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Recommended Reading

In addition to lists you can pick up from your public library, several organizations offer great ideas for what you can read to keep busy over the summer. Notice the tabs above:  Rebecca Caudill, Illinois Reads and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). Investigate each page for great ideas of what to read next!


    Make a READ poster!


    Bring a picture of yourself reading a great book and bring it to school this fall.  There will be a summer reading bulletin board!


     Be as creative as you want!


      Public Library Links

      Here are links to all the public libraries patronized by D203 students.  Click on the links below to find out more about your public library's summer reading program.  You'll also be able to check which books are in and/or put them on hold right from the online catalog.  Just have your library card ready!


      Summer Mystery

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      I Know What You Did Last Summer - Lois Duncan
      ISBN: 9780316098991
      Four teen-agers who have desperately tried to conceal their responsibility for a hit-and-run accident are pursued by a mystery figure seeking revenge.

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      No Such Person - Caroline B. Cooney
      ISBN: 9780385742917
      A sibling rivalry between a free-spirited younger sister and her success-driven older sister escalates into tragedy and mystery for a family during a lakeside summer.

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      Shadowed Summer - Saundra Mitchell
      ISBN: 9780385905602
      In the small town of Ondine, Louisiana, fourteen-year-old Iris uncovers family secrets when she conjures up the ghost of a boy missing for decades and decides to solve the mystery of his disappearance.

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      The Hanging Hill - Chris Grabenstein
      ISBN: 9780375846991
      While working at a summer stock theater, eleven-year-old Zack and his stepmother encounter the ghost of one of Connecticut's most notorious criminals.

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      Twisted Summer - Willo Davis Roberts
      ISBN: 0689804598
      Fourteen-year-old Cici hopes for a romantic summer at the beach but instead finds herself trying to solve a murder which had occurred there the previous year.

      Welcome to Summer Reading 2017!

      Summer Reading!

      This summer, set a goal and challenge yourself to read as many books as possible, and don’t forget to include your family. Follow the steps below to get started!

      1. Click on the tabs at the top of the screen to view the Rebecca Caudill, Illinois Reads, and the ALSC suggested titles.
      2. Book covers and summaries are provided so you can easily find a good read.
      3. Consider taking a picture of youself with your favorite summer read and submit to your LRC in August to create a summer reading bulletin board.  Be creative!

      On your marks, get set, READ!


        OverDrive: Your Library at Your Fingertips

        The LRCs in our school buildings may not be open for summer, but you still have access to HUNDREDS of books in our collections.  How, you ask?  Through OverDrive, our D203 junior high digital library.  You can access this phenomenal resource from any device with an internet connection and either download a book or better yet, just read it in your browser. 

        Below are links for two options for accessing these eBooks.  You can go directly to our OverDrive library OR you can access it via Atriuum.  The advantage of accessing it from Atriuum is that you're used to searching our OPAC and can find ebooks that are on lists like Rebecca Caudill.  Either way, log in with your ID number and last name, and you'll be good to go.

        If you're already familiar with OverDrive from your public library, simply add "Naperville Community Unit School District 203 - Junior High Schools" to your list of available libraries and it'll be super easy to get results from both places.

        • School Online Catalog Links
          Click "Display" to access your school's Atriuum OPAC to find eBooks in our collection. Search for specific titles or browse lists and look for eBook icons or the Overdrive tab. Or, click the Visual tab and look for the icon to go directly into OverDrive.
        • NCUSD Junior High OverDrive Library
          Use this link to get directly into OverDrive. Be sure to choose your school before trying to login. Your user/pin is the same as for Atriuum: ID# and lower case last name.

        Read a good book? Review it in Atriuum!

        Did a book really strike a chord with you?  Inspired to the point of sharing?  Tell others what you think about the books you read this summer by writing a review in Atriuum, your school library's circulation system.  All you have to do is go to your school's online catalog, log in with your barcode number as your login and last name as password, and look up the title you read. Click on the title link to open the details screen and look for the "Write a Review" button, and you're good to go!  You'll be leaving your mark on your library's collection and helping your classmates find good books to read.  Plus, your librarian and future LA teacher will know you're a serious reader.  It's a win-win for everyone.  

        See below for links to the D203 online catalogs and for more a more detailed explanation of how to submit a review.


        Summer Fun and Humor

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        Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Summer Vacation - Tommy Greenwald; J. P. Coovert (Illustrator)
        ISBN: 9781596437579
        Charlie Joe Jackson is back and he's at academic summer camp trying to convert all the other kids to non-academics.

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        Dunk - David Lubar
        ISBN: 061819455X
        Chad, hoping to work out his frustrations and his anger by taking a summer job as a dunk tank Bozo on the boardwalk at the New Jersey shore, comes to a better understanding of himself and the uses of humor as he undergoes training in the fine art of insults.

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        My Summer of Pink and Green - Lisa Greenwald
        ISBN: 9781419704130
        Rather than a summer of fun transforming her family's pharmacy into an eco-spa, Lucy Desberg must face her sister Claudia's new boyfriend Bean, investor Gary's irritating daughter Bevin, and a spa coordinator who is put in charge of the plans.

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        Project Sweet Life - Brent Hartinger
        ISBN: 9780060824112
        When their fathers insist that they get summer jobs, three fifteen-year-old friends dedicate their summer vacation to fooling their parents into thinking that they are working, which proves to be even harder than having real jobs would have been.

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        Revenge of the Flower Girls - Jennifer Ziegler
        ISBN: 9780545561419
        When their usual summer plans are upended by their big sister's wedding, triplets Dawn, Darby, and Delaney struggle with their dislike for the groom-to-be, a sentiment that compels them to reunite their sister with her fun-loving ex

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        Short - Holly Goldberg Sloan
        ISBN: 9780399186219
        Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz.

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        The Penderwicks - Jeanne Birdsall
        ISBN: 0375931430
        While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.


        Summer Friendships

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        Aquamarine - Alice Hoffman
        ISBN: 9780439098649
        A love-struck mermaid named Aquamarine supplies adventure and insights to two twelve-year-old girls, life-long friends who are spending their last summer together before one of them moves away.

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        Summerlost - Ally Condie
        ISBN: 9780399187193
        Following the sudden deaths of her father and younger brother, Cedar Lee spends the summer working at a Shakespearean theater festival, making a new friend, and coming to terms with her grief.

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        The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han
        ISBN: 9781416968238
        Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.

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        Dillon Dillon - Kate Banks
        ISBN: 0374317860
        During the summer that he turns ten years old, Dillon Dillon learns the surprising story behind his name and develops a relationship with three loons, living on the lake near his family's New Hampshire cabin, that help him make sense of his life

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        Lily's Crossing - Patricia Reilly Giff
        ISBN: 0385321422
        During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily's friendship with a young Hyngarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.

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        Defiance - Valerie Hobbs
        ISBN: 0374308470
        While vacationing in the country, eleven-year-old Toby, a cancer patient, learns some important lessons about living and dying from an elderly poet and her cow.


        Summer Action & Adventure

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        Surrounded by Sharks - Michael Northrop
        ISBN: 9780545615457
        On the first day of vacation thirteen-year-old Davey Tsering wakes up early, slips out of his family's hotel room without telling anyone, and heads for the beach and a swim in the warm Floridian waters--and a fateful meeting with a shark.

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        Three Bird Summer - Sarah St. Antoine
        ISBN: 9780763665647
        Anticipating a quiet summer at his grandmother's lake cabin when his family makes different plans, Adam befriends girl-next-door Alice, who proves to have a sense of humor and adventure when she accompanies him on a treasure hunt.


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