Summer for kids means swimming, biking, hanging out with friends and having fun. The Palmerton Area School District is adding one more activity for some of its students required reading.
To help 7-12th grade students find these books easily and at no charge, the Palmerton Area Library will carry all the books on the lists.
The school district has acquired all of the books on the lists and gave several copies of each to the Palmerton Area Library to make it convenient for the students to check out.
The 7th grade students must read two books. One is the required novel, "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. The second book can be any from the list of: "Rin Tin Tin" by Susan Orlean; "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by Jules Verne; "Bat Boy" or "Summer Ball" by Mike Lupica; "Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech; and any book in the "Pretty Little Liars" series by Sara Shepard.
Eighth grade students must read "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne and one other book from the list of: "Son" by Lois Lowry; "Milkweed" by Jerry Spinelli; "She Said Yes" by Misty Bernall; "Miracle on 49th Street" by Mike Lupica; "My Brother Sam is Dead" by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier; "The Cay" by Theodore Taylor; "Stormbreaker" by Anthony Horowitz.
Ninth grade students must read "They Stood Alone" by Sandra McLeod Humphrey and "House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros.
Ninth grade honors: "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak and "Five People You Meet in Heaven" by Mitch Albom.
10th grade: "Killer Angels" by Mark Shaara and "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho.
10th grade honors: "Killer Angels" by Mark Shaara and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain.
11th grade and 11th grade honors: "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt and "Night" by Elie Wiesel.
12th grade: "A Night to Remember" by Walter Lord and "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer.
12th grade honors: "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro; "Hard Times" by Charles Dickens; "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd.
"We want to let the parents know that they don't have to go out and buy these books. But the students must have a library card (no cost). We have several copies of each book," says Diane Danielson, library director.
"Reading these books will be 10 percent of their first marking period grade. There are no excuses for kids to say they couldn't get the books," adds Mariann Kmetz, assistant director.
Danielson says that Marian Hoffner, a retired seventh-grade reading teacher, will be at the library every Wednesday from 1-5 p.m. and will be available to help the students with any of their reading assignments.