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2019 Summer Reading

Summer reading is required for all students entering 1st through 12th grades.  There are two components to each grade-level assignment - a required book and a student-choice book.  Required books are listed below.  However, please look at the packets on the sidebar to see the required book assignment and all the specifics about the student-choice book.

Rising 4th Grade Required Book

Charlotte's Web - E. B. White

In this endearing story, a little girl and Charlotte, a beautiful gray spider, struggle to save their friend Wilbur, an affectionate but bashful pig, from being butchered.



Rising 5th Grade Required Book

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien

When Timothy, the youngest of a family of field mice, becomes ill, his mother, Mrs. Frisby, enlists the help of the Rats of NIMH to move their home from the path of the farmer's plow.



Rising 6th Grade Required Book

The Magician's Nephew - C. S. Lewis

In this beginning to this Chronicles of Narnia series, two friends are hurled into another world where they encounter an evil sorceress and witness the creation of the Land of Narnia as it is sung into being by the Great Lion, Aslan.



Rising 7th Grade Required Book

The Twenty-One Balloons - William Pene du Bois

Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean.  But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.



Rising 8th Grade Required Book

Black Beauty - Anna Sewell

The story of Black Beauty, a horse with a white star on his forehead and a heart of unyielding courage, is told by the magnificent horse himself, from his peaceful days on a country squire's estate to his harsh fate as a London cab horse.



Rising 9th Grade Required Book

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are called to the home of the Baskerville family, who seem to have fallen victim to a family curse.  A terrifying specter in the shape of a great hound was once said to have hunted an ancestor across the moors, and recent events suggest that the hound has returned.



Rising 10th Grade Required Book

Animal Farm - George Orwell

Politically-minded farm animals undergo a revolution against their human master and establish a new government that fails because of a corrupt leader tempted by greed and power.



Rising 11th Grade Required Book

The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne

This classic tale is about the effect of sin on the mind and spirit of Hester Prynne, her lover, their child, and Hester's husband.



Rising 12th Grade Required Book

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens portrays life in Paris and London during the oppressive and turbulent years leading up to the French Revolution.