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: https://goo.gl/oxAzxt
~ Try free ebooks by visiting: https://goo.gl/SI2JEe
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!
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 https://goo.gl/GJDGqT
Lone Star Reading List http://www.txla.org/groups/lone-star
Scholastic Summer Reading Book List 2017-2018 https://goo.gl/c78oiN