Grade 6 Grades 6_ 7_ 8 Grade 7 Grade 8 Summer Reading 2009

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					                                                                                          Summer Reading 2009

Hello, St. Mary’s Families!
It’s time to prepare for summer reading. The required summer reading is a vital component of the curriculum at
St. Mary’s School.

Your student should have a copy of each book on the “required” reading list including “required” reading
for Upper School electives: Biology, AP Biology, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Human
Anatomy and Physiology, and Modern China. Modern Middle East has “suggested” reading.

“Suggested” titles are optional and may be read for enrichment and valuable background for next fall’s classes.

Please note the required “choice reading” for Middle School students and Grade 10.

Take advantage of our school discount and order summer reading books using the enclosed order form. These
books will not be available for purchase at school in the fall.

Please contact Claircy Boggess or Sally Gasik in the library if you have any questions.

  Grade 6                                            Grade 7                             Grade 8
  Required:                                          Required:                           Required:
  The Coming of the Bear                             Three Cups of Tea (Young Reader’s   Under the Blood Red Sun
  by Lensey Namioka                                  Edition)                            by Graham Salisbury
                                                     by Greg Mortenson and David Relin
                                                                                         Fever 1793
                                                     Aladdin and other tales from the    by Laurie Anderson
                                                     Arabian Nights
                                                     retold by NJ Dawood

  Grades 6, 7, 8
  Middle School students are required to choose TWO of the following books to read in addition to the required grade
  level texts (see descriptions online at under forms and resources). A morning will be set aside, within
  the first few weeks of school, for students to participate in book groups—complete with discussions and activities—for
  the free choice books.

  Peak                                               Shakespeare’s Secret                Shabanu-Daughter of the Wind
  by Roland Smith                                    by Elise Broach                     by Suzanne Fisher Staples

  The Wednesday Wars                                 No More Dead Dogs                   Travel Team or other selected works*
  by Gary Schmidt                                    by Gordon Korman                    by Mike Lupica

  The Mysterious Benedict Society                    The Green Glass Sea                 Half Magic or other selected works*
  by Trenton Stewart                                 by Ellen Klages                     by Edward Eager

                                                                                         *More information online.

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  Grade 9                                            Grade 11                                      Biology
  Required:                                          Required:                                     Required:
  Sophie’s World: A Novel About the                  The Jungle                                    Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising
  History of Philosophy                              by Upton Sinclair                             Connections Between Disease and
  by Jostein Gaarder                                                                               Longevity
                                                     A Case Study in Critical Controversy,         by Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince
  Gifts                                              Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  by Ursula K. Le Guin                               edited by Graff and Phelan                    A.P. Biology
  Suggested:                                         Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass   Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising
  The Good Earth                                     By Frederick Douglass
                                                                                                   Connections Between Disease and
  by Pearl S. Buck
                                                     Suggested:                                    Longevity
                                                                                                   by Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince
  Book of the Lion                                   The All-true Travels and Adventures of
  by Michael Cadnum                                  Lidie Newton                                  Creative Writing
                                                     by Jane Smiley
  Ides of April
  by Mary Ray                                        Cold Mountain                                 Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on
                                                     by Charles Frazier                            Writing and Life
  The King’s Shadow                                                                                by Anne Lamott
  by Elizabeth Alder                                 Hiroshima
                                                     by John Hersey
  Grade 10                                                                                         Required (both):
                                                     Grapes of Wrath
                                                     by John Steinbeck                             Of Mice and Men
  Gandhi: His Life and Message                                                                     by John Steinbeck
  to the World                                       Last of the Mohicans
  by Louis Fischer
                                                     by James Fenimore Cooper
                                                                                                   by Ayn Rand
  The Samurai’s Garden
  by Gail Tsukiyama                                  Grade 12                                      Human Anatomy &
                                                     Required:                                     Physiology
  Additionally, sophomores are                       King Leopold’s Ghost                          Required:
  required to read ONE title from the                by Adam Hochschild                            Mountains Beyond Mountains: The
  list below (see descriptions online at                                                           Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who under forms and
                                                     Shakespeare: The World as Stage               Would Cure the World
                                                     by Bill Bryson                                by Tracy Kidder
  The Lemon Tree: an Arab, a Jew, and the
  Heart of the Middle East (Middle East)             The Gospel of John                            Modern China
                                                     Bible: New Testament                          Required:
  By Sandy Tolan
                                                                                                   Confucius Lives Next Door: What
  A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy                                                                Living in the East Teaches Us About
                                                     Markings                                      Living in the West
  Soldier (Africa)
                                                     by Dag Hammarskjöld
  By Ishmael Beah                                                                                  by T.R. Reid

