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

This summer the children must read these two books set in medieval times:  “The Door in the Wall” and “Catherine, Called Birdy”.  These books are available in libraries, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kindle, and audio books. For their project they must show how they themselves are like the character, and represent that aspect or aspects in any form they choose. For example, my background culturally is similar to Leslie’s in “Bridge to Terabithia” and I played a role with my friends as she does with Jess. I might write a poem or short essay, draw a picture or make up a song to illustrate this similarity. That is what I am asking the children to do. A short description of each book is available below:

  1. Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
    1. This unusual book provides an insider’s look at the life of Birdy, 14, the daughter of a minor English nobleman. The year is 1290 and the vehicle for storytelling is the girl’s witty, irreverent diary. She looks with a clear and critical eye upon the world around her, telling of the people she knows and of the daily events in her small manor house. Much of Birdy’s energy is consumed by avoiding the various suitors her father chooses for her to marry. She sends them all packing with assorted ruses until she is almost wed to an older, unattractive man she refers to as Shaggy Beard. In the process of telling the routines of her young life, Birdy lays before readers a feast of details about medieval England. The book is rich with information about the food, dress, religious beliefs, manners, health, medical practices, and sanitary habits (or lack thereof) of the people of her day. From the number of fleas she kills in an evening to her herbal medicines laced with urine, Birdy reveals fascinating facts about her time period. A feminist far ahead of her time, she is both believable and lovable. A somewhat philosophical afterword discusses the mind set of medieval people and concludes with a list of books to consult for further information about the period. Superb historical fiction.
  2. The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
    1. Ever since he can remember, Robin, son of Sir John de Bureford, has been told what is expected of him as the son of a nobleman. He must learn the ways of knighthood. But Robin’s destiny is changed in one stroke: He falls ill and loses the use of his legs. Fearing a plague, his servants abandon him and Robin is left alone. A monk named Brother Luke rescues Robin and takes him to the hospice of St. Mark’s where he is taught woodcarving and–much harder–patience and strength. Says Brother Luke, “Thou hast only to follow the wall far enough and there will be a door in it.” Robin soon enough learns what Brother Luke means. And when the great castle of Lindsay is in danger, it is Robin, who cannot mount a horse and ride to battle, who saves the townspeople and discovers there is more than one way to serve his king.

This project is due the 5th of September. If your child wants to read other historical fiction about the Middle Ages you can choose a book from the list at this link.

Incoming 7th Graders

Places We Have Been: Rome & the Middle Ages

  1. Crispin: The Cross of Lead by AVI (2004; Newbery Medal). Thirteen-year-old Crispin, declared a “wolf’s head” for a crime he did not commit and therefore subject to death, escapes the harsh injustices of feudalism, fleeing across the country with the guidance of a traveling juggler. Also read the sequels Crispin: At the Edge of the World and Crispin: The End of Time.
  2. Fire, Bed, and Bone by Henrietta Brandford (1998). In 1381, on the verge of a peasant revolt, an old and observant hunting dog describes the injustices of feudalism while living with her kind, but poor serf family arrested for attending revolutionary rallies.
  3. The Forestwife Trilogy by Jill Tomlinson (2003-). Maid Marion forms the center of this Sherwood Forest trilogy, following the heroine from her escape from her manor to her adventures with Robin Hood in a setting that includes magical healers, battles against tyranny, and emerging self-sufficiency. Also read The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley (1988).
  4. Merlin: The Lost Years by T. A. Barron (1996). A boy, who has no idea who he is or a sense of his past, is tossed by the waves onto a beach in Wales, where he soon recaptures his name through a series of adventures. Also read other books in this series or the author’s new work, Atlantis Rising.
  5. Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman (1994; Newbery Honor). Fourteen- year-old Catherine does not want to become a lady; she does not want to be married off. She wants, rather, to be a painter, a Crusader, a peddler, a wart charmer. In Medieval England, however, her wishes are unimportant. How can a headstrong girl find her way? Also read The Midwife’s Apprentice and Matilda Bone by the same author.
  6. The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crosley-Holland (2010). Given an ancient obsidian relic by his father’s friend Merlin, Arthur de Caldicot, who now explores visions occurring hundreds of years in the past, wonders how his own life can intertwine with that of his namesake, King Arthur. Also read the other books in the trilogy: At the Crossing Places and King of the Middle March.
  7. The Sign of the Chrysanthemum by Katherine Paterson (1974). A teen-age boy, searching for his samurai father in 12th-century feudal Kyoto, comes to know himself better as he observes, as a sword maker’s apprentice, political unrest and the social ills playing out before him. Also read Of Nightingale’s that Weep and Bridge to Terabithia (Newbery Medal) by the same author.
  8. Tiger, Tiger by Lynn Reid Banks (1972). Two tiger cubs are taken from the jungle to Rome, one to serve as a defanged, pampered pet to Caesar’s daughter, Aurelia, the other as man-eating entertainment in the Colosseum. What happens when a slip of judgment in a moment of play allows Boots to escape? And what is the outcome for Aurelia’s beloved slave and tiger tamer, Julius?
  9. The White Stag by Kate Seredy (1937; Newbery Medal). Recounting the journey of the Huns and Magyars from the Tomb of Nimrod to the Hungarian plains, author Seredy creates the background where the story of Attila will ultimately unfold. “On a summer night in the year 408, a flaming red comet appeared over Europe striking terror into the hearts of all who saw it.”
  10. A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E.L.Konigsberg (1973). Eleanor of Aquitaine’s exciting life in 12th century France and England, told while she is waiting for her husband, King Henry II, to join her in heaven.

