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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 over the summer. Below is a grade-by-grade book list and the requirements for that grade and level.

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  • English 6

     
    All students are required to read at least two books from the list below.
    • Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
    • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
    • Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
    • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • English 7

    All students are required to read at least two books from the list below.
    • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
    • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
    • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    • Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  • English 8

     All students are required to read at least two books from the list below.  
    • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
    • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
    • Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
    • Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
    • Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
  • English 9

    All students are required to read at least two books from the list below.

    • Watership Down by Richard Adams
    • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
    • Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
    • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • English 10

    Honors students are required to read at least three books from the list below.
    College students are required to read at least two books from the list below.
    • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zorah Neale Hurston
    • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
    • In The Time Before Light by Ian MacMillan
    • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    • All I Asking For Is My Body by Milton Murayama
    • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
    • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand


  • English 11 & 12

    AP Students are required to read at least three books from the list below.
    College students are required to read at least two books from the list below.
    • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
    • Another Country by James Baldwin
    • The Master and the Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
    • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
    • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
    • The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
    • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Overstory by Richard Powers
    • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
    • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
    • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
    • Nemesis by Philip Roth
    • Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
    • All the Love in the World by Cathy Song
    • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
    • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
    • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    • Salvage the Bones by Jesymn Ward