Summer Reading Book Lists and Information

ACA Summer Reading Program

Grades 6-12



Summer reading provides all students the opportunity to enjoy books in a relaxed and leisurely setting while developing a lifelong love of reading. At American Christian Academy, we encourage all students and their families to engage in reading together this summer by exploring books of all kinds for both information and enjoyment.

Research has shown that students who read during the summer months retain more learning and move into the new school year more prepared than do those students who do not engage in reading. It is important that all students continue to pursue this essential academic skill. In fact, numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents “summer reading loss.” Unfortunately, summer reading loss is cumulative. Children don’t “catch up” in the fall because the other children are moving ahead with their skills. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are potentially two years behind their classmates.

Summer reading also prepares students for their future English courses and provides them with information to talk about with peers and teachers. The books will reinforce the reading comprehension skills gained during the school year. In each summer reading text, students will encounter new adventures, characters, and ideas which connect to the essential questions and literary explorations of the various English classes. Through summer reading, students are also able to begin working toward the required AR reading points required by grade level, and they can begin the school year with a solid foundation of reading points. ACA’s HIGHEST ACT SCORES are in the English Language Arts category – and we credit our summer reading, our AR program, and our strong English department as contributing factors for the ongoing success of our students.

Summer Reading Procedures:

All students, including those who are new to ACA, students enrolled in dual enrollment courses at Shelton State, students enrolled in Early College through the University of Alabama who are not taking the literature component, and students enrolled in online courses are required to participate in the summer reading program. If you have any questions about the requirement, please ask now rather than waiting until school resumes!

Each English teacher will distribute a reading list by grade level. One book will be marked as a “required” title to be read (REQ). For additional points, there will be a list of other titles from which to select. Different grade levels will have different novel lists, and the total point requirement for each grade level will also be provided. Students may read any combination of books from the list to meet their desired points, including the ONE REQUIRED book. Students earn points based on the score received from the corresponding AR test over the book. Students will not be required to do any summer assignments other than reading and taking AR tests.

If parents or students have any questions about books on the AR summer reading list, they should contact the appropriate English teacher or Mrs. Peyton James. If parents want to make sure they are using the correct book for the AR test to be given, they may go to the website . There, one must select “Parent” (not student). In the Quick Search Bar, parents should type the Quiz Number from the AR reading list in the summer AR packet. The specific book will appear on the screen. There is a link to "Buy from" where parents can view the correct book the student should be reading and even purchase it online if they wish to do so!


Students should read books and take AR tests over the summer, beginning in June. The library is open from June 6th through August 8th on WEDNESDAYS from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please do not wait until the last minute to take tests.

By starting early in the summer, students will have plenty of time before school begins to earn the points they desire for their summer reading grade. The AR points they earn over the summer gives them a “head start” toward their reading goals for the school year, and they will begin the new school year with a solid foundation of AR points already attained.
In addition, the AR points earned during the summer through our summer reading program will be a grade in the TEST category in the English classes. This overall grade will be calculated as part of the first nine weeks grading period. Additional grades in English (tests, homework, quizzes, or daily grades) may also be associated with the summer reading work, especially for the required novel that will be discussed. This work will happen in English classes when school resumes.

Students not only have some choice over what they read from the lists, but they also can essentially “choose” the grade they receive. The summer reading points and corresponding grades for AR are listed below. Students are awarded points based on the grade they receive on the AR tests.

(NOTE: These are summer reading AR goals only – not yearlong AR goals.)


AR Points / Letter Grade (percentage)

6th Grade
17 Points (100%)
16 Points (95%)
15 Points (90%)
14 Points (85%)
13 Points (80%)
12 Points (75%)
11 Points (70%)
10 Points (65%)
9 Points (60%)
8 Points (55%)
7 Points (50%)
6 Points (45%)
5 Points (40%)
4 Points (35%)
3 Points (30%)
2 Points (25%)
1 Points (20%)
Less - 0


7th – 8th Grade
20 Points (100%)
19 Points (95%)
18 Points (90%)
17 Points (85%)
16 Points (80%)
15 Points (75%)
14 Points (70%)
13 Points (65%)
12 Points (60%)
11 Points (55%)
10 Points (50%)
9 Points (45%)
8 Points (40%)
7 Points (35%)
6 Points (30%)
5 Points (25%)
4 Points (20%)
3 Points (15%)
2 Points (10%)
1 Point or Less – 0


9th - 12th Grade
23 Points (100%)
22 Points (95%)
21 Points (90%)
20 Points (85%)
19 Points (80%)
18 Points (75%)
17 Points (70%)
16 Points (65%)
15 Points (60%)
14 Points (55%)
13 Points (50%)
12 Points (45%)
11 Points (40%)
10 Points (35%)
9 Points (30%)
8 Points (25%)
7 Points (20%)
6 Points (15%)
5 Points (10%)
Under 5 Points -0


Please carefully read the information with your student and encourage him or her to begin reading early in the summer. Procrastination can be the biggest challenge and source of frustration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate teacher. Please clarify any questions you may have now to prevent any issues in the fall. Summer reading is required and will amount to a significant number of points for the first nine weeks grade. Failure to complete the reading and assignments will result in a low overall first nine weeks’ average.

Please note that high school students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement English courses (AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition) have specific book title requisites which are aligned with the college-level work assigned in those courses. AP Students DO have summer assignments to complete. Any student enrolled in an AP English class who fails to complete the required summer reading assignments will be given a schedule change and moved to the regular English class in the fall. AP English is a college course and has a different academic expectation.

We hope that you and your child will enjoy this opportunity to explore new authors and titles. It is our hope that students enjoy many books this summer. Consistently setting aside 10-15 minutes per day for reading is all that it should take for students to be successful!

Happy reading,
ACA English Department Teachers