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Mallard Creek
High School
3825 Johnston Oehler Road
Charlotte, NC 28269
Courier #: 445
P: 980-343-1341  |  F: 980-343-1342 
Principal: Kevin Garay
LC: North Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 7:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Grades: 9-12
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Summer Reading Assignment for Rising Freshmen



Dear Rising Freshmen:

Congratulations on being (almost) finished with middle school. We are looking forward to meeting you in the fall! As part of our endeavor to make sure all freshmen are ready for a successful high school experience, we require all incoming 9th graders to complete a summer reading assignment. The ninth grade English team has carefully selected titles that will be of high interest for your summer reading. Many of the themes also connect with ideas and issues you might confront in high school—or in life. We recommend that you get your book early and read at a leisurely pace instead of cramming in all the work right before the start of school. These should be books you enjoy, so savor them!

Please make sure you finish all reading assignments prior to the start of school; high school is busy and stressful enough without adding an additional summer reading assignment to your other coursework.

Evaluation: You will complete an in-class essay assessment within the first week of your English course. This work will be counted as a formal grade in the first quarter of your English class, so when you read, pay close attention to your novel.


Standard and Year-long ninth graders must select ONE novel from the list below.

Honors students must select TWO novels from the list below.


A Long Way Home- Saroo Brierley

The Martian – Andy Weir

The Road - Cormac McCarthy

Uglies – Scott Westerfeld

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher

Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

Legend – Marie Lu

The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream-Sampson Davis

Foul Trouble – John Feinstein

Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing – Christy Beam

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike – Phil Knight

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven - Sherman Alexie


Thank you and see you in the fall!

The MCHS Freshman English Team

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