CLARKE Grade 9

2020 Summer Reading List


  • ALL Students are required to read at least one of the novels listed below.
  • Honors Students must read House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, along with one other text.
  • Students must complete the summer assignment found here.

A Separate Peace by John Knowles
In this American classic, a young man comes of age and struggles with a loss of innocence and friendship at a northern boarding school amidst the backdrop of World War II.

The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey
The saga of how coach Herb Brooks motivated a roster of 20 amateur, mostly college-age young men to orchestrate victory over an established Soviet team of seasoned, professionally trained skaters.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin. Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case.

House on Mango Street by S. Cisneros
For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.

Social Studies-Voluntary Reading, 9R and H
The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta
Aku-nna, a young Ibo girl schooled in her people’s rituals and beliefs, undergoes kidnapping, forced betrothal, and near-shame out of love for Chike, son of a former slave

The Good Earth by Pearl Buck
A Chinese peasant overcomes the forces of nature and the frailties of human nature to become a wealthy landowner.


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