Grade 9 Summer Reading List
Purpose: The Summer Reading program encourages students to enjoy, think about, and evaluate what they read.
CP 1 and CP 2 Requirements: Read at least one book from the following list. Be prepared to write an in-class essay about the book in response to a prompt during the first week of school in September. Optional: Read a second book from the list and use the Summer Reading Journal Prompts to keep a journal as you read. To receive extra credit, you will need to turn in your journal the first week of school in September. NOTE: Journals must fulfill the expectations described on the journal assignment sheet to earn extra credit.
Honors Requirement: If you wish to be considered for honors placement in English in the fall, you must read two books from this list and complete journals for both books using the journal assignment (on the FHS website). You will also write an in-class essay on one of the books during the first full week of school. Regardless of placement, completed journals will be considered for extra credit toward first quarter. Copies of the journal assignment have been handed out in 8th grade classes and are available on the FHS website.
Anderson, Jodi Lynn: Midnight at the Electric
Adri's, Catherine's, and Lenore's lives are intertwined but not in the way that one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas, Catherine lives in 1930s Kansas, and Lenore lives in England in 1919. Told through straight prose, letters, and journal entries, the novel is an engrossing blend of historical and futuristic fiction genres.
Anderson, Laurie Halse: Twisted
High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But since he was caught graffitiing the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn't believe.
Angelou, Maya: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The first installment in African-American poet Maya Angelou’s five-part autobiography chronicles her difficult childhood in rural Arkansas through her early years in St. Louis and California. Nonfiction.
Barr, Emily: The One Memory of Flora Banks
Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves town.
Clark, Mary Higgins: Where are the Children?
Clark’s suspense thriller about a Cape Cod mother twice accused of masterminding her children’s disappearances.
Crane, Dede: Poster Boy
At 16, Gray has everything he could ask for--a private bedroom in the basement, freedom, relaxed parents, and a hot girlfriend--until his sister is diagnosed with cancer. Gray and his mother are determined to help Maggie recover, and their actions affect the whole family.
Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist
Oliver, a poor orphan, escapes the miserable workhouse where he was born only to fall into the clutches of a band of pickpockets led by the odious Fagin. Yet no amount of cruelty can destroy his purity…and through his goodness, he finds salvation.
Fleming, Candace: The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
In this fascinating work of narrative history, readers meet the last Czar of Russia, his illustrious family, and the nobles and advisors surrounding them. Their insular lives are contrasted with narratives of Russian peasants as the revolution begins. Nonfiction.
Grisham, John: The Chamber
In this legal thriller, young attorney Adam Hall examines the case of his southern grandfather, KKK member Sam Cayhall, who is on death row for killing two men.
Hunter, Georgia: We Were the Lucky Ones
It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable. A story of hope in the midst of atrocity.
Jackson, Tiffany: Allegedly
Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it?
Katz, Jon: Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho
Teenage hackers Jesse Daily and Eric Twilegar are super smart, technically savvy misfits. This is the true story of their flight from dead-end lives in Idaho Mormon country to brighter possibilities in Chicago.
Krakauer, Jon: Into Thin Air
A personal account of the deadliest season on Mount Everest. Krakauer recounts the tragic fates of the May 1996 expedition. Nonfiction.
LaZebnick, Claire: Things I Should Have Known
Meet Chloe Mitchell, a popular girl who’s decided that her older sister, Ivy, who’s on the autism spectrum, could use a boyfriend. Chloe already has someone in mind: Ethan Fields, a sweet, movie-obsessed boy from Ivy’s class.
Marsden, John: Tomorrow, When the War Began
In this adventure novel, seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive.
Nix, Garth: Sabriel
In this Australian fantasy adventure, Sabriel is the heroine, a young girl who has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the power of Free Magic.
Remarque, Erich Maria: All Quiet on the Western Front
Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. As horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other--if only he can come out of the war alive.
Riverbend: Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from Iraq
Actual postings from a blog by Riverbend, the pseudonym of a young woman in Baghdad, reveal her attempts to live a normal life in a war zone after the invasion of Iraq.
Rosoff, Meg: How I Live Now
This riveting first novel paints a frighteningly realistic picture of a world war breaking out in the 21stCentury. Told from the point of view of 15-year-old Manhattan native Daisy, the novel follows her arrival and her stay with cousins on a remote farm in England.
Smith, Betty: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Francie Nolan, avid reader, penny-candy connoisseur, and insightful observer of human nature, has much to ponder in colorful, turn-of-the-century Brooklyn. Betty Smith's poignant, honest novel created a big stir when it was first published over 50 years ago. A modern classic.
Stelson, Caren: Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath.
Tahir, Sabaa: An Ember in the Ashes
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. For lovers of fantasy and action.
Voigt, Cynthia: Izzy, Willy-Nilly
After a car accident leaves fifteen-year-old Izzy disabled, she’s determined not to show how much she’s hurting. It takes Rosamunde to forcibly disrupt Izzy’s sense of order and help her face her changed life.
Walden, Tillie: Spinning
A memoir in graphic novel form about competitive ice skating, growing up, and coming out. Walden spent much of her youth on the ice, at practices and competitions, and in locker rooms among friends, frenemies, and competitors.