High School Summer Reading List – Ninth Grade

2019-2020 – West Genesee Central School District – going into 9th Grade Summer Reading List

Students entering grade 9 this fall are required to read at least one of the selections listed below.

The individual classroom English teacher will assign a quiz, project or other activity on the books when the students return to class in September.  We advise that students take notes or keep a journal as they read, so they can better recall information which will be reviewed and assessed in their respective English classes when they return to school in September.

The books listed on this page:

  • May be borrowed at any local public library.
  • May be purchased online or at local bookstores.
  • May be downloaded in the form of eBooks and audiobooks from the WGHS Library-OverDrive.

(see librarian for info)

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds 15 year old Will has just witnessed his brother get shot and killed.  In his neighborhood, you don’t snitch- you get revenge. And that’s just what he’s about to do.  In this novel, the majority of which takes place over the course of 60 seconds, Will gets on an elevator intent on shooting the man who killed his brother.  But, as the ghosts of the past visit him along the ride, Will begins to question whether or not he should go through with what he set out to do. Summer Reading Book Cover Long Way Down
Positive by Paige Rawl In this compelling memoir, Paige Rawl shares her story about being HIV positive since birth.  She describes the intense bullying she experienced in middle school and the wake up call when she was 15 years old that could have caused the end of her story.  Instead, it was only the beginning. She calls upon readers to always choose compassion and to be active members of society. She is now a motivational speaker who embraces life and teaches us all to be POSITIVE, above all. Book Cover for Positive
Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz Colin Fischer just started his freshman year of high school, but he isn’t your average ninth grader.  Colin has Asperger’s Syndrome, a neurological condition related to Autism. He hates to be touched and freaks out around loud noises, but he is also very observant.  He records his daily observations of the “very interesting” people around him. This comes in handy one day when a handgun goes off in the school cafeteria. Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin’s tormentor, is accused of the crime, but Colin is certain that Wayne didn’t do it.  Colin is determined to find out who really brought the gun. Book Cover Summer Reading Colin Fischer
Asylum by Madeleine Roux Dan Crawford, an outcast at his high school, is spending his summer at the New Hampshire College Prep program. Dan hopes this experience will allow him to make friends with interests similar to his own. These hopes seem to come true when he befriends Abby and Jordan. However, everything changes when they decide to explore the creepy basement rooms of the old asylum where their dorm rooms are housed. They soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them end up here. The asylum holds the key to a terrifying past, and some of the secrets refuse to stay buried. Summer Reading Asylum Book Cover
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson Jade thinks that she has to get out of her neighborhood if she ever wants to make something of herself. With her mother’s support, she takes any opportunity that comes her way. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. As a student in a Women to Women mentoring program, Jade realizes that she doesn’t need support from these “mentors” and that she just might be able to show these women a thing or two about the real world and about how to make a real difference. Friendships, race, privilege, identity—this thoughtful story explores real issues young women face. Summer Reading Book Cover Piecing Me Together

(Book Cover images are from Amazon.com )