Florida Department of Education Summer Reading List: Grades 9-12

  • A Separate Peace, John Knowles
  • Adventurer’s Against Their Will, Joanie Schirm
  • All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
  • Allegiant, Veronica Roth
  • Bunheads, Flack, Sophie
  • Cloaked, Alex Flinn
  • Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers, Tanya Lee Stone
  • Darius & Twig, Walter Dean Myers
  • Divergent, Veronica Roth
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  • Fat Angie, E. E. Charlton-Trujillo
  • Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, Kate Dicamillo
  • Florida Cowboys, Carlton Ward Jr.
  • Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, Ben Carson
  • Imaginary Enemy, Julie Gonzalez
  • Insurgent, Veronica Roth
  • Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft, Thor Heyerdahl
  • Looking for the New Deal, Elna C. Green
  • Marcelo in the Real World, Francisco Stork
  • Money Hungry, Sharon Flake
  • Monster, Walter Dean Myers
  • Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein, Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Night, Elie Wiesel
  • November Blues, Sharon Draper
  • P.S. Be Eleven, Rita Williams Garcia
  • Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators: More Stories about Real Florida, Jeff Klinkenberg
  • Poof: A Play, David Auburn
  • Resurrecting Lazarus, Texas, Nathan Barber
  • Reubin O’D. Askew and the Golden Age of Florida Politics, Martin A. Dyckman
  • Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein
  • Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  • Solomon, Marilyn B. Shaw
  • Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place, Sudye Cauthen
  • Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science, Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
  • Taken, Edward Bloor
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, William Kamkwamba
  • The Carnival at Bray, Jessie Ann Foley
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death, Jean-Dominque Bauby
  • The Everglades, River of Grass, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas
  • The First Hollywood Florida and the Golden Age of Silent Filmmaking, Shawn Bean
  • The Great Wide Sea, M. H. Herlong
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story, Richard Preston
  • The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
  • The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery, Steve Sheinkin
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • The Real Question, Adrian Fogelin
  • The Shakespeare Stealer, Gary Blackwood
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Yearling, Marjorie K. Rawlings
  • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  • This One Summer, Clare Vanderpool
  • Through Her Eyes, Jennifer Archer
  • We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success, Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Sharon Draper
  • Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way), Sue Macy
  • When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
  • Whispers from the Bay, John Tkac
  • Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland, Sally M. Walker

 

Here are a few websites that will provide reading levels for many of the books listed above. Please feel free to use one of these to find a reading level or use any similar tool that may be available to you. Librarians and teachers are also experts in helping pair students with appropriate books.

Some other suggestions:

  • If a reader tackles a book above his or her reading level, consider what additional instruction or lower-level reading resources might help.
  • Ask the reader to keep track of unknown words within the book, and look them up together.
  • Take turns reading aloud to each other to help process the information into smaller portions.