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Subject: Summer reading for a rising 9th grader
Date Posted: 5/20/2011 10:53 AM ET
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Summer reading for a rising 9th grader          

 I am looking for some ideas for suggested reading for my rising 9th grader over the summer.  She is an avid reader and mostly I will let her have her choice in what she wants to read this summer but I would like to guide her towards a few “classics”.  Any ideas?  This past year in school she has read, Red Badge of Courage, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Animal Farm, Night, 1984, The Time Machine.  What are some good classic for this age group?   Thanks!

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Date Posted: 5/20/2011 2:52 PM ET
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Henty and Horatio Alger books!

Date Posted: 5/21/2011 10:59 PM ET
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My son enjoyed th e Narnia Series, Harry Potter Series,&  Inheritance Series.

Andrew Clements: Things Not Seen, Things Hoped For Things That Are &  , , & Things That Are .

Date Posted: 5/23/2011 7:41 AM ET
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Thanks those look good. 

@Sally - I have never seen the Clements books, that would to be good to mix it up with the other classic I have for her.

She read all the Narnia a few years ago, and she did just one or two Harry Potter, she never erally enjoyed them.

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Date Posted: 5/23/2011 8:09 AM ET
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The books she read in school would be exactly the ones I'd recommend! If you are looking for additional recs, perhaps she might like to read one of Shakespeare's plays, like Twelfth Night or a Midsummer Night's Dream (those are enjoyable first plays). Has she read Arthur Miller's The Crucible?

Date Posted: 5/23/2011 10:41 AM ET
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Thanks Lynn, she has read Twelfth Night and a Midsummer Night's Dream, and they will read Romeo and Juliet next year.  I forgot about the Crucible, I remember liking that in High School.   I plan to have her read a few classics and some contemporary stuff too.  She loves Holocaust related books, she ahs read many but I am saving The Book Thief for this summer.

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Date Posted: 5/28/2011 5:30 PM ET
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If she loves Holocast books, has she read 'The Reader' yet? Summer of my German Solder is probably below her?

Date Posted: 6/11/2011 8:04 PM ET
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I loved Dracula and Frankenstein at that age- I was so amazed at how much they WEREN'T like the movies. Anything by Rudyard Kipling- Kim, for instance. Robert Louis Stevenson and Treasure Island. Also, the Bronte sisters? I found Jane Eyre a great read. Agatha Christie (mainly her Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot mysteries) , Rosemary Sutcliff (historical fiction), and Ray Bradbury (mostly sci-fi, timeless stuff).

Date Posted: 6/26/2011 8:25 PM ET
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I have also read most of the ones she has read (Midsummers Night, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, To Kill a Mockingbird) So I think we have the same tastes. Does she know about "A Painted House"  & "Hotel"  ??? Those are great ones too.


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Date Posted: 7/1/2011 12:06 PM ET
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I just finished a great book called No Life For a Lady that is about a girl growing up on a New Mexico cattle ranch in the 1880s-90s that would be perfect.  This is real history and would be a break from the wonderful fiction that others have suggested here.  It is written in the first person by the woman who grew up as that girl. 

Search for the book here and read a review I just posted.  Other reviews posted on Amazon also highly recommend this book, which led me to grab a copy when I found it posted here.

I just saw that someone recommended The Time Machine. There are some great sci-fi novels out there that are more than just space shoot-them-ups.  One classic I would recommend is Robert Heinlein's The Door into Summer.  This is very much unlike most of his novels, in that the hero doesn't leave Earth, there are no space ships, evil aliens, etc.  It is actually about time travel too.  There is a hero in his 20s, a much younger girl he tries to protect from an "evil stepmother," and a cat.  All are important to the tale.  And, it has a wonderful ending.  Although part of Heinlein's early young adult writings, this is a wonderful story for adults also.  However, if she wishes to read more Heinlein, you might want to supervise her selection as some of his later writing was in what I call his "dirty-old-man" period.

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