Rising Sun HS 9th Grade Summer Reading List

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...


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.


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 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 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!


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain ; with an introd. by John Seelye. Notes By Guy Cardwell.

Action/Adventure, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Humor

From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, The Adventures of Tom Sawyeris redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth. A somber undercurrent flows through the high humor and unabashed nostalgia of the novel, however, for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality?base emotions and superstitions, murder and revenge, starv...


The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Action/Adventure, Literary Fiction

An enchanting fable about a pilot downed in the Sahara Desert, and the boy from outer space who teaches him the meaning of life.