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Summer Reading/Read Alouds for Rising 9th Graders

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Hello all!  I have a rising 9th grader and am trying to plan summer reading and read alouds for her (and her 8th grade sister tagging along).  I'm curious to see what others are planning -- I have some ideas, but would love some more!  During this school year, I have assigned various short stories, Antigone, Romeo & Juliet and Emma.  We also read To Kill a Mockingbird aloud.  Next year, she will be reading Lord of the Flies, A Separate Peace and apparently To Kill a Mockingbird again (new school).  She's an avid reader, so I'm always looking for new booklists to keep her busy.



Here are a few independent reading books I have for her for the summer:


Various Jeeves and Wooster books

In the Shadow of Man (Goodall) (she loves animals...will likely major in biology in college)

The Beekeeper's Apprentice (King)

Hope Was Here (Bauer)

Timeline (Crichton) (she's already read Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park -- loved them)

A Walk to Remember (Sparks) 




I can't decide on a read aloud, though.  Here are a couple ideas:


The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Great Gatsby

The Pearl

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (ok, not technically a classic, but fun, right?)



So what are you planning?  I'd love to hear....

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