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Summer Reading-Advanced English Language Arts


Adv ELA Summer Reading


Dear Parent,


Congratulations to your child for choosing to participate in the Northside Independent School District Adv ELA course. The Connally ELA teachers and I are pleased that your son or daughter has accepted the challenge of this more rigorous course. An important part of this academic program is summer reading, which offers an opportunity for enrichment in reading and writing.


Students who have selected Adv ELA will need to read one book (fiction or nonfiction). Below are links to access lists of book titles to help your child decide on a book. Students MAY NOT select a picture book, or a book that they have read, or a book that was taught in their previous ELA classes. Summer reading novels need to be read by the end of August 2021.


We are excited to see what great books our students will be selecting to read over the summer. When students return to school this fall, they will be given a menu board and they will be selecting one activity to complete with their summer reading book. They will be given two weeks to work on their assignment.


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 where to start.


If you have any questions, you may contact your child’s ELA teacher.  In the meantime, congratulations to your child for choosing Adv ELA. I wish them happy reading!



Melissa Estrada

John B. 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


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