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Summer Reading List for Rising 9th Graders

Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food, by C​ harles Wilson​ and ​Eric Schlosser

Not only has fast food reached into the toy industry, it’s moving into our schools. One out of every five public schools in the United States now serves brand name fast food. But do kids know what they’re eating? Where do fast food hamburgers come from? And what makes those fries taste so good

I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban​, by ​M. Yousafzai​ and C. Lamb

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school.

We Beat the Street by Sampson Davis

Making a pact to stick together through the rough times in their impoverished Newark neighborhood, three boys found the strength and determination to work through their difficulties in order to complete high school, get through college, and attend medical school together.

The A​lchemist by Paulo Coelho​ ​(Required reading for incoming Hayward HS Puentistas)

Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the

essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

Call of the Wild, by Jack London

This novel by Jack London, published in 1903, is often considered to be his masterpiece. London's version of the classic quest story uses a dog as the protagonist of the novel. Buck, who is shipped to the Klondike to be trained as a sled dog, eventually reverts to his primitive, wolf­like ancestors. He then undertakes an almost mythical journey, abandoning the safety of his familiar world to encounter danger, adventure, and fantasy. When he is transformed into the legendary "Ghost Dog" of the Klondike, he has become a true hero.

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd

Lily Owens, 14, is an emotionally abused white girl living with her cold, uncaring father on a peach farm in rural South Carolina. The memory of her dead mother haunts her constantly. Despite society’s racial tension, she finds comfort amid a group of caring black women.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as Told to Alex Haley, by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

If there was any one man who articulated the anger, the struggle, and the beliefs of African Americans in the 1960s, that man was Malcolm X. His autobiography expresses like none other the crucial truth about race and racism during the Civil Rights era.

When I Was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago

When her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven

children, Esmeralda Santiago, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually take on a new identity.

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, by Cynthia Levinson

We've Got a Job tells the little­known story of the 4,000 black elementary­, middle­, and high school

students who voluntarily went to jail in Birmingham, Alabama, between May 2 and May 11, 1963. Fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi's and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s precept to fill the jails, they succeeded where adults had failed in desegregating one of the most racially violent cities in America. Focusing on four of the original participants who have participated in extensive interviews, We've Got a Job recounts the astonishing events before, during, and after the Children's March

Cool Salsa Edited by Lori M Carlson

Poemas en Ingles y Espanol. Bilingual Poems on growing up Latino in the United States.

When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

Set against the backdrop of the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1941, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's brilliant novel weaves myth and legend together with the suffering and tragedies of the Filipino people. When nine­ year­ old Yvonne flees with her family into the jungle to join the resistance effort, she witnesses death and destruction on an almost unimaginable scale.

Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make­or break Moment, by Carla Klough


When the 1905 football season ended, nineteen players were dead and countless others were critically

injured. The public was outraged. The game had reached a make­or­break moment—fourth down and

inches. Coaches, players, fans, and even the president of the United States had one last chance: change

football or leave the field. Football's defenders managed to move the chains. Rule changes and reforms after 1905 saved the game and cleared the way for it to become America's most popular sport. But they didn't fix everything.

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