Summer Reading List

Summer is a fantastic time to fall in love with a great work of literature and to sharpen the mind. Therefore, Island School requires all students, grades 6-12, to read at least one book over the summer. Below is a grade-by-grade book list and the requirements for that grade and level.

List of 6 items.

  • English 6

    Tangerine by Edward Bloor
    Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
    Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
    Guts by Gary Paulsen
    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • English 7

    Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
    Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • English 8

    Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin
    A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • English 9

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
    The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • English 10

    Honors Students: Read and annotate at least two books from the list below.
    College Students: Read and annotate at least one book from the list below.

    Tuesdays with Morrie
    by Mitch Albom
    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
    The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zorah Neale Hurston
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Beloved by Toni Morrison
    All I Asking For Is My Body by Milton Murayama
    Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    The Tempest by William Shakespeare
    King Lear by William Shakespeare
    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • English 11 & 12

    AP Students: Read and annotate at least two books from the list below.
    College Students: Read and annotate at least one book from the list below.

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
    Confessions by St. Augustine
    Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
    Hawaiian Mythology by Martha Beckwith
    Six Months in the Sandwich Islands by Isabella L. Bird
    Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
    Slouching Toward Bethlehem by Joan Didion
    Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt
    Nickel and Dimed by Barabara Ehrenreich
    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
    Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
    Hawai’i One Summer by Maxine Hong Kingston
    Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
    The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
    Hawai’i’s Story by Hawai’i’s Queen by Lili’uokalani
    The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
    Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    Republic by Plato
    In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    Honor Killing by David E. Stannard
    Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
    All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren