Required Reading - Summer 2013
Incoming 7th Graders
Freak the Mighty
by Rodman Philbrick
Kevin and Max often find themselves the target of bullies, but for very different reasons. When they team up and become Freak the Mighty, the two discover that their combined talents and the power of their friendship allow them to change the world for the better.
Kevin teaches Max about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table who went on quests. More information about King Arthur can be found here.
Incoming 8th Graders
Warriors Don't Cry
(YA version - 226 pages)
by Melba Pattillo Beals
In this moving memoir, Beals recounts her experiences as one of nine black teenagers chosen to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.
Important background information on school desegregation and the events in Little Rock are covered in the "Fighting Back" episode of the PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize found here.
Copies of both books will be available for students to borrow at our three local public libraries and at the junior high school's main office. Students may also purchase their own copies at area bookstores.