Please Note:

We try to have copies of most of the books on hand for your visit.  Many titles are also available on audiobook and e-book. You can place holds on copies of the print books using the links on each title below.  Please call us at 508-865-8752 if you need any assistance with putting a book on hold, have a question about availability of a title in a certain format, or to check if we have a certain title available.


Sutton Elementary

Incoming 5th graders:

The One and Only Ivan by  Katherine Applegate

Incoming 4th graders:

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown 

Incoming 3rd graders:

Pandas and Other Endangered Species (Magic Tree House Fact Tracker) by Mary Pope Osborne 

Incoming Sutton 6th Graders

All entering 6th grade students are required to read one book from each of the lists below. This means that a total of two books are to be read.  Students are also expected to complete two worksheets, one for each novel.  These worksheets are located on the Google Classroom page that has been created by Mr. Van Den Berghe.

If there are any questions about summer reading, please contact Sutton Middle School at (508) 581-1630.  Mr. Van Den Berghe also welcomes emails, so feel free to contact him.  His email address is

List #1 (choose 1 book from this list)
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy
The Eagle Huntress by Aisholpan Nurgaiv and Liz Welch
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartana 
Finding Gobi (Young Reader’s Edition) by Dion Leonard 
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Haven Jacobs Saves the Planet by Barbara Dee
Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds 
A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Paper Wishes by Lois Stepahban
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Jacobson
 Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson
Wink by Rob Harrell

List # 2 (choose 1 book from this list)
Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander 
The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen 
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
Hidden Talents by David Lubar
Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom by Sangu Mandanna
The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm
The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
A Rover's Story by Jasmine Warga
Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Currie
Starfish by Lisa Fipps
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Incoming Sutton 7th Graders

All incoming seventh-graders must read 2 novels from the list of books found on the following pages and complete a reading response which includes 6 questions for each book. The reading response questions are in 7th Grade Summer Reading Google Classroom. Students will need to join this classroom in order to complete the assignments. 
24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling
Alone by Megan Freeman
Fantasy League by Mike Lupica
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline Cooney
I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
Restart by Gordon Kormon
Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver 

Incoming Sutton 8th Graders

All incoming eighth-graders will read 2 novels from the below list and complete the assignment that is in Google classroom named, “Eighth-Grade Summer Reading”. 

Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher
White Fang by Jack London
The Misfits by James Howe
My Thirteenth Winter by Samantha Abeel
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Rash by Pete Hautman
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Does My Head Look Big In This by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The Best Man by Richard Peck
Scythe by Neil Shusterman
Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee

If there are any questions about Middle School summer reading, please contact Sutton Middle School at 508-581-1630. 

Each title above is linked to the print book with the most copies available in our library system.  There may be other formats available to borrow such as audio, large print or e-book.  Please call the Library at 508-865-8752 if you have any questions about availability.

Sutton High Schoolers

Sutton High School:

Overview: Sutton Memorial High School encourages students to be lifelong learners. This summer, we are asking students to read an appropriate book worthy of high school literary merit that addresses the theme of Renewal.

Prompt: Often in works of literature, a character has an experience that provides a moment of renewal or self-reflection. Select an appropriate book worthy of literary high school merit, and as you read - consider the concept of "renewal". What does the book have to say about the importance of renewal or self-reflection? How do the character(s) in your book demonstrate this idea? How can these ideas connect with your present mindset and future goals?


Recommended Titles: If you would like some recommended titles that address the prompt, please take a look at some of our suggested titles from our high school staff:

Mr. Bilica - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Ms. Farmer- Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Ms. Goddard - Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Mr. Loss - The Education of Kendrick Perkins by Kendrick Perkins

Mr. Marcucci - The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin

Mr. McCarthy- Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Ms. Reilly - Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Ms. Taylor - The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Mr. Wandyes - Yellowface by R.F. Kuang

Assessment: Students will be assessed on their summer reading assignment during the first week of school.

AP Course: If you are taking AP Language or AP Literature this year, please note you have specific reading titles from your AP teacher. These titles are required to read for your AP Literature or AP Language class:

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Marcucci at (508) 581 - 1640 x4184, or via e-mail at  


Summer is the perfect season to fill your schedule with fun-in-the-sun activities like swimming, hiking, and biking. Whatever you’re planning to do this summer, set aside some time to relax and curl up with a good book. Summer reading not only fosters a love of reading, but it also has rewards. How so? 

This year we're mixing things up by inviting all students, grades 9–12, to participate in our Summer Reading Challenge by reading a book of their choosing. The reward? This assignment is optional and incentive-based. It gives students who read a book and submit a completed book review form a voucher that can be used on one of their academic homework assignments during the fall trimester. Each student is limited to one voucher only. 

NOTE: Advanced Placement (AP) Language & Composition and Literature & Composition summer assignments are not a part of this Summer Reading Challenge, and the homework voucher may not be used for any AP course.

Contact our Academic Coordinator, Eddie Evans (, with any questions. All entries must be submitted on or before Saturday, August 31st.