Enter to Win 5 Great Books for Summer!

We are giving away a collection of our favorite summer books! One lucky teacher will win all five of these fabulous books, which were hand-selected by Scope editors and teacher advisors. Keep reading to find out why we love these books so much and don't forget to enter to win!


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1. Fire on the Beach by David Wright and David Zoby

Why You'll Love It:

After reading the upcoming fiction feature for Scope's September 2017 issue, I immediately pulled Fire on the Beach from my bookshelf for a second read. This heroic tale of the Pea Island Lifesavers from my home state of North Carolina taught me fascinating details about the Civil War and the Graveyard of the Atlantic that I never learned in school. Plus, the writing is fantastic!

Lauren Salisbury is Scope's Education Editor.





2. Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen

Why You'll Love It:

While I was working on Scope's upcoming paired text for Veteran's Day (to appear in the November 2017 issue), I was reminded of this great book. Soldier's Heart is about a boy named Charley Goddard who lies about his age in order to join the Union Army and ends up suffering from what we now know as PTSD. Paulsen writes in spare prose that packs an emotional wallop. The introduction alone is an incredible piece of writing that left me in tears. With everything going on in the world right now, this book feels more relevant than ever.

Kristin Lewis is Scope's Editorial Director.





3. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

Why You'll Love It:

Reading Scope's upcoming Short Read on failure (September 2017) made me think of Carol Dweck's research on mindset and how mindset profoundly impacts many aspects of everyday life, from learning to relationships. Dweck proposes that there are two different mindsets: growth and fixed. She argues that success is arbitrary and that a person's satisfaction in life depends entirely on his or her mindset. Then, she provides examples of ways to develop a growth mindset. This is important for both students and educators alike to possess: Growth mindsets allow us to persevere during times of struggle.

Stacey Eger is a Scope Advisor and principal at Brewerton Elementary
 in Brewerton, New York.





4. Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Why You'll Love It:

With beautifully drawn characters and thrilling sports writing (that even non-sports fans can enjoy), Reynolds takes readers into the middle of a messy, competitive, and loving track team. He integrates themes of teamwork, competition, and poverty into one lightning-quick read.

Robbin Friedman is Scope's Fiction Advisor and a middle-school librarian.






5. i-Minds by Mari K. Swingle, Ph.D

Why You'll Love It:

I have about 20 books on my summer reading list, and this one will probably be the most thought-provoking! Swingle's book is about how cell phones, computers, video games, and social media are changing our minds and behavior. Here's one line that floored me: “Excessive usage of digital media has a concrete relationship to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and mood deregulation including anxiety, depression, and anger management, and other forms of addiction, and all behaviors on the obsessive-compulsive spectrum.”

Carla Chin is a Scope Advisor and a 7th-grade literature teacher at San Jose Catholic School in Jacksonville, Florida.


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