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2018 Summer Reading & Assignments: MCBA Book Choices 2018

Required and Common Reads

MCBA Books for 2018

Shown below are the Massachusetts Children's Book Award (MCBA) Nominees for 2018-2019. Each book is hyperlinked back to its profile page on the MCBA website. There you can read a sample of the book to see if you want to read more.

For more information about the MCBA program, consult the site at Salem State University.

Sixth graders are to select one MCBA book to read in addition to selecting an all Middle School read and completing two additional squares on the Summer Reading Grid.


All Rise for the
Honorable Perry T. Cook

by Leslie Connor
The Bad Guys (Episode #1)
by Aaron Blabey
A Boy Called Bat
by Elana Arnold
The Curious World of
Calpurnia Tate

by Jacqueline Kelly
The Doldrums
by Nicholas Gannon
Framed: A T.O.A.S.T.

by James Ponti
by Jason Reynolds

Growing Up Pedro: How the Martinez Brothers Made It from the Dominican Republic All the Way to the Major Leagues
by Matt Tavares

A Handful of Stars
by Cynthia Lord

The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz
It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
by Firoozeh Dumas
The Last Fifth Grade of
Emerson Elementary

by Laura Shovan
Mrs. Bixby's Last Day
by John David Anderson
A Night Divided
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
One Last Word
by Nikki Grimes
Rain Reign
by Ann M. Martin
Raymie Nightingale
by Kate DiCamillo
Science Comics: Volcanoes:
Fire and Life

by Jon Chad
The Terrible Two
by Mac Barnett
Took: A Ghost Story
by Mary Downing Hahn
Towers Falling
by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Underground Abductor
by Nathan Hale
Waylon! One Awesome Thing
by Sara Pennypacker
What Elephants Know
by Eric Dinerstein
Wolf Hollow
by Lauren Wolk