  The Farming of Bones (Caribbean)
                                                     Name of the Rose                              History of the Modern
                                                     by Umberto Eco                                Middle East
  By Edwidge Danticat
                                                     Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice
  Nectar in a Sieve (India)                                                                        Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of
                                                     By Mark J. Plotkin
  By Kamala Markandaya                                                                             an Iraqi Village
                                                                                                   by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

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                                                                                        Choice Book Summaries

   Summaries for the Grade 10 Choice Books
   Middle East
    The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
   Author: Sandy Tolan
   This is a very carefully researched, true story about a Palestinian and an Israeli whose lives become
   intertwined through historical circumstance. It is filled with the history of this conflict and tells an
   incredible story, but it is a fairly challenging read (384 pages).

   A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
   Author: Ishmael Beah
   This is a true story about a boy in Sierra Leone who is recruited into the army as a child soldier. It is a
   very sad, harrowing tale, but the writing is simple so it is easy to read (240 pages).

   The Farming of Bones: a novel
   Author: Edwidge Danticat
   The story is set in the Dominican Republic after the president has decided to rid the country of the many
   Haitians who worked in the cane fields. A young woman who works as a maid is in love with a cane
   worker. She decides to leave and begins a trek over the mountains to find her man. The writing in this
   book has more symbolism and is more lyrical than most of the other books on this list (312 pages).

   Indian Subcontinent
   Nectar in a Sieve
   Author: Kamala Markandaya
   This novel tells the story of India and its people through the eyes of one woman and her experiences in
   one peasant family in a primitive Indian village. It is well written and easy to read (255 pages).

   Required Summer Reading in the Middle School
   8th Grade Required
            Under a Blood Red Sky by Graham Salisbury
   September, 1941 is a time of increasing confusion for Tomi Nakaji, 13, who lives on the island of Oahu.
   As if his gruff, stroke-slowed grandfather, who insists on waving his Japanese flag around the yard, isn't
   enough, he has to contend with Keet Wilson, the bully next door. From a treetop, Tomi and his haole
   (white) best friend, Billy, witness in disbelief the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Tomi finds the horrors
   personalized as his father, a poor fisherman, and later his grandfather are arrested and his father's fishing
   partner is killed. Tomi faces his fears and becomes assertive enough to stand up to Keet without
   besmirching his family's honor and risks his life to see his imprisoned father. (256 pages) School Library
   Journal Review

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                                                                                        Choice Book Summaries

   Fever 1793 by Laurie Anderson
   Fever 1793 is based on an actual epidemic of yellow fever in Philadelphia that wiped out 5,000 people--or
   10 percent of the city's population--in three months. At the close of the 18th century, Philadelphia was the
   bustling capital of the United States, with Washington and Jefferson in residence. During the hot
   mosquito-infested summer of 1793, the dreaded yellow fever spread like wildfire, killing people
   overnight. Like specters from the Middle Ages, gravediggers drew carts through the streets crying "Bring
   out your dead!" The rich fled to the country, abandoning the city to looters, forsaken corpses, and
   frightened survivors.

   7th Grade Required
           Aladdin and other tales from The Arabian Nights retold by NJ Dawood
   This collection of stories, specially retold for children, were once the daily entertainment of the common
   people in Persia, India and Arabia. It includes the story of Aladdin and the enchanted lamp, the ebony
   horse and Khalifah the fisherman.

            Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Relin (Young Reader's Edition)
   This young readers edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been specially adapted for
   younger readers and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism up to
   date for the present. It includes new photos and illustrations, as well as a special interview by Greg’s
   twelve-year-old daughter, Amira, who has traveled with her father as an advocate for the Pennies for
   Peace program for children.

