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Summer Reading 2017: Grade 9

Required reading and summer reading choices lists for WSA students in Grades 6-11.

2017 Summer Reading Choices

The Summer Reading Choices list for students in Grade 9 has 42 books, fiction and nonfiction, in a variety of genres and subjects - something for everyone!  See other pages in this section to browse these categories:  

New and Noteworthy

Fiction and Nonfiction


Required Reading & Assignment for 9th Grade English

The assignment: Choose at least TWO books from the 9th Grade Summer Reading Choices List to read.

At the end of the summer, you will need to write a letter to your English Teacher, Gretchen Nordleaf Nelson.  This letter is a great way to introduce yourself and talk about your favorite book you read over the summer.
Choose ONE of the books and tell her what you liked about the book you read – or what you didn’t like. This letter should be about 200 words long and emailed to her at or delivered in person on the first day of school.  
Your first class project for English is going to involve your summer reading book so the more details you put in your letter the more fun you will have with your first project!


Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson [Realistic Fiction] 

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery [Realistic Fiction]

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block [Science Fiction/Adventure Fiction] 

Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt [Realistic Fiction]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky [Epistolary Fiction]

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie [Mystery]

Stolen by Lucy Christopher [Adventure Fiction]

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow [Realistic Fiction]

If I Stay by Gayle Forman [Realistic Fiction]

The Princess Bride by William Goldman [Fantasy]

Paper Towns by John Green [Mystery]

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan [Realistic Fiction]

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart [Realistic Fiction] 

Monster by Walter Dean Myers [Mystery]

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff [Dystopian]

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz [Realistic Fiction] 

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple [Realistic Fiction]

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater [Fantasy]

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Liani Taylor [Fantasy]

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward [Realistic Fiction]

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein [Historical Fiction]

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang [Graphic Novel]

Required Reading for 9th Grade Holistic Health

All students enrolled in 9th Grade Holistic Health are required to read Siddhartha, by Hermann Hess, during the summer.


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