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Luke Rakoczy, Principal
2253 Story Ave., Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 370-1243 Fax: (518) 370-4610

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Summer Reading

Summer is a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of the time to read. Find out what your friends are reading, talk to your parents about what they are reading, and explore the links below and suggested titles. With the adoption of the NYS Common Core Standards for ELA and Literacy, we have seen an increase in the amount of high quality informational/non-fiction books available for young adults. This year we are encouraging students to read widely, and explore areas of interest across literature and informational books.

Where to Find These Books:

We have notified The Open Door on Jay Street in Schenectady, Barnes & Noble in the Mohawk Commons shopping center in Schenectady and local town libraries to make sure these titles are stocked. In addition, many larger book stores and online book sellers will have these titles.

Online Resources:

1) Summer Reading At NY Libraries

2) International Reading Association

3) EBooks from MS Media Centers (See letter above for login info)

Summer Reading Titles 2013

Sixth Grade


  • Buried Alive!: How 33 Miners Survived 69 days Deep Under the Chilean Desert-Elaine Scott
  • Into the Unknown: How Great Exploreres Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air-Stewart Ross
  • The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adveture of Spirit and Opportunity-Elizabeth Rusch
  • Queen of the Falls-Chris Van Allsburg
  • Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: Waht the Hubble Telescope Saw-Elaine Scott


  • Amont the Hidden-Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Because of Winn Dixie-Kate DiCamillio
  • The Lightning Thief-Rick Riordan
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods-Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Schooled-Gordon Korman
  • Things Not Seen-Andrew Clements

Seventh Grade


  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793-Jim Murphy
  • The Elephant Scientist- Caitlin O'Connell & Donna M. Jackson
  • Mysterious Bones:The Story of Kennewick Man-Emma Stevenson
  • Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science-John Fleischman
  • Raggin' Jazzin' Rockin': A History of American Musical Instrument Makers-Susan VanHecke
  • Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem-Rosaylyn Schanzer
  • Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead-Rebecca Johnson


  • Because of Mr. Terupt-Rob Buyea
  • City of Ember-Jeanne DuPrau
  • Eragon-Christopher Paolini
  • Heat-Mike Lupica
  • Matched- Allyson Condie
  • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer- John Grisham
  • Touching Spirit Bear-Ben Mikaelsen

Eighth Grade


  • Amelia Lost: The Life and Sisappearance of Amelia Earhart-Candace Fleming
  • Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon-Steve Sheinkin
  • Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition-Karen Blumenthal
  • Flesh and Bood So Cheap-Albert Marrin
  • Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Phtograph Changed the Fight for Integration-Shelley Tougas 


  • The House of the Scorpion – Nancy Farmer
  • Milkweed – Jerry Spinelli
  • Freak the Mighty- Rodman Philbrick
  • Ashes of Roses – Mary Jane Auch
  • Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins