcher, ​Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes


Students Entering ​8th Grade

Required: Chris Crutcher, ​Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

Please choose two or more from the following list:

Richard Adams, ​Watership Down

Avi, ​Nothing But The Truth

Karen Blumenthal, ​Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Orson Scott Card​, Ender’s Game

Suzanne Collins​, any from The Hunger Games ​series

Michael Crichton, ​Timeline

Alan Gratz, Refugee

John Knowles​, A Separate Peace

Farley Mowatt, ​Never Cry Wolf

Eric Gansworth, If I Ever Get Out of Here

Christopher Paolini, ​Eragon

Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped; Racism, Antiracism and You

Layla F. Saad, Me and White Supremacy; Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor

Jerry Spinelli, ​Stargirl

Rosemary Sutcliff, ​Beowulf: Dragonslayer

J.R.R. Tolkien​, The Fellowship of the Rings​, (​The Lord of the Rings ​trilogy)

Ellen Emerson White, Voyage on the Great Titanic

Jane Yolen, Sword of the Rightful King

Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb, I Am Malala

Markus Zusak, ​The Book Thief