Summer Reading

The love of reading good books is something we want to see in all our children. Apart from the sheer enjoyment gained from reading there are numerous other benefits. When children read more than just their classroom assignments, research clearly shows that they generally do well in school. Reading expands a student’s vocabulary and comprehension and leads to better writing skills. Children who read more serious literary works also gain skills in handling complex ideas. The more they read, the more information they pick up. This leads to a solid core of knowledge that is useful across the curriculum. Besides helping children do well in school, reading also helps them expand their horizons as they learn more about people and the world.

So, encourage your children to read. Read with them, and around them, and to them. Remember also, unabridged audio books are widely available in libraries and are great for long road trips, and Kindle Readers can now read books aloud to students as well.

Students entering grades 7–12 are required to read one (and maybe two or three) assigned books during the summer. An assignment will be given within the first few weeks of school based on the required reading. Additionally, other books deemed valuable by our teachers are recommended. They reflect some of the best of Geneva’s ideals of faith and of learning.

Note to Parents

We recommend that you participate in your child’s summer literature experience by reading, or at least previewing, the books that your child selects. Some of the texts within the list below contain difficult subject matter, strong language, and/or powerful scenes that may remain with the reader long after they have finished the book. Be assured that the faculty has taken the utmost care in choosing titles for this summer’s reading list, believing that their content is of value, is consistent with Geneva’s educational objectives, and will act as a spring board for discussion and deeper thought. However, while each of these texts has been read by our faculty and deemed appropriate for certain age groups, we encourage you to screen the chosen selections to help ensure appropriateness, keeping in mind your own personal family convictions and your child’s individual sensibilities.

FIRST GRADE SUMMER READING 2018

Reading is a foundational skill for education. During a child’s first grade year at The Geneva School, he/she will be exposed to many genres of quality literature. Throughout the summer, leading up to this year, we recommend that parents spend time reading aloud to their child. We would like to offer the following recommendations to assist you in developing the love of reading in your child.

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert
Corduroy series by Don Freeman
Curious George series by H.A. Rey
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Henry and Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (and others in the series) by Laura Joffe Numeroff
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot
Lily’s Little Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Little Bear series by Else Homelund Minarik
Mr. Putter and Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant
The Emperor’s New Clothes by Han Christian Andersen
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
The Magic Fish by Freya Littledale
The Original Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright (illustrator)
The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack/Kurt Weise
Any books by Eric Carles, Jan Brett, and Leo Lionni

SECOND GRADE SUMMER READING 2018

We hope you encourage your children to immerse themselves in good books over the summer! We present this list to you as a guide, but please feel free to offer your children other books appropriate to their reading level. Children entering second grade are at different reading levels and you may find the books on the rising first grade list to be suitable for your children. The books marked with an asterisk (*) are of an easier reading level.

Any Tomie dePaola Book *
Birthday for Frances (or others in series) by Lillian Hoban *
George and Martha series by James Marshall *
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen *
Roxaboxen by Barabra Cooney *
The Biggest Bear by Lynd Kendall Ward *
Blaze and the Lost Quarry (or others in series) by C.W. Anderson *
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams *
Doctor Desoto by William Steig *
The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen *
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco *
When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne
Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne
Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet
Mouse on the Motorcycle series by Beverly Cleary
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? by Jean Fritz
The Boxcar Children’s series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Cam Jansen Mystery series by David A. Adler
Mary Pope Osborne series
Usborne Time Traveler series

THIRD GRADE SUMMER READING 2018

Please encourage your children to immerse themselves in good books over the summer. We present this list to you as a guide, but please feel free to offer your children other books appropriate to their reading level. We realize that children entering third grade are at different reading levels. For this reason some of the books on the rising second grade list might also be appropriate to offer your children. Those books marked here with an asterisk (*) are of an easier reading level.

The BFG by Roald Dahl
Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl *
Stuart Little by E.B. White
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Shoeshine Girl by Clyde Robert Bulla *
Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
Sea Star – Orphan of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Mandie and the Secret Tunnel by Lois Gladys Leppard
The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle
The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin
Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Jigsaw Jones series by James Preller *
Adventures of Laura and Jack by Laura Ingalls Wilder *
School Mouse; Charlie Muffin’s Miracle Mouse; Funny Frank all by Dick King-Smith *
Hannah; Silver; Indian School; Next Spring an Oriole all by Gloria Whelan *
Punished by David Lubar *
Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo series by Nancy Krulik *
Friska, My Friend by Patricia St. John *
The Other Kitten by Patricia St. John *
DK Eyewitness Books – Ancient Greece by Anne Pearson
DK Eyewitness Books – Ancient Rome by Simon James

FOURTH GRADE SUMMER READING 2018

The following titles are age appropriate books from a variety of genres that are considered to be excellent literature. These stories are recommended by our teachers to feed children’s imaginations, fuel their excitement in learning, and nourish their souls during summer vacation. The reading is not required but highly encouraged for young and old alike.

