Summer Reading - Form I

Please Note

All students in Forms C, B & A will be required to read El Deafo by Cece Bell, and all students in Forms I & II will be required to read Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judith Heumann with Kristen Joiner.

A Message from Mr. Drewry

We are excited that you are joining Form I this year as an incoming seventh grade student. The most effective method to improve vocabulary, critical reading, reading comprehension, and reading pace is to read as much as possible. Summer reading is important because it develops these skills and helps stop the “summer slide,” where your skills regress during the summer months. In addition, the required reading will establish some core texts for us to reflect on and use in our study during the coming year.

You are expected to read at least six (6) books over the summer, three (3) of which have already been selected, and then, choose at least three (3) more titles from the Form I list. The required titles are the following:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel for English class
Racing in the Rain: My Life As a Dog by Garth Stein for English Class*
Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo
In addition to the above required three books, please choose at least one (1) more book from the lists below:

1 – ALA Award Book
1 – Free choice fiction from the list
1 – Non-fiction from the list
Happy reading, and have a wonderful summer!
Mr. Anders Drewry, Form I English teacher

*This title is the Young Readers version of the New York Times bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain. You may read either title—the original or the young reader’s edition.

Titles & Authors

List of 4 items.

  • Required

    1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    2. Racing in the Rain: My Life As a Dog by Garth Stein
    3. Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo
  • ALA Award Winners

    Choose one from this group. All versions should be unabridged.

    A Hope More Powerful than the Sea (Fleming)
    In the Country we Love: My Family Divided (Guerrero)
    Electric Arches (Ewing)
    Apple (Skin to the Core) (Gansworth)
    Bird (Johnson)
    Hey, Kiddo (Krosoczka)
    Everything Sad is Untrue (A True Story) (Nayeri)
    Because You’ll Never Meet Me (Thomas)
    All Systems Red (Wells)
    The Clockwork Dynasty (Wison)
  • Free Choice Fiction

    Choose one from this group.

    Revolution is Not a Dinner Party (Compestine)
    Annexed (Dogar)
    Angelfall (Ee)
    Ethan, Suspended (Ehrenberg)
    The Rock and the River (Magoon)
    All We Have Left (Mills)
    A Long Walk to Water (Park)
    Divergent (Roth)
    Golden Boy (Sullivan)
    The Beast Player (Uehashi)
  • Non-Fiction

    Choose one from this group.

    An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (Dunbar-Ortiz)
    The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia (Fleming)
    Torpedoed (Heiligman)
    Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories (Link)
    Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen (McDougall)
    Never Seen (McDougall)
    The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living (Marshall)
    The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream (Sampson)
    Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team (Sheinkin)
    The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (Sheinkin)
    I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Yousafzai)
Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.