Thank you to those of you who responded to my last post! You have been so helpful!! If anyone else has opinions/advice, I'd gladly welcome it all!
I agree that Hatchet seems too young....I picked up at Barnes and Noble after seeing it on the Summer Reading table. I tried to find middle school summer reading lists, but couldn't find any. I'm assuming some of these books were just taken from the Accelerated Reader/Battle of the Books lists for the county. Anyway, it looked like a "boy" book, so I thought I'd check it out. Maybe I'll just hold onto it for when Collen can enjoy it.
I was kind of happy to hear that The House of Dies Drear might not be the best choice. I'll save it for a desperate moment. I started reading and thought, "Who in the world wrote this?!" It was so hard to follow. Whew....probably taking that one off the list.
And for the reader who said her kids read Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, you have no idea how incredibly happy you made me!!! I LOOOOOVE that book. Quick tidbit about me: This is one of my all time favorite books. I read it for the first time in the 5th grade. I fell in love with the characters, and I went on to read it at least once every year afterwards...through high school. I will definitely be adding this one to my list!
I'm also considering The Lord of the Flies. Have to check into that one a little more closely. If anyone else has any suggestions....I'm all ears!