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Summer Reading 2020: Rising Class VIII- IX

Using this List

Use the left and right arrows in each box to scroll. Click the cover of each book to read a description and to check out an ebook copy in Sora. In some rare cases, Brearley was unable to purchase electronic copies-- in those cases, the links lead to other public library copies or to publisher pages.  

About 20 for 20


With summer vacation comes the joy of reading for pleasure.  20 for 20 highlights some of our favorite recently published books in a variety of genres and formats, and is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all the high quality literature available. Because of this, reading from this list is not mandatory, and we encourage you to seek out suggestions from friends, teachers, and from your public library and favorite bookstores too. 

Though we won't be together in our physical library for students to check out books for summer reading, we have made all of the books (and many more!) available through Sora, our ebook platform. Your username (library card number) is available on your Contact Card in the portal. Please e-mail Ms. Goldstein ( with questions. Our public library systems also have a wide range of books available electronically.

For those looking to purchase books, supports local bookstores, including the Corner BookstoreThe Lit BarBooks are Magic, and Astoria Bookstore, while offering reasonable prices and shipping directly to your home.


Realistic Fiction

Historical Fiction


Fantasy/Science Fiction


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