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Summer Reading-English Language Arts

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 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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