First of all: we at the Seattle Review of Books would like to wish you a happy 4th of July! Here's some Sousa for you:

Now: we're taking the day off, but we don't want to leave you in the lurch for summer reading, so we thought we'd share Queen Anne Book Company's page for the McClure Middle School's summer reading program. We wish this was our required reading in 6th grade. Nothing against Johnny Tremain, but the kids at McClure have an amazing mix of comics, sci-fi, and socially engaged literature to choose from. A reading list like this gives us hope for our country's future.