READING ROCKS @ WBMS Extra Credit Reading Program 


    Smiley FaceExtra Credit Questions are listed below!! Smiley Face


    2019-2020 Extra Credit Reading Brochure - ENDING IN EARLY APRIL!!!!

    Watch a quick video introduction HERE!

    How: READ!

    Read ONE or MORE books from the Reading Rocks list and answer 1 discussion question. For each book, you will earn 5 extra credit points for your English class if the answer meets the requirements. The answers to the questions must be in complete sentences, use correct grammar, AND show Ms. Balsley that you read the book – a minimum of 4-5 sentences.  


    I've read a book. Now what?

    Fill out the form located below with your basic information. Reminder: The answers to the questions must be in complete sentences, use correct grammar, AND show Mrs. Balsley that you read the book – a minimum of 5 sentences per question.) Please be sure to click 'SUBMIT' so that the answers are sent to Mrs. Balsley.  


    Link: 2019-2020 Extra Credit Question  

    (6th-grade pre-ap students must do one of these books as a requirement)

    If this link does not work for you, you may answer the questions on paper and turn it into the library. 

    Describe the main character in your book. What are they like as a person? Describe their personality. What do you like or dislike about this character? Use details from the story to support your answers.


    Book Choices


    Bone's Gift by Angie Smibert - Featured local author for this summer! Click HERE for more information. 

    In southern Virginia coal-mining town in 1942, Bone Phillips has just reached the age when most members of her family discover their gift. Bone has a gift that disturbs her. She can sense stories when she touches an object that was important to someone. 

    Bridge to Home by Padma Venkatraman

    Life is harsh in Chennai's teeming streets, so when runaway sisters Viji and Rukku arrive, their prospects look grim. Very quickly, eleven-year-old Viji discovers how vulnerable they are in this uncaring, dangerous world. Fortunately, the girls find shelter--and friendship--on an abandoned bridge. With two homeless boys, Muthi and Arul, the group forms a family of sorts. And while making a living scavenging the city's trash heaps is the pits, the kids find plenty to laugh about and take pride in too. After all, they are now the bosses of themselves and no longer dependent on untrustworthy adults. But when illness strikes, Viji must decide whether to risk seeking help from strangers or to keep holding on to their fragile, hard-fought freedom.

    Lemons by Melissa Savage, Crown Books, 2017, 978-1-52470013-3 

    Lemonade Witt is very upset that she has to leave San Francisco to live with her grandfather after her mother dies.  Life seems very strange, especially her neighbor Tobin. He has started a Bigfoot detective agency and is trying to capture Bigfoot on camera.  Will Lem find Bigfoot and a home? 

    Front Desk by Kelly Yang, Arthur Levine Books, 2018, 978-1-33815-779-6 

    Mia is a Chinese immigrant and a fifth grader.  She helps her parents work as managers of a small motel in California as the front desk clerk.  In her work and at school she encounters discrimination.  Mia has a fascination with words and is determined to be a writer.  She uses her talents to help herself and others to overcome obstacles.  This story is based on the author’s experiences. 

    Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling, Sterling Children's Books, 2017, 978-1-45492345-9 

    Aven was born without any arms but has figured out how to use her feet for almost everything. When people ask her about the missing arms, she usually makes up an entertaining fib such as she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match.  Aven and her family move across the country when her parents take a job running a slightly failing western theme park in Arizona.  Being the new kid at school is no fun, especially when you have no arms.  She begins to make new friends with two other students who have their own set of problems.  While adjusting to a new life, Aven finds herself in the middle of a mystery surrounding the theme park.

    Restart by Gordon Korman, Scholastic Press, 2017, 978-1-33805377-7

    Chase, captain of the school football team and well-known bully of the school, falls off the roof and has a case of amnesia.  When he returns to school, he does not remember the actions that earned his reputation in the school or understand why so many students fear and hate him.  Having to change many of his school routines due to his accident, he soon learns the impact his previous behavior had on the students of the school and tries to repair the damage he has done.

    Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green, Pajama Press, 2017, 978-1-77278-033-8

    Macy is deaf but that's not what really defines her - it's just a part of who she is.  What she's really worried about is a fight with her best friend, her mother remarrying, and surprisingly connecting with her elderly neighbor over books.

    Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink by Tod Olson, Scholastic, 2016, 978-0-545-92808-3

    Based on true events, this story details the mission charged with taking WWI Air Hero Eddie Rickenbacker to Canton Island.  As the plane nears the island, it runs out of fuel and crash lands in the Pacific.  The story continues to describe the crews’ harrowing time at sea.

    Watchdog by Will McIntosh, Delacorte Press, 2017, 978-1-52471384-3

    In his first novel for young adults, this Virginia author sets the story in a futuristic dystopian Chicago.  Vick, who suffers from asthma, and his younger sister, Tara, an electronics savant, struggle to survive in a dark world.  They spend their days scouring through junkyards looking for electronic parts they can sell for food.  When Tara creates a robotic dog that draws the attention of the underworld, things take a turn for the worse.  Family, loyalty, and friendship are deeply embedded in this story which will appeal to both boys and girls. Who will triumph: good or evil?

    Amina's Voice by Hena Khan, Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017, 978-1-48149206-5

    Amina is in 6th grade and a Pakistani-American who has a beautiful singing voice but won't sing in front of people.  Her best friend is Korean and becoming a U.S. citizen.  While Amina deals with friendship and family issues, there is a tragic event in her town that brings people together.

    Braced by Alyson Gerber, Arthur A. Levine Books, 2017, 978-0-545-90214-4

    Rachel has scoliosis.  Right before 7th grade begins and she's made the starting line-up on the soccer team, she finds out she has to wear a brace to correct her scoliosis.  She has two best friends and a crush on a boy, so she has to navigate 7th grade while having to wear the brace.

    Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham, Little, Brown and Co., 2017, 978-0-316-38493-3 RECOMMENDED FOR 8TH GRADERS

    "Some bodies won't stay buried.  Some stories need to be told."  Is the past really history or are there innumerable invisible threads that tie the past and present together?  In a well-written novel, Jennifer Latham addresses that question.  Rowan Chase, an affluent biracial teen living in present-day Tulsa, Oklahoma, lives a comfortable, safe life until a body is discovered on her parent’s property and she becomes obsessed with finding out the identity of the victim.  Will, a 17-year-old biracial teen living in Tulsa during the 1920s, remains relatively unscathed by racism until he commits an angry and thoughtless act, which quickly escalates into an event from which there is no turning back.  Rowan and Will’s stories unfold through alternating chapters in which the topics of race, privilege, and violence in America are explored.  Both teens are driven to do the right thing.  Both must maneuver within the confines of powerful social forces, the Ku Klux Klan in Will’s time, police assumptions and political pressure in Rowan’s time.  Events from these two eras intersect and the final result is a surprising resolution to the original mystery that started it all.

    Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Atheneum, 2017, 978-1-48143825-4 RECOMMENDED FOR 8TH GRADERS

    It should be a quick trip on the elevator, but 15-year-old Will finds that it is a “Long Way Down” from his apartment on the 8th floor to the lobby.  This story told in verse, requires him to answer a simple question.  Will he follow the 3 Rules: Don’t cry, don’t snitch, always get revenge?  Or, will he make a different decision?  In real time, his descent only lasts 67 seconds.  But somehow, on each floor, someone from his past walks through the doors until Will is hemmed in and surrounded by the ghosts of his past.  As their stories unfold, Will gets a glimpse of what really happened in each man’s quest for revenge and payback as well as what drove their actions and the resulting repercussions.  Will wonders if he really has a choice, and if so, what it will be.

    Memento Nora by Angie Smibert RECOMMENDED FOR 8TH GRADERS

    Nora, the popular girl and happy consumer, witnesses a horrific bombing on a shopping trip with her mother. In Nora's near-future world, terrorism is so commonplace that she can pop one little white pill to forget and go on like nothing ever happened.




Last Modified on June 9, 2019