Revere Reads Summer 2017




Recommended for:

The Book of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henríquez


High school*[1]

This I Believe II



High school

The Color of Water

James McBride


High school





Nine, Ten:  A September 11 Story

Nora Raleigh Baskin


Middle school

brown girl


Jacqueline Woodson

Autobiography in verse

Middle school

Return to Sender

Julia Alvarez


Middle school




For students…

A Chair for My Mother

Vera Williams

Entering 1st and 2nd

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun

Maria Dismondy

Entering 1st and 2nd

One Green Apple

Eve Bunting

Entering 3rd and 4th

The Patchwork Quilt

Valerie Flournoy

Entering 3rd and 4th

Odd Boy Out (Young Albert Einstein)

Don Brown

Entering 3rd and 4th

Inside Out and Back Again

Thanhha Lai

Entering 5th grade

One Crazy Summer

Rita Williams-Garcia

Entering 5th grade


RPS Literacy Coaches:  Jennifer Connolly, Mary Ellen Dakin, Christine Gray, Nicole Lasala,  Mariann Mehr, Maria Bianco, Sarah Hartnett, Nicole Cecere, Christine Ferrera, Michele Travalini Kelly 

[1] This book contains mature themes, subject matter and/or language


Director of Humanities: Dr. Christina Porter

Director of Title One, Elementary Literacy, & Early Childhood: Tonia D’Eramo


*This book contains mature themes, subject matter and/or language.

  • To promote unity in our schools, we have decided to go with "One City, One Theme” with the common theme for 2017 being “Out of many, one…”
  • This list contains a variety of works on a variety of topics with a diversity of authors and characters.  Our hope is that every student is able to find books that appeal to them.
  • Grades 6-12 students are expected to read two books on his list.  **They are welcome to read the recommended books for their grade level but are also welcome to read any/all books on the 6-12 list.  Please note that one of the books has mature themes.
  • Students are also welcome to read the books in their first language (if available).
  • As with summer reading in the past, students are expected to purchase their own books. The books will be available at Barnes & Noble in Saugus and from  In addition, there may be limited copies available from the individual school libraries and Revere Public Library.  Some of the elementary books are linked to an audio version of the book.

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