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READ and THINK ABOUT READING during the June-August holiday

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Dear Parents and Students,

The publishers of English Literature for schools, Glencoe, has created an online reference for English texts. The website has a list of books arranged alphabetically by title. When you click on the title, a page will open in which a synopsis of the plot is written so that you can decide if the text is one that you would like to read. You can buy most of the texts from, National Bookstore or other online and local bookstores. What is of great relevance, is that Glencoe provides downloadable (.pdf) reading guides with background information and worksheets to accompany the reading text. The books listed are appropriate for students in grades 6 to 9.

Click on the link here to access the Glencoe site: GLENCOE LITERATURE LIBRARY

Here are MORE suggested texts to read during the holiday (if you can read at least 5, you are doing well in maintaining and developing your current level of English proficiency) :

For students in mainstream Grade 9 English

“Lord of the Flies” by William Golding [youtube][/youtube]

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins (series)

“Journey to Jo’burg” by Beverly Naidoo

“Journey Home” by Yoshiko Uchida

“Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis (series)

“The Princess Bride” by William Goldman

“Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind” by Suzanne Fisher Staples (Study Guide available on GLENCOE LITERATURE LIBRARY)

“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd

“Dragonwings” by Laurence Yep (Study Guide available on GLENCOE LITERATURE LIBRARY)

“The Journal of Ben Uchida” by Barry Denenberg

“Fly on the Wall” by E. Lockhart

“101 Ways to Save the Planet”  by Deborah Underwood

Challenging texts

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain (Study Guide available on GLENCOE LITERATURE LIBRARY)

“Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell (Study Guide available on GLENCOE LITERATURE LIBRARY)

” The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

“Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams


For students going into ESL Grade 9 (WIDA Overall Level of Proficiency: 4.5-6.0)

“Words in the Dust” by Trent Reedy

“Other Side of the Island”  by Allegra Goodman

“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

“Code Orange” by Caroline Cooney

“Mockingbird (Mok’ing’burd)” by Kathryn Erskine

The Giver” by Lois Lowry

Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood” an autobiography by Richard Rodriguez

For students going into ESL in Grade 9 (WIDA Overall Level of Proficiency: 3.0-4.4)

“The Lost Hero” by Rick Riordan

“Slob” by Ellen Potter

“Peak” by Roland Smith

“Al Capone Shines My Shoes” by Gennifer Choldenko

“The Emperor of Nihon-Ja” by John Flanagan

“Chained” by Lynne Kelly

Eagle” by Jeff Stone

Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott” by Russell Freedman

Nightby Elie Wiesel

Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry

The Summer of the Swans” by Betsy Byars


For students who are beginning to learn English (WIDA Overall Level of Proficiency: 1.0-2.9)

“One Giant Leap” by Robert BurleighAn illustrated retelling of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s lunar landing in 1969.

“Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City” by Janet SchulmanRecounts the true story of Pale Male, a red-tailed hawk living in New York City who becomes one of the city’s most-watched celebrities. Bird watchers, tourists and residents admire the bird and his nest, which is built on a Fifth Avenue apartment building.

“Mrs. Harkness and the Panda” by Alicia PotterIn 1936 Ruth Harkness completes her husband’s difficult mission to bring the first live panda back to the United States.

“How to Train Your Dragon” by Cressida CowellThis silly chapter book tells the story of Viking boy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, son of the chief. Hiccup finds himself needing to find and train a dragon, and he becomes an unlikely hero in the process. There is also an animated movie with the same title that you should watch.

“I, Vivaldi” by Janice Shefelman. This picture book biography describes how Vivaldi grew to be a famous musician, despite his mother’s vow for him to become a priest.

“Have a Hot Time, Hades!” by Kate McMullan. In this story with a modern twist, Hades tells his own version of how he became King of the Underworld and Zeus became King of the Gods.

Herbert’s Wormhole” by Peter NelsonWhile Alex is getting to know his inventive neighbor Herbert, they unexpectedly travel to the 22nd century through a space-time wormhole where they encounter aliens, jet packs and their future selves.

Wishing you a well-deserved rest before it all starts again 🙂



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 “Summer Reading Lists: 2013.” Education World. N.p., 2013. Web. 28 May 2013. <>.