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Summer reading list from Amplify ELA

Summer break is here and there’s no better time to get lost in a great story! Here’s our latest list of recommended books for students going into grades 6-8, aimed at helping them not just read for school, but love to read. Dive into any of these books now with free access to Amplify ELA’s digital library. Enjoy!


Grade 6 (590L-1010L)

  • Samurai Kids 1: White Crane by Sandy Fussell (590L)
  • Soccer Team Upset by Fred Bowen (630L)
  • Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri (660L)
  • Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs
  • Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams (680L)
  • Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel by Diana Lopez (700L)
  • Ungifted by Gordon Korman (730L)
  • Always October by Bruce Coville (730L)
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman (740L)
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (1010L)


Grade 7 (720L-1080L)

  • Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court, compilation by Marc
  • Aronson and Charles R. Smith (720L)
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (750L)
  • Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry (770L)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (820L)
  • 47 by Walter Mosley (860L)
  • Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech (900L)
  • The Dragon’s Eye by Dugald A. Steer (910L)
  • American Hip-Hop by Nathan Sacks (1020L)
  • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (1080L)
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1080L)


Grade 8 (680L-1100L)

  • The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (680L)
  • Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac (810L)
  • Guys Read: Funny Business, compilation by Jon Scieszka (840L)
  • Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani (890L)
  • Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan (900L)
  • Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan (900L)
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1070L)
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (1080L)
  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation,
  • Volume I: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson (1090L)
  • The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (1170L)


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