Middle and High School English Summer Reading

Incoming Grades 6th-12th Grades

2017-18 English Summer Reading List

During the summer each student is required to read the book(s) for the grade level that they will be entering when we return to school in August. Summer reading in English is mandatory for all incoming middle and high school students. The book(s) must be read by the first day of school. Beyond the required reading lists this year we have included a list of recommended books for each grade level along with a list of phone apps that will be useful in preparation for the next grade level.

 

Middle School (incoming grades 6-8): Read the ONE book from the required list. During the first week of classes, students will complete a book report, discuss the books, and take a test. 

Incoming 6th Grade

Required – Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Recommended – It is highly recommended that at least two of the books listed below are read during the summer.

  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • West of the Moon by Margi Preus
  • Opheli and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Incoming 7th Grade

Required – Hatchet by Gary Paulson

Recommended – It is highly recommended that at least two of the books listed below are read during the summer.

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Legend of V: Book 1: The Solar System’s Prophesies by Varak Kaloustian
  • Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt
  • The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
  • Eyes Wide Open by Paul Fleischman
  • Crash by Jerry Spinelli

 

Incoming 8th Grade

Required – Night by Elie Wiesel

Recommended – It is highly recommended that at least two of the books listed below are read during the summer.

  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Pigman by Paul Zindel

 

Phone Apps for Middle School:

7.pngGrade 7 Vocab Audios and Pics – fun quick way to study vocabulary. Good for all middle school students.

garfield.pngProfessor Garfield Fact or Opinion – teaches students how to identify fact vs. opinion in text

chictiionary.pngChicktionary A Game of Scramble – addictive word game

opposites.pngThe Opposites – teaches students opposite words in context through games

mad_libs.pngMad Libs – add words to create funny stories

grammar_app.pngGrammar  – provides lessons and applications for all aspects of grammar

grammar_games.pngGrammar Games – play games while learning and building grammar skills

 

High School (incoming grades 9-12): Read BOTH of the English books listed. If you are accepted into AP English for grades 11 or 12 then there is a third required book. During the first week of classes there will be discussion on the books, a reading quiz, and a test.

Incoming 9th Grade

Required (Read both) –

  • A Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Recommended – It is highly recommended that at least two of the books listed below are read during the summer.

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous   

Incoming 10th Grade

Required (Read both) –

  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Recommended – It is highly recommended that at least two of the five books listed below are read during the summer.

  • Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Incoming 11th Grade

Required (Read both) –

  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

AP ONLY – Written project that will be assigned once AP placement is announced.  

Recommended – It is highly recommended that at least two of the books listed below are read during the summer.

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

 

Incoming 12th Grade (all students)

Required (Read both) –

  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus

AP ONLYHow to Read Literature Like a Professor REVISED EDITION by Thomas C. Foster

Recommended – It is highly recommended that at least two of the books listed below are read during the summer.

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

 

 

Phone Apps for High School:

study_blue.pngStudy Blue – helps to create and organize flashcards for studying purposes

ap.pngAP Flashcards – flashcards for a variety of AP classes

sat_act.pngMagoosh SAT Prep – helps with preparation for the SAT test, learning vocabulary words, and reading comprehension

sat_act.pngMagoosh ACT Flashcards - helps with preparation for the ACT test, learning vocabulary words, and reading comprehension

dg.pngDaily Grammar Lessons Workbook – gives short daily grammar exercises that are fun

shakespeare.pngShakespeare in Bits – working on and reading more Shakespeare for fun

audible.pngAudible – Listen to books while working out, riding in the car, or just because you want