Summer Reading 2019

Below you will find the summer reading lists for the 2019-2020 school year. 
If you have any questions regarding your summer reading, please contact your teacher directly! 

Happy Reading!

 


LCA was recently awarded a Calvin Vital Worship Grant for the 2019-2020 school year!

This means we're going to welcome several guest artists (actor, photographer, dancer, gospel musician and rapper) as well as visiting theologians to help us explore the relationship between tradition and improvisation in worship.

Summer Reading Assignment for ALL STUDENTS:
All students are assigned to read The Book of Proverbs as found in the Old Testament in preparation for our worship experiments. You can choose any translation you prefer, but if you are uncertain, try the ESV, NIV or NLT.

You will receive some study questions at the end of the summer to help you gather your thoughts and responses before school starts.

Read more about the Calvin Worship Grant:
https://worship.calvin.edu/grants/worshiping-communities/


 

Middle School

6th Grade Language Arts

Grade 6 Summer Reading

Incoming 6thgrade students will read:

The War That Saved My Life by: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (2015)

Booklist review:

“When word starts to spread about Germans bombing London, Ada’s mother decides to send her little brother, Jamie, to the country. Not 11-year-old Ada, though—she was born with a crippling clubfoot, and her cruel mother treats her like a slave. But Ada has painfully taught herself to walk, so when Jaime departs for the train, she limps along with him. In Kent, they’re assigned to crotchety Susan, who lives alone and suffers from bouts of depression. But the three warm to each other: Susan takes care of them in a loving (if a bit prickly) way, and Ada finds a sense of purpose and freedom of movement, thanks to Susan’s pony, Butter. Ada finally feels worthy of love and respect, but when looming bombing campaigns threaten to take them away from Susan, her strength and resolve are tested. The home-front realities of WWII, as well as Ada’s realistic anger and fear, come to life in Bradley’s affecting and austerely told story, and readers will cheer for steadfast Ada as she triumphs over despair”.

7th Grade Language Arts

Grade 7 Summer Reading

Grade 7 will spend the year studying literature from around the world with a particular focus on immigration. In preparation for this, all incoming 7thgrade students should read  “The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child” by Francisco Jimenez. Alongside this reading, they should choose one activity from the list below. They should return in September ready to discuss the book and with their creative project in hand.

  • Design a wardrobe for two of the characters. Think carefully about what they would wear and why, for instance would they have a range of clothes or not? You can complete this as a model, hand drawing or complete it on the computer. Be ready to explain your choices.
  • Create a podcast from the perspective of one of the characters to help us understand a problem they experience in the novel. Your podcast should be told as if you were the character and be thorough and creative, integrating voice and sound effects or music.
  • Create a movie poster that illustrates the importance of engaging with this text. This can be done on poster board and should include significant images and text to give the person viewing it a good idea of the significant events or themes in the novel.
  • Create a front page of a newspaper that highlights an important event in the novel. This can be done on the computer or by hand. Include photos or drawings and the basic format of a real newspaper.
  • Create a diorama or model of an important place in the novel. This could be as small as a significant room or as large as a neighborhood. Use any medium (paper, cardboard, poster board, shoebox). Be ready to explain why you chose that place and what you chose to include.
  • Create a short video or PhotoStory that illustrates the struggles of your characters.
  • Write a song and record it- this can be about the experiences of a chosen character from their perspective or an omniscient observer.

Students are encouraged to read other books in the series too.

 

Reader’s Challenge:  

Students are encouraged to read a variety of other texts alongside their set text. Those students who read at least 20 books (of at least 100 pages in length) this summer, will be rewarded with an ice cream sundae party. Please bring in a list of texts with the title, author and page count of each book signed by your parents as verification. Any books over 400 pages can count as two. 

 

Historical Fiction

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry  by Mildred Taylor

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (Mexico)

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson 

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata 

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

The Circuit and Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez

Burning Up by Caroline Cooney

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

The Other Side of the Sky by Farah Ahmedi

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

 

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Adventure

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton E. Stewart - Any of the sequels too!