* Advanced Reading Level
+ Pertain to topics that will be studied in history during the upcoming year

Suggested Fiction and Historical Fiction

Beorn the Proud by Madeline Pollard +
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Huguenot Garden by Douglas M. Jones III +
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
All-of-a-kind Family by Sydney Taylor
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights by N. J. Dawood
The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault by Charles Perrault
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Crispin by Avi
Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
Dear America / My America series
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Beggar’s Bible (John Wycliffe) by Louise A. Vernon +
The Bible Smuggler (William Tyndale) by Louise A. Vernon +
The Man Who Laid the Egg (Erasmus) by Louise A. Vernon +
The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff *
Dawn Wind by Rosemary Sutcliff *
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald *
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling *

Suggested Biographies

Augustine the Farmers Boy of Tagaste by P. de Zeeuw +
Luther the Leader by Virgil Robinson +
The River of Grace (John Calvin) by Joyce McPherson +
Saint Patrick: Pioneer Missionary to Ireland by Michael J. McHugh
E. B. White: Some Writer! by Beverly Gherman
C. S. Lewis: the Man Who Created Narnia by Michael Coren
Who Was Marco Polo? by Joan Holub +
Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick
A Piece of the Mountain (Pascal) by Joyce McPherson *
Alexander the Great by John Gunther *

FIFTH GRADE SUMMER READING 2018

The following titles are age appropriate books from a variety of genres that are considered to be excellent literature. These stories are recommended by our teachers to feed children’s imaginations, fuel their excitement in learning, and nourish their souls during summer vacation. The reading is not required but highly encouraged for young and old alike.

* Advanced reading level
+ Pertain to topics that will be studied in history during the upcoming year

Suggested Fiction and Historical Fiction

Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Early Thunder by Jean Fritz
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Guns for General Washington: A Story of the American Revolution by Seymour Reit +
Mr. Revere and I by Robert Lawson +
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos by Robert Lawson +
The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
Hoot by Carl Hiassen
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Fall of Troy by Padraic Colum
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss *
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame *
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi *
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Suggested Biographies

Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia by Margaret Cousins +
The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz
Pocahontas and the Strangers by Robert Clyde Bulla
John Paul Jones by Sperry Armstrong
Why Not, Lafayette? by Jean Fritz +
Traitor: the Case of Benedict Arnold by Jean Fritz +
Around the World in a Hundred Years by Jean Fritz +
Pocohantas by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
Columbus by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire +
Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
Benjamin Franklin by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire +
Daniel Boone: His Own Story by Daniel Boone +
Magellan: Ferdinand Magellan and the First Trip Around the World (Exploring the World) by Michael Burgan +
John Wesley: The World His Parish by Goeff and Jenet Benge +

SIXTH GRADE SUMMER READING 2018

The following titles are age appropriate books from a variety of genres that are considered to be excellent literature. These stories are recommended by our teachers to feed children’s imaginations, fuel their excitement in learning, and nourish their souls during summer vacation. The reading is not required but highly encouraged for young and old alike.

* Advanced reading level
+ Pertain to topics that will be studied in history during the upcoming year

Suggested Fiction and Historical Fiction

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings *
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
The Boy in the Alamo by Margaret Cousins
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Sounder by William H. Armstrong
Hitty Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien *
The Dragon King Trilogy (In the Hall of the Dragon King; The Warlords of Nin; The Sword and the Flame) by Stephen R. Lawhead *
From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
Tintin Books by Hergé
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Suggested Biographies

Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House by Sterling North +
Basher Five-Two (US Pilot in Bosnia) by Captain Scott O’Grady
Bruchko (Missionary to S. American Indians) by Bruce Olson
Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt by George Grant *+
Children of the Storm (Christian family in the former Soviet Union) by Natasha Vins
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank *+
If I Perish (Christian in Japan during WWII) by Esther Ahn Kim
Raoul Wallenberg: The Man Who Stopped Death by Sharon Linnea *
The Wright Brothers by Quentin Reynolds +
George Washington Carver: From Slave to Scientist by Geoff and Janet Benge +
Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman +
Stonewall by Jean Fritz +
Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks +
The Story of Thomas Alva Edison by Margaret Cousins

SEVENTH GRADE SUMMER READING 2018

Required Book

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox. This Newbery Award book is a fascinating tale of a young boy who finds himself caught up in the slave trade. This book reveals man’s cruelty to man, and as we discuss this book, it leads to the introduction of the theme of seventh grade literature, which is The Nature of Man, in particular the depravity of man, and the need for Christ as our Savior.