   6th Grade Required
            The Coming of the Bear by Lensey Namioka
   In the newest entry in this action-packed series, Namioka's two wandering samurai are shipwrecked on
   the northern island of Ezo (modern Hokkaido) and find themselves trying to avert a battle between a new
   Japanese settlement and the indigenous Ainu. As in their previous adventures, Zenta and Matsuzo have a
   mystery to solve: a bear has been attacking the Japanese, and it soon becomes evident that it has been
   trained to do so. By whom? There are suspects on both sides. The two ronin are given complex character
   traits--young Matsuzo's optimistic enthusiasm plays off Zenta's moodiness and experience, often to comic
   effect--and the author throws up a few red herrings to complicate the otherwise simple, quickly paced
   plot. There is some violence--the culprits and several bears die--but it's emphasized less than the theme of
   working toward peace. Kirkus Reviews
   Choice summer reading—all middle school students choose two of the following

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                                                                                        Choice Book Summaries

   Peak by Roland Smith
   Fourteen-year-old New Yorker Peak ("It could have been worse. My parents could have named me
   Glacier, or Abyss, or Crampon.") Marcello hones his climbing skills by scaling skyscrapers. After Peak is
   caught climbing the Woolworth Building, an angry judge gives him probation, with an understanding that
   Peak will leave New York and live with his famous mountaineer father in Thailand. Peak soon learns,
   however, that his father has other plans for him; he hopes that Peak will become the youngest person to
   climb Mt. Everest. Peak is whisked off to Tibet and finds himself in the complex world of an Everest base
   camp, where large amounts of money are at stake and climbing operations offer people an often-deadly
   shot at the summit. This is a thrilling, multifaceted adventure story. Smith includes plenty of
   mountaineering facts told in vivid detail (particularly creepy is his description of the frozen corpses that
   litter the mountain). But he also explores other issues, such as the selfishness that nearly always
   accompanies the intensely single-minded. (approx. 256 pages) --Booklist Review

   The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
   On Wednesday afternoons, while his Catholic and Jewish schoolmates attend religious instruction,
   Holling Hoodhood, the only Presbyterian in his seventh grade, is alone in the classroom with his teacher,
   Mrs. Baker, who Holling is convinced hates his guts. He feels more certain after Mrs. Baker assigns
   Shakespeare's plays for Holling to discuss during their shared afternoons. Each month in Holling's
   tumultuous seventh-grade year is a chapter in this quietly powerful coming-of-age novel set in suburban
   Long Island during the late '60s. The slow start may deter some readers, and Mrs. Baker is too good to be
   true: she arranges a meeting between Holling and the New York Yankees, brokers a deal to save a
   student's father's architectural firm, and, after revealing her past as an Olympic runner, coaches Holling to
   the varsity cross-country team. However, Schmidt makes the implausible believable and the everyday
   momentous. Seamlessly, he knits together the story's themes: the cultural uproar of the '60s, the internal
   uproar of early adolescence, and the timeless wisdom of Shakespeare's words. (272 pages) --Booklist

   The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Stewart
   "Are you a gifted child looking for Special Opportunities?" This curious newspaper ad catches the eye of
   orphan Reynie Muldoon. After taking exams that test both mind and spirit, Reynie is selected along with
   four other contestants--Sticky Washington, a nervous child with a photographic memory; irrepressible
   Kate Weatherhill; and a tiny child who lives up to her name, Constance Contraire. The children soon
   learn they've been chosen by mysterious Mr. Benedict for an important mission: they are to infiltrate the
   isolated Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, from which messages of distrust and compliance are
   being broadcast into the minds of the world's citizens. The novel could have been shortened, but Stewart
   writes with such attention to the intricacies of plot and personality, his story rarely feels slow; only a
   significant disclosure about Constance seems forced.
   (512 pages) --Booklist Review

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   Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
   As usual, sixth-grader Hero's Shakespearean name prompts teasing in her new school, and her loving
   parents are clueless about her difficulties. Then intriguing, elderly neighbor Mrs. Roth tells her about the
   enormous diamond rumored to be hidden in Hero's new house. Helped by Mrs. Roth and cute eighth-
   grader Danny, Hero launches into a stealthy search that unearths links between the diamond's original
   owner and Edward de Vere, a nobleman believed by some to be the original author of Shakespeare's
   plays. (272 pages) Booklist Review

