XS San Juan HSPO: English Summer Reading List for Incoming Grade 7 to High 4



March 2014

Dear Incoming High School Student,

Summer is just around the corner! And when those two months are over, you will be one year level older. As such, in preparation for an intensive yet enjoyable year of reading, here are some recommended books that would add fun and adventure to your summer break.

For Incoming Grade 7 Students

1. C. S. Lewis – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

2. Norton Juster – Phantom Tollbooth

3. Trenton Lee Stewart – The Mysterious Benedict Society

4. Carla Pacis – Birdflight

For Incoming Grade 8 Students

  1. Edward Bloor – Tangerine
  2. Ellen Wittliner – Hard Love
  3. O. Henry – The Gift of the Magi; The Last Leaf
  4. Williams-Garcia – One Crazy Summer
  5. Terry Pratchette – The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.

Select one book which you would like to read over the summer, and use the guide questions below to help you gain a deeper understanding of your chosen novel. This summer reading activity will be the first thing you’ll be discussing in your English class in June.

  1. What personal experiences can you relate to the book?
  2. What connections can you establish between the text and current events?
  3. How is the novel similar to the following: a movie or TV show you’ve seen, a song you’ve heard, and/or another book you’ve read?
  4. What general truths about our society today are reflected in the book?

For the coming grade 9 to H4 students, the following are your first quarter reading assignments. You may choose to read these books in advance for the summer.

Incoming Grade 9: The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Incoming Grade 10: The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-Time by Mark


Incoming High 3: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Incoming High 4: Mythology by Edith Hamilton

We hope that through this activity, you would continue to discover the joys of reading!

Happy reading, and happy summer!


The High School English Department

Noted by:

Mrs. Jane C. Cacacho                              Ms. Aimee A. Apolinario

High School Principal                              Grade School Principal

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