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan (Begins with The LIghtning Thief)

The Kane Chronicles Series by Rick Riordan (Begins with The Red Pyramid)

The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan (Begins with The Lost Hero)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

 The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

The Hero's Guide to Saving our Kingdom by Christopher Healy and other books of the series

The Maze Runner  by James Dashner and the other books of the series

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series) by Anthony Horowitz

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and other books of the series

What Came from the Stars by Gary Schmidt

Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman

 

Realistic Fiction

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Middle of Somewhere by J. B. Cheaney

Hit the Road by Caroline Cooney

The Vacation by Polly Horvath

Heat by Mike Lupica

First Boy by Gary Schmidt

A View From Saturday by E.L.Konigsburg

Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan

True (...Sort of) by Katherine Hannigan

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper

The Schwa was Here by Neal Shusterman

Antsy Does Time (sequel to The Schwa was Here) by Neal Shusterman

Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

Breakfast on Mars by Brad Wolf

As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen by Mitali Perkins

The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick and sequel After Ever After

Zen and the Art of Faking it by Jordan Sonnenblick

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

No Turning Back– Beverley Naidoo

Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Absolutely Almostby Lisa Graf

Curveball, The Year I Lost my Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

Pay It Forward, Young Reader's Version by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graf

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ship Out of Luck by Neal Shusterman (a companion novel to The Schwa Was Here)

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Chang

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Amazing!! Same author as Counting by 7s)

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Eleven by Tom Rogers

 

Classics

Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Sounder by William H. Armstrong

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery and the other books in the series

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

My Brother Sam is Dead  by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

 

8th Grade Language Arts

Grade 8 Summer Reading

Grade 8 Novel:

All incoming 8thgrade students are required to read White Rose by Kip Wilson. Kip Wilson lives in Boston and, through poetry, tells the story of a non-violent intellectual resistance group living in Nazi Germany. This novel will serve as excellent preparation for the texts studied in the lead up towards the D.C. trip. When students visit the Holocaust Museum in D.C., they will find a small but high-quality exhibition on this remarkable group of young people.

Due to the context of the novel, some of the material can be quite challenging. Parents/guardians are therefore advised to read this book along with their child. Please find below some discussion questions which might help to guide your conversation around the novel. Students should jot their responses down and be ready to share these on return to school.

  • What were Sophie’s motivations in standing up against the Nazi regime? 
  • What characteristics do you most admire in Sophie and which would you most like to emulate?
  • God calls us to submit to governing authorities, but here we see Sophie resisting. In what circumstances do you think we’re called, as Christians, to submit and in what circumstances are we called to resist?
  • What is the effect of the fact that it’s written in poetry? How would it be different if it were written in standard prose?
  • What questions are you left with about the White Rose and what it was like living under the Nazi regime?

Sophie Scholl and brothers

 

Reader’s Challenge:  

Students are encouraged to read a variety of other texts alongside their set text. Those students who read at least 20 books (of at least 100 pages in length) this summer, will be rewarded with an ice cream sundae party. Please bring in a list of texts with the title, author and page count of each book signed by your parents as verification. Any books over 400 pages can count as two. 

 

Historical Fiction

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry  by Mildred Taylor

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (Mexico)

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson 

The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata 

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

The Circuit and Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez

Burning Up by Caroline Cooney

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

The Other Side of the Sky by Farah Ahmedi

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

 

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Adventure

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton E. Stewart - Any of the sequels too!

The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan (Begins with The LIghtning Thief)

The Kane Chronicles Series by Rick Riordan (Begins with The Red Pyramid)

The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan (Begins with The Lost Hero)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

 The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

The Hero's Guide to Saving our Kingdom by Christopher Healy and other books of the series

The Maze Runner  by James Dashner and the other books of the series

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series) by Anthony Horowitz

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling and other books of the series

What Came from the Stars by Gary Schmidt

Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman

 

Realistic Fiction

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Middle of Somewhere by J. B. Cheaney

Hit the Road by Caroline Cooney

The Vacation by Polly Horvath

Heat by Mike Lupica

First Boy by Gary Schmidt

A View From Saturday by E.L.Konigsburg

Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan

True (...Sort of) by Katherine Hannigan

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Becoming Naomi Leon by Pam Munoz Ryan

