You are free to choose any 2 books you want to fulfill Amherst Regional Middle School's summer reading expectation,

but here is a list of recommended and popular titles to help you make a choice.




Award Winners for Middle School Readers from 2017

(John Newbery Medal, Michael L. Printz Award, Pura Belpre Award, Coretta Scott King Book Award,
Stonewall Book Awards, Schneider Family Book Award,Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award,
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults)
  • As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
  • Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and dreams brought to life, by Ashley Bryan
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis
  • The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, by Adam Gidwitz
  • March: Book 3, by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  • The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
  • The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
  • Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, by Caren Stelson
  • Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune, by Pamela S. Turner
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne
  • Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II, by Albert Marrin
  • We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler, by Russell Freedman
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk


Most-Read Titles at Amherst Regional Middle School
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • Cherub Series, by Robert Muchamore
  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, by Jeff Kinney
  • Divergent Series, by Veronica Roth
  • Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier
  • The Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone) by Leigh Bardugo
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, based on a story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
  • I'll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
  • The Lorien Legacies (I Am Number Four) by Pittacus Lore
  • Matched Series, by Ally Condie
  • Maximum Ride : The Manga Series, by James Patterson and NaRae Lee
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
  • The Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John Flanagan
  • The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda
  • The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
  • This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

New and Old “Classics” for Middle School Readers
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
  • Call of the Wild, by Jack London
  • The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas
  • Dune, by Frank Herbert
  • Emma, by Jane Austen
  • Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne
  • White Fang, by Jack London
  • The Red Pony, by John Steinbeck

Poets and Poetry
  • Maya Angelou (1928 -2014)Maya Angelou: Poetry for Young People, Carlson, Lori M. (editor)
  • Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States
  • Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)Emily Dickinson: Poetry for Young People
  • Robert Frost (1874-1963) You Come Too: Favorite Poems for Young Readers
  • Nikki Giovanni (1943- )Vacation Time
  • J. Patrick Lewis ( 1942 - )When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders
  • Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry for Young People
  • Joyce Sidman (1956 - )What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms & Blessings