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Title: 2011 Burlington Twp. Schools’ Summer Reading Selections Students Entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades

2011 Burlington Twp. Schools Summer
ReadingSelectionsStudents Entering6th, 7th,
and 8th grades
  • Consider some of the following books when making
    your summer reading selections

Elijah of BuxtonBy Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Exciting, yet touching, heart-wrenching, yet
    hilarious, Elijah of Buxton is Christopher Paul
    Curtis at his very best  and it's an
    unforgettable testament to the power of hope.
  • Elijah of Buxton is the winner of the Coretta
    Scott King Award and a Newbery Honor Book for

Elijah Freeman
  • The first child born into freedom in Buxton,
    Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over
    the border from Detroit, Elijah is best known in
    his hometown as the boy who threw up on Frederick
    Douglass. (Not on purpose, of course he was
    just a baby then!)

  • But things change when a former slave calling
    himself the Right Reverend Zephariah W. Connerly
    the Third steals money from Elijah's friend Mr.
    Leroy, who has been saving to buy his family out
    of captivity in the south. Elijah joins Mr. Leroy
    on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of
    the disreputable preacher, and he discovers
    firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life
    his parents fled a life from which he'll always
    be free, if he can find the courage to go back

  • Will Elijah be able to bring justice to the
    lying preacher who has stolen money that was to
    be used to buy a familys freedom?

The Princess DiariesBy Meg Cabot
  • Whatever comes, she said cannot alter one
    thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I
    can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be
    a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold,
    but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be
    one all the time when no one knows it.
  • A Little Princess
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett

Meet Mia
  • Mia Thermopolis is just a regular high school
    freshman at Albert Einstein High School. Well, as
    regular as you can be when you live in a loft in
    downtown New York with your flighty artist Mom.
    And as regular as you can be when your best
    friend is Lilly, a punky and spunky militant
    about everything type who produces her own TV

  • This book takes the form of a diary, written
    by Mia. Over the span of a month, she relates her
    daily woes and embarrassments in heart breaking
    detail. As with most teenaged girls, Mia thinks
    she is hopeless, looks-wise. She's tall --- 5'9"
    --- and klutzy.

One day, Mia finds out she is a princess. Okay, I
know that doesn't sound bad to most girls, but
Mia hates the idea instantly. How does this
fairytale come true? Her father is ruler of the
principality of Genovia and since Mia is his only
child, she is next in line to the throne. Her dad
sends in the big guns to convince Mia that being
a princess is what she is meant to do. Her
formidable grandmother comes to New York give Mia
"Princess Lessons". And as the word spreads
around Albert Einstein High School that Mia is
royalty, her life just gets more crazy.
ButJust how crazy?
  • The ending of THE PRINCESS DIARIES is a twisty
    one and will leave you wanting to read it again
    and again.

HEATBy Mike Lupica
  • Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws
    serious heat. But his firepower is nothing
    compared to the heat Michael faces in his
    day-to-day life

Facts about Michael
  • He is from Cuba
  • He is newly orphaned after his father leads the
    family on an escape from Cuba
  • His only family is his 17 year old brother
  • He is 12 years old

Major conflicts Michael must face
  • Social Services!
  • Possible separation if the boys are caught living
    on their own
  • Possibly being sent back to Cuba
  • No proof of his age and no birth certificate

What the critics have to say
  • Heat is a terrific book for every kid who dreams
    big, and for every mom and dad cheering in the
    bleachers. Mike Lupica has written another
  • -Carl Hiaasen, author of Hoot
  • Top-notch entertainment!
  • -Booklist

The heat is on!
  • What will Michael do when his secret world is
    blown wide open?

Hope Was HereBy Joan Bauer
  • By age sixteen, Hope Yancey has created her
    own recipe for survival. Abandoned at birth by
    her mother, Hope joins her Aunt Addie, serving up
    comfort food in diners from all over, finally
    settling at the Welcome Stairways cafe in rural
  • Here, behind the facade of quiet, smalltown
    life, they discover political corruption and
    intimidation simmering.....