Places We Have Been: Business & Geology

  1. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (1863). Now that you know so much about the Earth’s layers, could you write a better-imagined book? Read and see how a 19th-century science enthusiast imagines a descent into an extinct Icelandic volcano.
  2. Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (2004). A tale, honoring the generosity of St. Francis of Assisi, finds two brothers—one a materialist accountant, the other spiritually driven—figuring out how, in 17 days, to spend a bag of bills that tumbled from the sky.
  3. Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb (2015). When a geologist and his idiosyncratic daughter arrive on a remote island known mainly for its limestone quarries, Flor, who has just lost her best friend to the mainland, begins to discover new interests and insights through the excavation of prehistoric trilobites.
  4. The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill (1964). Reissued on its 50th anniversary, this “David & Goliath” parable pits pushcart peddlers against the truck drivers navigating congested city streets. How do wars start, the author posits? In this case, conflict begins with a cartful of daffodils, or something large trampling something considerably smaller.
  5. Saving Kabul Corner by N. H. Senzai (2015). Twelve-year-old Laila, freshly arrived from Afghanistan, holds to traditional Pashtun ways, while her cousin, Ariana, raised locally, is viewed as a headstrong tomboy. The two must unite, however, to solve a feud of rival groceries in Fremont, California, a feud going back to the homeland. Dynamic views into small family-run businesses and the children employed to keep things going.
  6. Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson (2011). When over 700,000 tons of rock seal miners underground in a preventable accident, world concern and help enter the scene to save a starving, injured group who show extraordinary stamina and brotherhood, which likely worked with surface efforts to save them all. Also read The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science by the same author.
  7. The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr (1998). It is 1860, the year a somewhat naïve 15-year-old boy, Simon (who has just completed 3rd grade for the fourth time) decides he will earn money by herding 1,000 turkeys from Missouri to Denver, hoping to sell the fowl at a profit. Bankrolled his teacher, who believes there are more smarts on this earth than “book smarts,” Simon embarks with a drover, dog, four mules, and a wagonload of confidence and shelled corn.

Truth Be Told: Historical Fiction

  1. Chasing Orion by Kathryn Lasky (2010). In a hot Indiana summer in 1952, children whose parents feared the polio outbreak are asked to stay indoors to protect them from the disease. But when Georgie’s family moves next door to a girl recovering from polio, a girl trapped in an iron lung, Georgie receives a larger education than she anticipated. For a book on a similar theme, read The Giant Slayer by Ian Lawrence.
  2. Echo: A Novel by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2015). During WWII, three children— Friedrich of Germany, Mike of Pennsylvania, and Ivy of California—are united by a harmonica, their passion for music, and the prophecy of a Black Forest tale. While history explored includes the League of German Girls, Japanese internment camps, and segregation of Hispanic students in Orange County, the author deftly weaves a cohesive story.
  3. The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park (2002). In 15th-century Korea two brothers discover a keen fascination with kites. Kee-sup can craft a kite of unequaled strength and beauty, while Young-sup can seemingly control the wind itself. When they are asked by a king to enter a competition, they must break with tradition to guarantee success.
  4. Secrets of the Terra-cotta Soldier by Vinson/Ying Chang Compestine (2014). Thirteen-year-old Ming, surviving the fear and hunger of Maoist China, becomes involved in the unearthing of Emperor Qin’s terra-cotta soldiers, as he seeks to save his archeologist “intellectual” father from a labor camp. Illuminating photographs juxtapose the building of the Great Wall during Mongol raids with the 1970s Cultural Revolution.
  5. The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley (2015). A war can be a terrible thing, but can also lead to unexpected good, as a disabled girl, Ada, who has 
never been outside her tiny apartment, discovers when she leaves London with her young brother to live with a complete stranger.

