English 9 Honors Summer Reading

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English 9 Honors Summer Reading

All honors 9th graders at CPHS read 1000 pages per semester of outside reading (books individually chosen).


Get a jump start on your pages by selecting a book from this list, read it over the summer and be prepared to talk or write about it the first week in September. These books are available at the library or book store.
Fiction:

Buried Onions – Gary Soto (An unforgettable portrait of life in a gang infested, inner-city neighborhood in California as seen through the eyes of an impoverished Mexican-American teenager. The main character must deal with the stress of gangs, family, and poverty while fighting to maintain his integrity and values in the face of these pressures.)

Ellen Foster – Kaye Gibbons (Having suffered abuse and misfortune for much of her life, a young child searches for a better life and finally gets a break in the home of a loving woman with several foster children.)

Perelandra – C.S. Lewis (Dr. Ransom must battle evil in the world of Perelandra, when it is invaded by the Devil's agent.)

Eragon – Chris Paolini (In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith (Francie Nolan is a sensitive, resourceful young girl growing up in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn with her brother Neelie, her lovable drunkard father and her tender, determined mother.)
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card (Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games at the Battle School; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate.)

Jellicoe Road – Melina Marchetta (Abandoned by her mother, Taylor Markham lives at a boarding school on Jellicoe Road. The closest person to her is Hannah, who has disappeared when Taylor needs her most. Taylor has been chosen to lead the school in its war with the local "Townies" and visiting "Cadets.” In looking for a clue to Hannah's whereabouts, Taylor discovers a connection to a fatal car accident 22 years earlier.)

The King Must Die – Mary Renault (The story of the mythical hero Theseus, slayer of monsters, abductor of princesses and king of Athens. He emerges from these pages as a clearly defined personality; brave, aggressive and quick. The core of the story is Theseus' Cretan adventure.)
Fever 1793 – Laurie Anderson (details the horrors of the Philadelphia Yellow Fever epidemic in 1793 from the point of view of a fourteen-year-old, Mattie, who runs a coffeehouse with her widowed mother and grandfather.)
Speak - Laurie Anderson (Ostracized at school after calling the police to a raucous summer party, Melinda hides an even more terrible truth by gradually going mute.)
Hatchet – Gary Paulsen (This Newbery Honor book is a dramatic, heart-stopping story of a boy who, following a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness, must learn to survive with only a hatchet and his own wits.)
Down the Rabbit Hole - Peter Abrahams (Like her idol Sherlock Holmes, eighth grader Ingrid Levin-Hill uses her intellect to solve a murder case in her home town of Echo Falls.)
Artemis Fowl -any of the series – Eoin Colfer (After Artemis uses stolen fairy technology to create a powerful microcomputer and it is snatched by a dangerous American businessman, Artemis, Juliet, Mulch, and the fairies join forces to try to retrieve it.)
Any Agatha Christie Mystery (Agatha Christie is one of the most famous mystery writers with 79 novels to her name. She is known for her eccentric detectives, complex clues, and surprising twists in her stories.)

All American Girl – Meg Cabot (15-year-old Samantha Madison becomes everybody's All-American Girl when she thwarts an attempt on the life of the president. This entry in Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series focuses on Sam's hopeless crush on her sister's boyfriend, and her growing friendship with the president's son.)

The Graveyard Book –Neil Gaiman (The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child of eighteen months and raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and otherworldly creatures.)
Loser – Jerry Spinelli (No matter what the game, Zinkoff never wins. The kids have their own word to describe him, but Zinkoff is too busy to hear it. This is the story of an unlikely hero.)
Martian Chronicles (or another book of his collected short stories) – Ray Bradbury (a series of short stories about travel to Mars in the future)
Finding Miracles – Julia Alvarez (Fifteen-year-old Milly Kaufman is an average American teenager until Pablo, a new student at her school, inspires her to search for her birth family in his native country.)
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart – Deb Caletti (In the summer of her junior year, sixteen-year-old Ruby McQueen and her mother, both nursing broken hearts, set out on a journey to reunite an elderly woman with her long-lost love and in the process learn many things about "the real ties that bind" people to one another).
Whale Talk – Chris Crutcher (Led by an athletic loner, members of a high school swim team without a pool improve their times, bond together, and manage to get team jackets over the objections of coaches of the other school sports.)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon. (Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.)

Nectar in a Sieve-Kamala Markandaya - (First published 1955. A realistic novel about a life of terrible hardships and disasters lived out in India with unflagging optimism and courage by a peasant woman and her family.)
Peter and the Starcatchers – David Barry and Ridley Peason (Peter, an orphan boy, and his friend Molly fight off thieves and pirates in order to keep the secret safe away from the diabolical Black Stache and his evil associate Mister Grin.)
Son of the Mob – Gordon Korman (Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.)
Walk Two Moons – Sharon Creech (When her mother does not return home as promised, thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle and her paternal grandparents retrace her mother's route during a six-day car trip to Idaho. During the long journey, Sal tells them about her best friend, Phoebe, whose story parallels Sal's in many ways.)

Non-fiction:

Adrift: Seventy-six days Lost at Sea – Steven Callahan (He is the only man in history to have survived more than a month alone at sea in an inflatable raft. How he made it back alive is the subject of Steven Callahan's Adrift, one of the most riveting true-life adventures ever written.)

Tuesdays With Morrie – Mitch Albom (Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.)

Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board – Bethany Hamilton (A teenage surfer lost her arm in a shark attack off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii. Not even the loss of her arm keeps her from returning to surfing, the sport she loves.)
A Walk Across America – Peter Jenkins (Twentyfive years ago, a disillusioned young man set out on a walk across America. This is the book he wrote about that journey – a classic account of the reawakening of his faith in himself and his country)
Warriors Don’t Cry – Melba Patillo Beale (Memoir of one of the 9 African-American students who integrated Little Rock's Central High School in 1957).
The Right Stuff – Thomas Wolfe (Yeager. Conrad. Frissom. Glenn. Heroes . . .the first Americans in space . . . battling the Russians for control of the heavens and putting their lives on the line to demonstrate a quality beyond bravery, beyond courage…)
It’s Not About the Bike – Lance Armstrong (A teenage misfit who finds his niche in cycling calls on the same personal characteristics that made him a cycling champion to survive cancer, win the

Tour de France and find real joy.)


Flyboys – James Bradley (In this WW II history, FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS author Bradley tells the story of nine Americans who were shot down and taken prisoner by the Japanese. He tells of their training and background, and deals with issues of war, racial attitudes, atrocities, and retribution.)

In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle – Madeleine Blais (A sportswriter chronicles the camaraderie and complex emotions of a girls' basketball season at Amherst High.)
Into Thin Air – John Krakauer (A childhood dream of someday ascending Mount Everest, a lifelong love of climbing, and an expense account all propelled writer Jon Krakauer to the top of the Himalayas. His powerful, cautionary tale of an adventure gone horribly wrong is a must-read.)
Finding Their Stride – Sally Pont (As the cross-country coach, an English teacher and dean of students at Moravian Academy, a small independent high school in eastern Pennsylvania, Pont tells the true-grit story of her team of young, determined distance runners pushing themselves toward a winning season.)


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