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Summer Reading

Kindergarten Reading Time

PJA Middle School Summer Reading 2022
Making My Voice Heard  ~  Books about Taking Action

  • Choose at least one book to read from the following list (either fiction or nonfiction); the book should be one that you have not yet read. 
  • Complete your reading prior to the first day of school.
  • Take notes while you are reading using the template provided to you.
  • Films are optional; feel free to watch one or more of the films listed below.
  • An asterisk next to a title indicates it is recommended for advanced readers due to mature content and/or challenging reading level.

Click here for the Summer Reading Descriptions
Click here for Summer Reading Protest Songs
Click here for the note taking template


Ban This Book  by Alan Gratz
Ghost Boys  by Jewell Parker Rhodes
*Internment  by Samira Ahmed
Iqbal  by Francesco D'Adamo
*Moxie  by Jennifer Mathieu
The Pants Project  by Cat Clarke
Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance  edited by Bethany C. Morrow
*This is My America  by Kim Johnson
Uprising  by Margaret Peterson Haddix
White Rose  by Kip Wilson


*The Autobiography of Malcolm X  by Malcolm X and Alex Haley 
The Awakening of Malcolm X  by Ilyasah Shabazz with Tiffany D. Jackson 
Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust  by Doreen Rappaport
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice  by Phillip Hoose
Enough is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety  by Michelle Roehm McCann and Shannon Watts
*From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian 
American Movement
 by Paula Yoo
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice  by Bryan Stevenson
Make Trouble Young Readers Edition: Standing Up, Speaking Out and Finding the Courage to Lead  by Cecile 
Richards with Lauren Peterson
March: Book One and March: Book Two and March: Book Three (must read all three books)  by John Lewis and 
Andrew Aydin
Marley Dias Gets It Done: and So Can You  by Marley Dias 
We Should All Be Feminists  by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


  • 13th (not rated)
  • 42 (PG-13)
  • Blackfish (PG-13)
  • *Gandhi (PG)
  • Good Night, Good Luck (PG)
  • *The Hate U Give (PG-13)
  • He Named Me Malala (PG-13)
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble (not rated)
  • On the Basis of Sex(PG-13)
  • Paper Clips (G)
  • Rachel Carson: American Experience (not rated)
  • RBG (PG)
  • Selma (PG-13)
  • Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (not rated)
  • *The Times of Harvey Milk (not rated)