  • Hope Was Here is set in rural Wisconsin, in the
    heart of cheese country. Among the one-story
    buildings and quiet of the small town of
    Mulhoney, Hope Yancey learns some very hard
    truths about life and love.
  • The town of Mulhoney, where one major economic
    influence dominates the lives of many, is the
    perfect atmosphere to weaken the will of the
    majority to fight the powerful forces of money
    and power. At the same time, the town's size also
    allows Hope to settle in quickly, find a job,
    make new friends, and immediately become involved
    in the town's activities.
  • Because there is very little else to do, business
    at the Welcome Stairways Diner booms, and this
    places Hope and the other characters in the
    center of towns happenings.

  • Hope and Braverman are both children of
    nontraditional families, but for different
    reasons. Hope suffers knowing her mother
    abandoned her at birth, and she does not know the
    identity of her biological father. Braverman
    lived with both parents, but his father
    eventually abandoned them. Both characters
    struggle to come to terms with these wounds and
    to work through their internal hostilities and
    anxieties about their parents. Along the way,
    they each find mentors and role models to provide
    the guidance their absent parents cannot, and
    both are led to a new perception of parents and

  • Along the way, they each find mentors and role
    models to provide the guidance their absent
    parents cannot, and both are led to

  • Read Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer and find out
    which path Hope will chose.

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of LifeBy Wendy Mass
  • "The Meaning of Life. For Jeremy Fink to open
    on his 13th birthday"

The Mystery Box
  • One month before his 13th birthday, Jeremy
    Fink receives a mysterious box in the mail. It is
    securely locked and has the engraving "The
    Meaning of Life. For Jeremy Fink to open on his
    13th birthday" written across the top. Even
    stranger than the cryptic message and the
    security system is the fact that the box is from
    Jeremy's father, who was killed in a car accident
    five years earlier. Along with the box is a
    letter from a lawyer, explaining that before he
    died, Jeremy's father had instructed the lawyer
    to send the box to Jeremy for his 13th birthday,
    but unfortunately, the keys to the box are
    missing and cannot be replaced.

  • Although Jeremy has never strayed far from his
    New York apartment on his own, his best friend
    and neighbor, Lizzie, is somewhat braver and more
    adventurous. So she convinces Jeremy to begin a
    search for the missing keys, which takes them
    through New York and New Jersey. Desperate to
    find the keys before Jeremy turns 13, they scour
    flea markets and visit the lawyer's abandoned
    office, all to no avail.

  • As events lead them to a summer job working
    for a retiring pawnbroker, delivering pawned
    items to their original owners, Jeremy and Lizzie
    find themselves meeting intriguing people who
    introduce them to fascinating things and new
    ideas about the world. Their one-month journey to
    open the box containing "the meaning of life"
    soon turns into a much bigger adventure with many
    life lessons learned along the way.

The BIG Question
  • What is in the box?
  • Read Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by
    Wendy Mass to find out!

Under the Banyan TreeBy Toni de Palma
  • ...told with complexity and depth...Irena
    discovers the true meaning of family.-Booklist
    ...a cast of likable characters with big hearts
    and compelling histories.-Publishers
    Weeklyenormously appealing. - Kirkus Review

  • Irenas not sure where shes headed when she
    runs awayshe just wants to leave the trailer she
    used to share with her mama and daddy far behind.
    But when she stumbles upon the Banyan Tree Motel,
    something tells her its exactly where shes
    meant to be.

  • The elderly owner generously welcomes Irena,
    and the Banyan soon begins to feel like home. But
    trouble follows Irena wherever she goes, and the
    Banyan is no different a mysterious guest, money
    problems, and secrets from her past soon threaten
    the stability of her new life.

  • This moving story distills lifes joys and
    pains, and uncovers just what it really means to
    be a family.
  • Under the Banyan Tree
  • Toni de Palma

StormbreakerBy Anthony Horowitz
  • How does adventure, danger, technology, cool
    gadgets, and spies sound?
  • This book has it all!

