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For all BOSS students:

Summer Reading Assignment - Reading Log - Fill in the BOSS Summer Reading Log


DIRECTIONS: For the book you choose, you must keep a record, also known as a log, of your reading. If you choose to type your response, neatly record all log entries on the graphic organizer provided. If you prefer to write your responses by hand, neatly record all log entries on loose-leaf paper. Clearly label the title and author of the book; include the page count for the book for the heading. Below, there is an example of how you should format each log. In this log, you will choose a significant passage, quote, or dialogue, then write a response. 


  1. Choose SIX (6) passages or quotes.  Be sure to include TWO (2) entries for the beginning, TWO (2) entries for the middle, and TWO (2) entries for the end. Make sure to include the author’s name and page number after the quote/passage/dialogue/etc.

  2. Select and respond to at least ONE (1) of the following reading prompts for EACH passage or quote. Each response must consist of at least 4-5 sentences. 



  1. Who is speaking? Where does this particular scene take place (setting)? Explain the character’s thoughts, motives, and actions (i.e. What does the person mean?). 

  2. What does this passage reveal about the character(s) or ideas in this book? What is your opinion of the character(s)? Use textual evidence to support your response. 

  3. What literary device/technique (i.e. symbolism, flashback, irony, metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole, etc.) does the author use to express meaning? 

  4. I agree/disagree with the idea/statement that….. 

  5. I think the message the author is trying to express is….. 

  6. If I were (include the character’s name), …..OR: If I were (specify the situation/ dilemma, etc.),  I would have said/done…..

Book Title: 


Page Count:

Log Entry (incl. author/page #)                                          Reading Prompt (at least 4-5 sentences)


Entry #1:




Entry #2:


Entry #3:

Entry #4:


Entry #5:


Entry #6:


SUGGESTED BOOK TITLES: these titles are available at NYC Public Libraries both in print, eBook format, and audiobook.

If you need a New York Public Library Card, apply here.   You may also apply for a Brooklyn Public Library Card, apply here.  (You only need to live in New York State to apply for a card.)  

You will need to download the Libby app.  Click on the title of the book to learn more about the book and to check them out from the library.  If you need help, please email  Visit the  Graphic Arts Campus Library website for more recommendations.  


Title                                                                      Author                   Genre               Lexile Level

Tears of a Tiger                                                   Sharon Draper        YA                                 700

First They Killed My Father                                  Luong Ung             Memoir                         920

The House on Mango Street                               Sandra Cisneros     Coming of Age             860

In the Time of the Butterflies                                Julia Alvarez           Historical Fiction          910

Down These Mean Streets                                  Piri Thomas             Memoir                         820

The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game            Oscar Robertson     Autobiography

Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. Luis J. Rodriguez Autobiography

Jaws                                                                     Peter Benchley        Adventure

Christine                                                               Stephen King           Horror                         840

The Count of Monte Cristo                                   Alexandre Dumas   Adventure                  1080

I Am Malala                                                          Malala Yousafzai     Memoir                       1000

Chinese Cinderella: An Unwanted Daughter       Adeline Yen Mah     Memoir                     .  960

The Poet X                                                           Elizabeth Acevedo Poetry                           800

Like A Love Story                                                 Abdi Nazemian       Historical Fiction

On the Up Come                                                  Angie Thomas         Realistic Fiction    HL550L

Patron Saint of Nothing                                        Randy Ribay            Realistic Fiction         840L

Butterfly Yellow                                                     Thanhha Lai            Historical Fiction        850

War Girls                                                               Tochi Onyebuchi     Fantasy                     650

Wilder Girls                                                           Rory Power              Horror                   HL730L

The Lovely War                                                     Julie Berry               Romance              HL650L

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter             Erika L. Sanchez     Coming of Age     HL730L

Two Can Keep A Secret                                        Karen M. McManus YA-Mystery          HL730L

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card         Sara Saedi               YA - Memoir           1030L

Fallen Angels                                                         Walter Dean Myers   Historical Fiction

The Hate U Give                                                    Angie Thomas           YA-Fiction           HL590L

Push                                                                      Sapphire                    Fiction

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time      Mark Haddon           YA-Mystery            1090L

The Alchemist                                                        Paulo Coelho             Fiction                    910L

The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian   Sherman Alexie          YA Fiction               600L

Punching the Air                                                    I. Zoboi & Y. Salaam   Fiction                  

All American Boys                                                 J. Reynolds & B. Kiely Fiction               HL770L

The Coldest Winter Ever                                       Sistah Souljah             Urban Fiction 

Please contact our Librarian Ms. Southwell ( for help on accessing books and book recommendations.


What is Summer Reading?

Summer reading programs take place at 95% of public libraries in the United States. Children, teens, and adults participate in activities meant to encourage reading, such as keeping a reading log, post on social media, flipgrid, and BeanStalk.  This year the Graphic Arts Campus Library will be sponsoring a summer reading program in conjunction with NYPL/BPL!  What are the goals of summer reading this year?  They are simple: encourage students to become lifelong learns,  connect students and families with the libraries resources and expose students to diverse authors and characters. 


Why promote summer reading? Studies show that reading helps continue skill-building throughout the year and helps to prevent what education specialists call “the summer slide” – the loss of information and reading skills from one school to the next. In fact, it doesn’t take many books to prevent that slide (studies show just three or four make a big difference). In addition to boosting academic achievement, as an educator and a librarian, I want my students to learn to love reading and become lifelong learners.


Rethinking summer reading. I recently went to a lecture where Kylene Beers gave her four guidelines for summer reading. I’d like to share them (plus one of my own) with you for a (relatively) painless experience. Although she gears her guidelines towards educators, I feel they work well as reminders for parents as well.  


Guidelines for summer reading:

  1. Read whichever books look good to you. Student choice is VITAL. Will I offer some suggestions? Of course, and I have (check out the summer reading list and other resources). But allowing students to choose their own books gives them agency and autonomy over their own reading and learning and helps them develop skills to learn what they like (and like any skill, takes practice). 

  2. Nudge students throughout the summer. Encourage students to join Goodreads or follow the librarian on social media and tag me in their posts! Watch one of our library vlog episodes.  I will continue to send friendly reminders of summer reading throughout the summer to students, parents, and staff.

  3. Give kids permission to read easy. Graphic novels count. Comics count. Magazines count. Audiobooks count. Reading on e-reader counts. Reading to a younger sibling counts. Reading promotes more reading! 

  4. Celebrate reading book series. Reading a book that you love so much you can’t wait to get the next one really shows that reading is becoming a habit.  

  5. Create a culture of reading in your home (or classroom). Full disclosure, this one is my own personal suggestion. I believe that habits are learned and we model our habits after those we see in our lives. Young people look up to us as parents and educators. If they see us reading, they are more likely to read. When you go to the library (they should open soon for holds), get books for yourself, too! I’ve even included adult books on my summer reading list. 


How will parents be involved?

Parent outreach and involvement will begin with several presentations to PA that will detail what the Graphic Arts Campus Library Reading program, in addition will be emailed and sent with lots of resources to support summer reading. Parents will receive reminders, just like staff and students.  

Marie Southwell, Graphics Campus Librarian (

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