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Brandon Greenfield

High School English Teacher

Summer Reading Assignment

Book List and Assignments

Hayfield Public Schools
Summer Reading Assignment

To support our belief in year-round reading, the Hayfield High School English Department is implementing a required summer reading program. We believe reading is an important aspect to our children’s future, so to encourage reading outside of school your child will be required to read one book from the 2016 grade level list at the end of this document. The lists will also be available on each English teacher’s website (Kuisle, Greenfield, and Weaver).

Parents are encouraged to help their children select a book which is appropriate to their reading ability and interests. After your child reads the book he/she needs to complete ONE project which demonstrates his/her understanding of the reading. Students can select one of the many different projects outlined in this packet.

Students need to consider the LIFE LESSONS they can take away from their reading experience. Ideas to consider include:

  • What can you apply to your own life?
  • What were some of the characters’ major accomplishments?
  • What were some of their obstacles?
  • What major conflicts occurred in their lives?
  • How did they triumph over adversity?

Students are to bring their written reflections OR projects with them on the Friday of our first-full week of school (September 16). This class period will be dedicated to summer reading, a time to reflect on what students have read and learned over the summer.

Teachers will be eagerly waiting to learn about each student’s summer reading experiences.

Assignment Options:

Write a 2-page, MLA-formatted reflection of your reading experience. Your reflection should include your thoughts and insights on the text, as listed above, NOT A SUMMARY OR RETELLING OF THE STORY! Retelling the story will result in a failing grade for this project.

OR Choose a summer-reading project from the attached list of ideas.

Summer Reading Project Ideas:

Newspaper: Create and write a ‘newspaper’ detailing the various subjects explored in your book. You must include five to ten articles having to do with your story. Remember, there is no “white space” in a newspaper. The layout of your newspaper should cover every available space. Cartoons, classifieds, advertisements, pictures, and editorials are examples of what you can add to your newspaper to make it more interesting and creative. Remember that every part of the newspaper needs to relate to the events in your book. Feel free to access a Word formatted template to create this project!

CD: Imagine that you have been hired to develop a soundtrack for your book. Find at least ten songs that showcase the book’s themes, settings, emotions, characters, etc. You must include the following with your project: a CD with the songs (if possible), a CD jacket including lyrics and illustrations, and, for each song, an explanation of your song choice and how the song relates to your book. You must also reference specific song lyrics (not the entire song) in your explanation.

Piece of Artistic Expression: If you are artistic or good with your hands, create a painting, sculpture, diorama, or other visual media object connected to your book. You’ll need to write a summary (NOT A RETELLING) Write a brief summary of the book and an explanation of the object you have created, and how it connects to the book you read. (Total length – one full page, typed, double-spaced)

Comic Book: Create a comic book using the plot of the book you just read. You don’t need to include every little detail, but all the main events and main characters should be covered. The project should include at least fifteen different frames. Your comic book should be illustrated and in color.

Character Journal: Choose one character from your book and write five to ten journal entries from his or her point of view. Detail the thoughts and feelings of this character as he or she experiences the plot of your novel. Each entry should be one page in length, typed, and double-spaced, and they should span the entire novel.

Getting Into Character: If you consider yourself an actor or an actress, you might like to take on the persona of a character from your book. Prepare a presentation in which YOU are that character and tell the story of your book from the character’s point of view. Your presentation in class should be well prepared and you should plan to dress up or include props to enhance your performance. You may also record your ‘performance’ to show in class.

Poetry Journal: If you enjoy writing poetry, you can write a collection of poems that chronicle your novel. You need to write five to ten poems that correspond to characters, themes, events, or other elements seen throughout your novel. Along with each poem, your collection should include some kind of illustration or image to go along with each poem.

Movie Trailer: If you think the book you just read would make a great movie, create a movie trailer to show the class. It should be 2-5 minutes in length. Use Animoto or a similar online tool, or the Movie option on iMovie. Be ready to view on the presentation day. If you choose this project, please be sure your technology is accessible to the technology at HHS. Students will need to check before their presentation to make sure the trailer is ready for viewing.

Other: You may propose an alternative idea, but your English teacher must approve the project.

9th and 10th grade book list


The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World, John Carlos & Dave Zirin

This bronze medalist at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City raised a black-gloved fist high while he stood on the podium listening to his national anthem. This civil rights story features a track and field athlete who later played in the NFL.

Mexican White Boy, Matt de la Peña

His private school peers think they know who Danny is because his father is from Mexico, but Danny’s got his mother’s blonde hair, and he doesn’t even speak Spanish. He does have as good a fastball as any pitcher around, and baseball gives him an identity during a summer visit with his father’s family in Mexico.

High Heat, Carl Deuker

When sophomore Shane Hunter’s father is arrested for money laundering at his Lexus dealership, the star pitcher’s life of affluence and private school begins to fall apart.

Dairy Queen, Catherine Gilbert Murdock

D.J. Shwenk stars on her high school’s girls’ basketball team until family troubles mean she has to quit the team to work on the family dairy farm after school. She wishes she could join the football team. Enter Brian Nelson, spoiled quarterback for a rival school’s team. He needs a training partner, an athlete who can teach him about discipline.

Keeper, Mal Peet

South American journalist Paul Faustino begins his interview with World Cup Soccer star El Gato and learns a fantastic story of a young, lonely boy growing up in the middle of a rain forest who wandered upon a mysterious soccer field and an apparition that appeared to him daily.



Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo

Anaya Antonio Marez, growing up in northeastern New Mexico in the 1940’s, must weigh his father’s dream that he will be a vaquero and his mother’s dream that he will be a priest. For direction, Antonio seeks the guidance of Ultima, an aging healer, or curandera.

