9th GRADE LITERATURE SUMMER READING LIST (Select ONE) Mitch Albom Susanna Kaysen Tuesdays with Morrie (Lexile 830) Girl, Interrupted (Lexile: 760) The author, an alumnus of Brandeis University, tells of his The author describes her two-year stay at a psychiatric meetings with a former professor suffering from Lou Gehrig's hospital renowned for its famous clientele and for its disease and of the lessons he learned about life and death from his progressive methods of treatment. college mentor. Louis L’Amour Dorothy Allison Trouble shooter (Lexile: 870) Bastard out of Carolina (Lexile 900) Hopalong Cassidy rides into a mystery involving a bloody Ruth Ann Boatwright, a South Carolina bastard, tells her life with trail and $60,000 in stolen gold when he sets out to find her family and the emotional and physical violence she the cold-blooded killers who murdered his friend Pete and experiences. stole the dead man's ranch. Laurie Halse Anderson The walking drum (Lexile: 920) Catalyst (Lexile 580) Kerbouchard, daring son of a corsair, embarks on a Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a dangerous journey to find and rescue his father. preacher's daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be Patricia McCormick accepted by the college of her choice, and an unexpected death. Cut (Lexile: 660) While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Chains (Lexile 780) Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. better. Fever, 1793 (Lexile 580) Sold (Lexile: 820) In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated A novel in vignettes, in which Lakshmi, a thirteen-year- from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance old girl from Nepal, is sold into prostitution in India. when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic. Walter Dean Myers (We have 20+ books of his; here is a selection) Speak (Lexile 680) Bad boy: A memoir (Lexile: 970) A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating Author Walter Dean Myers describes his childhood in effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school. Harlem in the 1940s and 1950s, discussing his loving stepmother, his problems in school, his reasons for Twisted (Lexile 680) leaving home, and his beginnings as a writer. After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his Game (Lexile:800) tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when Drew Lawson, counting on basketball to get him into life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming college and out of Harlem, struggles to keep his cool himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts. when the coach brings in two white players and puts them in positions that clearly threaten Drew's game. Wintergirls Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death Harlem Summer (Lexile: 910) from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder. In 1920s Harlem, sixteen-year-old saxophonist Mark Purvis struggles to advance his jazz career while working Apollo as a gopher for the new Africa-American magazine, "The Bourbon Island 1730 (Graphic novel) Crisis," and becoming involved with mobster Dutch On Bourbon Island off the coast of Madagascar, a French Schultz. ornithologist and his assistant are caught up in an adventure involving slavery, colonialism, and the last days of the great Monster (Lexile: 670) pirates. While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year- old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in H.G. Bissinger the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to Friday Night Lights (Lexile: 1260) come to terms with the course his life has taken. Follows the 1988 season of the Permian Panthers, a high school football team in Odessa, Texas, exploring the lives of the players and the impact of the championship team on the small town. Sunrise over Fallujah (Lexile: 780) Robin Perry, from Harlem, is sent to Iraq in 2003 as a Ray Bradbury member of the Civilian Affairs Battalion, and his time Dandelion Wine (Lexile: 880) there profoundly changes him. In a small town in 1928, a twelve year-old boy savors the magic of childhood and the wonders of summer. Rebbecca Ray Pure Fahrenheit 451 (Lexile: 890) A fourteen-year-old English girl begins a torrid affair with A bookburner official in a future fascist state finds out books are a a friend of her father's while attempting to cope with vital part of a culture he never knew. He clandestinely pursues problems at home and school. reading, until he is betrayed. Sapphire The Illustrated Man (Lexile: 680) Push Eighteen science fiction stories, including "The Other Foot", "Zero Precious Jones, a sixteen-year-old girl who is pregnant Hour," "The Long Rain," "Rocket Man," "The Last Night of the with her second child by her father, is pushed by her World," and "The Exiles." courageous African-American teacher to learn to read, and discovers the truth about herself and her life. The Martian Chronicles (Lexile: 740) The first Earth people to attempt the colonization of Mars try to Sandra Scoppettone build their new world in the image of the civilization they have left This dame for hire behind. After her boss goes to war, secretary Faye Quick finds herself running a detective agency in midtown Manhattan Jim Carroll and trying to track down a cold-blooded killer who is The Basketball Diaries stalking the city's streets. A diary of the author's early teen years in the mid-1960s, telling how he progressed from sniffing glue to shooting heroin while Nicholas Sparks playing basketball for Trinity High School in Manhattan. The Choice Veterinarian Travis Parker is very content with his good Chris Crutcher (except Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes) job, loyal friends, and waterfront home in North Carolina, Athletic shorts: Short stories (Lexile: 1010) so he is not looking for love, especially not with his testy A collection of short stories featuring characters from earlier books new neighbor Gabby Holland, but he cannot seem to keep by Chris Crutcher. from trying to ingratiate himself with her, even though he knows she has a longtime boyfriend, and it is not long Chinese handcuffs (Lexile: 1040) before they find themselves facing an important choice. Still troubled by his older brother's violent suicide, eighteen-year- old Dillon becomes deeply involved in the terrible secret of his Dear John (Lexile: 850) friend Jennifer, who feels she can tell no one what her stepfather is After he is released from the Army, John Tyree plans to doing to her. spend the rest of his life with University of North Carolina student Savannah Lynn Curtis, but the events of Ironman (Lexile: 980) September 11 change everything. While training for a triathlon, seventeen-year-old Bo attends an anger management group at school which leads him to examine his The notebook (Lexile: 850) relationship with his father. Noah Calhoun, recently returned from World War II in 1946, buys an old plantation home in rural North Running loose (Lexile: 870) Carolina, where he contents himself with memories of his Louie, a high school senior in a small Idaho town, learns about first love, a girl he met fourteen years earlier, but then she sportsmanship, love, and death as he matures. unexpectedly arrives at his door. Whale talk (Lexile: 1000) Ron Suskind Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted A hope in the unseen (Lexile: 1080) teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his Follows gifted African-American student Cedric Jennings high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits from his crime-infested high school in Washington D.C. some of the school's less popular students. to his junior year at Brown University, discussing the problems he encountered along the road out of the ghetto. Ben Joravsky Hoop dreams: a true story of hardship and triumph (Lexile: 800) A biography of Arthur Agee and William Gates, two promising high school basketball players in Chicago whose experiences were captured in the documentary film "Hoop Dreams."