ORRH Summer Reading 2016 – Grade 9
All entering grade 9A students will read a total of 4 points from the accompanying list of grades 9/10 choices
All entering grade 9 Honors students will read the introduction and PART ONE: “The Gods, the Creation, and the Earliest Heroes” in Mythology by Edith Hamilton and a book of your choice from the 9th/10th grade list (your choice must be a minimum 3 points). Also complete the linked study guide.
BOMB: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon | by Steve Sheinkin (3)
In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world’s most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.
Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disaster, and Survival | by Anderson Cooper (4)
News correspondent Anderson Cooper offers an inside look at some of the political, military, social, and natural crises that have defined modern times, sharing the experiences he had while covering events around the world.
First They Killed My Father | by Loung Ung (4)
Loung Ung, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official in Phnom Penh, tells of her experiences after her family was forced to flee from Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge army, discussing her training as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, and telling of how her surviving siblings were eventually reunited.
FRANCONA: The Red Sox Years | by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy (4)
The former Red Sox coach discusses his eight-year tenure with the team, chronicling the challenges posed by managing difficult players, satisfying multiple owners with different expectations, and dealing with both championship and losing seasons.
Freaks and Revelations | by Davida Wills Hurwin (3)
This raw, moving novel follows two teenagers-one, a Mohawk-wearing 17-year-old violent misfit; the other, a gay 13-year-old cast out by his family, hustling on the streets and trying to survive. Acclaimed author Davida Wills Hurwin creates a riveting narrative told in alternating perspectives of their lives before and after the violent hate crime that changed both their futures. This tragic but ultimately inspirational journey of two polarized teens, their violent first meeting, and their peaceful reunion years later is an unforgettable story of survival and forgiveness.
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex | by Nathaniel Philbrick (or any book by this author) (4)
The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.
Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence | by Paul Feig (4)
Written in side-splitting and often cringe-inducing detail, Paul Feig takes you in a time machine to a world of bombardment by dodge balls, ill-fated prom dates, hellish school bus rides, and other aspects of public school life that will keep you laughing in recognition and occasionally sighing in relief that you aren’t him. Kick Me is a nostalgic trip for the inner geek in all of us.
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog | by John Grogan (3)
A tender story of a family’s love for their yellow Labrador retriever, Marley, and how he grows from a mischievous puppy into a nearly impossible adult that no amount of obedience school training could correct, and of the love his family felt for him.
Trapped | by Marc Aronson (3)
In early August 2010, the unthinkable happened when a mine collapsed in Copiapó, Chile, and 33 miners were trapped 2,000 feet below the surface. For sixty-nine days they lived on meager resources and increasingly poor air quality. When they were finally rescued, the world watched with rapt attention and rejoiced in the amazing spirit and determination of the miners.
True Notebooks: A Writer’s Year at Juvenile Hall | by Mark Salzman (3)
Mark Salzman chronicles his first years teaching at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles’s most violent teenage offenders, discussing what his students taught him about life.
A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America On The Appalachain Trail | by Bill Bryson (or any book by this author) (4)
Returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, Iowa native Bryson decided to reconnect with his mother country by hiking the length of the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail. Awed by merely the camping section of his local sporting goods store, he nevertheless plunges into the wilderness and emerges with a consistently comical account of learning hard lessons about self-reliance.
9/10 GRAPHIC NOVELS:
American Born Chinese | by Gene Luen Yang (2)
All Jin Wang wants is to fit in. When his family moves to a new neighborhood, he suddenly finds that he’s the only Chinese American student at his school. Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly, and he has hardly any friends. Then, to make matters worse, he falls in love with an all-American girl…
Daytripper | by Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon (2)
What are the most important days of your life? Meet Brás de Oliva Domingos. The miracle child of a world-famous Brazilian writer, Brás spends his days penning other people’s obituaries and his nights dreaming of becoming a successful author himself.
But on the day that life begins, would he even notice? Does it start at 21 when he meets the girl of his dreams? Or at 11, when he has his first kiss? Is it later in his life when his first son is born? Each day in Brás’s life is like a page from a book. Each one reveals the people and things who have made him who he is. And like all great stories, each day has a twist he’ll never see coming…
Eureka Seven: Psalms of Planets | by Jinsel Kataoka (1)
Renton Thurston’s a young 14-year-old who is tired of his monotonous life. The only thing that makes him happy is when he “lifts,” an extreme form of aerial hoverboarding. One day, a large LFO (Light Finding Operation) craft called Nirvash falls from the sky and a beautiful young girl named Eureka emerges and asks for repairs. When a smitten Renton literally falls over himself to help her, the two begin a journey that will change both of their destinies.
In Real Life | by Cory Doctorow (2)
Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. But Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.
Marvels | by Kurt Busiesk & Alex Ross (Illustrator) (1)
A new take on classic heroes
Ms. Marvel: No Normal | by G. Willow Wilson (2)
Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation. Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm!
One Piece: East Blue 1-2-3 | by Elichiro Oda (1)
As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming the King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Now Luffy, with the help of a motley collection of pirate wannabes, is setting off in search of the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world!
Peanut | by Ayun Halliday and Paul Hoppe (1)
“Before you write me off as a delusional psycho, think about what it’s like to be thrown into a situation where everyone knows everyone . . . and no one knows you.” Sadie has the perfect plan to snag some friends when she transfers to Plainfield High—pretend to have a peanut allergy. But what happens when you have to hand in that student health form your unsuspecting mom was supposed to fill out? And what if your new friends want to come over and your mom serves them snacks? (Peanut butter sandwich, anyone?) And then there’s the bake sale, when your teacher thinks you ate a brownie with peanuts.
Scott Pilgrim: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life | by Bryan Lee O’malley (1)
Twenty-three-year-old Scott Pilgrim has the perfect life playing guitar in a rock band and dating a cute high school girl until he meets Ramona Flowers, an unforgettable rollerblading delivery girl whose seven evil ex-boyfriends Scott must defeat if he wants to win her love.
The Shadow Hero | by Gene Luen Yang (2)
In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.
Thor: The Mighty Avenger | by Roger Langridge (1)
Thor is making the best of his banishment from Asgard by befriending the mortal Jane and taking her on a tour of the wonders of Earth, but the moment is ruined when Thor clashes with Namor, the Sub-Mariner.
Through The Woods | by Emily Carroll (3)
Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong.
Y The Last Man | by Brian Vaughn (Or Any Book By This Author) (2)
Yorik Brown and his pet monkey are the only males on the planet after a plague of unknown origin destroyed every last sperm, fetus, and fully developed