Summer Reading Grades 7-12

Summer Reading Program for Middle and High School Students

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Required as part of next year’s first quarter grade:

CRICS High School and Middle School students will be required to choose two books from the reading list provided for their grade level (or one grade level up). This gives the student some freedom of choice within the parameters of reading options that will be beneficial to a student’s academic future. After reading, students will be required to present evidence that they have read and understand what they have read from the two selected books. This can be done in one of the follow ways:

1.) Complete the “Story Chart ” and answer 4 questions from The Socratic List. We have included The Socratic List, questions 1-14, in the Summer Reading Helps booklet. In order to adequately answer these 4 questions, you will likely need to answer all of the sub questions listed below each numbered question (If you are confused, please look at the booklet for more clarity). Please use complete sentences and answer questions in such a way that restates the question; for yes or no questions give explanations for your answer.

2.) Complete the “Story Chart” and provide a Character Map for the story that provides descriptive details for each character and reveals an understanding of the relationship between the characters of the story (see the character map provided for a sample but be creative and develop your own).

3.) Complete the “Story Chart” and write a “Book Review.” A “Book Review” tells others your opinion of a book and encourages others to read (or maybe not read). A book review is not a book report, although there are some similarities. Be sure to see the provided helps for writing a “Book Review.” If you do a good job, we may have to publish it online…

4.) Complete the “Story Chart” and develop your own project; ie. make a video that reviews the book and put the video online (maybe YouTube), discuss the book on a podcast and upload your podcast to the internet so we can all listen. Create a power point about the book. Arrange a “chat session” with your friends or teacher(s) about the book and save the conversation in a document that can be read later, create a blog about the book, write a letter or email to the author, or something else. Be creative!!! For approval of a project, write a short email to Mrs. Rutha (

Not Required…but fun:

Read books on your own! Read every week! Read every day! Read anywhere and everywhere! Save up yummy snacking experiences for next year! Every 100 pages of books read can be redeemed for 10 baht at CRICS Snack Shop. Please be honest when you report your reading on the Recording Form for Book Baht (neatly please… no exceptions). Books read for “book baht” should be “quality literature” (if you have a question about that, ask Mrs. Rutha or your English teacher).

Multiply your Baht:  If you would like to get more bang for your Baht, continue reading books from the reading list provided for your grade level (or one grade level up). For every 100 pages read, you will receive 15 Book Baht instead of just 10. On the Recording Form for Book Baht, place an * next to the title of the book if it is on the reading list provided.

Recording Form for Book Baht

Title – Author – Genre (ie. historical fiction, mystery…) – #of Pages

Example: “The Lightening Thief” – Rick Riordan – Mythology/Fantasy – 384pgs

Summer Reading List for Middle School and High School

  • Watership Down by Adams
  • Little Women series by Alcott
  • God’s Smuggler by Andrew
  • Alicia, My Story by Appleman
  • Chasing Vermeer by Balliet
  • The Wizard of Oz by Baum
  • Bonanza Girl by Beatty
  • Men and Women of Faith biographies by Bethany House Pub.
  • A Gathering of Days by Blos
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury
  • The Arrow over the Door by Bruchac
  • The Good Earth by Buck
  • The Kidnapped Prince by Cameron
  • Crazy Lady! by Conley
  • Diamonds in the Shadows by Cooney
  • The Chocolate War by Cormier
  • Walk Two Moons by Creech
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Curtis
  • Sequoyah by Cwiklik
  • The Little Prince by De Saint-Exupery
  • Oliver Twist by Dickens
  • David Copperfield by Dickens
  • The Pickwick Papers by Dickens
  • Through Gates of Splendor by Elliot, E.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt by Freedman
  • Traitor by Fritz
  • Julie of the Wolves by George
  • Wind and the Willows by Grahame
  • Grimm’s Fairytales by Grimm
  • The Endless Steppe by Hautzig
  • The Dark Frigate by Hawes
  • All Creatures Great and Small by Herriot
  • Stowaway by Hesse
  • A Murder for her Majesty by Hilgartner
  • Across Five Aprils by Hunt
  • Alive in the Killing Fields by Keat
  • Rifles for Watie by Keith
  • Trumpeter of Krakow by Kelly
  • Flowers for Algernon by Keyes
  • Jungle Book by Kipling
  • Captain Courageous by Kipling
  • All the Mowgli Stories by Kipling
  • Escape Across the Wide Sea by Kirkpatrick
  • The Mysteries Edge of the Heroic World by Konigsburg
  • Son of the Mob by Korman
  • Onion John by Krumgold
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Latham
  • any books by Lawhead
  • Phantom of the Opera by Leroux
  • Dave at Night by Levine
  • White Fang by London
  • Son (and others) by Lowry
  • Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster by Marrin
  • Where the Broken Heart Still Beats by Meyer
  • Anne of Green Gables series by Montgomery
  • Little Britches series by Moody
  • Kensuke’s Kingdom by Morgo
  • How I Discovered Poetry by Nelson
  • The Hawk that Dare Not by O’Dell
  • Hunt by Day by O’Dell
  • The Black Pearl (and others) by O’Dell
  • Streams to the River by O’Dell
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told by Oursler
  • Hatchet by Paulsen
  • Slopes of War by Perez
  • Sherwood Ring by Pope
  • Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Pyle
  • Otto of Silver Hand by Pyle
  • Men of Iron by Pyle
  • The Yearling by Rawlings
  • Moonshiner’s Son by Reeder
  • Behind Rebel Lines by Reit
  • Peace Child by Richardson
  • Mary Jones and her Bible by Ropes
  • The Wednesday Wars by Schmidt
  • The Singing Tree by Seredy
  • Peak by Smith, R.
  • Stargirl by Spinelli
  • Twice Freed (and others) by St. John
  • The Pearl by Steinbeck
  • Kidnapped by Stevenson
  • Treasure Island by Stevenson
  • Let the Circle be Unbroken by Taylor
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Taylor
  • any books by Tolkien
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Twain
  • Pudd’head Wilson by Twain
  • Banner in the Sky by Ullman
  • Around the World in Eighty Days (and others) by Verne
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth by Verne
  • The Time Machine by Wells, H.G.
  • Homeless Bird by Whelan
  • The Sword in the Stone by White
  • Belle Prater’s Boy by White
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Wiggins
  • Our Town by Wilder
  • Shadow of a Bull by Wojciechowska
  • Swiss Family Robinson by Wyss
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Yancey
  • any books by Yep
  • Sergeant York by York
  • The Pigman by Zindel

