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The Upper School Friends of the Library team looks forward each year to hosting the Learning Commons Summer Reading Book Fair--it's a great way to let students browse and choose their summer reading, and all proceeds go toward enrichments like author visits and special collections. This year, our fair will run from Monday, April 18th - Friday, April 22nd. All students in current grades 5-11 will come to the fair during English classes (homeroom for 5th grade). All required and choice titles will be available for students to browse and purchase. Students can pay with cash or credit card (not school credit). It's a great way to get your summer off to a great start!

Rising 6th Grade LPA

Welcome to Summer, dear readers!

Each LPA middle schooler will read a total of two (2) books this summer. All reading and assignments (see link below) should be completed by the first day of school.

Most books are available in several formats, including paperback, audio , and eBook. No matter which versions you choose, you must bring a print or digital copy of your books with you to class in August.


1. 6th grade Choice Book and Written Assignment (choose ONE of the books below).

2. Visiting Author Book and Assignment (choose to read ONE of the books below).

1. Choice List (Choose 1):

The Wild Robot (Wild Robot series, bk. 1)

Peter Brown

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there. Her only hope of survival is to try and learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants. (Audible, Learning Ally)

Finding Langston (Finding Langston series, bk. 1)

Lesa Cline-Ransome

It's 1946 and Langston is leaving rural Alabama following his mother’s death a few months earlier, to move into a dingy apartment in Chicago with his father Henry. This small apartment is lonely with just the two of them, but his new home has one fantastic thing: the local public library which welcomes everyone. But Langston must avoid classmates Lymon, Clem, and Erroll, who bully him relentlessly. (Audible, Learning Ally)

Framed! (T.O.A.S.T. mysteries, bk. 1)

James Ponti

What if you're halfway through your homework and the Director of the FBI texts you for help? Do you save your grade or save the country? If you’re Florian Bates, you figure out a way to do both. Twelve year-old Florian has just moved to Washington and he’s learning his way around. Florian and his new friend Margaret must decipher clues and finish his homework in time to help the FBI solve the case. (Audible, Learning Ally)


Pam Munoz Ryan

When Solimar was a little girl, she went to the oyamel forest bordering her kingdom to observe the monarch butterflies during their migration. Now, on the brink of her quinceañera and her official coronation, Solimar crosses the dangerous creek to sit among the butterflies. There, a mysterious event gives her a gift and a burden--the responsibility to protect the young and weak butterflies with her magical rebozo, or silk shawl. (Audible)

Masterminds (Masterminds series, bk. 1)

Gordon Korman

Eli lives in the most perfect town in the world, Serenity, New Mexico. All is well until one day, when Eli and his friends learn that as an experiment, they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history. (Audible, Learning Ally)

*The Stars Beneath Our Feet

David Barclay Moore

It’s Christmas in Harlem, but Lolly and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother’s gang-related death. Then a gift changes everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward. His own path isn’t clear—the pressure to join a “crew,” as his brother did, is always there. But building a fantastical Lego city provides Lolly with an escape—and an unexpected bridge back to the world. (Audible, Learning Ally)

*so that incoming 6th grade families are aware, this is a compelling, award-winning Middle Grades novel that contains some mature references to gun violence and some mature language such as swear words and derogatory slurs.


2. Visiting Author Kate Messner List (Choose 1):

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History Smashers Series by Kate Messner, using illustrations, graphic panels, photographs, sidebars, and more, smashes history by exploring the little-known details behind famous moments.

History Smashers: Women's Right to Vote

In 1920, Susan B. Anthony passed a law that gave voting rights to women in the United States. Right? WRONG! Susan B. Anthony wasn’t even alive when the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified. Plus, it takes a lot more than one person to amend the constitution. Did you know that when women’s rights activists picketed President Wilson to get his support for voting rights, some men beat them up, tore down their banners, and stole from them? And then it was the women who got arrested! No joke. (Audible, Learning Ally)

History Smashers: Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a completely unpredictable attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Right? Well, not quite. Some military experts had suggested that Pearl Harbor was a likely target. There were other warning signs, too. From the first wave of the Japanese bombers to the United States’ internment of thousands of Japanese Americans, the author smashes history by exploring the little-known truths behind the story of Pearl Harbor and its aftermath. (Audible)

History Smashers: Plagues and Pandemics

During the Black Death in the 14th century, plague doctors wore creepy beaked masks filled with herbs. RIGHT? WRONG! Those masks were from a plague outbreak centuries later–and most doctors never wore anything like that at all! The whole truth about diseases like the bubonic plague, cholera, smallpox, tuberculosis, polio, influenza, and COVID-19 is explained. (Audible)



We hope you enjoy summer reading! If you have questions, contact Ms. Melanie Diamond, English Department Chair, at