Summer Reading Info. and Book Report Form

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Summer Reading at Mowat

Students at Mowat are required to read one book from our summer reading list during the summer months. All Pre-AP students will be required to read an additional book from reading list. Our goal for this project is to help students interact with text in a fun way and to help stop the “summer slide.”

Following the completion of the reading, students will need to complete an activity relating to the book. Please see the list of activities to choose from on the back of this paper.

Please submit all projects/quizzes by Friday, August, 25th.

Mowat’s library will be open every Monday from June 12 until July 31, except for the 4th of July week for quizzes or project assistance.

*A limited number of copies are available for purchase in the media center. 

(See attached price list)

Summer Reading

**select one of the options below for each of the books you read


  1. Take a Scholastic Reading Counts Quiz on a school computer. You must earn a score of 70% or higher. You can take the quiz when you return to school or during the summer. Mowat’s media center will be open from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31

  1. Create a poster advertising your book as a movie to be released in December 2017. Be sure to include original wording and pictures, and include elements of the book that will provide enough information to indicate that you understand the plot and characters.

  1. Answer the following questions on your own paper. Write in complete sentences. Make sure to include the title and author of your book. 1) Who are the major and minor characters in the book? 2) Describe one of the major characters and one of the minor characters in detail. 3) How does the title relate to the story? 4) What is the setting? 5) How does the setting affect the story’s plot? 6) What is the major conflict in the story? 7) How is this conflict resolved? 8) Write two sentences explaining why you would or would not recommend this book to a friend.

  1. Make a shoebox diorama of your favorite scene in the book. Be sure to complete a 4” x 6” index card that includes the book’s author, the book’s title, and a one-paragraph description of the scene to go with your diorama.

  1. Make a multi-media presentation for the book: Voki, Powerpoint, Thinglink, Blabberize, Pow Toon, etc. Be sure to include the book’s title, author, setting, major characters, conflicts, and general plot description. Use your own words unless you give credit to the source you use.

Summer Reading Price List and Order Form


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon $9.00 _____

Fuzzy Mud $6.50 _____

*The Lions of Little Rock $6.50 _____

Brave Like My Brother $5.00 _____

The Blackthorn Key $6.00 _____

The Boys who Challenged Hitler $7.00 _____

Peter Pan $5.00 _____

*Ungifted $6.50 _____

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 $9.00 _____

Terror at Bottle Creek $6.50 ______

Student Name_________________________

Reading/Language Arts Teacher____________________

Summer Phone Number______________________________

Books  marked with * were voted as favorites by students

Summer Reading 2017- Annotated list

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25  By Richard Evans

Fourteen-year old Michael discovers he has special electrical powers and, with the help of his best friends, becomes aware that there are other teens with similar powers, but something or someone is hunting them and, after Michael’s mother is kidnapped, he will need to rely on his powers and his friends to rescue his mom, protect himself, and save the others.

*Lions of Little Rock By Kristen Levine

Twelve-year-old Marlee develops a strong friendship with Liz, the new girl in school, but when Liz suddenly stops attending school and Marlee hears a rumor that her friend is actually an African American girl passing herself off as white, the two young girls must decide whether their friendship is worth taking on integration and the dangers it could bring to their families.

*Ungifted by Gordon Korman

When Donovan Curtis pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he’s finally gone too far.  But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction, (ASD), a special program for “gifted and talented” students. Although it wasn’t exactly what Donovan had intended, the ASD couldn’t be a more perfectly unexpected hideout for someone like him.  But as the students and teachers of ASD grow to realize, though Donovan may not be good in math or science (or just about anything), he shows that his gifts may be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.  

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

A fifth grader, Tamaya and a seventh grader, Marshall walk to school together but decide to avoid a bully by walking through the woods.  They get lost and the the bully finds them.  Tamaya pushes the bully into some fuzzy mud, getting some on her arm.  They find their way home to safety.  Tamaya discovers that the mud has given her a rash, and things only get worse from there. What Tamaya and Marshall have uncovered might affect the future of the world.  This one is a mystery-thriller.

Brave Like my Brother by Marc Tyler Nobleman

This story is a series of letters between 2 brothers.  Big brother Joe gets drafted leaving little brother Charlie behind to contend with the neighborhood bullies, worried parents and his ailing grandmother.  Over the course of 2 years, Joe explains his war experiences in his letters to Charlie, including a secret mission that he is assigned to carry out with the one soldier who constantly harasses everyone.  Their adventures during the mission involve the capture of a spy and the discovery of what they are transporting under the tarp that they are told NOT to remove.  

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

This story follows Christopher Rowe, an orphan who has been assigned to work as an apprentice with one of the town’s apothecaries, Benedict Blackthorn. When an apothecary in town is murdered, the King’s mean believe that another apothecary may be to blame.  Soon Christopher is alone, except for the message he receives from Blackthorn:   “Tell no one what I have given you.”  Christopher does not know what Blackthorn is referring to and that is the first mystery in a plot with countless mysteries, unforeseen dangers, riddles and puzzles and a secret society that may turn out to be the enemy.  

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

A young Chinese girl named Minli and her parents live in a modest, run-down hut in the Valley of the Fruitless Mountain.  In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the wise Old Man of the Moon.  Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on a journey to find the Old Man to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune.  While on her quest, she meets a magical cast of creatures along the way, including a dragon who becomes her friend.  Much like an Asian Wizard of Oz, this wondrous novel spills over with adventure and memorable characters!

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

This classic novel was written in 1904, but is still magical today! The story of Wendy and her brothers, transported to Never-Land with the promise of eternal youth, will resonate with today's middle school students.

This novel is not a difficult read, although the language used may seem formal to today's young reader. Ever wondered what keeps a book relevant and interesting after 113 years? Read this classic and find out!!

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose and Knud Pedersen

This is a true story about “The Churchill Club,” a group of pre-teens in Nazi-occupied Denmark who secretly and dangerously work to make their German occupiers as miserable as possible by destroying German camps, cars, and weapons transports, and eventually by stealing their weapons.  The boys in The Club try to avoid detection and capture but the Nazi guards are everywhere!  The resistance movement that is sparked by their missions leaves a mark on the people of Denmark that awakens the strength and pride they lost when their government gave in to Hitler at the start of WWII.  The story is told in first person by Knud Pedersen combined with a third-person account by Phillip Hoose who  pieces together the timeline of events and shares historical information about The Club and the events surrounding their activities. (This book is nonfiction. )

Terror at Bottle Creek by  Watt Key

In this gritty realistic wilderness adventure, thirteen-year-old Cort is caught in a battle against a Gulf Coast hurricane.  Cort’s father is a local expert on hunting and swamp lore in lower Alabama who had been teaching his son everything he knows.  But when a deadly Category 3 storm makes landfall, Cort must unexpectedly put all his skills and bravery to the test. Amid miles of storm-thrashed wetland filled with dangerous, desperate wild animals, it’s up to Cort to win-or-lose the fight for their lives.  (This is a Sunshine State book for 2017)