At least one of the following inspirational books should be read over the summer in addition to The Slave Dancer

These suggested titles are inspirational tales of missionaries and others led by God to overcome incredible obstacles.

The Miracle Worker by William Gibson. An account of the remarkable learning that can take place when one can neither see nor hear. This is an inspiring account of Helen Keller’s life.

Amy Carmichael: Let the Little Children Come by Lois Hoadley Dick. The tale of a missionary in India who rescued children from an awful “marriage to the gods.”

George Muller: Man of Faith and Miracles by Basil Miller. The story of a man who was a vagabond and thief brought to faith in Christ. He started an orphanage ministry and proved that despite poverty, God could provide for the thousands of orphans in his care.

The Little Woman by Gladys Aylward. The story of a woman who fulfilled her calling as a missionary during China’s turbulent Sino-Japanese war in the 1930′s. She had to overcome many obstacles to work in China; one of her many contributions was overseeing the safety of over 100 orphans. This is a wonderful testimony to the power of prayer.

Eric Liddell: Something Greater than Gold by Janet Benge and Geoff Benge OR Eric Liddell by Catherine Swift. Eric Liddell was the hero of the film “Chariots of Fire,” and risked becoming a national disgrace at the 1924 Paris Olympics when he refused to run on Sunday. This story of “God’s Athlete” makes inspiring reading.

EIGHTH GRADE SUMMER READING 2018

Required Books

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. In this, the fifth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, the story follows King Caspian’s journey through the Eastern Seas to find the seven missing lords of Narnia and seek out Aslan’s country. Like the other Narnia chronicles, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader combines Christian symbolism with elements of fantasy stories, but this particular book also introduces motifs from great travel literature and adventure stories. When they read Homer’s Odyssey, students will recognize that Odysseus and his crew, like Caspian and his friends, embark on a sea voyage and encounter a variety of fantastic places and dangers that hinder their progress; unlike Odysseus, Caspian is not trying to get home, but to find the end of the world. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is rich in Christian symbolism and is a stepping stone for students to begin to delve into the principles of Christianity.

At least one of the following books should be read over the summer in addition to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Mythology by Edith Hamilton. Reading the following stories will equip students with knowledge of the background stories of the Trojan War before beginning to read The Iliad in eighth grade literature class:

  • The heroes of the Trojan War, including the Judgment of Paris
  • The Trojan War
  • The House of Atreus

Peace Child by Don Richardson. This is an adventure bristling with cannibals, jungles, and heart-chilling events. It is a true story of missionaries sent to minister among cannibals in New Guinea who venerate treachery. How can the truth of the gospel penetrate such hardened hearts? Read how God provides Don Richardson with an incredible opportunity to speak to the souls of these savages, and how the “peace child” is used to bring salvation to a large number of people.

Joni: An Unforgettable Story by Joni Eareckson Tada and Billy Graham. The amazing story of how one young woman overcame her disability through courage and faith.

Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to end Slavery by Eric Metaxas. This story displays how one man fundamentally changed humanity’s attitude towards human suffering.

Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot OR Jim Elliot: One Great Purpose by Janet and Geoff Benge.

NINTH GRADE SUMMER READING 2018

Required Books

The Fellowship of the Ring, by JRR Tolkien. Our journey into the great mythical and poetic literature of the West starts here. Professor Tolkien’s epic tale of hobbits, elves, men, and dwarves begins in this first volume of The Lord of the Rings. It is best read aloud among friends and family—preferably over a mug of something tasty. (If none of these are available, it is still a fantastic read—dig in and enjoy!)

NOTE: Do not skip the prologue that precedes chapter 1. Especially if you did not read The Hobbit at TGS in sixth grade, this introduction will be helpful to set the stage for what’s to come. Even if you’ve read The Hobbit, it serves as a good reminder of who these hobbits are, what they are like, and how the One Ring around which the story centers was found.

The Fellowship of the Ring comprises the first two books of The Lord of the Rings. Books 3 through 6 are found in The Two Towers and The Return of the King, which will be read during the school year as part of the ninth grade English curriculum.

Students will need their own copy of The Lord of the Rings to read, pore over, dig into, mark up, underline, and love. Any edition of this oft-printed book will do, but it may be easiest and least expensive to find the paperback set: ISBN-10: 0345538374.

