Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Banner Image

Read: One School, One Book: Stargazing

Tools Open NPS Google Drive Open NPS Schoology Open NoodleTools Open the Brown Destiny Catalog   Mobile
Apps
  Download the OverDrive App for eBooks and Audiobooks

 LEARN about author and illustrator Jen Wang.

 

Everyone Reads: Stargazing, Jen Wang

Entering 6th Grade: Frazzled, Booki Vivat

Entering 7th Grade: Clean Getaway, Nic Stone

Entering 8th Grade: Reader's choice from the 8th grade summer reading list (selected from the library list).

Scroll right to see more information about each title.

book cover

One School, One Book: Stargazing

Moon is everything Christine isn't. She's confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known. But after Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends are soon best friends, sharing their favorite music videos and painting their toenails when Christine's strict parents aren't around. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that Earth isn't where she really belongs. Moon's visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine's best friend is in the hospital, fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs, now, when the sky is falling? Find the book in Sora.

Entering 6th Grade: Frazzled

Meet Abbie Wu. Abbie is in crisis--and not just because she's starting middle school or because she's stuck in a family that doesn't quite get her or because everyone seems to have a Thing except her. Abbie Wu is always in crisis. From author and professional doodler Booki Vivat, Frazzled dives right into the mind of this hilariously neurotic middle school girl as she tries to figure out who she is and where she belongs. Akin to Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Frazzled is heavily illustrated, embarrassingly honest, and sure to appeal to anyone in the middle of figuring out how to survive the everyday disasters of growing up.

Book cover

Entering 7th Grade: Clean Getaway

How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma? 1. Grab a Suitcase: Pre-packed from the big spring break trip that got CANCELLED. 2. Fasten Your Seatbelt: G'ma's never conventional, so this trip won't be either. 3. Use the Green Book: G'ma's most treasured possession. It holds history, memories, and most important, the way home. What Not to Bring: a cell phone to avoid contact with Dad even when G'ma starts acting stranger than usual. Set against the backdrop of the segregation history of the American South, take a trip with this eleven-year-old boy who is about to discover that the world hasn't always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren't always what they seem--his G'ma included.

Picture of 8th grade list

Entering 8th Grade: Reader's Choice

Read at least one additional title from the 8th grade summer reading list.

Ways to Access Summer Reading Titles:

 

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 LASID@newton.k12.ma.us 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 LASID@newton.k12.ma.us and password.