  • What Hears by Brooks
  • The Best of Father Brown by Chesterton
  • Going Solo by Dahl
  • Enchantress From the Stars by Engdahl
  • The House of the Scorpion by Farmer
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods by Gliff
  • Through the Valley of Kwai by Gordon
  • King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Myths of the Norsemen, Tales of the Greek Heroes, Tales of Ancient Egypt, The Tale of Troy, The Luck of Troy by Roger Lancelyn Green
  • any books by Henty
  • The Outsiders by Hinton
  • The Trumpeter of Krakow by Kelly
  • The Gammage Cup by Kendall
  • any books by Kipling
  • Dragon King Trilogy by Lawhead
  • Pendragon Cycle Trilogy by Lawhead
  • The Silent Boy by Lowry
  • Treasure Island by Stevenson
  • The Shining Company (and others) by Sutcliff
  • The Ramsey Scallop by Temple
  • Life on the Mississippi by Twain
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Verne

  • Labor’s Untold Story by Boyer & Morais
  • The Moves Make the Man by Brooks
  • Run Baby Run by Cruz
  • Albert Einstein & the Theory of Relativity by Cwiklik
  • Magnificent Obsession by Douglas
  • The Rope by Douglas
  • Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas
  • Three Musketeers by Dumas
  • Rebecca by Dumaurier
  • A Passage to India by Forster
  • Alas by Frank
  • Babylon by Frank
  • Heart to Heart by Greenburg
  • Roots by Haley
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway
  • Koh-Tiki by Heyerdahl
  • Hinds Feet on High Places by Hurnard
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Kerr
  • Darkness at Noon by Koestler
  • The Contender by Lipsyte
  • At the Back of the North Wind by MacDonald
  • Living on the Devil’s Doorstep by McClung
  • Evidence Not Seen by Rose
  • Winston Churchill: Soldier, Statesman, Artist by Severance
  • The Killer Angels by Shaara
  • God & Generals by Shaara
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien
  • Ben Hur by Wallace

  • Things Fall Apart by Achebe
  • A Cup of Cold Water by Farenhorst
  • Autobiography by Franklin
  • The Best Short Stories of O. Henry by Henry
  • The Day They Came to Arrest the Book by Hentoff
  • A View from Saturday by Konigsburg
  • any book by MacDonald, G.
  • Moby Dick by Melville
  • Jacob Have I Loved by Patterson
  • The Portable Poe by Poe
  • My Name is Asher Lev by Potok
  • The Jungle by Sinclair
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Smith
  • The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Stowe
  • Night by Wiesel

  • Emma by Austin
  • Wuthering Heights by Bronte
  • Robinson Crusoe by Defoe
  • Peace Like a River by Enger
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame by Hugo
  • Les Miserables by Hugo
  • Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome
  • Kim by Kipling
  • Paradise Lost by Milton
  • Gone with the Wind by Mitchell
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find by O’Connor
  • Everything that Rises Must Converge by O’Connor
  • Scarlet Pimpernel by Orczy
  • Ivanhoe by Scott
  • War & Peace by Tolstoy

  • Don Quixote by Cervantes
  • any books by Chesterton
  • any books by Dickens
  • Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky
  • The Illiad and the Odyssey by Homer
  • any books by Shakespeare
  • any books by Tolstoy
  • The Aeneid by Virgil


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