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Students encouraged to read over the summer

Staff Photos: Erin Evans
 Some students are getting a head start on their summer reading this year by looking for their books at the Newton County Library and area bookstores. On Monday afternoon, rising sixth-grader Jordyn Blare from Indian Creek Middle School and her mom, Laurie, looked for summer reading books to check out at the library. Jordyn anticipates reading “Bud Not Buddy” and maybe “On My Honor.” 

Staff Photos: Erin Evans Some students are getting a head start on their summer reading this year by looking for their books at the Newton County Library and area bookstores. On Monday afternoon, rising sixth-grader Jordyn Blare from Indian Creek Middle School and her mom, Laurie, looked for summer reading books to check out at the library. Jordyn anticipates reading “Bud Not Buddy” and maybe “On My Honor.” 

COVINGTON — Students in the Newton County School System may be on summer break for the next few weeks, but some need to do a little required reading before they head back to school in August.

NCSS officials have provided students and their families with reading lists that some must complete this summer in order to begin the 2010-11 school year on the right track.

<B>Sixth Grade</B>

"Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Patterson

"Shadow Children Series" by Margaret Peterson Haddix

"The Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Elizabeth George Speare

<B>Seventh Grade</B>

"Face on the Milk Carton" by Caroline B. Cooney

"Phoenix Rising" by Karen Hesse

"Soldier's Heart" by Gary Paulsen

<B>Eighth Grade</B>

"Bless Me, Ultima" by Rudolfo Anaya

"Fever, 1793" by Laurie Halse Anderson

"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton

<B>Ninth Grade</B>

"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson

"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson

<B>10th Grade</B>

"All Creatures Great and Small" by James Herriot

"Daisy Miller" by Henry James

"The Piano Lesson" by August Wilson

<B>11th Grade</B>

"The Hunt for Red October" by Tom Clancy

"A Gathering of Old Men" by Ernest J. Gaines

"Mules and Men" by Zora Neale Hurston

<B>12th Grade</B>

"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte

"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley

Like in the past, middle and high school students in NCSS are required to participate in summer reading. NCSS also developed an elementary school reading list as a service and guide for parents who wish to have their students read over the summer for fun.

Regular classroom middle school students must read one book and be prepared to complete an assignment in their language arts classes during the first week of school. Two additional books and accompanying assignments may be completed for extra credit.

Middle school QUEST students have a separate reading list, and other students can choose from the school reading list or the QUEST list.

Reading lists given to regular classroom sixth-graders include 14 options, including "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson. Seventh-graders can read any of the 13 listings, including "The People Could Fly" by Virginia Hamilton. Eighth-graders have 15 choices, including "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton.

QUEST middle school students must read at least two books on which they will be given an assignment during the first week of school during their language arts classes. A third book and assignment may be completed for extra credit.

Sixth-graders in QUEST can chose from 28 titles, including "Bloomability" by Sharon Creech. Seventh-graders have 29 options, like "Hope was Here" by Joan Bauer. Eighth-graders also have 29 options, including "Savannah" by Eugenia Price.

Depending on their school, grade level and English class, high school students also have required summer reading and sometimes assignments. Each high school has a listing of required reading and assignments students must complete over the summer.

Rising first- through fifth-graders were given grade-specific lists that were adapted from Pinecrest Academy in Cumming.

First-graders have a list of 46 books, including classics like "Mother Goose" and "Rumpelstiltskin." Second-graders can choose from 41 titles, including "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. Third-graders have 23, including "Hailstones and Halibut Bones" by Mary O'Neill. Fourth-graders have 32 including "Nancy Drew" mysteries and "Freaky Friday" by Mary Rodgers. Fifth-graders can choose from 42, including "The Dreamkeeper" by Langston Hughes.

Reading lists are available on the NCSS website, www.newtoncountyschools.org, or on the school's personal website. The Newton County Library and area book stores also have some reading lists available.