North East HS 9th Grade Summer Reading List

A wizard of Earthsea

by Ursula K. Le Guin ; illus. by Ruth Robbins.

Fantasy


Anne Frank : the diary of a young girl

translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday ; with an introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Nonfiction, Biography

A precocious young girl is obliged by the encroaching Nazi regime to live in enforced seclusion with family and friends.


The Hobbit, or, There and back again

by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Science Fiction, Literary Fiction, Fantasy, Action/Adventure

THE GREATEST FANTASY EPIC OF OUR TIME Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo–alone and unaided–who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside . . . This stirring adve...


The Andromeda strain

Michael Crichton.

Action/Adventure, Science Fiction, Science/Technology

The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere. Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to "collect organisms and dust for study." One of them falls to earth, landing in a desolate area of Arizona. Twelve miles from the l...


The call of the wild ; and, White Fang

Jack London ; with an introduction by John Seelye.

Action/Adventure

The biting cold and the aching silence of the far North become an unforgettable backdrop for Jack London's vivid, rousing, superbly realistic wilderness adventure stories featuring the author's unique knowledge of the Yukon and the behavior of humans and animals facing nature at its cruelest.


December stillness

Mary Downing Hahn.

Historical Fiction

Fourteen-year-old Kelly tries to befriend Mr. Weems, a disturbed, homeless Vietnam War veteran who spends his days in her suburban library, though the man makes it clear he wants to be left alone.


The good earth

Pearl S. Buck ; supplementary material written by Stephanie Reents ; series edited by Cynthia Brantley Johnson.

Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP - A poignant tale about the life and labors of a Chinese farmer during the sweeping reign of the country¹s last emperor.EACH ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES:• A concise introduction that gives readers important background information• A chronology of the author's life and work• A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context• An outlin...


Having our say : the Delany sisters' first 100 years

Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth

Nonfiction, History, African American

An intimate portrait of a multiracial family, taking us through the glory days of Harlem to the first days of integration in the New York City suburbs. Over six months on the New York Times bestseller list.


The house on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros.

Literary Fiction

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world,The House on Mango Streetis the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become...


The Martian chronicles

Ray Bradbury.

Science Fiction

Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to the Red planet and found the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brought with him his oldest fears and his deepest desires. Man conquered Mars—and in that instant, Mars conquered him. The strange new world with its ancient, dying race and vast, red-gold deserts cast a spell on him, settled into his dreams, and changed him forever. Here are t...


October sky : a memoir

Homer H. Hickam, Jr.

Biography, History, Science/Technology

The true story, originally published as Rocket Boys, that inspired the Universal Pictures film. It was 1957, the year Sputnik raced across the Appalachian sky, and the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia, was slowly dying. Faced with an uncertain future, Homer Hickam nurtured a dream: to send rockets into outer space. The introspective son of the mine’s superintendent and a mother determined to get him out of Coalwood forever, Homer fel...


The pigman

Paul Zindel.

Zindel's groundbreaking, bestselling tour de force is the unforgettable tale of two disillusioned high school students who have their faith in humanity restored by lonely, eccentric Mr. Pignati, whom they dub the Pigman. Includes a Q&A with Zindel's real-life Pigman.


The Shakespeare stealer

Gary Blackwood.

Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure

High jinks and high adventure fill every page of this exciting, panoramic novel set in Shakespeare's time. Widge, a young orphan indentured to a cold, unscrupulous master, has a special talent--the ability to write a secret shorthand. The master is determined to acquire a script of "Hamlet" at any cost, so it becomes Widge's duty to transcribe it--or else!


All creatures great and small

James Herriot.

Action/Adventure, History, Nonfiction, Biography

Twenty years ago, St. Martin's Press published a volume of memoirs by an unknown Scottish veterinarian named James Herriot. Its title was All Creatures Great and Small. Within a year, the book had become recognized as a masterpiece. In the two decades that have followed, James Herriot has become one of the most universally loved authors of our time. Now, as we celebrate the publication of Every Living Thing-- the country vet's fifth book of memoi...


The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

by Ernest J. Gaines.

African American, Historical Fiction, Multicultural Fiction

"This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded recollections of a black woman who has lived 110 years, who has been both a slave and a witness to the black militancy of the 1960's. In this woman Ernest Gaines has created a legendary figure, a woman equipped to stand beside William Faulkner's Dilsey in "The Sound And The Fury." Miss Jane Pittman, like Dilsey, has 'endured, ' has seen almost everything and foretold the rest. Gaines' novel bring...


