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Paideia Junior High School Summer Reading 2024: JH Summer Reading

Welcome to Summer Reading


You must use the Summer Reading Google Classroom to complete the summer reading assignments.  On your iPad, log into the Classroom app with your Paideia School email address. On a computer, go to and login, or choose Classroom from the Apps menu on your Gmail screen.

We Still Belong cover imageThis summer’s All-Junior High reading selection is We Still Belong by Christine Day.  The book is available in print, ebook and audiobook formats -- you may buy or borrow the format you prefer.  

Required Book – Each student will complete two (2) projects on We Still Belong, chosen from among the many options on the Summer Reading Projects Choice Board (found in the Classwork area of the Summer Reading Google classroom). 

Free-Choice Books – In addition to reading We Still Belong, each rising 7th and 8th grade student is required to read a minimum of three (3) additional free-choice books over the summer and complete a response form for each one.  The link to the free-choice response form is also found under “Choice Reading” in the classwork area of the Summer Reading Google classroom. Be sure to choose the form for your grade level when school starts in August

The Paideia Library posts a summer reading guide that includes dozens of recommended fiction and non-fiction books for junior high readers, and you may also read any other book that intrigues you: any fiction or non-fiction, poetry, or graphic novel that is reasonable for your age and reading level (ie, not Magic Tree House or Captain Underpants!)

If you need help deciding on a book, or have any other questions, email


Happy Reading!!

Ebooks & Audiobooks with Sora

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Paideia Library Ebooks 24/7, All Summer Long

Whether you’re stuck at home or it’s after library hours, you can still get great books from our e-book & audiobook collection with the Sora app -- a huge 24/7 "even when the library is closed" selection for summer reading.   You'll never run out of good books again!

Already a Sora user?  Login to the app!

New to Sora? Get instructions here!

Public & Online Libraries

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More Free Books!

Put your tax dollars to work -- use your local public library!  You'll be able to borrow books, DVDs and audiobooks on CD, PLUS you'll have access to thousands more ebooks, audiobooks, movies and music through the public libraries' digital collection services (Libby, Hoopla, Kanopy, etc). 

Use the Libby app for public library ebook and audiobook borrowing. You can even link your Sora app to the public library's ebook collection to keep your K-12 reading all in the same app.


Fulton County Public Library (Atlanta)

Dekalb County Public Library (DCPL)

Cobb County Public Library

Gwinnett County Public Library

Pines (Henry, Clayton, Newton & Rockdale)

Enter a Contest!

Read the New York Times and Enter the Summer Reading Contest.

With a Paideia School New York Times account, you'll have access to all the news you can read! You'll be able to activate your account starting on June 3, 2024.  Go to the Paideia NY Times tab on this guide for activation instructions.

Every Friday beginning on June 7, there will be a new a post asking the same question: “What got your attention in The Times this week?”  You can enter with a written response OR a 90-second video response.  Winning responses will be posted on the contest website. 

One past Paideia contest winner is now a profesional TV news reporter, in Denver, CO and Dallas, TX!

Everything you need to know about the New York Times Summer Reading Contest is in this article:


15th Annual Summer Reading Contest

Free Classics in Ebooks and Audiobooks

Want to read The Great Gatsby, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, or maybe Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (in French)?  What about The Secret Garden, or the entire Wizard of Oz series - for FREE??

Non-profit online projects are great places to find high quality ebooks of classic novels and other Public Domain works (published before 1924), and volunteer-created audiobooks, totally free.

Project Gutenberg - free downloadable Public Domain ebooks in English and other languages

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The Internet Archive - downloadable Public Domain texts, plus additional ebooks, sound recordings & video that can be checked out and read online.

LibriVox - free audio recordings of Public Domain works

Independent Bookstores

Rather buy?

Please shop a local independent bookstore! Here are a few in our area:

Little Shop of Stories - Decatur Square

Brave + Kind Bookshop - Decatur

Charis Books & More - Agnes Scott, Decatur

Eagle Eye Book Shop - Decatur, near Emory

Tall Tales Book Shop - Toco Hills

Virginia Highland Books - Virginia Highland, Atlanta

Read Shop by The Merchant - Vinings Jubilee

Medu Bookstore - Greenbriar Mall, Atlanta

Need Help??


Questions? Email