Central Bucks - 9th Grade Summer Reading




 The purpose of summer eading is to encourage in each student a lifelong love of reading. By choosing books students will enjoy and by reinforcing and inviting students to cogitate on their reading we hope to engage and entertain as well as communicate the joys of participating in a lively, interactive community of fellow readers.



 Grade 9:

Students entering ninth grade must read at least two books over the summer. One of the books must be chosen from the ninth grade list below. The other book should be selected based on personal interest, parent recommendation, and reading ability. It need not be from the grade level book list.


The Martian Chronicles (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780553278224
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Spectra, 6/1984
Mars is a place where a fine dust settles on the great cities of a silent, destroyed civilization. The wonders begin as men from Earth attempt to colonize the red planet.

The Good Earth (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780743272933
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Washington Square Press, 9/2004
The story of a Chinese peasant and his passionate, dogged accumulation of land during famine, drought, and revolution.

The Tragedy Paper (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780307930484
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember, 2/2014
It follows the story of Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed.

ISBN-13: 9780345505347
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books, 10/2009
An exceptionally well-written historical fiction novel that is set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle and Japanese American internment camps during World War II. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry Lee - a Chinese-American - and Keiko Okabe - a young Japanese American student - forge a bond of friendship and innocent love. This unforgettable duo teach us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart.

Tears of a Tiger (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780689806988
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Pulse, 2/1996
The death of high school basketball star Rob Washington in an automobile accident affects the lives of his close friend Andy, who was driving the car, and many others in the school.

ISBN-13: 9780547550282
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphia, 4/2011
In the year that has passed since a meteor collided with the moon, Miranda’s friends and neighbors have died, the landscape has frozen, and food has become increasingly scarce. The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda’s complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.

ISBN-13: 9780440228653
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Laurel Leaf, 3/2001
The author tells the story of her painful childhood in China where she lived until the age of fourteen with her father, stepmother, and siblings, all of whom considered her bad luck because her mother died shortly after giving birth to her.