Games We Play: Baseball, Boxing, Running, Quiz Shows

  1. Athlete vs. Mathlete by W.C. Mack (2013). Twin boys—one who lights up the scoreboards and the other the blackboards—stay on their own turf until Russell, an enthusiastic participant in “The Masters of the Mind” team—is recruited for basketball. How do the brothers handle the trespass, peer pressure, and sibling rivalry?
  2. Becoming Joe DiMaggio by Maria Testa (2002). A boy and his immigrant grandfather bond through in the 1930s and 1940s (WWII), while Joseph’s father is in jail, through baseball games listened to on the radio, a shared Italian heritage, and dreams to become “the greatest.”
  3. Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney (2011). In a small upstate New York town during the Great Depression, three children—Hibernia, Willie, and Otis—find solace in the exciting boxing matches of Joe Lewis. Told from three narrative perspectives, the lives of each child are fully realized with rich first-person detail and immediacy.
  4. The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter (2003). The Dillontown baseball team must win the next game if they wish to hold onto their playing field, threatened by developers in rural California—enter a mysterious boy and potential savior, Cruz de la Cruz, who arrives on horseback, claims to know how to hit, and helps lure famed player Dante del Gata to coach (also read Ritter’s Over the Wall and just released Fenway Fever).
  5. Crash by Jerry Spinelli (1996). A bit of a spoof on the “typical jock,” this work contrasts a wise and gentle Quaker boy with a likable, but shallow sports fanatic, one who thinks anyone not interested in football has to be “weird”; probing questions about competition, pacifism, and growing away from one stance into a more sensitive “other”.
  6. A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (2012). Twelve-year-old Tetsu, who loves baseball, finds he must choose between his beloved sport and other responsibilities when his family, which includes an ailing sister, is transported to a Japanese internment camp in the Arizona desert during WWII.
  7. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (2013). When an unusual creator of board games returns to his hometown to build a library, he invites 12 lucky 7th graders to spend the night and figure out how to escape 
within 24 hours. Great references to literature, the Dewey Decimal system, and word puzzles in the problem sovler’s paradise. Also read the sequel, The Island of Dr. Libris (2015).
  8. 8.A View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg (1998—Newbery Award). Sixth grade Academic “quiz” Bowl contestants at Epiphany Middle School comprise complex and intellectual leads in a book covering sea turtles, retirement homes, a genius dog, and all topics in between. Also read Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by the same author.

