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9th grade summer reading.


Please note that this page is for the 2023-2024 school year. 

The mission of Parkview High School is to engage and inspire the hearts and minds of every learner every day. It is our shared vision to become a thriving community of learners in an environment that embraces a culture of thinking. Within this culture of thinking, reading is expected, valued, and celebrated.

During the school year, our curriculum provides opportunities for students to build their critical reading skills and develop an appreciation for reading. Summer is a time for students to continue to build upon that foundation. Research shows that leisure reading can contribute to many important practices such as supporting reading comprehension, increasing vocabulary development, and creating self-confidence and positive attitudes towards reading.

Summer reading is an opportunity for you to broaden your life experience through the eyes of an author. Enjoy this reading assignment, expand your vocabulary and reading repertoire without the pressure and demands of the school year. Your summer reading assignment is extra credit, so get a jumpstart on next semester!

Suggestions to help you do well on your extra credit assignment next semester: Keep a journal on characters who have an impact on the events in the book, events that influence characters’ actions and motivations, and universal themes explored throughout the book. You should be able to recall specific people’s names and their contributions to the overall story or theme.

Please follow the minimal requirements for your book selection:

  • The book meets the challenge of a young adult or adult reader.
  • Do not “recycle” a book from a previous class or independent reading assignment.
  • Avoid texts used for classroom study listed below.


Please use the following resources to help select a book (or more!!) that is relevant, interesting, and appropriate (reading level, values, interests) for you.

  • American Library Association Recommended Reading
  • YALSA - Outstanding Books for the College Bound
  • YALSA - Best Fiction Book List
  • YALSA - Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
  • TED Ideas: 88 Books to Enjoy This Summer

Students will keep a log of independent and classroom reading selections including summer choices. This log will be shared with each grade level teacher through the student’s high school career.

Below, Parkview has provided a list of common texts read during the school year for each grade level. Please avoid these texts, as these will be studied in a whole class format.


Texts to Avoid

Please avoid selecting the following texts. We will explore many of these titles together in class.

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Homer’s The Odyssey
  • The Glass Castle
  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • All American Boys
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Born a Crime
  • Lord of the Flies
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Julius Caesar
  • Things Fall Apart
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (gifted only)
  • Kafka’s The Metamorphosis
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • The Alchemist
  • A Doll House
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Of Mice and Men
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • The Crucible
  • Red Badge of Courage
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • Brave New World
  • Frankenstein
  • Heart of Darkness

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Grade 9 Summer Reading Assignment

Directions - Choose one  of the books listed below and complete  one page  of two-column notes per indicated section.  (Total:  4 pages of notes)

A Lesson Before Dying  by Ernest J. Gaines

  • Chapters 1-8
  • Chapters 9-16
  • Chapters 17-23
  • Chapters 24-31

The Color of Water  by James McBride

  • Chapter 1-8
  • Chapters 9-13
  • Chapters 14-19
  • Chapters 20-Epilogue

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Chapters 1-4
  • Chapters 5-7
  • Chapters 8-11
  • Chapters 12-19

Use this Partial Model of two-column notes to help format your notes.  See front side for specific content details for notes.  Notes in the model below are taken from A Separate Peace .

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