Training For Eternity

Summer Reading List MS & HS

Good & Great Reads For Middle and High School “We read to know we are not alone.” – C.S. Lewis

All Classics and any books by Peritti, Decker, Nicholas Sparks, Agatha Christi, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Dickens, Sir Conan Doyle, Flannery O’Conner, Jane Austin, Edna Ferber, Ray Bradbury and Heinlein, Mark Twain, Louie L’amour, and Zane Gray, Bill O’Reilley, Annie Dillard, Dorothy Sayers, Wangerin and Brett Lott. The Last four authors are Christians who write books appropriate for upper level High School and adult.

Middle School

Bible – Any book in the Bible that is 25 chapters or more.
The Sign of the Cat
Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel
Ada’s Violin
The Martian (some language)
Answering the Cry for Freedom – Africa Americans and the American Revolution NF
The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
The Boys of the Blur
Al Capone Does My Shirts
The Secret Garden
The Red Wall Series
No Excuses – NF sports
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad
Julie of the wolves
Blue Fingers: A Ninja’s Tale
Shadow of a Bull
Rifles for Watie
Julie of the Wolves
The Big Sky
Bridge to Teribetha
Soul Surfer
Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Anderson
100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson (6th grade) &
Ashtown Burials (upper middle school)
The View from Saturday
The Shakespeare Stealer
Chronicles of Narnia
Old Yeller
Tuck Everlasting
My Father’s Dragon
Escape from Warsaw
Summer of the Monkeys
The Trumpet of the Swans
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Waltons go to Birmingham
The Pigman
Tuck Everlasting
Freak the Mighty
20,000 Leagues under the Sea
Swiss Family Robinson
Lincoln: A Photo biography
Black Ships before Troy
The red Pony
Bud and Me
The Eagle of the Ninth
The Hawk that does not Hunt by Day
Flight of the Eagles
Hunger Games series
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Truth Slayers and Truth Twisters Series
The Homelanders Series and all young adult books by Klaven
(7th & 8th)
Dream House Kings series by Liparulo
The Shadow series
Diary of Anne Frank – Holocaust (mature girls)
Homecoming by Cynthia Voight (older middle)
Charlotte’s Web
Farewell to Manzanar
Soft Rain (8th & up)
Fat Men from Space
Caddie Woodlawn
500 Balloons
The Boy in the Strip Pajamas – Holocaust
Sarah, Plain, and Tall
The Devil’s Arithmetic – Holocaust
Prims by Wambu
Tin Tin in America
Amos Fortune, Free Man
Journey Through the Night (if you can find – out of print)
The Emerald Atlas
Wild Trek – Kjelgaard
Rogue Crew
The Red Wall series
Tarzan books
The Red Pony
Red Hugh, Prince of Donegal
Little Women
Books by Peretti, Decker, L’Engle, Hinton
Nonfiction books by D’aulaire, Gail Gibbons, and David
Shipwrecked at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary
True Story of Shackleton

High School Reads

Bible – Any book in the Bible that has 25 chapters or more.

(Some of the following books are newer and recommended by Word Magazine)

