Upper School Summer Reading

I am so excited to see you all next year! To prepare for our year together, I have compiled this list of novels for you to choose from to read. You only need to select ONE novel from the list. Through reading your novel, you will continue to cultivate and develop your critical thinking skills. Below are guidelines for your reading projects:

  1. The book must be read in the original, unabridged version.
  2. Movies, Cliff’s Notes, Spark Notes, comics, and illustrated classics from Wal-Mart may be helpful, BUT THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE AS SUBSTITUTES FOR READING THE ENTIRE BOOK. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE ASSIGNMENT BY ONLY READING THE ABRIDGED VERSIONS.
  3. You may NOT read a book that you have read before for a book report.
  4. Do not wait until the week before school starts to begin your reading!
  5. While you read think on the theme and meanings behind the words on the page. Keep a reading journal and be prepared to answer these questions and others when school resumes: How does the novel speak to you personally? Are there themes in the novel that we can relate to in today’s world? Are there any allusions to the Bible in the novel?

When school begins next year, we will have a project and essay about the novel. This project will not be a summary. As High Schoolers, we will discuss and chew over these novels and really get to the heart of what the novel represents. Your project and essay will require you to have read the novel in its entirety. Therefore, taking the “short cut” and reading the summary and not the novel will harm you more than help.

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” ― C.S. Lewis

Here is the novel list from which you may choose. Please do not substitute any other novel for one from this list. All of these are available from libraries, from used bookstores, from regular bookstores, or online.

9th Grade List:

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

10th Grade List:

The Day Christ Died by Jim Bishop

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

China Cry by Nora Lam

11th Grade List

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

12th Grade List

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley