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Summer Reading

CCS students in Grades K-12 are encouraged to participate in summer reading! Summer Reading content on this page is provided for families with rising K-6th Grade students, 7th and 8th Grade students, and students in Grades 9-12. To learn more, please click on the topics below.

K-12 Summer Reading Overview

For the Summer of 2021, our rising K-6th Grade students will read “Fenway and Hattie” by Victoria J. Coe. Rising 7th and 8th Grade students will read “Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks” by Jason Reynolds.



Our rising 9th-12th Grader students will have a list of books to choose from connected to the overarching theme of their next year’s English class.

Rising K-6th Grade Students


We invite all our K-6 students and their families to join us in our summer reading adventure: Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe

Meet Fenway, a little dog with a GIANT personality! Fenway and his beloved short human, Hattie, are the perfect pair. She loves romping in the Dog Park, playing fetch, and eating delicious snacks as much as he does. But when they move from the city to the suburbs, there’s bad news. While Fenway’s hard at work deterring intruders and battling a slippery floor, Hattie starts changing. She hangs out in a squirrely treehouse. She plays ball without him. What could be happening? Crushed and confused, Fenway sets out on a mission. He’s going to get his Hattie back and nothing will stop him—not the Wicked Floor, not the dreaded Gate, not even a giant squirrel! Get a dog’s-eye view of the world in this hilarious and heartfelt story about two best friends who learn that big changes aren’t always easy, but sometimes trying new things can get you everything you want.

Get a dog’s eye view of the world in this hilarious, heartfelt story about two best friends!

As you read along with us, be on the lookout for read-aloud videos and trivia questions on the CCS Facebook page, CCS Website, and/or Class Dojo each week to be entered in a raffle drawing for awesome prizes!

Looking for more reading excitement? Check out the Fenway and Hattie Hyperdoc to follow along with fun activities for each chapter!

Have you finished Fenway and Hattie but don’t want the enjoyment to end? Keep the fun going by continuing to read about their adventures as part of Victoria J. Coe’s Fenway and Hattie series:


Rising 7th and 8th Grade Students

For the summer of 2021, we are asking all students to read the following book:

Look Both Ways

  • A National Book Award Finalist!
  • Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
  • An NPR Favorite Book of 2019
  • A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019
  • A Time Best Children’s Book of 2019
  • A Today Show Best Kids’ Book of 2019
  • A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019
  • A School Library Journal Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
  • “As innovative as it is emotionally arresting.” —Entertainment Weekly

From National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions a walk home can take.

This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy—

  • Talking about boogers.
  • Stealing pocket change.
  • Skateboarding.
  • Wiping out.
  • Braving up.
  • Executing complicated handshakes.
  • Planning an escape.
  • Making jokes.
  • Lotioning up.
  • Finding comfort.
  • But mostly, too busy walking home.

Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.

Because of an amazing grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, we are able to supply all rising 7th and 8th graders with a copy of the book! Information about distribution of the book will be shared soon. Students will be discussing this book in their ELA class in the first month of school.

Once you finish reading this excellent book, here is a list of books that you might find interesting to read as well:

  1. Shirley and Jamily Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz (Graphic Novel)
  2. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi (Nonfiction)
  3. The Length of the String by: Elissa Brent Weissman (Historical Fiction)
  4. Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Carteya (Realistic Fiction)
  5. The Bookwanders by Anna James (Fantasy

Also, while you’re reading check out Scholastic’s Home Base! Print out your reading log and bring it to the Middle School library within the first month of school and you will earn a reward!

Rising 9th-12th Grade Students

  • Rising 9th: Books that offer a viewpoint on an important world event.
  • Rising 10th: Books that reveal what it means to be an American
  • Rising 11th: Books that focus on the themes of tradition and change
  • Rising 12th: Books that offer a perspective on an issue important to the global community

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