Mysteries to Solve

  1. Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery by Heather Vogel Frederick (2014). Discovering an undelivered letter in an autographed copy of Charlotte’s Web in her family’s threatened bookstore, Truly Lovejoy embarks on a journey to locate the letter’s author, make new friends in her new town of Pumpkin Falls, and understand her father’s difficulties as he moves forward following injury in Afghanistan.
  2. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1978). This mystery involves 16 remarkable characters invited to the reading of Samuel Wresting’s will. They could become millionaires – it all depends on how they play his tricky and dangerous Westing Game, in a puzzle-knotted and word-twisting plot filled with humor and suspense. Newbery Medal winner
  3. Holes by Louis Sachar (1998). Due to a curse on his family, Stanley Yelnatis is sent to a hellish juvenile correction camp in Texas where is forced to dig for treasure and finds his first real friend. Newbery Medal winner.
  4. Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery in Mayan Mexico by Marcia Wells (2015). The NYPD’s youngest crime-solving hero, Eddie (our African-American protagonist from “Mystery on Museum Mile” fame), now delves into the riddle of his father, accused of stealing an ancient mask. As before, Eddie’s photographic memory and artistic gifts come in handy as he collaborates with Julia, who sets him straight on Mexican stereotypes.
  5. The Eyes of the Amaryllis by Natalie Babbitt (1986). When Jenny visits her widowed grandmother, she attempts to unravel the mystery of her grandfather, who perished during a hurricane at sea on the brig Amaryllis over 30 years ago. Also read Tuck Everlasting and Goody Hall.
  6. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (2007). When prickly friends, Ted and Kat, wait for their cousin to exit a Ferris wheel, he vanishes into thin air. Sleuthing the streets of London for clues—as police, too, bumble about—Kat soon admires Ted’s meticulous, previously annoying methods as he approaches the world in his own unique way.
  7. The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman (1988). Searching the Victorian underworld for the mystery to her father’s death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart also seeks the meaning to the phrase “Beware the seven blessings.” Part of a series.
  8. Pieces and Players by Blue Balliett (2015). A Vermeer and Manet have vanished, along with 11 other paintings, from one of the most buttoned-up museums in the world, and Petra, Calder, and Tommy must get to the bottom of things with two new assistants: Zoomy and Early, a lover of words. If you haven’t read this author’s previous works, here they are: Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, and The Calder Game.
  9. Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin (2014). Obsessed with homonyms and distinguished with high-functioning Asperger’s, Rose—cared for by an impatient father and a more compassionate Uncle Weldon—must ferret out the riddle of her dog’s disappearance when a superstorm comes through town. Also read Rules by Cynthia Lord.
  10. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald (2014). When she accidentally spills rubbing alcohol on her deceased grandfather’s painting, Theodora believes she has found a Renaissance masterpiece underneath. Her grandfather, however, was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. How does Theodora protect him and also discover the truth? She could certainly use the money; grandfather only left her family $463.
  11. Time out of Time by Maureen Doyle McQuerry (2015). Timothy James, his sister Sarah, and a friend race against both time and evil in their quest to find The Four Treasures of the Market. Hindering and assisting them are well-drawn characters from Scottish myth and folklore. A good book for mystery lovers and accomplished code-breakers.


  1. The Castle Behind the Thorns by Merrie Haskell (2014). Finding himself inexplicably surrounded by a cage of impenetrable brambles, Sand must access the local forge and castle saints to craft tools and to survive. Soon, he discovers the secrets of heir Perrotte, who knows her home’s dark history and can help them both escape.
  2. The Conch Bearer by Chitra Divakaruni (2004). In a run-down shack in the tired Indian neighborhood he calls home, a 12-year-old boy is given the care of a mystical conch, which he must return to its home many miles away (also read the sequels: The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming and Shadowland).
  3. The Illyrian Adventure by Lloyd Alexander (2000). In the late 19th century, a fearless 16-year-old orphan “who has the digestive talents of a goat and the mind of a chess-master” researches the ancient legend of Illyria with her guardian and participates in a dangerous rebellion. Part of the Vesper Holly Series. Also read The Rope Trick by the same author.
  4. The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith (2013). Gifted with the power to control the weather, 12-year-old twins, Ruby and Simon, must adjust to life on a Wisconsin farm, where a 100-year drought is killing the local crops
  5. A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne-Jones (1987). In London, in 1939, Vivian, an evacuee from the London Blitz, is kidnapped into a world outside the clutches of history. To return, Vivian must help locate The Time Lady and travel through various historical periods to assure her own return to Twenty Century.
  6. Time out of Time by Maureen Doyle McQuerry (2015). Timothy James, his sister Sarah, and a friend race against both time and evil in their quest to find The Four Treasures of the Market. Hindering and assisting them are well-drawn characters from Scottish myth and folklore. A good book for mystery lovers and accomplished code-breakers.

I Didn’t Think I Would End up Here

  1. Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse (2003). Removed from the Aleutian Islands for their own “protection” after the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, the Aleuts are relocated from their windswept and barren islands to the forested terrain of Southeast Alaska—where they must develop new skills to survive. Young Vera tells their story.
  2. Ice Dogs by Terry Johnson (2014). When Victoria, a 14-year-old dogsled racer, becomes lost on a routine outing, she must, with the help of her dogs and a mysterious boy, Chris, brave a hostile wilderness with minimal supplies and maximum setbacks.
  3. Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick (2014). On vacation, 12-year-old Zane Dupree and his dog find themselves separated from family as they endure the devastating weather conditions of Katrina. Exemplary researcher, Philbrick, brings this moment to life as Zane joins an old African-American musician and a small girl. Also read Freak the Mighty and Young Man and the Sea by the same author.

