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Summer Reading at MBA: Ninth Grade

Information on summer reading for all grades, including the all-school read.

Ninth Grade Summer Reading

Summer Reading Requirement– Ninth Grade

I.  Each rising ninth-grader (regulars and honors) is required to read Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. This novel will be quizzed the first week of school and will be the basis of the year’s first writing assignments.

II. All School Read for 2024-25: Each boy in grades seven through twelve is required to read James Clear's Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.

III.  Each student will also read one book from the list below. Early in the year, students will write a short in-class essay on a topic from this book. Please have access to a copy of this novel when school starts.

Bernard Malamud, The Natural

C. S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Frank Herbert, Dune

Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

H. G. Wells, War of the Worlds

Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones

Laura Ruby, Bone Gap

Louise Erdrich, The Round House

Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Pat Conroy, Lords of Discipline

Paul Zindel, The Pigman

Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Tobias Wolff, This Boy’s Life

Tara Westover, Educated

Trevor Noah, Born a Crime

Michael Lewis, Moneyball