Summer Reading

Dear Student,                                                                                                                                      

            You are invited to join Crockett County Middle School’s Summer Reading adventure! Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy the magical world of reading. To be a participant in the CCMS 2019 Summer Reading Program, just follow some simple guidelines during summer vacation:

  • Read a minimum of three books that you have not previously read. Of course, reading more than three books is encouraged! These books should be on an appropriate reading level and are your choice.
  • One of the three books must be a “School Pick.” See below for the choice of School Picks.
  • As soon as possible after you finish reading each book, take an Accelerated Reader test and score a minimum of 80%.

Starting in June the AR tests may be taken during the summer at the Crockett County Memorial Library, or you will be given an opportunity during the first week of school in August to test on your summer reads. An event will be held in the fall for students who have completed the above criteria. You will participate in activities and discussion that pertain to the particular School Pick that you chose.

The School Picks may be obtained in several ways. You may check out the book from the public library, or you may purchase your own book from a bookstore.  The School Picks selection is below, with a brief summary of each book, as well as the reading information.

We hope you will join us for a summer of great reads!


***Refugee  by Alan Gratz                                                      RL 5.3                    PTS 10

     Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe. All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers-- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end. This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.

***Miles Morales, Spider Man  by Jason Reynolds                            RL 4.9             PTS 9.0

     Move over Peter Parker, a new Spidey’s in town! Spider-Man is forced to confront girls, evil, and identity crises, all while trying to survive junior year. In his latest work, Reynolds crafts an enjoyable piece of superhero fiction that completely transcends its genre. In 2017, Miles Morales—a half-black/half–Puerto Rican teen on scholarship at an elite prep school—wears the famous mask and is a contemporary Everykid burdened by a family past that defines him as much as his powers do. Miles’ struggle to balance his superhero calling with familial pressure to make it out of the projects renders him all the more sympathetic.


***Spirit Hunters  by Ellen Oh                                                RL 4.7                        PTS 7.0

      Harper doesn't trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family's new house is haunted. Harper isn't sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of deja vu, but she can't remember why. She knows that the memories she's blocking will help make sense of her brother's behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?