Reading Lists

Required Summer Reading List

ISPS Required Summer Reading List 2018

Welcome to the ISPS Summer Reading Program, which is an opportunity for students to explore new books in order to excel in the the upcoming academic year. We are pleased to join a growing number of schools that have a summer reading program. This is because reading studies that have been conducted since the 1950s have proved that students who read in the summer come back at least four months ahead of their non-reading peers.

The books on this list have been chosen by the teachers and the librarian to interest students in reading, and they serve the important purpose of being reference guides for the upcoming school year. Students are asked to purchase and read the book(s) listed under the grade they will be going into for the 2018/2019 school year so that they can underline or make notes in their books, which will be used important personal reference material for the school year. Students may buy kindle versions of the books or download the kindle Ap on their computers.

Students are required to read the entire unless teachers have given alternative instructions. There will be an assessment on the first day of school related to the book.

AP students please read the special instructions for your AP classes.

Grade Three

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Not My Dog by Colby F. Rodowsky and Colby Rodowsky

Grade Four

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Grade Five

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

Grade Six - English

All the Answers by Kate Messner

Grade Seven - English

Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay

Grade Eight - English

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Grade Nine - English

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

(required for all grade nine biology students).

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Grade Ten - English

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Grade Eleven - English

The Terrorist’s Son by Zak Ebrahim

Grade 12 - English

Expository Writing and Writer’s Workshop

On Writing by Stephen King

AP Biology

Read the entire book for an assessment the first day of school.

Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes by Gerald N. Callahan PhD

AP Economics

Read the entire book for an assessment on the first day of school.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

AP English Language

Students are required to read an essay of their choice from each section in A World of Ideas for a writing assessment on the first day of school.

A World of Ideas by Lee A. Jacobus

AP English Literature

Students are required to read these two books to be prepared for an assessment the first day of class.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

AP Human Geography

The chapters are divided into regions. Choose any two chapters (regions) to read and be prepared for an assignment on the first day of class.

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World by Tim Marshall

AP History

Read the first five chapters of the book listed below and be prepared for an assessment on the first day of school.

Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

AP Psychology

Read the entire book for the first day of class.

A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

AP Spanish

Read the entire book for the first day of class.

"Antes de ser libres" by Julia Alvarez

AP Capstone

Read the entire book for the first day of class.

Historians on Hamilton: How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America’s Past

by Renee C. Romano and Claire-Bond Potter

Suggested Reading Lists


Pre-K and Kindergarten
  1. Good Night, Baby Bear by Frank Asch
  2. D.W. All Wet by Marc Tolon Brown
  3. My Dad by Anthony Browne
  4. The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle
  5. Bark George by Jules Feiffer
  6. My Little Sister Ate One Hare by bill Grossman
  7. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
  8. Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
  9. All by Myself by Mercer mAYER
  10. I Spy Tow Eyes: Numbers in Art by Lucy Micklethwait
Grade 1
  1. Lacy Walker Nonstop Talker by Christianne Jones
  2. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Day Walt
  3. Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
  4. You Will be My Friend by Peter Brown
  5. The Little Bully Beth Bracken
  6. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  7. Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners by Beth Bracken
  8. Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas
  9. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
  10. Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
  11. Fancy Nancy by Jane O' Connor
  12. Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravet
Grade 2
  1. The Mercy Watson Series by Kate Di Camillo
  2. I can Read Batman Classic Series
  3. I can Read Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  4. Katy Woo Series by Fran Manushkin
  5. Library of Doom series by Michael Dahl
  6. Magic School Bus series (different authors)
  7. Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osbourne
  8. Kylie Jean series by Marci Peschke
  9. Dragon Blood series by Michael Dahl
  10. Marvin Red Post by Emily Gravet

Grade 3

  1. The Ball Hogs (Kickers, #1) by Rich Wallace
  2. Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que crecio en el Bronx by Jonah Winter
  3. Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean by Sarah Stewart Taylor
  4. The Graffiti Mystery: Damian Drooth, Supersleuth by Barbara Mitchell
  5. Shiloh (Shiloh #1) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  6. The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton
  7. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  8. No Talking by Andrew Clements
  9. Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley
  10. Third Grade Angles by Jerry Spinelli
  11. A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
  12. Calvin Coconut by Graham Salisbury (Series)

Grade 4

  1. The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry
  2. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  3. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  4. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburgh
  5. Dare to Dream by Carl Sommer
  6. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber
  7. Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli
  8. The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
  9. The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCAmillo
  10. Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements
  11. The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
  12. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
  13. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
  14. The Kid who ran for President by Dan Gutman

Grade 5

  1. A Horse Called Hero by Sam Angus
  2. Sidekick by Jack D Ferrailo
  3. The War that Saved My Life by
  4. El Deafo by Cece Bell
  5. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  6. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  7. Inkheart (Inkeworld #1)
  8. Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
  9. Frindle by Andrew Clements
  10. The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Middle School

Grade 6

  1. Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon
  2. Powerless by Matthew Cody
  3. Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes
  4. The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr
  5. Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
  6. A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata
  7. The Watcher by Joan Hiatt Harlow
  8. The Incredible Journey by S Bunford
  9. Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu
  10. The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly
  11. Homer Price by Robert McClosky
  12. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones
  13. The Wolves of Willougby Chase by J. Aken

Grade 7

  1. Soar by Joan Bauer
  2. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  3. Max by Boaz Yakin
  4. The Divergent Series by Veronica Ross
  5. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  6. The Cay by T. Taylor
  7. The Incredible Journey by S. Burnford
  8. The Wish Giver by Bill Britain
  9. The Lace Dowry by Andrea Chen
  10. Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
  11. The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang

Grade 8

  1. Smiler’s Bones by Peter Larangis
  2. The Terrorist’s Son by Zak Ebrahim
  3. The Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
  4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  6. The Ender’s Game (series) by Orson Scott Card
  7. Theodore Boon (series) by John Grisham
  8. Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
  9. National Velvet by Enid Bagnold
  10. The Lost World by Jules Verne

High School

Grade 9

  1. Paper Towns by John Green
  2. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  3. Wishing for Wings by Debbie Jacob
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  5. The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
  6. The Flea (a biography of Leo Messi) by Michael Part
  7. In the Sea There are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda
  8. Twilight series by Stphenie Meyer
  9. My Bones and My Flute by Edgar Mittelholzer
  10. For Her Son by Colleen Smith-Dennis

Grade 10

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  3. The Gunslinger by Stephen King (Part 1 of the Dark Tower series)
  4. Tales of the Unexpected by Roald Dahl
  5. Speaking of Promises by Debbie Jacob
  6. I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  7. Storm Front (The Dresden Files series) by Jim Butcher
  8. In Darkness by Nick Lake
  9. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  10. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  11. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  12. Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph

Grade 11

  1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  2. No Easy Day by Mark Owen
  3. Tsotsi by Athol Fugard
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  6. The Chimp and The River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest by David Quammen
  7. The President’s Hat by Antoin Laurain
  8. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
  9. No Woman No Cry by Rita Marley
  10. The Immoral Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  11. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Grade 12

  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins
  3. The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim
  4. The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
  5. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  6. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  7. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  8. The Red Notebook by Antoin Laurain
  9. A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott
  10. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

Grades 10-12 Reading Challenge --- Books Turning into Movies

Grades 10-12 Reading Challenge --- Books Turning into Movies

  1. The Gunslinger by Stephen King
  2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  3. A Hologram for a King by Dave Eggers
  4. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  6. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  7. The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman
  8. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  9. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  10. The State of Jones by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer

SAT Reading List