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 Mr. Brent (

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 Brent 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

  • A Murder for Her Majesty, Hilgartner
  • Anne of Green Gables series, Montgomery
  • Banner in the Sky, Ullman
  • “Baseball in April: And Other Stories” by Gary Soto
  • Dave at Night, Levine
  • Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster, Marrin
  • Escape Across the Wide Sea, Kirkpatrick
  • God’s Smuggler, Andrew
  • Grimm Fairy Tales, Grimm
  • Holes, Sachar
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth, Verne
  • Mary Jones & Her Bible, Ropes
  • Stowaway, Hesse
  • The Arrow Over the Door, Bruchac & Watling
  • The Dark Frigate, Hawes
  • The Endless Steppe, Hautzig
  • The Great Brain, Fitzgerald
  • The Kidnapped Prince, Cameron
  • The Little Prince, De Saint-Exupery
  • The Sherwood Ring, Pope
  • The Singing Tree, Seredy
  • Works by B. Jacques (Redwall series)
  • Works by M. L’Engle
  • Works by L. Alexander
  • Belle Prater’s Boy, White
  • Where the Broken Heart Still Beats, Meyer
  • Little Britches Series, Ralph Moody
  • Our Town, Wilder
  • Crazy Lady!, Conley
  • Little Women, Alcott
  • The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
  • Hatchet, Paulsen
  • Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo, Filipovic
  • All Creatures Great and Small, Herriot
  • Watership Down, Adams
  • Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury
  • Hatchet, Paulsen
  • How to Read a Book, Adler and Van Doren
  • White Fang, London
  • Bud. Not Buddy, Curtis
  • Julie of the Wolves, George
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Verne
  • “A Summer Life” by Gary Soto
  • Books by G.A. Henty
  • Books by R. Kipling
  • Books by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Enchantress From the Stars, Engdahl
  • Going Solo, Dahl
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods, Giff
  • The Best of Father Brown, Chesterton
  • The Gammage Cup, Kendall
  • The Ramsay Scallop, Temple
  • The Shining Company, Sutcliff
  • Treasure Island, Stevenson
  • The Trumpeter of Krakow, Kelly
  • What Hearts, Brooks
  • Any of the following titles by Roger Lancelyn Green
    -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
  • Roots, Haley
  • Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas
  • Three Musketeers, Dumas
  • Magnificent Obsession, Douglas
  • The Robe, Douglas
  • Hinds Feet on High Places, Hurnard
  • A Passage to India, Forster
  • Alas, Babylon, Frank
  • Albert Einstein & the Theory of Relativity, Cwiklik
  • After the War, Matas
  • At the Back of the North Wind, MacDonald
  • Ben Hur, Wallace
  • Darkness at Noon, Koestler
  • Fallen Angels, Myers
  • Heart to Heart, Greenberg
  • Kon-Tiki, Heyerdahl
  • Labor’s Untold Story, Boyer & Morais
  • Living on the Devil’s Doorstep, McClung
  • Rebecca, DuMaurier
  • Run Baby Run, Cruz
  • “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury
  • The Contender, Lipsyte
  • The Moves Make the Man, Brooks
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Kerr
  • Winston Churchill: Soldier, Statesman, Artist, Severanc
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Smith
  • A View from Saturday, Konigsburg
  • Autobiography, Franklin
  • Books by George MacDonald
  • Cry of the Beloved Country, Paton
  • Jacob Have I Loved, Patterson
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Moby Dick, Melville
  • “Mother Tongue” or “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan
  • The Best Short Stories of O. Henry, Henry
  • The Blessing Way” Tony Hillerman
  • The Day They Came to Arrest the Book, Hentoff
  • The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
  • The Outsiders, Hinton
  • The Portable Poe, Poe
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass, Carroll
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find, O’Connor
  • Everything that Rises Must Converge, O’Connor
  • Gone with the Wind, Mitchell
  • Ivanhoe, Scott
  • Peace Like a River, Enger
  • Paradise Lost, Milton
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hugo
  • Les Miserables, Hugo
  • Scarlet Pimpernel, Orczy
  • Three Men in a Boat and Three Men on the Bummel, Jerome
  • Works by Conrad
  • Works by D.H. Lawrence
  • Works by Tolstoy
  • Works by C. Dickens
  • Works by Shakespeare: selected tragedies, comedies, histories, and sonnets
  • Works by G.K. Chesterton
  • Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky
  • Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevsky
  • The Illiad; The Odyssey , Homer
  • The Aeneid, Virgil
  • Don Quixote, Cervantes