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Sunday, 3 June 2012


"Lighting a Pathway to the Future"                                                June 2012

Dear Parents,

I am  inviting students to engage in reading experiences that will provide them with a firm foundation for the 2012-2013 school year.

There is no question that one of the most valuable components to your student's academic success is reading. Students who are strong, avid readers are generally good students and competent test-takers. Mrs. Ferdjani is committed to doing all she can to develop her students’ reading skills and help them discover the life-long pleasure reading can bring to their lives.

Each student in grade 6 – 11 is required to read a total of three books during their summer break.

Students and parents are required to sign the honour statement at the bottom of each report to receive credit for the summaries.

Students and parents are encouraged to establish individual reading goals to aid students in their time management. Both reports, with signatures, will be due the first week of school.

The success of any program is the direct result of parental support and involvement.

I encourage you to look over the book list and help your child get started on their summer reading in July. I realize this program requires extra effort from both you and your child. It is just such effort that will reap academic benefits in the life of your student.

I look forward to the continued partnering with you in this effort to help your student reach his/her given potential.


Students will be expected to turn in their 3 summer reading reports/forms during the first week of school, Sept. 10-12.

List of Books

1.     My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

2.     A Thousand Never Evers by Burg Shana

3.     Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Stone Tanya Lee

4.     Counting on Grace by Winthrop Elizabeth

5.     Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

6.     Lay that Trumpet in Our Hands by Susan McCarthy

7.     Tangerine by Edward Bloor

8.     The Secret Life of Bees by Kidd, Sue Monk

9.     Buddha Boy by Koja Kathe


11.                       The Joy Luck Club by Tan Amy

12.                       And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

13.                       On The Devil's Court by Deuker Carl

14.                       Rebecca by DuMaurier Daphne

15.                       Beanball by Fehler Gene

16.                       The Greatest Muhammad Ali by Myers Walter Dean

17.                       Sunrise over Fallujah by Myers Walter Dean

18.                       Begging for Change by Sharon G. Flake

19.                       Chains by Anderson Laurie Halse

20.                       The Keepers' Tattoo by Arbuthnott Gill

21.                       The Guinea Pig Scientists : Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine by Dendy Leslie .A

22.                       Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Dionne Erin

23.                       The Hound of the Baskervilles by Doyle Arthur Conan Sir

24.                       Fire from the Rock by Draper Sharon M.

25.                       The Red Necklace : A Story of the French Revolution  by Gardner Sally

26.                       Once by Gleitzman Morris

27.                       The Absolute True Diary of a Part -Time Indian by Alexie Sherman

28.                       Thirteen reasons Why: A Novel by Asher Jay

29.                       Proof: A Play by Auburn David

30.                       Charles and Emma : The Darwin's Leap of  Faith by Heiligman Deborah

31.                       The HouseKeeper and the Professor by Ogawa Yoko

32.                       A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Beah Ishmael

33.                       Zeitoun by Eggers Dave

34.                       City of Veils by Ferraris Zoe

35.                       Fall of Giants by Follett Ken

36.                       Chronicle of Death Foretold by Garcia Marquez Gabriel

37.                       A Thousand Splendid Suns by Hosseini Khaled

38.                       Unaccustomed Earth by Lahiri Jhumpa

39.                       Atonement : A Novel by McEwan Ian

40.                       Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin by Sides Hampton

41.                       The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Skloot  Rebecca

42.                       The Book Thief  by Zusak Markus

43.                       Cutting for Stone by Verghese Abraham

TITLE:_____________________________________ NUMBER OF PAGES:________

AUTHOR: _________________________________

1. Summarize the story (plot) in one or two paragraphs (100 words minimum).

2. What is the theme or purpose of the book? In one or two sentences discuss the main point (lesson, moral) of the book.

STUDENT:_______________________________ DATE:________________________

PARENT:________________________________ DATE:________________________

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