Here's what North Providence kids are reading this summer

Here's what North Providence kids are reading this summer

NORTH PROVIDENCE - All public students in North Providence are required to do some reading this summer. Here's a look at what they'll be reading.

• High School students must choose one book from a recommended list and must then complete a "Book Talk" to show depth of understanding on the contents of the book. Written or digital Book Talks will count toward students' first English test score in the fall.

Books available to 9th and 10th-graders this summer are "Allegiant," by Veronica Roth, "Taking Flight," by Michaela DePrince, "Between Shades of Gray," by Ruta Sepetys, "Rain Reign," by Ann Martin, "Leaving China," by James McMullan, "The Walk-On," by John Feinstein, "Small as an Elephant," by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, "Brown Girl Dreaming," by Jacqueline Woodson, and "Port Chicago 50," by Steve Sheinkin.

Books available to 11th and 12th-graders are "We Were Liars," by E. Lockhart, "Panic," by Lauren Oliver, "Both of Me," by Jonathan Friesen, "Avalon," by Mindee Arnett, "The Impossible Knife of Memory," by Laurie Halse Anderson, "Threatened," by Eliot Schrefer, "Weapons of Mass Diplomacy," by Abel Lanzac, "The Nazi Hunters," by Neal Bascomb, and "The Closer," by Mariano Rivera.

• Middle school students must choose one of the books recommended for their grade level and also complete Book Talks on them. The assignment will count toward the first English test score of the fall.

Those in sixth grade can choose between "Fish in a Tree," by Lynda Mullaly Hunt, "The Night Gardener," by Jonathan Auxier, "Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust," by Loic Dauvillier and Mark Lizano, "The Meaning of Maggie," by Megan Jean Sovern, and "Hit & Miss," by Derek Jeter.

Students in seventh grade can choose between "Arcady's Goal," by Eugene Yelchin, "Lincoln's Grave Robbers," by Steve Sheinkin, "Counting By 7's," by Holly Sloan, "Ungifted," by Gordon Korman, and "Listen, Slowly," by Thanhha Lai.

Those in eighth grade can choose between "The Skull in the Rock," by Marc Aronson and Lee Berger, "Fantasy League," by Mike Lupica, "The Boy in the Wooden Box," by Leon Leyson, "Paperboy," by Vince Vawter, "How I Discovered Poetry," by Marilyn Nelson, and "The Raft," by S.A. Bodeen.

• Elementary school students in North Providence are doing something a bit different this summer, said North Providence Supt. Melinda Smith. They're taking part in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, featuring Read for the World Record, where students from around the world are trying to set a new world record for most minutes read this summer. Parents can download reading lists at and track reading minutes at .

Studies show that children who read over the summer maintain the skills developed during the school year.

For more on North Providence's summer reading, including the complete lists and requirements, visit .