Last Book Added for 7th-8th Grade

We have added Chasing Lincoln’s Killer as the last book for the 7th-8th Grade division. It is a fast-paced non-fiction thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia. Please see the updated 7th-8th Grade division list below:

7TH-8TH GRADE DIVISION

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (This edition only: ISBN 978-0-141-32107-3)
  • Book of James NIV Bible
  • Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
  • The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark

Book Change for 7th-8th Grade Division

Due to supply issues, it has come to our attention that one of our selected books for Junior High is no longer available to purchase. We have replaced The Winter Letter with The Letter for the King instead. We apologize for this last-minute change. Please see the updated 7th-8th Grade division list below:

7TH-8TH GRADE DIVISION

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (This edition only: ISBN 978-0-141-32107-3)
  • Book of James NIV Bible
  • Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson¹
  • The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark

¹(UPDATED 10/19/2021) Chasing Lincoln’s Killer has been added as the final book for the 7th-8th Grade division.

Book List for 2021-2022

We are excited to announce the official reading list of 20 books² for 2021-2022. Brief details for each book can be found here on the website. 3rd-4th Grade Division will read 12 of the books, 5th-6th will read 16, and 7th-8th will read 8 books. Please see each division’s complete list below:

7TH-8TH GRADE DIVISION

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (This edition only: ISBN 978-0-141-32107-3)
  • Book of James NIV Bible
  • Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson²
  • The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt¹
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World by Henry Clark

5TH-6TH GRADE DIVISION

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (This edition only: ISBN 978-0-141-32107-3)
  • Book of James NIV Bible
  • Britfield and the Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart
  • Fish In A Tree by Mullaly Hunt
  • Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • Really Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
  • The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  • The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • The Winter War by Priscilla Shirer
  • What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? by Judith St. George

3RD-4TH GRADE DIVISION

  • Book of James NIV Bible
  • Fish In A Tree by Mullaly Hunt
  • Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • Really Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  • The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • The Winter War by Priscilla Shirer
  • What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? by Judith St. George

¹(UPDATED 10/4/2021) The Letter for the King has replaced The Winter Letter due to the current unavailability to purchase. We apologize for this last-minute change.

²(UPDATED 10/19/2021) Chasing Lincoln’s Killer has been added as the final book for the 7th-8th Grade Division.

Partial Book List for 2021-2022

Our fourth season of SALT is about to begin. Here are the first eight books on our 2021-2022 reading list:

7TH-8TH GRADE DIVISION

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (This edition only: ISBN 978-0-141-32107-3)
  • Book of James NIV Bible
  • The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

5TH-6TH GRADE DIVISION

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (This edition only: ISBN 978-0-141-32107-3)
  • Book of James NIV Bible
  • Really Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • The Winter War by Priscilla Shirer
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? by Judith St. George

3RD-4TH GRADE DIVISION

  • Book of James NIV Bible
  • Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  • Really Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • The Winter War by Priscilla Shirer
  • What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? by Judith St. George

These first eight books are listed with details here on the website. Watch for the remaining books to be announced in September. Enjoy some great summer reading!

Final Book List for 2020-2021

We are happy to announce the official reading list of 15 books for 2020-2021. Brief details for each book can be found here on the website. 3rd-4th Grade Division will read 9 of the books, 5th-6th will read 12, and 7th-8th will read 6 books. Please see each division’s complete list below:

3RD-4TH GRADE DIVISION

  • Another Quest for Celeste by Henry Cole
  • Book of Acts NIV Bible (Chapters 1-14)
  • Book Scavenger: The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018 by Lauren Tarshis
  • The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  • The Prince Warriors and the Swords of Rhema by Priscilla Shirer
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

5TH-6TH GRADE DIVISION

  • Another Quest for Celeste by Henry Cole
  • Book of Acts NIV Bible (Chapters 1-14)
  • Book Scavenger: The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • I Survived the California Wildfires, 2018 by Lauren Tarshis
  • Rascal by Sterling North
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies 
  • The Prince Warriors and the Swords of Rhema by Priscilla Shirer
  • The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

7TH-8TH GRADE DIVISION

  • Book of Acts NIV Bible (Chapters 1-28)
  • Eric Liddell: Something Greater Than Gold by Janet & Geoff Benge
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  • York: The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby

Welcome Back to a Crazy School Year

There is some good news for you in all this craziness. We are planning to move ahead with SALT for the 2020-2021 school year!

We have made the decision to shorten the reading lists by 25% since we might not be back on our campuses full time until at least November. We have been working to shorten the reading list and we will have that posted for you soon.

We will be extending grace on timelines to register your schools since getting your teams up and running might take some extra time.

We aren’t sure exactly what the tournament will look like on April 30th, 2021, but we are committed to making something happen if possible. It might even be a virtual tournament, but we will see what the guidelines look like closer to the spring before we make any major decisions.

Please contact us with any questions you might have. We are here to help figure out how to facilitate this and keep the momentum rolling for our kids!

Partial Book List for 2020-2021

We are ready to jump into our third season of SALT. As we welcome 7th and 8th graders to the club, here are the first nine books on our 2020-2021 reading list:

ALL GRADE DIVISIONS

  • Book of Acts NIV Bible (3rd-6th: chapters 1-14, 7th-8th: chapters 1-28)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

3RD-4TH & 5TH-6TH GRADE DIVISIONS

  • Another Quest for Celeste by Henry Cole
  • The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  • The Prince Warriors and the Swords of Rhema by Priscilla Shirer
  • The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
  • Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

5TH-6TH & 7TH-8TH GRADE DIVISIONS

  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

7TH-8TH GRADE DIVISION

  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

These first nine books are listed with details here on the website. We hope you enjoy some great summer reading. Watch for the remaining nine books to be announced in August.

Final Book List for 2019-2020

We are so excited to get started for the school year! The official reading list for 2019-2020 is here:

  • Absolutely Truly Heather Vogel Frederick
  • Book of Nehemiah NIV Bible
  • Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  • Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan
  • Mary Poppins Comes Back by P.L. Travers
  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion by Priscilla Shirer
  • The Van Gogh Deception by Deron Hicks
  • What Was the Underground Railroad? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (5th-6th Grade Division Only)
  • Quinny & Hopper by Adriana Brad Schanen (5th-6th Grade Division Only)
  • Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton (5th-6th Grade Division Only)
  • The Twenty-One Balloons by William Péne du Bois (5th-6th Grade Division Only)

Brief details for each book can be found here on the website.

Please remember that we have a mandatory coaches meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2019. Join us at 4:00 pm in the Salem Academy Elementary Library. If you are unable to attend, please contact us so we can make alternate plans to get you the current information you will need for starting up your SALT program this fall. 

Partial Book List for 2019-2020

We are so excited to jump into our second season of SALT. Here are the first eight books on our 2019-2020 reading list:

  • Book of Nehemiah NIV Bible
  • Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion by Priscilla Shirer
  • Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan
  • What Was the Underground Railroad? by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes (5th-6th Grade Division Only)

The first eight books we’ll be diving into are listed with details here on the website. Thank you for your suggestions and we hope you enjoy some great summer reading. Watch for the remaining eight books to be announced in August.