CHS and ASFMS 2012 Summer Reading Lists

Don't wait until August to get your hands on this summer's required and recommended books.


I know school has only been out for a week, but it's never too early to get started with summer reading! If possible, purchasing the books is preferable, as many teachers ask students to utilize texts in class.

Each grade level has been assigned a required selection that aligns with the current curriculum and the student’s knowledge of the required book will be assessed during the first weeks of school.

Books are listed below according to student’s grade-level (based on the grade the student will enter into in the 2011- 2012 school year.)

Take a look at the attached PDF documents for descriptions of the titles as well as the 6th, 7th and 8th grade book list that student are required to read two books from.

Grade 9 Required Text:

  • Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Grade 9 Recommended Texts:

  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • Dead on Town Line by Leslie Conner
  • Nothing to Lose by Alex Flinn
  • Side Effects by Amy Goldman Koss
  • Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis by Peter Nelson
  • Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
  • Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick

Grade 10 Required Text: 

  • Notes from the Midnight Driver By Jordan Sonnenblick

Grade 10 Recommended Texts:

  • Catalyst by Laurie Hasle Anderson
  • Fade to Black by Alex Flinn
  • Devilish by Maureen Johnson
  • Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence
  • John Lennon: All I Want Is Truth by Elizabeth Partridge
  • The Night My Sister Went Missing by Carol Plum-Ucci

Grade 11 Required Text: 

  • Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Grade 11 Recommended Texts:

  • Alt Ed by Catherine Atkins
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  • Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson
  • Big Mouth, Ugly Girl by Joyce Oates
  • The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  • Fences by August Wilson

Grade 12 Required Text:

  • The Last Lecture By Randy Pausch

Grade 12 Recommended Texts:

  • Proof by David Auburn
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
  • Three Blind Mice by Agatha Christie
  • The Kite Runner by Knaled Hosseini
  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
  • The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
  • The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian


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