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Need a summer reading book? Use this page to browse the grade lists for summer reading, and use the online catalog to see which titles are available in print or digital format. The library sets up a display of all summer reading titles in May - don't forget that you may check out JBS library books for the entire summer vacation!

Also, we own many of the summer reading titles as unabridged audiobooks, which you can find using our online catalog, and we also have some titles in our Overdrive and OneClick Digital collections. 

As always, please find a librarian if you need help tracking down a title!

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Summer Reading Lists

Grade 7. Each student should read three books from this list (please choose three authors).

Kwame Alexander, The Crossover

Louisa May AlcottLittle Women

Laurie Halse Anderson, Fever 1793

Joan Bauer, Hope Was Here

Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles

Bruce Brooks, The Moves Make the Man

Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game (alternative: Ender’s Shadow)

Roald Dahl, Boy

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sharon Draper, Out of My Mind

Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird

John Feinstein, The Rivalry: Mystery at the Army-Navy Game

Cornelia Funke, Inkheart (alternatives: Inkspell or Inkdeath)

Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

William Gibson, The Miracle Worker

Pete Hamill, Snow in August

Carl Hiaasen, Flush

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Farewell to Manzanar

Eva Ibbotson, The Star of Kazan

Kathleen Karr, The Boxer

Michael T. Kaufman, 1968 (Note: the 2018-19 school year will have an interdisciplinary theme of "1968"at JBS.)

Helen Keller, The Story of My Life


Helen Khan, Amina's Voice

Iain Lawrence, B for Buster

Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea

Sarah Darer Littman, Confessions of a Closet Catholic

Jack London, The Call of the Wild

Mike Lupica, Million-Dollar Throw

Michelle Magorian, Good Night, Mr. Tom

Ben Mikaelsen, Touching Spirit Bear

Kyoko Mori, One Bird

Richard Peck, The River Between Us

Marjorie K. Rawlings, The Yearling

Pam Munoz Ryan, Echo

Gary D. Schmidt, The Wednesday Wars

Neal Schusterman, The Schwa Was Here

N.H. Senzai, Shooting Kabul

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

Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

Trenton Lee Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society

Tara Sullivan, Golden Boy

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer





Grade 8. Each student should read three books from this list.

*Each student must read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie plus two other books chosen from this list.  We strongly encourage students to read The Absolutely True Diary in August, as this will be the text for the first unit of study. Students must have a copy of this book for class (digital copies are acceptable). 

Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

M.T. Anderson, Feed

Joan Bauer, Rules of the Road

Melba Beals, Warriors Don’t Cry  

Tanaz Bhathena, A Girl Like That

Alan Bradley, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Tracy Chevalier, New Boy

Chris Crutcher, Whale Talk

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusions

Nancy Farmer, The House of the Scorpion

Rachna Gilmore, A Group of One

K. M. Grant, Blood Red Horse

Monica Hesse, Girl in the Blue Coat

Ji-li Jiang, Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Joy KogawaObasan


Victoria McKernanShackleton’s Stowaway

Maile MeloyThe Apothecary

Andy Mulligan, Trash

 Walter Dean Myers, Monster

 Kenneth Oppel, Airborn

 Kathryn Ormsbee, Trash Hearts Tolstoy

 Chaim Potok, The Chosen

William Ritter, Jackaby

 Monica Schroder, My Brother's Shadow

 John Steinbeck, The Pearl

Barbara Stuber, Girl in Reverse

 Loung Ung, Lucky Child (Note: text features graphic violence)

Catherine Webb, The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle

 Markus Zusak, The Book Thief


Grade 9

*Each student should read three books from this list.

