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Summer Reading at MBA: Seventh Grade

Information on summer reading for all grades, including the all-school read.

Seventh Grade Summer Reading

Summer Reading Requirement – Seventh Grade

I.  All School Read for 2024-25: Each boy in grades seven through twelve is required to read James Clear's Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

II. Two choice books: Seventh-grade boys should also choose two books to read, one book from each of the two lists (A & B).  Students should type answers to the seven questions listed below.  There should be two sets of answers, one set for each of the choice books. Answers will be due on Wednesday, August 16, and should be given to the student’s English 7 teacher.  Follow these directions to format the typed answers:

1. Center this title at the top of the paper: Answers to Questions about [title of book]

2. Center your first and last name right below the title.

3. Skip two spaces between your name and the first typed answer.

4. Use 12-point, Times New Roman font.  Double-space the entire document.

5. Use 1-2 complete sentences and restate the question in your answer. Number all answers.

Questions for the choice books

1. What is the main setting (time and place) of the novel?

2. Is the setting significant to the plot of the novel or could it the story have taken place anywhere?  If significant, briefly explain why.

3. What is the full name of the major character(s) of the novel, and what are two or three characteristics of these characters?

4. State the major conflict of the novel in a single sentence.  The major conflict is the problem without which there would be no story?

5. Is the conflict between two characters, a character and nature, a character and himself or herself?

6. What is the climax, the moment of greatest suspense and tension, in the novel?

7. State if you would or would not recommend this novel to a friend and then explain three specific reasons why you would or would not recommend it.  Your explanation should include enough details to make your answer clear to a person who has not read the novel.

List of Choice Books

List A

1. Adams                            Watership Down

2. Cline                               Ready Player One

3. Duncan                           Killing Mr. Griffin

4. Gratz                               Refugee

    5. Hickam                           Rocket Boys (also published as October Sky)

    6. Krakaur                           Into Thin Air

7. Paolini                            Eragon, Eldest, or Brisinger*

8. Peck                                A Day No Pigs Would Die

   9. Pullman                           The Golden Compass

   10. Sepetys                          Salt to the Sea

List B

1. Doyle                              The Hound of the Baskervilles

2. Cormier                           I am the Cheese

   3. Early                               Jim the Boy

4. Keyes                              Flowers for Algernon

5. Potok                               The Chosen

6. Steinbeck                        Travels with Charley

7. Stevenson                        Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde or Treasure Island*

8. White                              The Once and Future King

9. Verne                              20,000 Leagues under the Sea

10. Zuzak                            The Book Thief

*When several titles are suggested for an author, please select only one by that author.