For Grade 10
Dracula written by Bram Stoker
Perhaps the most famous epistolary novel written, it is a must read for students to become familiar with that unique writing style. Told via letters and journal entries, this original and classic vampire tale will thrill all students and add a chill to their summer days.
If you enjoy this, try The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, for a modern homage to the classic novel.
Profiles in Courage written by John F. Kennedy
10th grade is the perfect time to incorporate historical non-fiction onto a summer reading list. Kennedy wrote the book while he was still a Senator. It focuses, for the most part, on historic politicians. Kennedy obviously admired these men, not for their great successes but for the personal price they all paid because of choosing to do what they felt was right.
If you enjoy it, try An Unfinished Life by Robert Dallek
A Night to Remember written by Walter Lord
With a passenger list in the back and detailing those who survived and those who did not, "A Night to Remember," is a harrowing account of the Titanic's ill-fated journey from Europe to the United States. The book really tells of the people who spent fortunes to get aboard the Titanic, the most luxurious cruise liner of the time.
If you enjoy it, give The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger a try.
The Story of My Life written by Helen Keller
When we think of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, it is almost impossible to conceive just how Helen learned to read and write, and even speak. Helen lost her sight and hearing as an infant and her courageous story has always served as an inspiration and a motivation for other to succeed.
If you like this, give A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nassar a try.