Ms. Thelma Mundy’s grades 5 and 6 language arts class from Sawgrass Adventist School in Plantation, Florida, wrote to tell us about their favorite reading picks for the summer. If you are bored during your vacation, consider picking up one or more of these titles and lose yourselves in a great book! –Editors

If you’re looking for something to do on those long summer days when the air-conditioner is at full blast and you are bored out of your mind, I suggest you read the award-winning chapter book for 8-12 year olds, titled Rules, by Cynthia Lord.

Rules is a heartwarming story about the sister of an autistic boy who overcomes her embarrassment through friendship with another autistic child. The author brings the characters to life with amazing description. She uses her personal experience as the mother of an autistic child to portray what their lives are really like. As you turn each page in the book, you get to experience what autistic children go through and you never want to put down the book.

This book helped me feel more sympathetic toward those with autism. It shows that life doesn’t always come easily, but since you can’t always change your circumstances, you have to learn to change the way you look at things. Rules has a great moral to the story, and that is why I recommend it for summer reading.
--Shelbe Johnson

Spy Academy
Spy Academy, by Tracey West is one of my favorite books, mainly because it has adventure, mystery, suspense, action, technology, and the fact that the main characters are kids. The story is about a boy named Jason. He is one of the smartest, most athletic kids in the world. Suddenly he finds himself getting a scholarship to a boarding school he has never heard of before, but it has the best of everything. The school is very high-tech, with state-of-the-art gadgets, gismos, and more. Before long there is a case to crack, and Jason and his new friends and all their gadgets are in the thick of it.

The author has a way of making words come to life. The second I started reading, I pictured it all in my head. The way the characters are described is incredible as well. I would recommend this book for summer reading because it is so interesting and intriguing.
--Julian Murray

Big Nate: On a Roll
The book Big Nate: On a Roll is a book I would recommend for summer reading because of its literary style. Author Lincoln Pierce does an outstanding job of describing the main character, Nate. Pierce describes Nate as “short and small, greasy hair and freckles, Nate always has a face of adventure.” The next feature of the book I enjoyed was its educational morals. At the end of the story Nate closes by teaching kids a very important lesson: obedience. This is why I personally recommend this book.
--Mark Adden

The Lightening Thief
If you like books with adventure, mystery, and excitement, this is the book for you. The creative author of this breathtaking book is Rick Riordan.

In the beginning, misunderstood Percy Jackson is a confronted with an appalling predicament that almost costs his mother’s life. Then he soon finds out that his father is not who he thought he was.

If you would like your imagination to go on an unforgettable journey, then this book is definitely a must-read for anyone ages 10 and up. What kind of quest will Percy Jackson find himself on? You’ll have to read to find out.
--Isabella Olmedo

White Fang
I highly suggest White Fang for summer reading. It took me a while to read this book, but I really enjoyed it. It was written by one of the most talented writers ever (and one of my favorites), Jack London, author of Call of the Wild and To Build a Fire.

The book is about a canine named White Fang, whose mother was a dog and whose father was a wolf. He goes on many adventures: living with Native Americans, roaming the woods alone, and fighting other animals until he is taken into the care of a loving master with whom he finally finds peace.

I suggest this book for independent readers who like books about animals, who are good at visualizing, and who enjoy adventure. I would not suggest this book for people who feel uncomfortable with graphic scenes and events. Some of the scenes in this book are extremely descriptive.

See if you can get your hands on this book for summer!
--Alyssa Porcena

The book I recommend for summer reading is called Frindle. It is impressive and hilarious. The author, Andrew Clements, brings his words to life with use of vivid descriptions, onomatopoetic words, and other literary devices that are bound to capture your imagination.

The book is about Nick Allen who attends Lincoln Elementary, and how he makes up a silly word—“frindle.” When picture day comes, the fifth-grade picture is ruined. Nick and his friends, John, Pete, Dave, Chris, and Janet, never wanted to get parents and teachers mad. They just wanted to have some fun. But that’s when the trouble began.

All the teachers get mad, but Mrs. Granger is even more furious and has her students stay after school to write “I am writing this punishment with a pen 100 times.” Then the principal speaks with Nick’s family about the trouble at school, which then gets him into trouble at home. But then the news station finds about his “word,” and he become an instant celebrity.

So when the long summer days come, find your favorite spot at home and cuddle up with this delightful 105-page book. It will leave you begging for more.
--Shawn Stewart

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor, would be a delightful book to read during the summer. This book teaches you about the courage of a brave family standing up for their right to be counted equal.

Cassie Logan’s family is one of the few Black families in Mississippi that owns their land. They’re not sharecroppers like other African-Americans. Cassie has been brought as an independent girl who doesn’t understand why a White girl her own age has to be called “Miss” and not her.

In a world where White people and Black people were treated vastly different because of their skin colors, Cassie’s family may lose their land because of trouble with powerful White families. When they survive that crisis, hate boils over, and the Ku Klux Klan rears its ugly head. Cassie—a 10-year-old—must face the harsh realities of being Black in the 1930s South.
--Tiffany Taylor

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
I think The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne, is a good book for summer reading. It is about the Holocaust, which happened during World War II. Bruno, a 9-year-old boy, grows up during the war in Berlin. His father is a high-ranking SS officer. One day, while playing in the woods, he sees a camp. It is a concentration camp for Jews, because the Germans wanted to exterminate all Jews in Europe during that time.

Bruno made friends with a boy who wore “pajamas.” All of the people in the camp were wearing the same ones, except they were actually prison clothes. He friend’s name was Shmuel. The two of them were the same age and even had the same birthday. They met at the same spot every day and became good friends.

When Bruno was about to go back, he decided to help Shmuel find his father, whom he couldn’t locate for days. Bruno put on one of the pajamas and went into the camp. When they were there, they went into a room thinking it was a way to get out of the rain, but it was a gas chamber. After his parents couldn’t find him for a long time, they realized that he went into the camp, and that made his dad very sad, even when he was captured by the Russians. At the end, Bruno’s father realized how bad he was to the Jewish people because of what happened to his son.

I was captivated by the friendship of the two boys, even though they were from different sides of the fence. The writer made me feel deep emotions, such as sadness and the dad’s guilt.
--Jaythro Adden