Beautiful swimmers : watermen, crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay

by William W. Warner ; drawings by Consuelo Hanks.

Nonfiction

William Warner exhibits his skill as a naturalist and as a writer in this Pulitzer Prize-winning study of the pugnacious Atlantic blue crab and of its Chesapeake Bay territory. Penguin Nature Library.


Dandelion wine : a novel

Ray Bradbury.

Action/Adventure, Historical Fiction

The summer of '28 was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. A magical, timeless summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding--remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury. From the Paperback edition.


Dear America : letters home from Vietnam

ed. by Bernard Edelman

History, Nonfiction

More than twenty-five years after the official end of the Vietnam War, Dear America allows us to witness the war firsthand through the eyes of the men and women who served in Vietnam. In this collection of more than 200 letters, they share their first impressions of the rigors of life in the bush, their longing for home and family, their emotions over the conduct of the war, and their ache at the loss of a friend in battle. Poignant in their rare...


Farewell to Manzanar.

[by] Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston.

History, Nonfiction

"During World War ll a community called Manzanar was hastily created in the high mountain desert country of California, east of the Sierras. Its purpose was to house thousands of Japanese Amarican internees. One of the first familles to arrive was the Wakatsukis, who were ordered to leave their fishing business in Long Beach and take with them only the belongings they could carry. For Jeanne Wakatsuki, a seven-year-old child, Manzanar became a wa...


Flowers for Algernon

Daniel Keyes.

Literary Fiction, Science Fiction

With more than five million copies sold,Flowers for Algernonis the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his me...


Homecoming

by Cynthia Voigt.

Action/Adventure

In Voigt's first novel--and the introduction to her Tillerman saga--the four Tillerman children, abandoned by their emotionally ill mother, travel on foot from New England to their paternal grandmother's Maryland farm in search of a place to call home. An ALA Best of the Best for Young Adults.


I am the cheese : a novel

by Robert Cormier.

Mystery, Thriller

Imagine discovering that your whole life has been a fiction, your identity altered, and a new family history created. Suddenly nothing is as it once seemed; you can trust no one, maybe not even yourself. It is exactly this revelation that turns 14-year-old Adam Farmer's life upside down. As he tries to ascertain who he really is, Adam encounters a past, present, and future too horrible to contemplate.


I heard the owl call my name.

Margaret Craven.

Multicultural Fiction, Historical Fiction

A young minister who has two years to live learns about the meaning of life when he is sent to an Indian parish in British Columbia.


The member of the wedding

[by] Carson McCullers.

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction

The novel that became an award-winning play and a major motion picture and that has charmed generations of readers, Carson McCullers's classic The Member of the Wedding is now available in small- format trade paperback for the rst time. Here is the story of the inimitable twelve-year-old Frankie, who is utterly, hopelessly bored with life until she hears about her older brother's wedding. Bolstered by lively conversations with her house servant, ...


Nightjohn

Gary Paulsen.

Action/Adventure, African American, Historical Fiction, Multicultural Fiction

"To know things, for us to know things, is bad for them. We get to wanting and when we get to wanting it's bad for them. They thinks we want what they got . . . . That's why they don't want us reading." --Nightjohn "I didn't know what letters was, not what they meant, but I thought it might be something I wanted to know. To learn." -- Sarny Sarny, a female slave at the Waller plantation, first sees Nightjohn when he is brought there with a ...


A separate peace : a novel

John Knowles.

Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction

John Knowles' beloved classic has been a bestseller for more than 30 years and is one of the most moving and accurate novels about the trials and confusions of adolescence ever written. Set at an elite boarding school for boys during World War II, A Separate Peace is the story of friendship and treachery, and how a tragic accident involving two young men forever tarnishes their innocence.


Zlata's Diary

Filipovic, Zlata

Biography

Zlata Filipovic of Sarajevo began keeping her diary in 1991, just before her eleventh birthday. Ebullient and accomplished, Zlata recorded the swirl of activities she avidly pursued, from school to piano lessons, skiing, parties, and watching her favorite TV shows, all American. We immediately sense that Zlata and her family have a deep love for their country, but just as we begin to enjoy Zlata's fine young mind and cheerful disposition, the cha...


Ender's game

Orson Scott Card.

Science Fiction, Action/Adventure

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't ...