• REQUIRED Summer Reading 

    Students are required to read at least one book related to the grade level theme and will complete during and after reading assignments related to it. Titles with an asterisk are available for purchase from the district. Books in the 2015 summer reading program include:


    Grade 9: Coming of Age

    • Speak* by Laurie Halse Anderson

    • Emako Blue by Brenda Woods

    • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

    • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

    • Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

    • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez

    • Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Houston

    • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

    • I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier

    • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café by Fannie Flagg


    Grade 10: Cultural Conversations

    • In the Time of Butterflies* by Julia Alvarez

    • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

    • Shabanu by Suzanne Fisher Staples

    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

    • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

    • Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

    • Code Talker by Chester Nez

    • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

    • A Step from Heaven by An Na

    • The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez


    Grade 11: The American Dream

    • Tuesdays with Morrie* by Mitch Albom

    • They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

    • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

    • Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez

    • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

    • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

    • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

    • Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

    • Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch


    Grade 12: Perspectives

    • Siddhartha* by Herman Hesse

    • The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy, by Thomas J. Stanley

    • The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan

    • Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn

    • Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich

    • The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch

    • Mutant Message Down Under, by Marlo Morgan

    • Hiroshima by John Hersey

    • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

    • The Help by Kathrynn Stockett


    Summer reading assignment details/rubrics
    In addition to reading a book, students at the middle and high school level will be asked to complete a written assignment which you can download using the links below.

    9th Grade / 10th Grade / 11th Grade / 12th Grade