• **There is still time to participate. Coupons available through 9/30/20 to Firefly Bookstore**


    Cougars & the Community Read! Summer Reading Program

    We have partnered with the Kutztown Community Library and Firefly Bookstore to bring the joy of reading to the community!

    As we enter into summer break, the English Language Arts (ELA) department has exciting news to share with you about Summer Reading. This summer, there are no required reading lists (other than high school AP courses), no projects, no tests. We just want you to read! Below are the ways you can participate in the “Cougars & the Community Read” summer program.

    Get Free/Discounted Books! 

    Students entering grades 6-12 in the 2020/21 school year received a $15 coupon to use at the local, independently owned Firefly Bookstore. A coupon code was emailed to you from your 2019/20 teacher. 

    Additionally, Firefly Bookstore is offering ALL K-12 students 25% off select book purchases. This coupon code cannot be used in combination with other coupons or offers. One coupon per customer. Use coupon code: FIREFLYREADING when checking out.

    Not Sure What to Read? If you’re not sure what book(s) to read, some teachers have suggested a few books for you. Check out the Teacher Recommendations, below, or see the recommendations here.


    Click below to see what your teachers and peers are reading:


    Mrs. Stern:


    Mrs. Fricke:

    Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix


    The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

    Eggs by Jerry Spinelli


    Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

    Wringer by Jerry Spinelli


    Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor

    Restart by Gordon Korman


    Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell



    The Giver (series) by Lois Lowry

    Mrs. Neuheimer:


    The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins

    Ghost by Jason Reynolds (a fast, can't put it down read)


    Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief (series) by Rick Riordan

    Shelter (Book One)-A Mickey Bolitar novel by Harlan Coben


    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

    The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien


    Cinder by Marissa Meyer



    The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

    Mrs. Chester:


    We Should Hangout Sometime by Josh Sundquist

    Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo


    The Fault in our Stars by John Greene

     Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


    Monster by Walter Dean Myers



    All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers

    Mrs. Haring:


    A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

    Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling


    The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba

    Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson


    Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

    Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick



    Towers Falling by Jewel Parker Rhoades


    Mrs. Beidelman:

    Soar by Joan Bauer


    The Changling by Philippa Gregory


       Simon by Rosemary Sutcliff 

    Mrs. Brett:


    The Queen’s Daughter by Susan Coventry

    Ghost by Jason Reynolds (for a fast, can't put it down read)


    Maid of the King’s Court by Lucy Worsley

    The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum (for all science and mystery-loving readers)



    Any field guide to learn more about the amazing flora and fauna in your backyard






    Mr. Huffert:


    Mrs. Patten:

     Spy School by Stuart Gibbs. A funny adventure story of middle schooler Ben Ripley who gets recruited to the CIA's Academy of Espionage.


    Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

     To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer. A story told in emails about two middle schoolers who have never met but whose parents are involved in a long distance relationship. The parents plot to send the kids to summer camp so they can meet.    

    Greetings from Witness Protection by Jake Burt. Orphan Nicki Demere’s story. She's a middle schooler who is placed with a family that's in the Witness Protection Program.