Summer Reading 9th

Galileo Suggested Summer Reading for 9th Graders


Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, v. 1 Ta-Nehisi Coates/Comic Book/2016 T’Challa confronts a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group calling itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. As suicide bombers terrorize the population, T’Challa struggles to unite his citizens, and a familiar villain steps out of the shadows. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt–but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change?


The Book Thief, Markus Zusak/560 p./Historical Fiction/2006

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.


*A Child Called “It”, David Pelzer/184 p./Nonfiction/1997

David Pelzer, victim of one of the worst child abuse cases in the history of California, tells the story of how he survived his mother’s brutality and triumphed over his past.


Legend, Marie Lu/305 p./Dystopian Fiction/2011

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.


Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds/306 p./Teen Fiction/2017

As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.


Miles Morales Spider-Man, Jason Reynolds/261 p./Comic Book/2017

Brooklyn Visions Academy student Miles Morales may not always want to be a super hero, but he must come to terms with his identity–and deal with a villainous teacher–as the new Spider Man.


The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo/361 p./Teen Fiction/2018

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.


*Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle/200 p./Mystery/1887

In this first Sherlock Holmes mystery, Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson investigate the murder of an American and his private secretary.


†Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli/303 p./Teen Fiction/2015

Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity and that of his pen pal will be revealed.


†To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han/353 p./Teen Fiction/2014

Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox. One day she discovers the letters were sent, and her love life becomes out of control.


*Free online version available.

†Contains mature language and themes.


Summer Reading FAQ


Why do summer reading?

Reading a book (or several books!) over summer will keep your brain active, which will mean you will be more prepared for the tough academic year ahead.


How do I choose a book?

Read the descriptions of the books on the opposite side of this page. What topics, descriptions, and genres spark your interest? If you can, visit the library or bookstore and actually look at the books in person – check out the covers, read a few pages, and read the extended summaries on the inside flap in order to help you make a decision. Sometimes, reading online reviews will give you an idea if you will like the book – try


Where can I find these books?

All of these books are available at the San Francisco Public Library. Their website ( has information about which books are available at the branches most convenient for you. If you would prefer to buy the book, many of these titles can be found at various bookstores – including used bookstores – in San Francisco and online retailers such as


What if I want to read a book that’s not on this list?

Go ahead! This list contains only a few suggestions – if there’s a different book that you’ve been interested in reading, please feel free.