2023 Summer Reading

Summer reading is required for all students entering 1st through 12th grades. Please see the sidebar packets for 1st-3rd grade assignments. For grades 4-12, there are two components to the assignment - a required book and a student-choice book. Required books are listed below. However, please use the sidebar packets for complete information about the required book and student-choice book assignments.
Charlotte's Web
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.
Mrs. Frisby
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.
Magician's Nephew
Rising 6th Grade Required Book
The Magician's Nephew - C. S. Lewis
Two friends are hurled into another world where they encounter an evil sorceress and witness the creation of the land of Narnia by the Great Lion, Aslan.
The Twenty-One Balloons
Rising 7th Grade Required Book
The Twenty-One Balloons - William Pene du Bois
Professor Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific. However, he lands on Krakatoa and discovers unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.
Black Beauty
Rising 8th Grade Required Book
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
The story of Black Beauty, a horse with unyielding courage, is told by the magnificent horse himself, from his peaceful days on a country estate to his harsh fate as a London cab horse.
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Rising 9th Grade Required Book
The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle
A terrifying specter in the shape of a hound was once said to have hunted a Baskerville ancestor across the moors. A recent mysterious death suggests that the hound has returned.
Frederick Douglass
Rising 10th Grade Required Book
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass
This 1845 autobiography provides a personal account of Douglass' childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave in Maryland, as well as his dramatic escape and eventual freedom.
Silas Marner
Rising 11th Grade Required Book
Silas Marner - George Eliot
After being accused of a horrible crime, a gentle linen weaver becomes a recluse, but he finds redemption in his love for an abandoned child who shows up in his isolated cottage.
Rising 12th Grade Required Book
1984 - George Orwell
Winston Smith rewrites history to satisfy the Party, but with each lie he writes, he grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who commit thoughtcrimes. Big Brother is always watching, however.