Summer Reading 2017


5th Grade

Required:
Word of Mouse (James Patterson)

Select one from this list:
Homeless Bird (Gloria Whelan)
Chu Ju’s House (Gloria Whelan)

Also select one from this list:
Fablehaven (Brandon Mull)
The One-eyed Giant (Mary Pope Osborne)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Grace Lin)
The Penderwicks (Jeanne Birdsall)
The Lemonade War (Jacqueline Davies)
The Island of Dr. Libris (Chris Grabenstein)

6th Grade

Required:
Wonder (R.J. Palacio)
The Julian Chapter (R.J. Palacio) – The Julian Chapter can be found as an e-single or in Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories
Roman Diary: The Journal of Illiona, a Young Slave (Richard Platt)
Select one from this list:
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Trenton Lee Stewart)
Greenglass House (Kate Milford)
The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Kelly Barnhill)
Leviathan (Scott Westerfeld)
Pax (Sara Pennypacker)
Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (Katherine Rundell)

7th Grade

Required:
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Breadwinner (Deborah Ellis)

Select one from this list:
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie (Jordan Sonnenblick)
Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
The Call of the Wild (Jack London)

8th Grade

Required:
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
The Dark Side of Nowhere (Neal Shusterman)

Select one from this list:
A Gathering of Old Men (Ernest J. Gaines)
Monster (Walter Dean Myers)
Warriors Don’t Cry (Melba Beals)

9th Grade

English 9:
Unbroken (Laura Hilllenbrand)

History 9:
Murder in Mesopotamia (Agatha Christie)

All Upper School students also chose a book from 32 options for their summer choice read. Please have it read and be ready for discussions on the first day of school.

10th Grade

English 10:
The Buried Giant (Kazuo Ishiguro)

Honors English 10:
1984 (George Orwell)
Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel)

History 10, Honors History 10, and AP European History
The Great Train Robbery (Michael Crichton)

All Upper School students also chose a book from 32 options for their summer choice read. Please have it read and be ready for discussions on the first day of school.

11th Grade

English 11:
Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)

Honors English 11:
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
“Life in the Iron Mills” (Rebecca Harding Davis) – Found in your Norton Anthology of American Lietrature

AP English 11:
Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)

US History:
Neither Wolf nor Dog (Kent Nerburn)

Honors US History:
The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War (Davis Laskin)

AP US History:
The Puritan Dilemma: The Story of John Winthrop (Edmund Morgan)

All Upper School students also chose a book from 32 options for their summer choice read. Please have it read and be ready for discussions on the first day of school.

12th Grade

English 12:
The Moviegoer (Walker Percy)

Honors English 12:
The Moviegoer (Walker Percy)
Native Guard (Natasha Trethewey)

AP English 12:
The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)

Economics:
The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity (Russell Roberts)

Government:
The People’s Choice (Jeff Greenfield)

AP US Government:
America Divided or United (John Kasich)

AP Art History:
How Art Made the World (Nigel Spivey)

All Upper School students also chose a book from 32 options for their summer choice read. Please have it read and be ready for discussions on the first day of school.

Upper School Choice Reads

Behold the Dreamers - Imbolo Mbue
Being There - Jerzy Kosinski *
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba
Devotion - Adam Makos
Excellent Cadavers - Alexander Stille
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Fission - Tom Weston
Girl at War - Sara Novic *
Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
Hillbilly Elegy - J.D. Vance *
The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd *
Just Mercy - Bryan Stephenson *
Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly *
March: Book Three - John Lewis
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency - Alexander McCall Smith *
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell
Red Rising - Pierce Brown
The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis *
The Things They Carried - Tim O’Brien
V for Vendetta - Alan Moore
Winter is Coming - Garry Kasparov
Without You - Anthony Rapp *
Your Inner Fish - Neil Shubin

Please note that titles marked with an asterisk (*) are not for the incoming 9th grade students. If you are an incoming freshman, you must choose a book without an asterisk. Thanks!


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