• Southridge Junior High

    Required Summer Reading

    for all Students

    Dear Southridge Parents and Students,

    It is the Language Arts Department’s belief that reading comprehension is an indicator of future success in education. The only way for reading skills to develop is through consistent practice.

    Students are to complete the reading of one of the following books from the 2019 Intermediate Sequoyah Masterlist:

    • Braced by Alyson Gerber
    • Refugee by Alan Gratz
    • See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng
    • Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

    On the back of this page, you will find a summary of each book to help you and your son/daughter decide which is most interesting and appropriate for him/her.

    ~~Students are only REQUIRED to have read and have a working knowledge of one book from this list; however, students may read more if they wish.~~


    Students must complete the reading of their chosen novel BEFORE the first day of school—August 15, 2019. Students should be prepared to discuss the story and complete a timed writing or any other project/assignment during the first few weeks of school. Your child’s English and reading teachers will assign due dates for these assignments.

    If possible, please bring a copy of the chosen novel to class on the first day and every day until further notice. Barnes and Noble bookstore (in Norman) will be stocked with these titles; the Moore/OKC Public Library located at SW 134th & Pennsylvania as well as Half Priced Books are also aware of this summer reading and will have extra copies of this title for your convenience. (Of course, the benefits of students owning the novel are priceless!)

    Happy reading, Leopards!

    Language Arts Dept Contact Info:

    Jennifer Buchheit, ELA Department Chair



     To print a copy of this letter click here.


    Braced by Alyson Gerber

    Rachel Brooks is excited for the new school year. She's finally earned a place as a forward on her soccer team. Her best friends make everything fun. And she really likes Tate, and she's pretty sure he likes her back. After one last appointment with her scoliosis doctor, this will be her best year yet.
    Then the doctor delivers some terrible news: The sideways curve in Rachel's spine has gotten worse, and she needs to wear a back brace twenty-three hours a day. The brace wraps her in hard plastic from shoulder blades to hips. It changes how her clothes fit, how she kicks a ball, and how everyone sees her--even her friends and Tate. But as Rachel confronts all the challenges the brace presents, the biggest change of all may lie in how she sees herself.


    Refugee by Alan Gratz

    JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .
    ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .
    MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .
    All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.


    See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng

    Eleven-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.


    Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

    When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the present and the past.
    Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns.