• Voorhees Middle School

    Summer Reading 2024


    Voorhees Middle School is pleased to announce our summer reading initiative.  To help support student choice and inspire our students to become lifelong readers, there will be multiple book options for each grade level.  There are twelve fiction titles, four non-fiction titles, and two graphic novels from which to choose.  Students must read at least one of the books for the grade they will enter in September. In addition, they will complete an activity from the choices below for the book they have chosen. Students may choose to purchase the book, use the Camden County Library (click HERE to apply for a card), or check our ebook/audiobook platform (use Google login for access).

    6th Grade Summer Reading Book Trailers and Reviews



    My Life as a Potato by Adrianne Costner

    City Spies by James Ponti

    Refugee by Alan Gratz

    Born Behind Bars by Padma Venkatraman

    Iceberg by Jennifer A. Nielsen

    Thirst by Varsh Bajaj

    The Area 51 Files by Julie Buxbaum

    Dear Student by Elly Swartz

    One Last Shot by John David Anderson

    Grounded by Aisha Saeed

    The Probability of Everything by Sarah Everett

    15 Secrets to Survival by Natalie Richards




    The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun’s Tomb by Candace Fleming

    History Smashers: Titanic by Kate Messner

    13 Things Strong Kids Do: Think Big, Feel Good, Act Brave by Amy Morin




    Hoops by Matt Tavares

    Chunky by Yehudi Mercado

    Duel by Jessixa Bagley

    Summer Reading Assignment Choice Board

    Read your book and complete ONE of the following 8 choices.

    Assignment: Due Date: Friday, September 13th

    Be prepared to share your assignment in Reading Class.

    1.   Present a Book Talk

    Show the class the book and include the following features in your talk:

    Title, Author, Genre, Reading Difficulty, Plot (without giving too much away.) Pick a short excerpt to read aloud.

     Sell It: Why should people read it?

    *prepare ahead by writing notes on an index card that you can refer to while you are talking.  

    You must be prepared with notes to earn credit. Be prepared to speak in front of the class with your notes and a copy of your book. 

    1.   Create a Playlist

    Create a written list of 8-10 songs that reflect the events and theme of your novel. List each song and the artist. After each song include a few sentences explaining why you included that song and how it connects to the novel.   The songs must in some way reflect the title of the novel, the genre, the characters, plot and/or the theme . 

    Include your name.

    1. Audio Podcast

    Record yourself discussing your book.  Include the title and author as well as your opinion of the book. Be creative with your podcast. Give additional information about the characters or setting not revealed in the novel.  Create an alternate ending or continue the story. If you read non-fiction, research something from your book and present your findings.

    1.   Book Trailer Video

    Create a short video ‘movie trailer’ for your novel.   Pretend the novel has been made into a movie.  Create a video encouraging others to see the movie.  Must include:  Title, characters/actors, Information about the plot (without giving too much away), Sell it: why should people see it?  Look online for sample book trailer videos for ideas.

    *be prepared to share the video in class on the day it is due.

    1. Create a Book Bento

    Market your book to others by gathering a minimum of 5 items related to your book and arranging them in a visually appealing manner.
    Take a picture and upload it to Google Slides. Make it interactive by adding links to book trailers, book reviews, author interviews, historical background,  and/or text boxes explaining why you chose the items you did.  

    1. Streaming Watch Next List

    Create a list of 8-10 shows or movies from your favorite streaming service that would be something a character in your book would be interested in watching.  For each show, give textual evidence such as specific character traits or plot details from the novel to show the connection between the show and your book.  

    1. Character Analysis

    Choose a character in your book and answer the following question using textual evidence: “How does the writer use this character to convey a message or lesson?” Use family background, philosophy and values, effect on others, how they would like to be treated, and actions to develop your answer. 

    Your response must be in RACER format. It should be at least 10 sentences or more. 

    1. Design a Book Jacket

    Use Google Slides, paper, or another app to design your book cover. Include the title, author, and artwork on the front. Include information on the back about the plot and characters. Include some short reviews about the book saying why others should read it.

    Make it colorful and visually appealing. 

    Don’t forget to include your name. 


Last Modified on June 14, 2024