The Foundation for a Meaningful Life
Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA
Summer Reading 2021

Summer Reading Grade 8


Independent reading is such an important part of any student’s or adult’s intellectual and emotional growth.  Fay School is a community of readers, illustrated not only across our curriculum but also in shared reading experiences like “One School One Book,” faculty and staff book groups, our themed library collections and displays, and our choice libraries curated by teachers in all divisions.  Our parents and students love to gather and share their collective and independent reading.

What better time to find meaning through reading than the summer?  This year, our Upper-division students (new and returning) will be asked to choose texts from two lists generated by our faculty.  The first list represents a cross-section of contemporary titles from our choice libraries and represents very different disciplines, genres, and voices.  The second list is equally diverse in its cultural and geographical representation, but it consists of more “established” titles, books currently taught around the world in grades 7-12.  By sampling both lists, our students will be able to broaden their experiences, see themselves represented on the page, and prepare themselves for the rigors of future literature courses.  Most of all, we hope that our community of readers finds meaning in the texts they choose.

There are many resources available for finding great books to read, and while these titles represent our effort to generate a thoughtful and accessible set of choices, we encourage you to read as widely as you can this summer.  Please explore this website – The American Library Association’s “Best of the Best” for so many additional summer reading options.  

The lists below represent summer reading options for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders at Fay – Each student should choose books according to the following parameters:
Rising 7th graders:  One title from either list
Rising 8th graders:  Two titles, at least one from each list
Rising 9th graders:  Three titles, at least one from each list

You are certainly not limited to the parameters set for your grade - read as many as you like!  In the fall, your teachers will speak to you individually about the books you chose, and you will share your understanding of your reading in some creative ways.

List of 4 items.

  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

    A Raisin in the Sun is a play by Lorraine Hansberry that debuted on Broadway in 1959. The title comes from the poem "Harlem" by Langston Hughes. The story tells of a black family's experiences in "Clybourne Park", a fictionalized version of a Chicago neighborhood, as they attempt to improve their financial circumstances with an insurance payout following the death of the father. The New York Times Critics' Circle named it the best play of 1959.
  • Black Elk Speaks by Black Elk and John Neihardt

    This autobiographical/biographical story reveals the life and visions of the Lakota healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863 1950) and the tragic history of his Sioux people during the epic closing decades of the Old West. In 1930, the aging Black Elk met a kindred spirit, the famed poet, writer, and critic John G. Neihardt (1881 1973) on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Lakota elder chose Neihardt to share his visions and life with the world.
  • Fresh Ink: and Anthology by Lamar Giles

    Lamar Giles writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. He is the author of the Edgar Award nominees Fake ID and Endangered, as well as the YA novel Overturned.  This collection includes selections from thirteen of the most recognizable diverse authors writing today including Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Melissa de la Cruz, and many more - the stories as a whole capture the experience of growing up from multiple cultural perspectives and through different genres, including science fiction, romance, and realism.
  • Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Pulitzer Prize winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's memoir presents a vivid picture of her childhood in the 1950s and the people and events that surrounded her. Interwoven with this is the story of the Brooklyn Dodgers, her love of the team and the great players. We meet the people who influenced Goodwin's early life: her father, who taught his daughter that she should speak her mind; her mother, whose heart condition left her confined to a narrow world which she escaped with books.

List of 4 items.

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

    All the Light We Cannot See, from multiple award-winning author Anthony Doerr, is a New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is a 1974 nonfiction narrative book by American author Annie Dillard. Told from a first-person point of view, the book details an unnamed narrator's explorations near her home, and various contemplations on nature and life.
  • Pirate Hunters by Robert Kurson

    For over 350 years, the location of the wreck remained a mystery until after a multi-year search Chatterton and Mattera discovered the wreck long removed from where it was supposed to be.  This is the story of two treasure hunters who find a pirate ship in a most unexpected place.
  • The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal

    The Sunflower is a Holocaust survivor's surprising and thought-provoking study of forgiveness, justice, compassion, and human responsibility, featuring contributions from the Dalai Lama, Harry Wu, Cynthia Ozick, Primo Levi, and more.  The book explores the possibility and limits of love and forgiveness.
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