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5th Grade to 6th Grade Summer Reading

Dear Parent,

Help avoid the “summer slide” by having your child read during the summer. Research has shown students who read over the summer improve their reading and writing skills, while students who do not read experience a decrease in their abilities. The goal of summer reading at John Connally Middle School is to prevent this slide and to strengthen your child’s skills through free-choice reading.

We recommend that students read one book (fiction or nonfiction). Below are links to review book titles to help your child narrow his/her choice to one book.

Students can access books at the public library, local bookstores (Half Price Book Store), and online book sellers. The students are responsible for obtaining a copy of the book they choose.

             ~ Free San Antonio Public Library Card Visit:

             ~ Try free ebooks by visiting:

If you are having trouble selecting a book, scroll down to the second page for suggestions on where to start. Also, if you have any questions, you may contact your child’s ELA teacher and I want to wish your child happy reading!


Melissa Estrada

John Connally Middle School

ELA Department Coordinator



Novel Choices: we have developed a list of suggested authors and popular novel lists you can pick from. Don’t forget to ask family members, friends, and teachers for novels to read.




Jason Reynolds         

Jeanne Duprau

Sandra Cisneros         

Lynda Hunt

Stephanie Meyer       

Suzanne Collins

Marissa Meyer          

Neal Shusterman

Veronica Roth           

Gordon Korman

John Green               

Joan Lowery Nixon

Ally Condie                 

Lois Duncan

Lauren Oliver             

Robert Lipsyte

J.K. Rowling             

Rick Riordan

Gary Paulsen            

Kamkwamba & Mealer

Markus Zusak           

Carl Deuker

Alex London               

Tim Green

Sarah Dessen            

Sharon Draper

Caroline Cooney         

Ann M. Martin

Jerry Spinelli               

James Patterson       


Popular Novel Lists

International Literacy Association: Young Adult’s Choice List

Lone Star Reading List

Scholastic Summer Reading Book List 2017-2018


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