2017-2018 Upper School (6th-11th Grade):

Summer Reading List

Sixth Grade: (Required)

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

 

Seventh Grade: (Required)

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

I Am Malala (Young Reader’s Edition) by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

 

Eighth Grade: (Required)

Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

 

Ninth-Tenth Grade: (Required)

  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
    • As you read . . . Students should note three examples of the cost of the “American Dream.”  In addition, students will describe what the “American Dream” means to the main characters.

**NOTE: Students will purchase a copy to bring to class in August.

 

 

Ninth-Tenth Grade Honors  (Both Required)

  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
    • As you read each book . . . Students should note three examples of the cost of the “American Dream.”  In addition, students will describe what the “American Dream” means to the main characters.

**NOTE: Students will purchase a copy to bring to class in August.

 

Eleventh-Twelfth Grade: (Required)

  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
    • As you read . . . Students should note three examples of attitudes that contributed to marginalization in the novel.  Marginalization is the treatment of a person, group or concept as insignificant or peripheral.

**NOTE: Students will purchase a copy to bring to class in August.

 

 

Eleventh-Twelfth Grade Honors  (Both Required)

  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
  • In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Dr. Qanta Ahmed
    • As you read both books . . . Students should note three examples in each text of attitudes that contributed to marginalization in the novel.  Marginalization is the treatment of a person, group or concept as insignificant or peripheral.
    • Students will also consider Dr. Ahmed’s personal religious experience and compare it to the Christian experience.

**NOTE: Students will purchase a copy to bring to class in August.

  • Note about Honors English: Placement into Honors English is voluntary and requires teacher recommendations and evaluations once the school year begins.  Students who intend to pursue Honors placement must complete the summer reading assignment.   All Honors students will have the option to drop Honors within the first four weeks of classes without penalty. Honors English is a more complex and demanding course taught within the College Prep course; assignments are differentiated.  For more information please contact the school office.

  • Recommended for 8th – 11th Grade (Not required):
  •  Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells
  • The Last Days of Pompeii by E. Bulwer-Lytton
  • Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur C. Doyle
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens*
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  • Note: Starred books (*) are challenging books for eager readers.