9th Grade Summer Reading

  • Reading
  • Please note that this page is for the 2023-2024 school year. 

    The mission of Parkview High School is to engage and inspire the hearts and minds of every learner every day. It is our shared vision to become a thriving community of learners in an environment that embraces a culture of thinking. Within this culture of thinking, reading is expected, valued, and celebrated.

    During the school year, our curriculum provides opportunities for students to build their critical reading skills and develop an appreciation for reading. Summer is a time for students to continue to build upon that foundation. Research shows that leisure reading can contribute to many important practices such as supporting reading comprehension, increasing vocabulary development, and creating self-confidence and positive attitudes towards reading.

    Summer reading is an opportunity for you to broaden your life experience through the eyes of an author. Enjoy this reading assignment, expand your vocabulary and reading repertoire without the pressure and demands of the school year. Your summer reading assignment is extra credit, so get a jumpstart on next semester!

    Suggestions to help you do well on your extra credit assignment next semester: Keep a journal on characters who have an impact on the events in the book, events that influence characters’ actions and motivations, and universal themes explored throughout the book. You should be able to recall specific people’s names and their contributions to the overall story or theme.

    Please follow the minimal requirements for your book selection:

    • The book meets the challenge of a young adult or adult reader.
    • Do not “recycle” a book from a previous class or independent reading assignment.
    • Avoid texts used for classroom study listed below.


  • Resources
  • Reading

Texts to Avoid

  • Please avoid selecting the following texts. We will explore many of these titles together in class.

    9th Grade

    • Romeo and Juliet
    • To Kill a Mockingbird
    • Homer’s The Odyssey
    • The Glass Castle
    • Anthem
    • The Secret Life of Bees
    • All American Boys
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    • Night
    • Born a Crime

    10th Grade

    • Lord of the Flies
    • Oedipus
    • Antigone
    • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • Julius Caesar
    • Things Fall Apart
    • All Quiet on the Western Front (gifted only)
    • Kafka’s The Metamorphosis
    • Fahrenheit 451
    • The Alchemist
    • A Doll House

    11th Grade

    • The Great Gatsby
    • Of Mice and Men
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God
    • The Scarlet Letter
    • The Crucible
    • Red Badge of Courage
    • A Raisin in the Sun
    • The Sound and the Fury

    12th Grade

    • 1984
    • Brave New World
    • Frankenstein
    • Macbeth
    • Hamlet
    • Namesake
    • Pygmalion
    • Antigone
    • Jane Eyre
    • Heart of Darkness

    12th Grade Multicultural 

    • American Born Chinese
    • Between the World and Me
    • Interpreter of Maladies
    • The Distance Between Us