English 9: Introduction to Literature Roanoke Catholic Summer Reading List

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English 9: Introduction to Literature

Roanoke Catholic Summer Reading List
Over the summer, students are required to read a minimum of two books, one of which must be Hans Peter Richter’s novel Friedrich. Students should prepare to take a test on Friedrich during the first week of school.
For the second book (which must be chosen from the list below), use the attached instructions “Writing About Summer Reading” to answer each question in one well-written paragraph. This assignment is due on the first day of school.

Adams, Richard — Watership Down.

Alcott, Louisa May — Little Women.

Alexie, Sherman — The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Bacigalupi, Paolo — Ship Breaker.

Blackmore, R. D. — Lorna Doone.

Blake, Michael — Dances With Wolves.

Bradbury, Ray — The Martian Chronicles.

Buck, Pearl S. — The Good Earth.

Card, Orson Scott — Ender’s Game (Ender, Book 1).

Carroll, Lewis — Alice in Wonderland,

Through the Looking Glass in one volume

Daly, Maureen — Seventeenth Summer.

Dickens, Charles — Oliver Twist;

Great Expectations.

Doyle, Arthur Conan — The Hound of the Baskervilles; The Lost World.

Dumas, Alexandre — The Count of Monte Cristo.

DuMaurier, Daphne — Rebecca.

Finney, Jack — Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

George, Jean Craighead — My Side of the Mountain;

Julie of the Wolves.

Gipson, Fred — Old Yeller.

Godden, Rumer — In This House of Brede.

Goldman, William — The Princess Bride.

Goudge, Elizabeth — I Saw Three Ships.

Heinlein, Robert A. — Starship Troopers;

Stranger in a Strange Land.

Herbert, Frank — Dune (The Dune Chronicles, Book 1).

Hill, Susan — The Woman in Black.

Kadohata, Cynthia — Kira-Kira.

Keith, Harold — Rifles for Watie.

Kelly, Eric P. — The Trumpeter of Krakow.

Kipling, Rudyard — The Jungle Book.

Knight, Eric — Lassie, Come Home.

Krumgold, Joseph — . . . And Now Miguel.

L’Engle, Madeleine — A Wrinkle in Time (The Time Quintet, Book 1).

MacDonald, George —Lilith: A Romance;

The Princess and the Goblin.

MacHale, D. J. — Merchant of Death (Pendragon, Book 1).

Montgomery, L. M. — Anne of Green Gables;

Anne of Avonlea.

O’Dell, Scott — Island of the Blue Dolphins.

O’Hara, Mary — My Friend Flicka.

Pyle, Howard — Otto of the Silver Hand.

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan — The Yearling.

Schaefer, Jack — Shane.

Sewell, Anna — Black Beauty.

Speare, Elizabeth George — The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

Spyri, Johanna — Heidi.

Stoker, Bram — Dracula.

Strasser, Todd — The Wave.

Sutcliff, Rosemary — The Eagle

Tolkien — The Hobbit;

The Fellowship of the Ring

Ullmann, James Ramsey — Banner in the Sky.

Verne, Jules — Around the World in Eighty Days;

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea;

Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Wells, H. G. — War of the Worlds;

The Invisible Man;

The Time Machine.

Asinof, Eliot — Eight Men Out.

Brown, Dee — Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

Fynn — Mister God, This Is Anna.

Gantos, Jack — Hole in My Life.

Greenlaw, Linda — The Hungry Ocean.

Hersey, John — Hiroshima.

Junger, Sebastian — The Perfect Storm.

Keller, Helen — The Story of My Life.

Krakauer, Jon — Into the Wild.

Lord, Walter — A Night to Remember.

Pauldsen, Gary — Guts.

Shields, Charles J. — I Am Scout.

Washington, Booker T. — Up From Slavery.

Wolff, Tobias — This Boy’s Life: A Memoir.


Rose, Reginald — Twelve Angry Men.

Gibson, William — The Miracle Worker.

Writing About Summer Reading


Look over this assignment before reading.

Do NOT respond on this sheet.


Give the following information about the work you read:

  Title (underlined)



Copyright Date


Respond in complete sentences in paragraph form to each of the following.  Write one paragraph for each numbered response.



What was your first impression of this work (novel, play, nonfiction)?  Why?  Give specific examples from the work to illustrate your points.  (You may want to respond to this after your first reading session.)


2.  PLOT:

What are the most significant incidents in the story told in the work?  (Do not summarize the entire story)  Who/what are involved in the main conflict?  What is the main conflict?  What event serves as the climax of the story?



Choose a character you like particularly well.  Choose another character you dislike.  Clearly identify each of the characters.  Explain your feelings about both characters.  Support your opinions with specifics from the work.



What is the overall mood of this work (sad, humorous, exciting, entertaining, informative, depressing, etc.)?  Describe the writer’s style (word choice and sentence structure, organization of the work).  Is it difficult, easy, interesting, unusual, plain, complicated, etc.? Support your opinion with examples.


5.  MOOD:

Overall, what feelings/emotions did this reading evoke?  Using quotation marks and giving page number(s), quote a brief passage that made you feel that way.  (Keep this in mind as you read: you may want to make note of specific passages.)  Would you recommend this work to others?  Give your reasons.

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