Recommended Summer Reading List (Grades 6-12)

Recommended Summer Reading - 2024

It is expected that all students in Middle School & Upper School at Harvest Preparatory School will stay active during the summer months by immersing themselves in reading to prepare for the next school year.  In order to find success and be prepared for the curriculum and course of study that our English Language Arts Department will be providing beginning in the fall.  It highly advised that students read as many of the recommended books for their assigned grade level for 2024-2025.

You will also notice that we are working diligently and methodically at integrating reading material that aligns with our diversity curriculum goals.  Our goals are to help students articulate their own cultural perspectives and explain how their experiences have shaped their cultural perspectives and self-awareness.  We also want to help students learn how to demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of elements important to another culture in relation to its history, values, and beliefs.  We also have goals of helping students learn how to initiate interactions with culturally different people and develop an appreciation for the value of diversity in our society.

Students who submit a completed book report based on up to two books in their grade level will receive extra credit points for the first quarter of the 2024-2025 in their English Language Arts class.  Students are responsible to purchase books from a retailer or borrow them from a local public library.  Book reports should be a minimum of 500 words and should include an introduction, plot summary, analysis, and conclusion.  Submitted reports should be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, and include fully developed paragraphs.  Completed book reports should be emailed to and they will be forwarded to your English Language Arts teacher once student course schedules are completed in July. 


Advanced Placement (AP) Grade 12

·      Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

·      Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

·      Native Son by Richard Wright

·      Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien


Grade 12 (Non-AP/Honors)

·      The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

·      King Lear by William Shakespeare


Advanced Placement (AP) Grade 11

·      Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

·      A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakesphere

·      Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

·      The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards


Grade 11 (Non-AP/Honors)

·      And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

·      Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

·      The Call by Os Guiness


Grade 10 Honors       

·      The Wounded Spirit by Frank Peretii

·      War of the Worlds by Frank Peretii

·      Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winner by Tony Dungy


Grade 10 (Non-AP/Honors)

·      Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

·      I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

·      Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly


Grade 9 Honors

·      The Wounded Spirit by Frank Peretii

·      Tuesday's with Morrie by Mitch Albom

·      Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliott

·      Animal Farm by George Orwell


Grade 9 (Non-AP/Honors)

·      I Am Malaa by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafazi

·      Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

·      The Hiding Place by Carrie Ten Boom

·      Animal Farm by George Orwell


Grade 8

·      To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

·      Cinder by Marissa Meyer

·      The Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Sallinger

·      Just Mercy: Young Reader's Edition by Bryan Stevenson

·      Chicken Soup for the Christian Teenage Soul: Stories of Faith, Love, Inspiration, and Hope by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, Patty Aubrey, and Nancy Mitchelle-Autio


Grade 7

·      The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

·      The Crossing by Gary Paulsen

·      Crash by Jerry Spinell

·      Jack Zulu and the Waylander's Key by S.D. Smith and J.C. Smith

·      Chicken Soup for the Christian Teenage Soul: Stories of Faith, Love, Inspiration, and Hope by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Kimberly Kirberger, Patty Aubrey, and Nancy Mitchelle-Autio


Grade 6

·      Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

·      Holes by Louis Sachar

·      A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

·      The Giver by Lois Lowry