Summer Reading for Beverly Middle & High Schools

There are two kinds of Summer Reading for teens in Beverly: the public library’s program that rewards teens for reading with prizes and includes a variety of fun events, and the summer reading requirement for schools, including Beverly Middle School and Beverly High School.

Beverly Middle School

It’s been a year. Time to relax, take a deep breath — and read a great book! 

Beverly Middle School Students are expected to read a book off our list and produce a response piece to demonstrate that you have read the book. You should also plan to read a graphic novel of your choice. Browse the list here to get exploring these great titles — then get your book and read it! When you are done, create a response piece to turn in this fall. You are also expected to read a graphic novel of your own choice – but you will not create a response piece about this book.

In short…

  1. Pick and read a book from the list (there are 29!)
  2. Do a response piece.
  3. Read a graphic novel of your choice (no assignment to do with this)

Finally – while these are minimum expectations, we definitely hope you will read much more all summer long! Find all of the details on the Beverly Middle School Summer Reading page.

Beverly Middle School Summer Reading List

Lifeboat 12 by Hood, Susan
Sal & Gabi break the universe by Hernandez, Carlos Alberto
The nebula secret by Trueit, Trudi Strain
Renegades by Meyer, Marissa
Clean getaway by Stone, Nic
The Blackbird girls by Blankman, Anne
Greetings from Witness Protection! by Burt, Jake
How we roll by Friend, Natasha
Game changer by Greenwald, Tom
My family divided : one girl's journey of home, loss, and hope by Guerrero, Diane
Remarkables by Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Hello, Universe by Kelly, Erin Entrada
The Unteachables by Korman, Gordon
From the desk of Zoe Washington by Marks, Janae
I Am Still Alive by Marshall, Kate Alice
Chasing space by Melvin, Leland
Bloom by Oppel, Kenneth
The Best at It by Pancholy, Maulik
A Wolf Called Wander by Parry, Rosanne
Wildfire by Philbrick, Rodman
Black brother, black brother by Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Race to the sun by Roanhorse, Rebecca.
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Sheinkin, Steve
I, Cosmo by Sorosiak, Carlie
Click'd by Stone, Tamara Ireland
Other words for home by Warga, Jasmine
Watch Us Rise by Watson, Renee
Flying lessons & other stories by

Beverly High School

Your assignment is to read a book this summer that you have not read before and show evidence that you read it and thought about it. The summer reading list is a group of books that have been selected and are available at the Beverly Public Library, but you are not confined to this list. Feel free to read anything that sparks your interest. 

Once you have read the book you need to show you have read it. You can create a project in response to the book. There are many different options for this. You can explore the summer reading website, or come up with your own. 

You can attend one of the Beverly Public Library reading groups as well. If you have questions about your project idea, feel free to email Ms. Fecteau at Find all the details on the Beverly High School Summer Reading page.

Beverly High School Summer Reading List

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court by Twain, Mark
A heart in a body in the world by Caletti, Deb
Almost American girl : an illustrated memoir by Ha, Robin
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Khorram, Adib
Dragon hoops by Yang, Gene Luen
Fighting words by Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
Forward Me Back to You by Perkins, Mitali
Internment by Ahmed, Samira  (Fiction writer)
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Alter, Adam
Open MIC: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices by Perkins, Mitali
Opposite of Always by Reynolds, Justin A.
The Blackbird girls by Blankman, Anne
The inheritance games by Barnes, Jennifer
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Khan, Sabina
The selection by Cass, Kiera.
They called us enemy by Takei, George
Things that make white people uncomfortable : adapted for young adults by Bennett, Michael
Truly devious by Johnson, Maureen
Truly madly royally by Rigaud, Debbie
Trust the Grind: How World-Class Athletes Got to the Top (Motivational Book for Teens, Gift for Teen Boys, Teen and Young Adult Footbal by Bhandari, Jeremy
We came, we saw, we left : a family gap year by Wheelan, Charles J.
White Rose by Wilson, Kip
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: And Other Questions about Dead Bodies by Doughty, Caitlin
With the Fire on High by Acevedo, Elizabeth