Lower School Assignments

Grades 4–5 Summer Reading Assignment
Over the summer, we want you to read something you’ll enjoy. Our book lists include many titles recommended by teachers and librarians, including several books that have won awards!

You may choose to read up a level but not down. (For example, an incoming 4th grader may read books at the 4th grade level or higher.)

Click here for more information on your summer reading assignment. The document also contains a printable graphic organizer to help you take notes as you read.

Learn more about books you may like to read by clicking the link for your grade below.
Grade 4 reading choices & book descriptions
Grade 4 printable book list
Grade 5 reading choices & book descriptions
Grade 5 printable book list

JK–3 Summer Reading Option
Students entering JK–3rd grade can join the reading fun, too! Click here for more information on the reading option.

If you have questions about the summer reading program, contact the Help Desk at (954) 262-4527.

Don’t Turn Around

Don't Turn AroundDon’t Turn Around
Author: Michelle Gagnon
Grade(s): 8

In Michelle Gagnon’s debut YA thriller, Don’t Turn Around, computer hacker Noa Torson is as smart, tough, and complex as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Lisbeth Salander.

The first in a trilogy, Don’t Turn Around’s intricate plot and heart-pounding action will leave readers desperate for book two.

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her hacking skills to stay anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in a warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side.

Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa’s talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation threatens his life in no uncertain terms. But what Noa and Peter don’t realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who’d stop at nothing to silence her for good.

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The Time Machine

The Time MachineThe Time Machine
Author: H.G. Wells
Grade(s):  6; 7; 8

Decades ahead of his time, H.G. Wells leaps beyond the bounds of conventional imagination to tell the story of the Time Traveler. An innovative scientist pilots a time machine and finds a world utterly changed, and in which the Time Traveler finds himself an alien on his own planet.When the Time Traveller courageously stepped out of his machine for the first time, he found himself in the year 802,701 — and everything has changed. In another, more utopian age, creatures seemed to dwell together in perfect harmony. The Time Traveller thought he could study these marvelous beings — unearth their secret and then retum to his own time — until he discovered that his invention, his only avenue of escape, had been stolen.H.G. Well’s famous novel of one man’s astonishing journey beyond the conventional limits of the imagination first appeared in 1895. It won him immediate recognition, and has been regarded ever since as one of the great masterpieces in the literature of science fiction.

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The Wave

The WAveThe Wave
Author: Todd Strasser
Grade(s):  8
*Teacher Pick

This novel dramatizes an incident that took place in a California school in 1969. A teacher creates an experimental movement in his class to help students understand how people could have followed Hitler. The results are astounding. The highly disciplined group, modeled on the principles of the Hilter Youth, has its own salute, chants, and special ways of acting as a unit and sweeps beyond the class and throughout the school, evolving into a society willing to give up freedom for regimentation and blind obedience to their leader. All will learn a lesson that will never be forgotten.

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Waiting for Normal

Waiting for NormalWaiting for Normal
Author: Leslie Connor
Grade(s): 6

Following a divorce, twelve-year-old Addie and her mother move into a trailer next to the railroad tracks on the edge of Schenectady, New York. As her mother becomes absent from home more frequently, Addie yearns to be with her beloved stepfather and half-sisters. In spite of life’s twists and turns, Addie remains optimistic. Someday, maybe, she’ll find normal.

Leslie Connor has created an inspiring novel about one girl’s giant spirit.

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Grade(s):  5
Lexile: 990

The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South.

Pages: 336


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Cardboard

CardboardCardboard
Author: Doug TenNapel
Grade(s):  6; 7; 8
Lexile: 300

Cam gets a cardboard box for a birthday present that he makes into a man which comes to life, but when his neighbor Marcus takes the cardboard box, he creates his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all.

Pages: 283

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El Deafo

El DeafoEl Deafo
Author: Cece Bell
Grade(s): 5
Lexile: 420

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful–and very awkward–hearing aid.

Pages: 233

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Gold Medal Summer


Gold Medal SummerGold Medal Summer

Author: Donna Freitas
Grade(s): 4
Lexile: 790

After fourteen-year-old Joey experiences her first kiss and learns that her best friend wants to quit competitive gymnastics, she considers giving up her dream of winning gold medals in order to have a normal life, even as her sister and assistant coach urge her to reach a new level.

Pages: 231

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