School's out at the end of the day today, but that doesn't mean homework is at an end. Over the summer, students—those entering seventh and eighth grade in 2012-13—must read at least two books from an approved list of titles.
Suggested titles include a few classics such as "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton, "Call of the Wild" by Jack London, "Dracula" by Bram Stoker and "Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne, as well as modern favorites such as "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak and "The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
The full list of approved titles can be found as a PDF at right (by genre or author) or on the school website, pollard.needham.k12.ma.us.
Note: Students should be reading new books—titles they have read before don't count.
When students return to school in September, they should bring the completed Parent Sign-Off sheet with them as well as one of the books they read.
The summer reading list is also available at the .