Ugly: A Memoir NF – #1 Teen book for 2016
Undefeated – Jim Thorpe NF Sports
The Battle of Seattle
This Changes Everything NF
Before I Fall
Unreal Feminism – Here we are – but who are we? NF
The Adoration of Jenna Fox
American Born Chinese
Sorta Like a Rock Star
The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
The Knife of Never Letting Go
Divergent Series
16th Summer
The Skin Map, The Bone House & Byzantium by Stephan Lawhead
The Sweetest Thing
Promises to Keep
Coming Back Stronger, Halfback tough – football
Brave Dragons – Chinese basketball
The Best American Sports Writing – Jane Leavy
Singer Triology – Calvin miller
Intentional Walk, Rob Rains
Who’s on Worst? Bondy
The Guns of Naverone
Banner in the Sky NF
The Boys of Summer NF – Baseball
Fabiola or The Church of the Catacombs NF
Soul Surfer NF
Let’s Roll (9/11)
Guns of Navarone
All’s Quiet on the Western Front
Something Beautiful for God NF
Answers for Difficult Days, David Quine
Soft Rain
Fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson
Hitler’s Cross by Lutzer NF
God’s Smuggler: Brother Andrew NF
Band of Brothers by Ambrose NF
The Begotten – Lisa Bergrens
Unspoken – Angela Hunt
Babylon (a graphic type novel on Daniel)
Jaybar Crow, Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry
The Begotten – Lisa Bergren
Ribbon of Years – Robin Lee Hatcher (romance)
A Lasting Impression (romance)
Blue Moon Promise (romance)
Mine is the Night (romance)
Predator, Blackstock
The Shunning (Amish)
Babylon, (Graphic Novel)
Jesus & Paul, Wangerin
A Separate Peace
Their Eyes were Watching God
Sarah Plain and Tall
Watership Down
The Good Earth
The Virginian
The Robe
The Light in the Forest
Lord of the Rings
The Sacket series
The Sea Wolf
Animal Farm
Tears of a Tiger
The Book Thief – Holocaust
The Boy in the Strip Pajamas – Holocaust
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Girl of the Limberlost
The 39 Steps
The Chosen
Amusing Ourselves to Death – NF
Hollywood World Views – NF
Radical –NF
Kon Tikki – NF (Soon to be a movie)
Who Made God – Zacharias – NF
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Covey – NF
Jayne Eyre (750 words that show up on the SAT’s)
The Three Musketeers
Robinson Crusoe
Lost Horizon
Into Thin Air NF
C.S. Lewis Space Trilogy
King Solomon’s Ring
Killer Angels (Civil War)
Ghost Soldiers
Quo Vadis?
Black Ships before Troy
Emma, Jane Austin
Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers
Les Miserable
Martian Chronicles
Mere Christianity NF
Cost of Discipleship, Bonhoeffer
Of Mice and Men
Portrait of Dorian Grey
The Cross and the Switchblade NF
End of the Spear NF
Blue Like Jazz NF
Run Baby Run NF
Through Gates of Splendor NF
The Call of the Wild
Same Kind of Different as Me
Ashtown Burials, N.D. Wilson
Freakonomics (NF)
The Invisible Man
The Time Machine
The War of the World
The Count of Monte Cristo The Man in the Iron Mask
Alice in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass
Seven Men who rule the World from the Grave, David Breese (Good Intro to world philosophies) NF
Rooms (If you read The Shack this is equally creative, but with better theology)
Vienna Prelude (WWII Christian Romance – part of the Zion Chronicles)
One Tuesday Morning – Kingsbury (story based on 9/11)
Deadline, Dominion, Deception – detective trio by Randy Alcorn, Also try Safely Home
Redeeming Love and Atonement Child, Rivers (Realistic romance)
Tilt- A- Whirl – N.D. Wilson (Christian Life – delightful, especially if you are a wordsmith)
Sophie’s World (easy way to learn about the world’s different philosophies)

How VCS Screens Books for Objectionable Material and Language

(Thank you to HCA for crafting the Bob Jones summary for use.)

As students reach the middle and high school reading levels, language, violence and romantic entanglements can become problematic for teachers, parents, and students. The three criteria used to screen books and literature considered for inclusion on the summer reading list are specified in the essay, “Classroom Censorship” from Bob Jones University which explains the criteria as follows:

1. Gratuitousness – is the representation of evil purposeful or is it present for its own sake?

2. Explicitness – Is the representation of evil, if purposeful, present in an acceptable degree? Or is it more conspicuous or vivid than the purpose warrants? Is the censorable material too potent to serve well as a negative example?

3. Moral tone – is evil presented from a condemning perspective? Is it made to appear both dangerous and repulsive? What is the attitude of the work toward it? Will the censorable material be presented emphatically as a negative example? Will what it portrays appear dangerous and repulsive regardless of the author’s intention?

As always, you know your student and what they should read. These diverse titles are picked carefully, thoughtfully and prayerfully for summer reading. They are not all Christian works of literature. Some are good books (well written). Some are great books (well written with important, impacting ideas that have passed the test of time). Christian themes are recognizable, even if that was not the author’s intent. These books talk of the fears, hopes, joys, frustrations people experience. They are books about people not only as they are but as they can be. Students should examine, analyze and understand themes, characters and plots using God’s word to light their path of discovery.

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