Intermediate Student Resources



Students, we hope you find many opportunities to fill your reader’s soul this summer and read tons of books!  We are offering you the chance to earn up to three points of extra credit when you return to school in August. In order to earn a point, submit your answers to at least three of the questions listed below, and be sure to include relevant text evidence.  You may submit your answers in practically any format – handwritten on notebook paper, a digital Word document, a Prezi, PowerPoint, video creation, or something else that works for you!

Happy Summer Reading! See you in August! 

For a single point of extra credit per book (up to three books), CHOOSE and ANSWER at LEAST THREE QUESTIONS. Be sure to include relevant, supportive text evidence in your answers. A maximum of up to three points of extra credit can be earned.

What is the conflict in the story? Does that get resolved? How do you know?

Describe the main characters, including their personality. What do they say, think, and do that helps you know this?

What is the setting and how does it impact the characters, the conflict, and possibly, the resolution?

Who is the narrator of this story? What special insight does that provide the reader? What would you understand differently if the narrator had been another character?

What is a theme you are finding throughout this book? Where do you find evidence of that?

What connections are you making between this book and something else you’ve read? Connections to your own life? How do those connections help you understand this book, more deeply?

To which friend might you recommend this book? Why, or why not?

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Book Lists:

 Lone Star Novel Choices

“The Texas Lone Star List is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books. The Lone Star List is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. – Texas Library Association

Artaya, Pablo

Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Emerson, Kevin

Last Day on Mars

Gidwitz, Adam

The Inquisitor's Tale, or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

Gratz, Alan


Hale, Shannon & Dean Hale

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

Hicks, Deron

Van Gogh Deception

Hughes, Dean


Lu, Marie


Meyer, Marissa


Neff, Henry


Nix, Garth


O'Sullivan, Joanne

Between Two Skies

Reynolds, Jason

Miles Morales: A Spider Man Novel

Ruby, Laura

York: The Shadow Cipher

Shusterman, Neal


Sloan, Holly Goldberg


Vail, Rachel

Well, That Was Awkward

Van Draanen, Wendelin

Wild Bird

Watson, Renee

Piecing Me Together

White, Kiersten

Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scary Tales

Cultural Novel Choices

Grant, K.M. Blood Red Horse. Walker Childrens, 2006. ISBN: 9780802777348

Gratz, Alan. Refugee.  Scholastic Press, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0545880831

Hoose, Phillip. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. ISBN: 9780374300227

Jiang, Ji-Li. Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution. Harper Trophy, 1997. ISBN: 9780030662775

Kamkwamba, William. The Boy who Harnessed the Wind (Young Reader Edition). Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015.  ISBN: 9780803740808

Lai, Thanhha. Inside Out and Back Again. HarperCollins, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0061962790

O’Sullivan, Joanne. Between Two Skies. Candlewick, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0763690342

Park, Linda Sue. A Long Walk to Water. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-0547577319

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Esperanza Rising.  Scholastic, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0439120425

Watson, Renée. Piecing Me Together. Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2017. ISBN-13:  978-1681191058

Yousafzai, Malala. I Am Malala (Young Reader Edition). Little, Brown, and Company, 2016. ISBN:


Understanding Other’s Perspectives 

  • Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Van Wagenen, Maya.
  • Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Warrior’s Heart by Eric Greitens
  • No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  • The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  • Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army by Georg Rauch
  • Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland
  • Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
  • Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by: Deborah Heiligman
  • Vincent & Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by: Deborah Heiligman 

You may find online book lists supportive in helping your student find something interesting to read this summer. Here are a few helpful websites:

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