Answers to Everything–Almost

  1. A Black Hole is Not a Black Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeChristofano (2012). Animated, humorous, and accessible examples, illustrated with paintings, charts, and photography, are used to illustrate this baffling phenomenon in the universe. And didn’t you always want to know more about the event horizon, lumpy matter, and spaghettification?
  2. Building Big by David Macaulay (2013). Bridges, skyscrapers, domes, and dams are just some of the monumental structures described in this well-illustrated book crediting not just designers, but also sometimes the lowly creatures that inspired them—shipworms, for instance, “the scourge of the Royal Navy,” instructed engineers on efficient underwater tunnels. Also read Built to Last, Cathedral and Underground by the same author.
  3. Can a Bee Sting? Compiled by Gemma Elwin Harris (2012). Asking scientists, philosophers, and writers to answer questions of curious children, Harris assembled vibrant summaries seasoned with speculation, humor, and reverence for short explanations. Questions include: “Where Does the Wind Come From?” “Are We All Related?” “Are Cows Polluting the Air?” and “Did Alexander the Great Like Frogs?” Specialists, frequently referencing men and women of note, include author Philip Pullman, linguist Noam Chomsky, and London zookeeper Daniel Simmonds.
  4. The Great Molasses Flood: Boston 1919 by Deborah Kops (2015). We hear of oil tankers exploding, but a tanker filled with molasses? Documenting one of the strangest accidents in history, Kops records hazards of flying metal, collapsing buildings, and the sweet-smelling sludge that created a challenging clean-up with the city’s North End.
  5. Into the Unknown by Stewart Ross (2011). Describing and drawing the vehicles used by explorers over time through “land, sea, and air,” Ross and illustrator Stephen Biesty ply the frozen north, the stratosphere, and even the Mariana Trench. Glorious fold-outs and a nice balance of charts, artwork, captions, and text.

[Short, Satisfying Reads (under 125 pages)

  1. Ghost in the Noonday Sun by Sid Fleischman Guts by Gary Paulsen
The Green Book by Jill Patton Walsh
Soup by Richard Newton Peck
  2. The Janitor by Andrew Clements
The Midnight Inn by Paul Fleischman Mudshark by Gary Paulsen
Graven Images by Paul Fleischman Twenty and Ten by Claire Huchet Bishop Journey to Jo’Burg by Beverly Naidoo Half-a-Moon Inn by Paul Fleischman
  3. Weasel by Cynthia deFelice Stone-Faced Boy by Paula Fox Keeper of the Doves by Betsy Byars
  4. Field of Dogs by Katherine Paterson Meiko and the Fifth Treasure by E. Coerr On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
  5. A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise Fame Glory in Freedom Georgia Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
  6. Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars Mississippi Bridge by Virginia Hamilton
  7. Red Dirt Jessie by Anna Myers The Pearl by John Steinbeck The Snow Goose Paul Gallico/Angela Barrett
Incoming 8th Graders

This summer of 2017 you will read at least three books. One book, Ghost, by Jason Reynolds (2016), will be read by both our class and 7th grade. During the first week of school we will join with 7th grade 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 Ghost.

You may write as much as you like about each book, but at minimum you must have three paragraphs, with five sentences each. In the heading of your paper, include the title, the author’s name and “reviewed by (your name).” In the first paragraph include the title and the setting of the story. In the following paragraphs include your description of the main characters and a plot description of what happens in the story. In your final paragraph write your recommendation of the book and why you do or don’t recommend it. Please write in cursive(script).

Enjoy your summer!

Reading List: (Read Ghost and at least two other books)

  1. Ghost by Jason Reynolds (2016)
  2. Trouble’s Daughter: The Story of Susanna Hutchinson, Indian Captive by Katherine Kirkpatrick(2000)
  3. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin(2012)
  4. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela(1995)
  5. Holes by Louis Sachar (2000)
  6. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand(2010)
  7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  9. Hold Tight and Don’t Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner (2015)
  10. Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (2012-reprint)


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