We strongly recommend that all students read at least one book over the summer. Students whose language skills are weak and/or students who are aiming for honors or AP level courses should read at least 3-5 books. We also recommend that students choose books that they enjoy and that are neither too easy nor too difficult. A good way to gauge difficulty is to skim a few pages; one to five unknown words per page is a good rule of thumb. 

The lists below are general reading lists for students of any grade and any level, including books for incoming freshmen. Students enrolled in AP courses have specific summer work; those assignments have been sent to them.

We look forward to seeing you in August, invigorated by your holiday adventures and by the reading you have completed.

"Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure-grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices, and the myrrh."

~Judah Ibn Tibbon

Books for incoming ninth grade students

A Lesson Before Dying Gaines Ernest
Animal Farm Orwell George
Anne of Green Gables Montgomery L.M.
Because of Winn-Dixie DiCamillo Kate
Bridge to Terabithia Paterson Katherine
Charlotte's Web White E.B.
Flowers for Algernon Keyes Daniel
Hatchet Paulsen Gary
Holes Sachar Louis
Howl's Moving Castle Jones Diana Wynne
I Capture the Castle Smith Dodie
Island of the Blue Dolphins O'Dell Scott
Life of Pi Martel Yann
Light in the Forest Richter Conrad
Of Mice and Men Steinbeck John
Out of the Dust Hesse Karen
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Taylor Mildred D.
Shane Schaefer Jack
Sounder Armstrong William H.
The Book Thief Zusak Markus
The Chocolate War Cormier Robert
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Haddon Mark
The Fault in Our Stars Green John
The Giver Lowry Lois
The Hobbit Tolkien J.R.R.
The Last Unicorn Beagle Peter S.
The Outsiders Hinton S.E.
The Pearl Steinbeck John
The Perks of Being a Wllflower Chbosky Stephen
The Phantom Tollbooth Juster Norton
The Princess Bride Goldman William
The Red Pony Steinbeck John
The Secret Garden Burnett Frances Hodgson
The Trumpet of the Swan White E.B.
The Westing Game Raskin Ellen
The Whipping Boy Freschman Sid
To Kill A Mockingbird Lee Harper
Tuck Everlasting Babbit Natalie
Walk Two Moons Creech Sharon
Watership Down Adams Richard
Where the Red Fern Grows Rawls Wilson
Z for Zachariah O'Brien Robert C.
Last updated
August 18, 2016