East Hamilton Middle High School

English I

English I
9th Grade
Summer Reading Assignment

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Rising 9th Graders - Summer Reading 2024

REQUIRED READING: The EHHS English teachers welcome you to 9th Grade!
You may choose between either The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, or The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch to read over the summer.
You can purchase these books from McKays, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. or you may check them out from the Chattanooga Public Library.

Students will have an assessment over either The Alchemist, Speak, or The Eleventh Plague on Friday, August 23rd, depending on which of these books you chose to read.

If you have questions, email [email protected] or [email protected]

Alchemist The Alchemist is a classic novel in which a boy named Santiago embarks on a spiritual journey, seeking treasure in the Egyptian pyramids after having a recurring dream about it. On the way he meets mentors, falls in love, and most importantly, learns the true importance of who he is and how to improve himself.

SpeakSpeak centers on a character who gains the strength to overcome her trauma. The rape she endured troubles Melinda as she struggles with wanting to repress the memory of the event, while simultaneously desiring to speak about it

The Eleventh Plague The Eleventh Plague is a dystopian novel that centers on the aftermath of a war. America's landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the county in search of material to trade. 

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