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Millennium School believes that active reading helps students to explore multiple perspectives of the world while developing a foundation for strong academic performance. Students will read literature aligned with different subjects each term, and then discuss the reading through facilitated Harkness seminars each week.

In addition to in-class assignments, we encourage students to read as much as they can outside of school and over the summer. Ideally, Millennium parents, students, and Guides work together to identify books that are authentically interesting to our students, helping to inspire in them a lifelong love for reading. 

Below is a list of recommended books for supplemental reading to explore with your student outside of class:

Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, R. J. Palacio

Awkward (graphic novel), Svetlana Chmakova

The Best Man, Richard Peck

The Cay, Theodore Taylor

Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson

Counting by 7s, Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting Thyme, Melanie Conklin

Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

Doll Bones, Holly Black

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

Ghost, Jason Reynolds

Goodbye Stranger, Rebecca Stead

Hatchet, Gary Paulsen

Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer

Involuntarily Crowned, Summer Williams (Millennium 7th grader)

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives, Martin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka

Leonardo's Shadow: Or, My Astonishing Life as Leonardo da Vinci's Servant

The Lions of Little Rock, Kristin Levine

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah

The Machine Gunners, Robert Westall

Nightjohn, Gary Paulsen

One for the Murphys, Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Okay for Now, Gary D. Schmidt

The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton

Real Friends (graphic novel), Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham

The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen, Lloyd Alexander

Restart, Gordon Korman

Sarny, Gary Paulsen

Sit, Deborah Ellis

A Snicker of Magic, Natalie Lloyd

Symptoms of Being Human, Jeff Garvin

That Was Then, This Is Now, S.E. Hinton

Wishtree, Katherine Applegate

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare

Wonder, R. J. Palacio

Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo