Lower School Summer Reading

Summer Reading Lists

The summer reading assignment for each grade level is at the top of each summer reading list. Consider the books on the lists as suggestions for summer reading. Students may read any age-appropriate book, even if it is not on the list. Fourth and Fifth graders have required reading listed below the recommended reading. A record of books completed should be given to your homeroom teacher during the first week of school. Fourth and Fifth graders should include their required reading selections on this list.

Lower School recommended summer reading lists are presented as Google Libraries and PDFs for your convenience.   

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Lampley at Catherine.Lampley@paceacademy.org

Required Reading for Rising Fourth Graders

Holes by Louis Sachar (ISBN #0440414806, #978-0440414803) 
Audiobook may be used in lieu of the printed book. 


Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.

It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption."




Required Reading for Rising Fifth Graders

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (ISBN #0689711816, #978-0689711817)
Audiobook may be used in lieu of the printed book. 

"A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)

When Claudia decided to run away, she planned very carefully. She would be gone just long enough to teach her parents a lesson in Claudia appreciation. And she would go in comfort-she would live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She saved her money, and she invited her brother Jamie to go, mostly because be was a miser and would have money.

Claudia was a good organizer and Jamie bad some ideas, too; so the two took up residence at the museum right on schedule. But once the fun of settling in was over, Claudia had two unexpected problems: She felt just the same, and she wanted to feel different; and she found a statue at the Museum so beautiful she could not go home until she bad discovered its maker, a question that baffled the experts, too.

The former owner of the statue was Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Without her—well, without her, Claudia might never have found a way to go home."



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