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The research is clear:  students who don’t read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress, and that loss has a cumulative long-term effect!

The OHA English department has selected the following titles as recommended summer reading, both to maintain/increase fluency and reading level, and to encourage independent reading:

(We recommend that students read at least two of the books suggested for their grade level.)

Rising 8th-Graders:
Carter—Heist Society
Christie—And Then There Were None
Cooney—Diamonds in the Shadow
Deuker—Gym Candy
Doyle—The Hound of the Baskervilles
Gardner—The Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution
Gonzalez—The Red Umbrella
Pfeffer—Life As We Knew It
Stead—When You Reach Me

Rising 9th-Graders:
Alexie—The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Auburn—Proof:  A Play
Feinstein—Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery
Gautreaux—Welding With Children
Hemingway—A Farewell to Arms
Herlong—The Great Wide Sea
Johnson—The Name of the Star
Klause—Blood and Chocolate
Sparks—True Believer
Vizinni—Be More Chill

Rising 10th-Graders:
Ness—The Knife of Never Letting Go
Ogawa—The Housekeeper and the Professor
Oliver—Swan: Poems and Prose Poems
Perkins—As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
Sparks—The Wedding
Steinbeck—Cannery Row
Tittle—Nothing Comes Easy: My Life in Football
Wilder—Our Town: A Play in Three Acts
Wright—Native Son

Rising 11th-Graders:
Ackerman—The Zookeeper’s Wife:  A War Story
Angelou—I Know Why the Caged Bird Signs
Barbery—The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Beah—A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Brooks—Caleb’s Crossing
Chwast—Dante’s Divine Comedy (graphic novel format)
Cruz—Anna in the Tropics
Doctorow—Homer & Langley
Follett—Fall of Giants
Gladwell—Outliers:  The Story of Success
Green—The Fault in Our Stars
Haley—The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Schwemm—The Year I Turned Sixteen
Zafon—The Shadow of the Wind

Rising 12th-Graders:
Brown—Deception Point
Hall and Moore—Same Kind of Different As Me
Hawking and Mlodinow—The Grand Design
Hillenbrand—Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Hosseini—A Thousand Splendid Suns
Kent—The Heretic’s Daughter
Kwok—Girl in Translation
Lewis—The Blind Side:  Evolution of a Game
Moore—The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
Nicholls—One Day
Picoult—Nineteen Minutes
Rosnay—Sarah’s Key
Simic—The Voice at 3:00 A.M.: Selected Late and New Poems
Zusak—The Book Thief