Summer Reading Lists


Middle School Summer Reading Lists

The best way to build vocabulary skills and become a good writer is to be an avid reader. To encourage intellectual pursuits during the summer, middle school students are required to read 3 books during their summer break. Writing assignments related to the readings (details below) are also required and due on the first day class.

Incoming 6th Graders


All sixth graders are required to read Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk. During the first week of school we will join the 7th and 8th grades for activities and discussions about this book as a part of the middle school orientation.

In addition, each student is to read a minimum of two books from the list below and write at a report, that includes at least three paragraphs with five sentences in each paragraph, about each book. The title of the book and the author’s name should be included. The first paragraph should include the title and setting of the book. The following paragraphs should include a description of the main characters and a description of the plot in your own words. In the final paragraph the student should state whether or not they would recommend the book to classmates. Please make sure the student hand writes the report in cursive.

As a bonus assignment the student may select one character and describe how and why this character changed from the beginning of the book. This assignment must be at least two paragraphs long.

Happy reading!

  1. Casting the Gods Adrift by Geraldine McCaughrean
  2. The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
  3. A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
  4. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  6. My Life with Nature by John Muir
  7. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  8. When My Name was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
  9. The Yearling by Majorie Kinnan Rawlings
  10. Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Incoming 7th Graders

During the summer of 2018, students are required to read at least three books. One book, Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk will be read by the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. During the first week of school we will join the 6th and 8th grades for some activities and discussions about this book.

Choose at least two more books from the attached list. All the books are available at either libraries, bookstores or from You may read as many books as you like, but you only need to write a book report on three books, including Beyond the Bright Sea.

You may write as much as you like about each book, but at minimum you must have three paragraphs, with five sentences in each. In the heading of your paper, include the title, the author’s name and “reviewed by (your name).” In the first paragraph should include the title and the setting of the story. In the following paragraphs describe the main characters and the plot of the story. In the final paragraph the student should state whether or not they would recommend the book to classmates. Please write in cursive.

Enjoy your summer!

Reading List: (Read Beyond the Bright Sea and at least two other books)

  1. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk(2017)
  2. Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsun by Pamela S. Turner, Gareth Hinds (2017)
  3. Holes by Louis Sachar (2000)
  4. Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (2012-reprint)
  5. Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick(2015)
  6. Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye (1999)
  7. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (2014)
  8. The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found by Martin Sandler(2017)
Incoming 8th Graders


Please read Johnny Tremain, Beyond the Bright Sea and at least one other book from the list below.

  1. Trouble’s Daughter: The Story of Susanna Hutchinson, Indian Captive by Katherine Kirkpatrick (2000)
  2. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (2012)
  3. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (1995)
  4. Holes by Louis Sachar (2000)
  5. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (2010)
  6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  7. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  8. Hold Tight and Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner (2015)
  9. Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (2012-reprint)

For each book write a book report of at least 5 paragraphs, with a minimum of three sentences in each paragraph. Each sentence must contain at least 10 words. Your handwriting must be legible. Your written work must be free of grammatical and spelling errors. The title of the book, the author and reviewed by (your name) should be at the top of your paper.

Enjoy thinking and dreaming about what you would like to do for your 8th grade project! Happy summer.


High School Summer Reading Lists

The best way to build vocabulary skills and become a good writer is to be an avid reader. To encourage intellectual pursuits during the summer, high school students are required to read 2-3 books during their vacation. They are required to discuss and write an essay about their summer reading on the first day of English class.

Incoming Freshmen (Entering 9th Grade)

Read three selections: two from the following list and one individual selection.

  • Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
  • Return from Tomorrow by George Ritchie
  • The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • Growing Up by Russell Baker
  • The Human Comedy by William Saroyan
  • I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Laughing Boy by Oliver LaFarge
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • The #1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Profiles in Courage by John Kennedy
  • Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Incoming Sophomores (Entering 10th Grade)

Read three selections: two from the following list and one individual selection.

  • At Risk by Alice Hoffman
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
  • Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • Ironweed by William Kennedy
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathebane
  • The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
  • Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
Incoming Juniors (Entering 11th Grade)

Incoming juniors will read three books over the summer. All juniors must read In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall, one book from the junior section of this reading list (see below) and one book of your choice. On the first day of class, all juniors should be prepared to be tested on their summer reading.

  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  • Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • Grendel by John Gardner
  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Night by Elie Weisel
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Tracks by Louise Erdrich
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
Incoming Seniors (Entering 12th Grade)

Read three selections: two from the following list and one individual selection.

  • The Autobiography of Charles Darwin by Charles Darwin
  • The Color of Water by James McBride
  • Roots by Alex Haley
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez,
  • And There Was Light by Jacques Lusseyran
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcom X
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  • A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Cider House Rules by John Irving
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • A Doll’s House & Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  • Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Steppenwolf: A Novel by Hermann Hesse
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
  • Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  • Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • Resurrection by Leo Tolstoy
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig