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One School, One Book

Brown Reads Together!

The goal of Brown's One School, One Book Program is to create a more inclusive community through participation in a common reading experience as a whole school. Through discussion and advisory activities, staff and students will share a common experience of reading and learning together. 


All Brown Middle School students will read New Kid and complete the same assignment, available here and linked to the prompt below. 

Additionally, students will read an another title assigned by grade level.



New Kid Resources

 LEARN about author and illustrator Jerry Craft.


Click to read an excerpt.

Assigned Summer Reading

Everyone Reads: New Kid, Jerry Craft
Click here to open the required worksheet.

Entering 6th Grade: Because of Mr. Terupt, Rob Buyea
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Entering 7th Grade: Blended, Sharon M. Draper

Entering 8th Grade: Reader's choice from the suggested summer reading list.

Scroll right to see more information about each title.

Everyone Reads: New Kid

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself? 

Click here to access the required worksheet.

Entering 6th Grade: Because of Mr. Terupt

This book features seven narrators, each with a unique story, and each with a different perspective on what makes their teacher so special.

 It's the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There's Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who's having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.

 Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn't let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything--and everyone.

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Entering 7th Grade: Blended

Isabella has always felt pulled between two worlds. And now that her parents are divorced, it seems their fights are even worse, and they’re always about HER. Isabella feels completely stuck in the middle, split and divided between them more than ever. And she is beginning to realize that being split between Mom and Dad involves more than switching houses, switching nicknames, switching backpacks: it’s also about switching identities. Her dad is black, her mom is white, and what does it mean to be half white or half black? To belong to half mom and half dad? And if you’re only seen as half of this and half of that, how can you ever feel whole?
It seems like nothing can bring Isabella’s family together again—until the worst thing happens. Isabella and her future step-brother are stopped by the police. A cell phone is mistaken for a gun. And shots are fired.

Entering 8th Grade: Reader's Choice

Read at least one additional title from the library's summer reading list.

Ways to Access Summer Reading Titles:

New Kid is available to borrow without a wait through Hoopla. All other required and suggested titles are available to borrow in Sora.


Through the MLS Commonwealth eBook Collection, we have access to thousands of eBooks and audiobooks.


You can use OverDrive or Sora to access the collections on any connected device. OverDrive and Sora both work as browser-based applications and have Apple/Android compatible apps.


OverDrive Sora
OverDrive App Link Sora App Icon

1. Access OverDrive through a browser or download the OverDrive App.*

2. Select Newton Public Schools from the dropdown list.

3. Click the link on the next page to open the NPS Google Sign-In.

4. Login with your and password.

1. Access Sora through a browser or download the Sora App.

2. Click Find My School and select any school with the MLS Commonwealth eBook Collection heading.

3. Select Newton Public Schools from the dropdown list.

4. Click Sign in Using Newton Public Schools.

5. Login with your and password.


*If using the OverDrive App, use the following steps to enable signing in with your NPS login:


Android - OverDrive 

1.     Go to Home menu > Settings.

2.     Enable the option "Sign in using web browser."

When this setting is turned on, users with newer versions of Chrome display the sign-in page in-app, while others (with old versions of Chrome or a different browser altogether) will be kicked out into their (external) web browser to sign in.


iOS - OverDrive 

1.     Go to Home menu > Settings.

2.     Enable the option "Sign in with Safari."

When this setting is turned on, iOS 11 users will be prompted then the sign-in page will slide up, and iOS 10 (and older) users will kicked out into their (external) Safari browser for sign in and then brought back into the app.