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Class of 2021

Summer Reading

Incoming 9th grade students:

The Color Purple by Alice Walker (historical fiction) Lexile: 670

Letters to each other tell the story of two sisters: Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a child-wife living in the South.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia (science fiction) Lexile: 670

In a town where little has changed since the Civil War, Ethan is drawn to Lena, with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a secret.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (fiction) Lexile: 830

While in a coma following a horrific automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (non-fiction) Lexile: 830

This book is a chronicle of the time the author spent with his mentor, his former college professor, in the last months of the older man’s life.  Their rekindled relationship turned into one final “class”: lessons in how to live.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London (adventure fiction) Lexile: 1080

Buck, a dog that has been forced into the harsh life of a sled dog, befriends a man seeking his fortune in the Klondike gold fields, and must ultimately decide whether to stay with his master or obey his instinct to join the wolves.

Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet (biography) Lexile: 1170

Daniel Tammet, an autistic savant, offers an inside look at his life, describing how his rare condition, which gives him incredible mental powers and a compulsive need for order and routine, has influenced every aspect of his life and what challenges he has faced while trying to be independent.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (mystery) Lexile: 570

Ten strangers, each with a dark secret, are lured to a mansion on an uninhabited island and killed off one by one.

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Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (fantasy) Lexile: 580

A girl named Alice falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures.

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