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper

The Schwa was Here  by Neal Shusterman

Antsy Does Time(sequel to The Schwa was Here) by Neal Shusterman

Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

Breakfast on Mars by Brad Wolf

As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen by Mitali Perkins

The Absolute Value of Mike by Kathryn Erskine

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick and sequel After Ever After

Zen and the Art of Faking it  by Jordan Sonnenblick

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town  by Kimberly Willis Holt

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

No Turning Back– Beverley Naidoo

Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Because of Mr. Terupt  by Rob Buyea

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graf

Curveball, The Year I Lost my Grip  by Jordan Sonnenblick

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

Pay It Forward, Young Reader's Version by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graf

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ship Out of Luck by Neal Shusterman (a companion novel to The Schwa Was Here)

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Chang

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Amazing!! Same author as Counting by 7s)

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Eleven by Tom Rogers

 

Classics

Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Sounder by William H. Armstrong

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Anne of Green Gables  by L. M. Montgomery and the other books in the series

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

My Brother Sam is Dead  by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

 

Upper School

9th Grade Foundations of Literature and Language

9th Grade Foundations of Literature and Language Summer Reading 2019

Over the summer, you will be doing 2 things:

1 - Choose 2 or more of the following books to read before coming back to school in the fall:

●     You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

●     The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

●     Animal Farm by George Orwell

●     Holes by Louis Sachar. There is also a film production of this which you can use to accompany your reading if you would like to: Holes (2003)

 

2 - Choose 1 or more of the following blogs to follow over the summer. Come in ready to discuss:

●     Broma Bakery: Baking and Lifestyle Blog

●     Anthropologie Store Blog

●     Captain Liz Clark: Living on a Sailboat

●     The Bucket List Family: Family World Traveling and Adventuring

●     Any blog you find and like that your parents OK!

 

10th Grade History CP

10th Grade Honors and CP World Lit

10th grade Honors and CP students should view the blogs listed below and follow directions listed by Mrs. Hashem:

There are 2 parts to the summer reading for 10th grade-

Part 1: Short Stories and Blog Comments
Honors is HERE
https://summerreadingworldlithon.wordpress.com/

CP is HERE
summerreadingworldlit.wordpress.com

Instructions and full texts of all the stories are available.

Part 2: Podcast Episode
ADDITIONALLY! Students need to listen to at least one episode (any episode of their choice) of one of the following:

1. Radio Lab by WNYC Studios
2. Lore by Aaron Mahnke
3. Stuff You Should Know
4. TED Radio Hour

 

10th Grade Honors History

11th Grade College Advising

11th Grade College Advising should read:

Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni.

Written assignment: Write a 1 paragraph reflection on your reaction to this book. Include at least 3 things you learned from the book in the paragraph. Email this written work to Mr. Scaro on the first day of school in September. Be prepared to discuss the book in class at the start of the year.

 

11th Grade US History

American Literature, AP English Literature and Composition, Honors English Seminar

AP Language Arts

AP Language Arts students should view the blog and follow directions assigned by Mrs. Hashem.

AP Language Arts Summer Work Blog:

LCAaplangsummerwork.wordpress.com

AP European History

AP U.S History

Read the first 3 chapters of the textbook, The American Pageant, AP Edition (15th or 16th edition is fine) by: David M. Kennedy and Lizabeth Cohen

Assignment:
Come prepared to discuss them on the first day of class.

Bible Survey

Bible Survey students should read:

A Walk Through the Bible by: Lesslie Newbigin

Summer Reading Assignment:
Students need to read and take notes on this text.

Foundations of the Modern World

Introduction to Christianity

Introduction to Christianity students should read:

Theology: The Basics by Alister E. McGrath

Summer Reading Assignment:
Students need to read and take notes on this text.

NOTE: ONLY FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY FIRST SEMESTER.

Technology and Shalom

Students in Technology and Shalom should read:

The Way of Ignorance by Wendell Berry

Summer Reading Assignment:
Read and be prepared to discuss in class