The following is a list of recommended additional reading

On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis, by Louis Markos. This is a readable, inspiring introduction to the larger project of “re-mythologizing” Western literature that both Professor Tolkien and CS Lewis were engaged in. Markos invites us to be inspired by the characters of Narnia and Middle-earth to live lives of virtue.

Odd and the Frost Giants, by Neil Gaiman. A whimsical and well-written story set squarely in the cold, northern world of the Norse gods and giants, this short, illustrated tale will give students a taste of the chilly climes and fantastic adventures that await in medieval literature.

Crispin: The Cross of Lead, by Avi OR The Seeing Stone, by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Either of these two un-put-down-able (it’s okay—English teachers are allowed to make up words!) will thrust readers right into the midst of everyday life in the Middle Ages. While they can be enjoyed by students at a lower reading level than ninth grade, there is no better introduction to the time period. Period. (And they’re quite good regardless of “target age.”)

TENTH GRADE SUMMER READING 2018

Required Books

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1831 edition). The tale of the creation and subsequent “life” of a hideous monster, Shelley’s novel, first published in 1818, has literary, historical, and moral significance. Containing elements of the gothic novel, it is considered one of the earliest examples of science fiction. The book is also important because it reflects many of the themes of the Romantic age, a movement in the first half of the 19th century that was a reaction against the Enlightenment. Fundamentally, the novel examines the tendency of man to act beyond the natural order through scientific overreaching with devastating results. In this sense, Frankenstein provides rich discussion points on such theological ideas as the nature of man and human depravity.

NB: Mary Shelley wrote two editions of Frankenstein, one in 1818 and the other in 1831. Students should read the 1831 edition.  Here is a link to the 1831 edition (ISBN: 0451532244).

The following is a list of recommended additional reading

Silas Marner by George Eliot.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

ELEVENTH GRADE SUMMER READING 2018

Required Reading

The Crucible by Arthur Miller. The Crucible iis a fictionalized dramatization of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693. Miller wrote the play during the 1950s as a parable about McCarthyism. In this way, Miller addresses not just America’s earliest days, but the many times in our history when Americans have struggled to live up to our own ideals. While not an historically accurate account of the early days of America, the play introduces some questions about our American identity that will be a good starting place for introducing the over-arching questions for our year.

Additional Required Reading for Honors Students

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines, Revised Edition by Thomas C. Foster. Foster. Foster’s book introduces many of the major themes and narrative devices that students will need to master over the course of the year. While students are welcomed to read the book in its entirety, the following chapters are required:

Introduction: How’d He Do That?
Chapter 1: Every Trip Is a Quest (Except When It’s Not)
Chapter 2: Nice to Eat with You: Acts of Communion
Chapter 4: Now, Where Have I Seen Her Before?
Chapter 5: When in Doubt, It’s from Shakespeare…
Chapter 6: … Or the Bible
Chapter 8: It’s Greek to Me
Chapter 9: It’s More Than Just Rain or Snow
Chapter 10: Never Stand Next to the Hero
Chapter 12: Is That a Symbol?
Chapter 14: Yes, She’s a Christ Figure, Too
Chapter 19: Geography Matters…
Chapter 20: … So Does Season
Chapter 21: Marked for Greatness
Chapter 24: Don’t Read with Your Eyes
Chapter 27: A Test Case

Foster Assignment: Students have questions to answer about this reading that are due the first day of school. Click this link to download the Foster assignment.

Additional Required Reading for AP Students

AP students should additionally choose one of the following novels to read. Not all of these works are written by American authors, but all are frequently cited on the AP Literature exam. Please make sure your choice is approved by your parents as some works contain more sensitive material:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

AP Assignment: Students should purchase a paperback copy of the novel they choose and annotate as they read. Mrs. Turnbull will collect annotations the first week of school. Annotations should be thorough to demonstrate interaction with the work, but they need not be overly extensive. For help on annotating a work, download this document.

TWELFTH GRADE SUMMER READING 2018

Required Books

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C. S. Lewis. Lewis’ last novel is a recasting of the myth of Cupid and Psyche as a fascinating tale of love, loss, faith, and skepticism, a deep dive into the human soul. The culmination, in a way, of Lewis’ scholarly and literary careers, the novel yields much fruit when well enjoyed by a classically educated Christian reader. Taste and see!

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton. This classic collection of Greek and Roman myths (students need only read these first two sections of the book) are a great review of the stories, personalities, gods, and heroes that animate not only those ancient cultures but all of Western Civilization. Even if you’ve read it before, read this book for review and be prepared to show what you know in the first week of class. (Notes and/or flashcards are highly recommended as simple study tools that need not overly encumber your summer plans.)

All AP and honors students must also select and read at least one of the following:
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Othello by William Shakespeare
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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