Randa Abdel-Fattah, The Lines We Cross

Robert Alexander, The Kitchen Boy

Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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

Libba Bray, Going Bovine

Wayson Choy, The Jade Peony

Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light

Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

Will Ferguson, Spanish Fly

Candace Fleming, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia

C. J. Flood, Infinite Sky

Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean At the End of the Lane

Ernest Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying

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


Homer, The Odyssey (Fitzgerald or Wilson translation)

Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

Steve Kluger, My Most Excellent Year: a novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park

Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air: a personal account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Anne Lamott, Crooked Little Heart

E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen

Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give you the Sun

Ann Patchett, Run

Chaim Potok, My Name is Asher Lev

Terry Pratchett, Dodger

Ilyasah  Shabazz and Kekla Magoon ,  X: A Novel

Ntozake Shange, Betsey Brown

Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races

Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles

Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese




Grade 10

*Each student must read two books from this list for English II, plus George Orwell's 1984 for World Civilization II.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
Jane Austen, Emma
Malorie Blackman, Naughts and Crosses (American title: Black and White)
Elizabeth Bowen, 
The Little Girls
Vera Brittain, A Testament of Youth
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
A.S. Byatt, Possession
Peter Carey, Jack Maggs
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Cory Doctorow, Little Brother
Roddy Doyle, Paddy Clarke, Ha Ha Ha
Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca
Marina Endicott, Good to a Fault
Jasper Fforde, The Eyre Affair
E.M. Forster, A Room With A View
Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens
Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm
Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
P.D. James, A Certain Justice
Andrea Levy, Small Island
Andrew Lock, Master of Thin Air: Life and Death on the World’s Highest Peaks

Emily St. John Mandel, 
Station Eleven
Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes
Ian McEwan, Enduring Love
David Mitchell, Black Swan Green 
Trevor Noah, Born a Crime
Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch
Michael Ondaatje, 
The Cat’s Table
Helen Oyemi, White is for Witchin
Alan Paton, Cry, The Beloved Country

Mal Peet, Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal
Terry Pratchett, Nation
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Andrea Stuart, Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire
Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
Evelyn Waugh, The Loved One
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Simon Winchester, The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the English Dictionary
P.G. Wodehouse, 
Jeeves in the Morning 



Grade 11. Each student should read three books from this list.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Rosellen Brown, Before and After

Truman Capote, In Cold Blood

Jetta Carleton, The Moonflower Vine

Frank Chin, Donald Duk

Anita Diamant, The Boston Girl

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

Margaret Edson, Wit: A Play

Louise Erdrich, The Round House

William Faulkner, The Unvanquished

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland

John Gardner, Grendel

William Gass, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country and Other Stories

David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars

John Hart, The Last Child

Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Jenny Hubbard, And We Stay

Jonathan Kozol, Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools

Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

Alice McDermott, Charming Billy

Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove

Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

Lawrence O'Donnell, Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics

Robert Olmstead, Coal Black Horse

Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Charles Portis, True Grit

Jonathan Rosen, Eve’s Apple

Benjamin Alire Saenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation

Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres

Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me

Art Spiegelman, Maus I and Maus II

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped

Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men

Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Richard Wright, Black Boy




Grade 12. Each student should read State of Wonder by Ann Patchett plus two other books from this list.

Ed Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina

James Baldwin, Going to Meet the Man

Andrew Blackwell, Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places

Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths

Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods

Stephen L. Carter, New England White

Sandra Cisneros, Women Hollering Creek

Da Chen, Colors of the Mountain

Michael Cunningham, The Hours

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Zoe Ferraris, Finding Nouf

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

Ha Jin, Waiting

Franz Kafka, The Trial

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

J.H. Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

Mary Lawson, Crow Lake

Doris Lessing, The Memoirs of a Survivor

Janna Levin, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space

Naguib Mahfouz, Palace Walk

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Susan Maushart, The Winter of Our Disconnect

Cormac McCarthy, The Road or Blood Meridian

Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran

Joyce Carol Oates, We Were the Mulvaneys

Ruth Ozeki, Tale for the Time Being

Meg Rosoff, What I Was

Richard Russo, Straight Man

Joe Sacco, Safe Area Goradze

Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia

Esmerelda Santiago, When I Was a Puerto Rican

Vikram Seth, An Equal Music

Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail

Miriam Toews, A Complicated Kindness

Abraham Verghese, Cutting for Stone

David Walton, The Genius Plague

Jesmin Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

Alison Wearing, Honeymoon in Purdah

August Wilson, Fences

Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Richard Wright, Native Son





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