Summer Reading


Photo of Wagner Middle School library filled with books.


Summer 2024 Reading

Read! Read books and materials that you like and that are at a comfortable reading level. To find digital reading materials, please visit Sora  and/or the resources listed on the next page. If you have physical books at home and/or can get to the library over the summer, that’s great too. The most important thing is that you are reading, reading, reading this summer! 

Don’t know what to read? Here are some suggested titles and authors, organized by grade level:


6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  • Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell 
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
  • When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Brave Like That by Lindsay Stoddard
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Legend (series) by Marie Lu
  • Starfish by Lisa Fipps
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman
  • Bystander by James Preller
  • Books by author Jason Reynolds 
  • March series by John Lewis (civil rights) 
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson 
  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Ball Don’t Lie by Matt De La Pena
  • If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Solo by Kwame Alexander
  • Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
  • If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
  • Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Finding eBooks and Other Digital Reading Materials

Access thousands of books through SORA

Sora provides the quickest and easiest way to read digital books. NYC students can log in using their school credentials and instantly access hundreds of ebooks and audiobooks on virtually any device. New York City Department of Education's digital collection is available 24/7 - all you need to get started is an internet connection and your school login. (See the linked presentation for directions)

 Ebooks and Book Recommendations: 


Audio Books and Podcasts:




We can’t wait to hear about your summer reading in September!