Middle School Summer Reading

Middle School Summer Reading

Love Books. Read.

In a world that offers many distractions, the importance of reading remains key to personal fulfillment and academic success. Gilman’s Summer Reading program aims to inspire our students to acquire a love for books and the habit of reading them. During the summer, each Middle School student is required to read at least SIX books, including the specific title listed for the grade he is entering and the all-school book which is mandatory reading for students and faculty. The boys may select any additional four books they wish to read.

The required titles are:

  • All Middle School - New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Rising Sixth Grade - Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  • Rising Seven Grade - The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel 
  • Rising Eighth Grade - Dear Martin by Nic Stone

For assistance in selecting the free-choice books, there is a supplementary list of suggested titles that are available through Gilman’s Overdive/Sora e-book platform, bookstores, and in public libraries. Students are not limited to this list; other books by the same authors included on the list are acceptable, as are books recommended by local librarians as appropriate to grade and reading level. We strongly urge that boys read as many books as possible over the summer, in addition to the basic requirements, and keep a record of all books read. The students will complete a listing of their summer reading using the Google form linked below. Please complete this form when you have finished the Summer Reading assignment.

Enjoy your summer,

Faith Ward

Middle School Librarian


410-­323­-3800 ext. 642


Return to the Walter Lord Library.

Summer Reading Guidelines by Grade