Summer Work & Reading 2021

Upper School - Required Summer Reading

Community Summer Read

Dear WMA Community,

Traditionally, we have used our core values - "Live Clean, Speak True, Work Hard, Play Fair" - to guide our thinking and choosing of All Community Read. These values remain essential to our community and will continue to provide WMA a framework for community living and programming. The value we will focus on for the 2021-2022 academic year will be “Play Fair.”

As we considered a single book choice for our traditional community summer read, we felt confronted by the many challenges of the global economic, health and racial inequity crises. There is no way we could capture the complexity and intensity of everything that has happened recently in a single community read, and we recognize the hard work necessary to explore, learn, understand and engage in what is happening in the world around us.

Like last summer, we will let our students decide.

We hope our community members will choose literature, fiction or nonfiction that interests them in this challenging time. This may be the time to deepen your understanding of racial inequality and social injustices, pandemics or the global economy. It might also be the time to read something "for the soul" or something light. The important thing is to read and read daily!

It can be challenging to find something to read that may interest you, so the WMA community is here to help and support you in this endeavor. We will provide an initial list of possibilities. WMA’s Faculty Book club, the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee, Student Government and other student groups have and will provide ideas for books and articles to read this summer.

We will also keep a WMA blog - - that we will update with what the community is reading. Students are encouraged to contact their advisor with suggestions or if they need some guidance. We hope this type of sharing will encourage our Community Summer Read.  

Enjoy your summer holiday! Happy Reading!


English Class Summer Read

Students in Grades 9 through postgraduate must read additional texts selected by the English Department for the English course in which students are enrolled next fall. Testing/class discussion on this book will take place within the English course.

Please note, students must annotate texts for English reading.

Other Upper School Summer Work

AP Classes

Middle School English Summer Reading Choices

Our expectation is that you read at least one book this summer, but we encourage you to read more. We will!  Also, feel free to read across grade level lists.  These recommendations are based on level and content, but do not necessarily take interest into account. 

Grade 6

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora” by Pablo Cartaya

"River Magic" by Ellen Booraem

The Color of My Words” by Lynn Joseph

One for the Murphys” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Thing About Jellyfish” by Ali Benjamin

Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

"Too Bright To See" by Kyle Lukoff

The Unteachables” by Gordon Korman

The List of Things That Will Not Change” by Rebecca Stead

"Bloomability" by Sharon Creech

Grade 7

"Red Kayak" by Priscilla Cummings

"The List of Things That Will Not Change" by Rebecca Stead

"The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle" by Leslie Connor

"The House of the Scorpion" by Nancy Farmer

"The Running Dream" by Wendalin Van Draanen

"I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives" by Caitlin Alifirenka, Liz Welch, and Martin Ganda

"The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora" by Pablo Cartana

"One for the Murphys" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

"To: Night Owl From: Dogfish" by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

"Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie" by Jordan Sonnenblick

Grade 8

"Piecing Me Together" by Renee Watson

"We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart

"Children of Blood and Bone" (series) By Tomi Adeyemi

"Hey Kiddo" by Jarrett Krosoczka

"The Ones We're Meant to Find" by Joan He

"We Are Not From Here" by Jenny Torres Sanchez

"The List of Things That Will Not Change" by Rebecca Stead

"Game Changer" by Neal Shusterman

"Heroes of the Valley" by Jonathan Stroud

"Almost American Girl" by Robin Ha

Middle School Summer Book Club

Every summer we both get so excited for the extra time to delve into the books that have been recommended throughout the year. As you all know, immersing ourselves in the worlds created by favorite authors is a No. 1 pastime for both of us. In an effort to create a way for us to read together while also keeping in touch over the summer, we put together OUR VERY OWN BOOK CLUB!  The first book that we have chosen is "Pet," and it comes as a Nutmeg recommendation. We can’t wait to start reading it!

Click here for details.