   No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman
   Here's one for every reader weary of being assigned novels in which the dog dies. For expressing his true
   views of Old Shep, My Pal, eighth-grade football hero Wallace Wallace earns a detention that takes him
   off the team and plunks him down in the auditorium, where his almost equally stubborn English teacher is
   directing a theatrical version of--you guessed it. To the delight of some cast members, but the loud
   outrage of Drama Club President, Rachel Turner, Wallace Wallace makes a few suggestions to punch up
   the production; by the end, it's a rock musical and the (stuffed) pooch actually pulls through. At least,
   that's the plan. Briskly stirring in complications and snappy dialog, Korman adds mystery to the fun with
   an unknown saboteur, caps the wildly popular play with an explosive (literally) climax, and finishes with
   Rachel and Wallace Wallace finally realizing that they were made for each other. Except for Old Shep,
   everyone, even the teacher, comes out a winner. (192 pages) Booklist Review

   Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
   In November 1943, 10-year-old budding inventor Dewey Kerrigan sets off on a cross-country train ride to
   be with her father, who is engaged in "war work." She is busy designing a radio when a fellow passenger
   named Dick Feynman offers to help her. The mystery and tension surrounding "war work" and what
   Dewey knows only as "the gadget" trickles down to the kids living in the Los Alamos compound, who
   often do without adult supervision. Although disliked by her girl classmates, "Screwy Dewey" enjoys Los
   Alamos. There are lots of people to talk with about radios (including "Oppie"), and she has the wonderful
   opportunity to dig through the nearby dump for discarded science stuff. However, when Dewey's father
   leaves for Washington, she is left to fend off the biggest bully in Los Alamos. (352 pages) Booklist

   Shabanu—Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples
   Staples's first book is a beautiful portrayal of the life of a girl growing up among camel-dealing nomads in
   modern Pakistan. Shabanu knows the way her people, the Cholistanis, have always lived: a daughter
   abides by her father's decisions, a wife obeys her husband's wishes. Yet Shabanu is strong-willed and
   independent, and her mother warns, "Shabanu, you are wild as the wind. You must learn to obey.
   Otherwise . . . I am afraid for you." As the arranged marriage of Shabanu's sister Phulan approaches, and
   with her own wedding planned for the following year, Shabanu confronts her fear and apprehension. She
   scarcely knows the man she is expected to wed. What if she does not obey? Before the ceremonies take
   place, however, disaster strikes. Shabanu and Phulan, out alone and threatened with rape by a powerful
   local landowner, escape but humiliate him. In revenge, he kills Phulan's betrothed and threatens to cut off
   the family's water supply. As one condition for restoring peace, Shabanu must marry the landlord's older
   brother. (288 pages) Publisher's Weekly

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   Travel Team—Could also read Summer Ball, Heat, or In the Big Field—by Mike Lupica
   Danny Walker is crushed when he doesn't make the Vikings, the seventh-grade basketball team. He is
   told that he is too short, but he suspects that the real reason has something to do with the bad blood
   between his divorced father (a former NBA star whose career was cut short by a car accident) and Mr.
   Ross, the father of the team's best player. Then Danny's father announces that he is starting his own youth
   team, but unexpected setbacks sideline his dad and the team until Danny steps in and coaches the team
   himself. Many fans of sports fiction will like this and the other Mike Lupica books. Students may read
   any of the four Lupica books listed above. (288 pages) Booklist Review

   Half Magic —Could also read any listed below—by Edward Eager

   Seven Day Magic
   The Time Garden
   Magic by the Lake
   Knight's Castle

   Edward Eager has been delighting young readers for more than 40 years with stories that mix magic and
   reality. Half Magic, the most popular of his tales about four children who encounter magical coins, time-
   travel herb gardens, and other unlikely devices, is a warm, funny, original adventure. The title refers to a
   coin that the children find. Through a comical series of coincidences, they discover that the coin is magic.
   Well, it's not totally magic--it's only (you guessed it) half magic. That means there's a certain logic to the
   wishes one must make to generate a desired outcome. Imagine the results emerging from inaccurate
   efforts: half invisible, half rescued, half everything! (208 pages) Review

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