The Veritas School, Ridgeland, MS, Summer Reading List 2014

  • Please purchase editions by the ISBN, where indicated.
  • Provide a book report for each book. Follow the instructions (below) for preparing written book reports.
  • Provide a one-page author biography for each book.



6th Grade

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio ISBN 978-0-375-86902-0

7th Grade


  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare ISBN-13: 9780395137192

Select one:

  • Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green ISBN-13: 9780141332598
  • The Royal Diaries: Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile, Egypt, 57 BC by Kristiana Gregory ISBN-13: 9780590819756
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan (Select one in the series.)

8th Grade

  • Call of the Wild by Jack London ISBN-13: 9781593082000
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ISBN-13: 9780446310789

9th Grade

  • Heroes, Gods and Monsters of Greek Mythology ISBN-13: 9780553259209

(For this book, rather than providing the written book report, provide the name, the origin, and a description of each character, including the powers each possesses.)

10th Grade

  • Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan ISBN-13: 9781593082543
  • Once and Future King by T. H. White (Incipit Liber Primus,only.) ISBN-13:9780441627400

11th Grade

  • Great American Short Stories: Hawthorne to Hemingway ISBN-13: 978159308086

(Provide a shortened version of the written book report for each story in the text. Author biographies may be written using information located in the back of the book.)

12th Grade

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley ISBN-13: 9780060850524

*(No Author Bio required for the following classes)


*Apologetics – 11th Grade

  • The Reason for God by Tim Keller


*Bible Survey – 9th Grade

  • Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul
  • What is Biblical Theology? by Jim Hamilton


*Worldview – 12th Grade

  • What’s Your Worldview? by James Anderson


Written Book Reports
The written book report has three parts: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion, and should be 1 ½ to 2 pages in length.
The Introduction: (a) Begin with the title, the author, and the subject or theme of the book in the first sentence. (b) Include the setting (time and place) and an interesting statement, a quotation, or some background information. (c) Conclude the introduction with a sentence expressing your opinion. Choose one aspect of the book that impressed you.
The Body: (a) Begin with a short summary of the book. Include only the main points or events.

  • For fiction, write a plot summary; include the conflict, the climax, and the resolution.
  • For nonfiction, write a brief summary of the book.
  • For biography, relate the main events in the person’s life. For a biography about an author, include events that led to his or her writing career and titles of his or her major works.

(b) In the following paragraphs of the body, support your opinion by using incidents, details, and quotations.
The Conclusion: (a) Begin by restating your opinion. (b) Provide your personal evaluation of the book. (c) Provide a personal response from a Christian worldview.