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Summer Work & Reading 2024

Upper School Summer Reading

Choose your book(s)

This year, in place of an All Community Read, we decided as a faculty that it might be an interesting and motivating twist for us to recommend some favorite past or present summer reads to our students. This list includes faculty or staff names, titles of books, authors and suggested grade level ranges for each selection. We encourage all of our students to choose at least one! 

Upper School: English Class Summer Read

Students in Grades 9 through postgraduate must read additional texts selected by the English Department. Students are required to read the assigned book(s) for the English course in which students are enrolled in the fall. Students should annotate their books, tracking at least five moments where they see the course theme and essential question illustrated. Students must complete each text before class begins, as a paper and other assessments will be assigned the first two weeks of the term based on this reading. 

Other Upper School Summer Work

Class of 2025

AP Classes

WMA Middle School Summer Book Club - 2024

It’s summer again! Maybe you’re traveling, maybe you’re relaxing poolside or maybe you’re just trying to find some air conditioning to stay cool … but either way, we hope you’re able to join us for some great conversations about great books! This summer we'll have two book club meetings: one where we will all read the same book, and one where you’ll be able to bring a book you’ve read to share!

Below you will find the schedule for our book club meetings. We will meet on Thursday, June 27, and Tuesday, August 20 at different locations near campus. The plan is to relax, share our thoughts, identify new insights and enjoy a delicious treat. Feel free to attend either or both of the meetings. We will look forward to catching up with everyone at the start of the school year. 

Date & Time

Novel for Discussion



June 27


3 - 4 p.m.

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

 - Dan Gemeinhardt

The Village Store

RSVP (by June 24 and Aug. 16) for each book so we have goodies available for all … and note any allergies, just in case! Contacts: and

Aug. 20


3 - 4 p.m.

Bring Your Own Book!

Pick a book you’ve read this summer and talk it up to the rest of us!

Rice’s Fruit Farm


Middle School English Summer Reading Suggestions

If you are looking for more great books to read this summer, you’ve come to the right place! Here are some suggestions that we have based on grade level and content – but feel free to read across grade level lists if something sparks your interest! We look forward to hearing about all of your bookish adventures in the fall!

Grade 6 Choice Books

Grade 7 Choice Books

Grade 8 Choice Books

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora” by Pablo Cartaya

Red Kayak

by Priscilla Cummings

Piecing Me Together

 by Renee Watson

The Graveyard Book

 by Neil Gaimon

Akata Witch

 by Nnedi Okorafor

We Were Liars

by E. Lockhart

The Color of My Words

by Lynn Joseph

This Was Our Pact

 by Ryan Andrews

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

One for the Murphys

 by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The House of the Scorpion

by Nancy Farmer

Hey Kiddo

 by Jarrett Krosoczka

The Thing About Jellyfish

by Ali Benjamin

The Running Dream

by Wendalin Van Draanen

Between Shades of Gray

by Ruta Sepetys

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus” by Dusti Bowling

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

A Thousand Steps Into Night

by Traci Chee

Too Bright To See

by Kyle Lukoff

Peak” by Roland Smith

Nimona” by Noelle Stevenson

Restart” by Gordon Korman

The Door of No Return

by Kwame Alexander

Game Changer

by Neal Shusterman

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

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

The Thief

by Megan Whelan Turner


New Kid” by Jerry Craft


Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie” by Jordan Sonnenblick

Almost American Girl

by Robin Ha


Need a book to read but only have a device? Check out Sora – you can access books by signing in with your school email, and you can read them on a computer or your phone!