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

Ten people, strangers to one another, arrive by invitation at a mysterious host’s island mansion. Each of them has gotten away with murder before, but which of them is trying to kill all the others?

The Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Sherlock Holmes mystery about a legendary monster that haunts the moor.

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

In Napoleon’s France, Edmond loves Mercedes, until he is wrongfully absconded, imprisoned, and must dream of his revenge from afar.

Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy Bathsheba Everdene,

A beautiful, headstrong young farmer, attracts romantic interest not only from Gabriel Oak, but from two other suitors, as well. Like her spiritual heir, Katniss Everdeen, this Everdene inspires allusion.

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway Santiago,

An aging Cuban fisherman, battles with a great marlin in the fight of his life. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison Mocked by her peers for her dark skin, Pecola Breedlove imagines blonde hair and blue eyes would free her from her torments.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith Teenager Francie Nolan observes her family dynamics with detail in the Brooklyn of a century ago.



Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett Armageddon is on the horizon. The world will end next Saturday, just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies written in 1655. A novel of angels and demons.

Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan,

Paul is in high school, but he has known he was gay since he was in kindergarten, when his teacher told him so. Oddly, he lives in a town where everyone is gay. The Merchant of Death (Pendragon series #1), D.J. McHale Bobby Pendragon is a teenaged basketball player until he learns he is a Traveler, destined to ride magical flumes through time. When he lands in medieval Denduron, he joins forces with Loor, a teen warrior girl, and he connects with Mark, his friend from home whose help he needs to escape death. Adventure ensues.

Eragon (Inheritance cycle #1), Christopher Paolini

Eragon is a simple farm boy, until his discovery of a blue stone compels him to become a dragon rider.



In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez

Inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters, whose murder, in 1960, for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the Dominican Republic’s oppressive Trujillo dictatorship, caused them to be known as “las mariposas,” or “the butterflies.” Alvarez imagines their teenage years, their gradual involvement with the revolution, and their terror when their work to depose the government is discovered.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie King

Mary Russell, an intelligent young woman, becomes the unlikely apprentice of Sherlock Holmes. This is the first in the Mary Russell series about the special partnership between the orphaned teenager and the middle-aged Sherlock Holmes.



A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah describes his experiences after he was driven from his home by war in Sierra Leone and picked up by the government army at the age of thirteen, serving as a soldier for three years before being removed from fighting by UNICEF and eventually moving to the United States.

Swimming to Antarctica, Lynne Cox

Distance swimmer Lynne Cox describes her emotional and spiritual need to swim and the mythical act of swimming itself, and chronicles some of her more memorable swims.

Eating Animals, Jonathon Safran Foer

The first non-fiction book by a novelist (Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) whose entry into parenthood spurs him to recall how his Holocaust surviving grandmother related to food, examine how he relates to food, and ponder how he wants to feed his newborn child. Both a memoir and an examination of today’s American food industry.

Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer’s suspenseful insider’s account of the 1996 Mt. Everest ascent in which weather was but one challenge that caused several climbers’ deaths.

Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser

Traces the history of the fast food industry and discusses how it developed in post-war America.

The Good, the Bad, and the Barbie: A Doll’s History and Her Impact on Us, Tanya Lee Stone

Explores how Barbie has influenced generations of girls, discussing criticisms of the doll, her role in fashion, and her surprising popularity during her first fifty years.

Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant, Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet, an autistic savant, offers an inside look at his life, describing how his rare condition, which gives him incredible mental powers and a compulsive need for order and routine, has influenced every aspect of his life and what challenges he has faced while trying to be independent.



Twisted, Laurie Halse Anderson

Sentenced to a summer of physical labor to make amends for graffiti he sprayed on the school, Tyler Miller tones muscles which attract popular Bethany Millbury’s attention and jostle him from social anonymity. Is the social whirl worth the energy?

Jump, Elisa Carbone

Two teenaged runaways meet at a climbing gym, and embark on a dangerous and revealing journey together.

Looking for Alaska, John Green

When Miles arrives at boarding school, he falls under the spell of his roommate’s best friend, Alaska Young, a stunning thinker and talker for whom life is not easy.

Dark Dude, Oscar Hijuelos

In the 1960s, Rico Fuentes, a pale-skinned Cuban-American teenager, abandons drug infested New York City for the picket fence and apple pie world of Wisconsin, only to discover that he still feels like an outsider and that violent and judgmental people can be found even in the wholesome Midwest.

Son of the Mob, Gordon Korman

Seventeen-year-old Vince’s life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart

Frankie Landau-Banks attempts to take over a secret, all-male society at her exclusive prep school. Her antics with the group soon draw some unlikely attention and have unexpected consequences that could change her life forever.

Wait for Me, An Na

As her senior year in high school approaches, Korean American Mina yearns to find her own path in life, but working at the family business, taking care of her little sister, and dealing with her mother’s impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a young man who offers a way out.

Monster, Walter Dean Myers

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Joyride, Gretchen Olson

Jeff’s summer is all about tennis until he is caught in a foolish prank. His punishment for poor driving is to do farm work. The lessons he learns about life and love surprise him.

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, Lynne Rae Perkins

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

The Cardturner: A Novel About a King, a Queen, and a Joker, Louis Sachar

When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative. Includes an appendix by Syd Fox with information about bridge.

Marcelo in the Real World, Francisco X. Stork

Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.

If You Come Softly, Jacqueline Woodson

After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with peoples’ reactions.

When the Black Girl Sings, Bil Wright

Adopted by white parents and sent to an exclusive Connecticut girls’ school where she is the only African-American student, fourteen-year-old Lahni Schuler feels like an outcast, particularly when her parents separate, but after attending a local church where she hears gospel music for the first time, she finds her voice.