Meet Alex Rider, the reluctant teenage spy
  • When his guardian dies in suspicious
    circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds
    his world turned upside down. Forcibly recruited
    into MI6, Alex has to take part in grueling SAS
    training exercises.

  • Armed with his own special set of secret
    gadgets, Alex is off on his first mission to
    Cornwall, where Middle-Eastern multi-billionaire
    Herod Sayle is producing his state-of-the-art
    Stormbreaker computers. Sayle has offered to give
    one free to every school in the country but
    theres more to the gift than meets the eye.

  • Only Alex can find out the truth. But time is
    running out and Alex soon finds himself in mortal
    danger. It looks as if his first assignment may
    well be his last...

  • .or will it?
  • To find out, read Stormbreaker by Anthony

Miracle on 49th StreetBy Mike Lupica
  • Josh Cameron has it all a World
    Championship ring with the Boston Celtics, an MVP
    award, a clean-cut image, and the adoration of
    millions. What he doesnt have is family.

  • Then one day 12-year-old smartaleck Molly
    Parker confronts him in a parking-lot and claims
    to be his daughter - the only daughter of Jen
    Parker, Joshs college sweetheart and the still
    the only girl hes ever loved.

  • Trouble is, Jen Parker died last year, and
    now Molly has tracked down the father she never
    knew, the one her mother never wanted her to know

  • How will Mollys father, Celtics superstar,
    Josh Cameron react?
  • Read Miracle on 49th Street
  • by Mike Lupica

Al Capone Does My ShirtsBy Gennifer Choldenko
Murderers, Mob Bosses, and Convicts..
  • are your average neighbors when you live on
    Alcatraz. Moose Flanagan and his family just
    moved to the infamous island. He soon found that
    all of the kids were very clever. He has a hard
    time fitting in at school because he tries not to
    get caught up with the schemes of the other kids

His Sister is Targeted.
  • All Moose wants to do is protect is sister,
    Natalie, live up to his parents expectations,
    and stay out of trouble.

But on Alcatraz, trouble is never far away How
will Moose survive?
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts
  • By Gennifer Choldenko

The Higher Power of LuckyBy Susan Patron
  • It's been two years since Lucky Trimble's
    mother died. Since then, Lucky has made the best
    of things living with her French guardian,
    Brigitte. Even though Lucky, who aspires to be a
    scientist like Charles Darwin, tries hard to
    order her life like the insect specimens she
    collects, she's always a little worried. What if
    Brigitte --- her absent father's first wife, who
    planned to come to California just long enough to
    put Lucky in foster care --- ends up returning to
    her beloved France, leaving Lucky behind? 

  • Maybe the answer to Lucky's problems lies with
    the mysterious "Higher Power" she often overhears
    members of various 12-step programs talking
    about. But what is Lucky's Higher Power and where
    she can go to find it? After she reaches rock
    bottom, she discovers Brigitte's passport on top
    of her suitcase ready for a return to France.

  • As Lucky works to find her Higher Power and
    finally recover from her mother's death, she
    interacts with many of her neighbors in tiny Hard
    Pan, California, which has 43 residents and only
    three paying jobs. Her eccentric friends include
    Short Sammy, knot expert (and future president)
    Lincoln Clinton Carter Kennedy, and little Miles,
    who is desperate for attention and obsessed with
    the book Are You My Mother?

  • Hard Pan may be a bit isolated and more than a
    little impoverished. What does this little town
    have to offer Brigitte, who is used to
    first-class restaurants, museums, and really good
  • Read The Higher power of Lucky by Susan
    Patron to find out!

These are our suggestionsWhat are yours?
You may have tangible wealth untold Caskets
of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you
can never be I had someone who read to me.
by Strickland GillilanSpecial thanks
to our BTHS students who read the synopses, which
were featured on Barnes and Noble and Amazon
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