Summer Reading Suggestions 2013 1 Essay

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2013-2014 Summer Reading Assignment

Note to parents/guardians

Below is a list of suggested reading titles for the summer reading assignment. Red Bank Regional High School is implementing a new format for the summer reading assignment for the upcoming school year. Students will have the option of reading any book from suggested list below or students can also choose a book of their choice. There will be a written assignment that is required of the students that will be turned in on the first day of school. We are including on the suggested list the lexicon level of the books. The Lexile framework measures text complexity based upon sentence length and word frequency. Lexile scores help determine the appropriateness of books for a student’s age or reading level. The average Lexile score range for 9th and 10th grade students is 1080-1305. For 11th and 12th graders it is 1215-1355. We have included books of lower Lexile scores on our list because of the popular nature of the books.

Lexile scores can be found at: http://www.lexile.com

*IB, AP, and Honors level classes may also have summer assignments that students will notified of and be responsible for.*

Contemporary Fiction

Title
Author
Lexile
Holes
Louis Sachar
660L
The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd
840L
Ethan Frome
Edith Wharton
1160
Tuesdays With Morrie
Mitch Albom
830L
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom
780L
The Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold
890L
Marley and Me
John Grogan
1050L
The Green Mile
Stephen King
910L
Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Jamie Ford
850L
State of Wonder
Ann Patchett

Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn


The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
730L
The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini
840L
The Help
Katherine Stockett
730L
The Fault in Our Stars or Looking for Alaska
John Green
850/930L
The Princess Bride
William Goldman
870L
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Steven Chbosky
720L
Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher
550L
Ender’s Game
Orson Scott Card
780L
Stargirl
Jerry Spinelli
590

Classic Fiction

Title
Author
Lexile
Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe
890L
A Room of One’s Own
Virginia Woolf
1220L
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
950L
The Sun Also Rises
Ernest Hemingway
610L
To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee
870L
Light in August
William Faulkner
870L
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
1100
Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
890L
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
1300
Slaughterhouse-Five or Cat’s Cradle
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
850/790L
Charlotte’s Web
E.B. White
680L

Science Fiction

Title
Author
Lexile
The Harry Potter Series
JK Rowling
Varies by book
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