2020 Summer Reading Initiative

Southwest Middle School

2020 Summer Reading List and Assignments

2020 SSYRA Books

Grades 6-8

Annotated List

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
City Spies by James Ponti
Deep Water: A Story of Survival by Watt Key
by Laura Martin
Game Changer by Tom Greenwald
Inkling by Kenneth Oppel
Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
New Kid by Jerry Craft
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart
Scouts by Shannon Greenland
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Spark by Sarah Beth Durst
We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey

Assignment Options

Create a Google Slides presentation on your book. Create a slide for each of the following: summary of the book; characters; plot diagram/mountain; personal response/critique of the book

Write a newspaper article about an event in the story (minimum 300 words). Include a heading and graphics. Write the article to include a character’s perspective/point of view about an event from the book.

Create a collage of images/phrases for one of the characters in the book. Entries should summarize events that happened as well as record the character’s feelings about the events.

Draw and color a map of the setting of the story. Label the important landmarks of the novel and explain why these are significant.

Find two songs that relate to your book. Copy/print/write out the lyrics to both songs. Include a 100 word explanation of how the theme is conveyed through the lyrics or the relationship between the lyrics and a decision the protagonist made.

Books may be checked out through the Orange County Public Library system: or purchased through various vendors, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

* Students entering 7th or 8th grade during the 2020-2021 school year: Please ask your current Language Arts teacher if you have any questions before school dismisses on May 27.


Southwest Middle School

6450 Dr. Phillips Blvd. Orlando, FL 32819