JSEC Summer Reading 2011
Students are to read two books over the summer and complete a Reading Response Journal for one of the books
read. See the PAIS or Cooley website to download the Reading Response Journal. This response may be
submitted to your English teacher for extra credit. Also, if you pass a verbal quiz on the book for which you wrote
a Reading Response Journal, you will be invited to an ice-cream/movie party after school starts in the fall.
Students may also choose to read an age-appropriate book that is not listed below and still be invited to the movie
party. Note: AP English students are to follow their own summer reading assignment found on the PAIS website.
You may also see Ms. Barnes in Room 327 for information.
Students entering Grade 9:
Choose TWO selections from below:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds
herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Fourteen-year-old Mia, who is trying to lead a normal life as a teenage girl in New York City, is shocked to learn that
her father is the Prince of Genovia, a small European principality, and that she is a princess and the heir to the
Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
A disparate group of high school students thrown together in detention form a band to play at a school talent show
and end up competing with a wildly popular local rock band.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Meg and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared
while engaged in secret work for the government.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy, expelled from six schools for being unable to control his temper, learns the truth from his mother that his
father is the Greek god Poseidon, and is sent to Camp Half Blood where he is befriended by a satyr and the demigod
daughter of Athena who join him in a journey to the Underworld to retrieve Zeus's lightning bolt and prevent a
Students entering Grade 10:
Choose TWO selections from below:
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Fourteen-year-old Lily and her companion, Rosaleen, an African-American woman who has cared for Lily since her
mother's death ten years earlier, flee their home after Rosaleen is victimized by racist police officers, and find a
safe haven in Tiburon, South Carolina at the home of three beekeeping sisters, May, June, and August.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten
years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and
fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
In Alagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life
into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
New York City teenager Craig Gilner succumbs to academic and social pressures at an elite high school and enters a
psychiatric hospital after attempting suicide.
Speak by Laurie Anderson
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Sustained by the hope of someday owning a farm of their own, two migrant laborers arrive to work on a ranch in
Students Entering Grade 11:
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The author describes her two-year stay at a psychiatric hospital renowned for its famous clientele and for its
progressive methods of treatment.
The Perfect Storm : a true story of men against the sea by Sebastian Junger
Uses interviews, memoirs, radio conversations, and technical research to recreate the last days of the crew of the
"Andrea Gail," a fishing boat that was lost in a storm off the coast of Nova Scotia in October 1991.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Carmen decides to discard an old pair of jeans, but Tibby, Lena, and Bridget think they are great and decide that
whoever the pants fit best will get them. When the jeans fit everyone perfectly, a sisterhood and a memorable
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Thirteen-year-old Anna, conceived specifically to provide blood and bone marrow for her sister Kate who was
diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at the age of two, decides to sue her parents for control of her body when
her mother wants her to donate a kidney to Kate.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon, the victim of a sexual assault and murder, looks on from the afterlife as her family
deals with their grief, and waits for her killer to be brought to some type of justice.
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Noah Calhoun, recently returned from World War II in 1946, buys an old plantation home in rural North Carolina,
where he contents himself with memories of his first love, a girl he met fourteen years earlier, but then she
unexpectedly arrives at his door.
Students entering Grade 12:
Jarhead : a Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles by Anthony Swofford
The author, a U.S. Marine, recounts his disturbing experiences in the 1991 Gulf War and reflects upon the emotional
damage he suffered and the nature of both the American military and war itself.
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Astrid, the only child of a single mother, struggles to find a place for herself in a world full of foster homes and
impossible circumstances, after her mother is jailed for murder.
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
A re-imagining of the children’s folktale as a horror thriller.
Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson
A sixteen-year-old Portland, Oregon skateboarder, whose parents are going through a difficult divorce, is
engulfed by guilt and confusion when he accidentally kills a security guard at a train yard.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A funny, often poignant tale of boy meets girl with a twist: what if one of them couldn¹t stop slipping in and
out of time?
Push by Sapphire
Precious Jones, a sixteen-year-old girl who is pregnant with her second child by her father, is pushed by her
courageous African-American teacher to learn to read, and discovers the truth about herself and her life.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Tells the story of two sisters: Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a child-wife living in the South, in the medium
of their letters to each other and in Celie's case, the desperate letters she begins, "Dear God."
Students enrolled in LANGUAGE! Levels A-B: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Level C: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
Level D: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
If you are leaving levels C & D, follow the instructions for Grade 9 above.