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Summer Reading Information

The Summer Reading Program is built around the belief that reading over the summer is fundamentally important to maintaining students' reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. It also presents an opportunity to nurture a love of reading. The Summer Reading List has been created with a focus on contemporary fiction and nonfiction, with the specific intent of offering high interest, accessible selections.

Choosing the Books

  • All students are required to read two books of their choice; students may pick any title, regardless of what grade they will be entering in the fall.
  • English Honors students entering grades 10-12 will be required to read one additional book assigned for the class in which they are enrolled.
  • Three History courses also have required reading (Honors US History, Honors European History and Economics Honors).

For example, a rising sophomore will read two books of their choice; rising sophomores enrolled in Honors English 10 will also read Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees.

Reading Projects

All students will create a project that reflects their engagement with and understanding of each of the books they've read. These projects must be completed over the summer and due within the first week of class. Students have many options, including creating a book trailer or poster, a video, a new book cover, or an artistic representation (through drawing, paint, collage, or sculpture) of the book. Students may also consider writing a Book Talk or writing a Book Critique for one of their readings. Summer reading projects will be graded in each student's English class.

Our goal is that these student-created book projects will be used to promote these books to other students throughout the school year.

Honors Courses

The list of required summer reading for honors courses can be found here.

For students taking Honors Economics, Honor European History, or Honors U.S. History the following assignment is due the first day of class:

Write a two page minimum summary and review of the assigned summer reading. Please feel free to write more than two pages if you feel it necessary to complete the assignment. The first part of the paper should be a summary of the book and the second part should be your review of the book. Did you enjoy the book? Why or why not? This will be counted as your first quiz grade. It is due the first day of class.

The paper should be typed, double spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font.


Summer Reading List
Title Author Genre Amazon Link
The River King Alice Hoffman Fiction http://amzn.to/2po7qTf
Nelly Dean: A Return to Wuthering Heights Alison Case Fiction http://amzn.to/2r3N0LM
The Ground on Which I Stand August Wilson Essays/Speeches http://amzn.to/2pCT5ys
The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver Fiction http://amzn.to/2pD6iHt
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Benjamin Alire Saenz Fiction http://amzn.to/2pobWBh
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson Nonfiction http://amzn.to/2pnLd7S
Power of One Bryce Courtenay Fiction http://amzn.to/2q5Jao8
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe C.S. Lewis Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8GCDH
Carpathia: Poems Cecilia Woloch Poetry http://amzn.to/2q5ZHbJ
Before We Visit The Goddess Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Fiction http://amzn.to/2popdK3
Prep Curtis Settfield Fiction http://amzn.to/2q61Gg2
Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice Curtis Sittenfeld Fiction http://amzn.to/2qXP8IJ
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8FWy6
What is the What Dave Eggers Fiction http://amzn.to/2r3U7ni
Consider the Lobster David Foster Wallace Essays http://amzn.to/2qwfWji
The Wright Brothers David McCullough Non-fiction http://amzn.to/2qw48h7
Naked David Sedaris Non-fiction http://amzn.to/2q5FL8L
I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith Fiction http://amzn.to/2qwk6aT
The Light of the World Elizabeth Alexander Nonfiction http://amzn.to/2q8XREP
All Quiet on Western Front Erich Maria Remarque Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8QQUq
A Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines Fiction http://amzn.to/2poMlIz
Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania Frank Bruni Non-fiction http://amzn.to/2q8GXpW
The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College Harlan Cohen Non-fiction http://amzn.to/2pnXbOF
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Fiction http://amzn.to/2qXKwlD
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Helen Simonson Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8RlxL
Pride & Prejudice Jane Austen Fiction http://amzn.to/2qXpi7G
Briar Rose Jane Yolan Fiction http://amzn.to/2qwbyRh
The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy Seal Jason Redman Memoir http://amzn.to/2r3HBo6
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) Jerome K. Jerome Comedy/travel http://amzn.to/2po4u94
Luckiest Girl Alive Jessica Knoll Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8L3hF
Grendel John Gardner Fiction http://amzn.to/2q5VdBO
March: Book Three John Lewis Nonfiction http://amzn.to/2q5SdW6
Missoula: Rape & The Criminal Justice System in a College Town Jon Krakauer Non-fiction http://amzn.to/2qvQUko
Where Men Win Glory Jon Krakauer Non-Fiction http://amzn.to/2qYfOZE
The Daughter of Time Josephine Tey Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8PfOr
Ordinary People Judith Guest Fiction http://amzn.to/2poaIWB
The Passion of Dolssa Julie Berry Historical Fiction http://amzn.to/2r3STbD
Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History Karen Blumenthal Nonfiction http://amzn.to/2r5oMBq
Conversion Katherine Howe Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8ML2J
Ellen Foster Kaye Gibbons Fiction http://amzn.to/2qYr1JP
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives Kenneth C. Davis Nonfiction http://amzn.to/2q8I34T
A Separate Peace Knowles Fiction http://amzn.to/2r4jepZ
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8Yf6f
Boy Meets Boy Levinthan Fiction http://amzn.to/2pnPesW
This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration Linda Barrett Osborne Nonfiction http://amzn.to/2q8qq5y
The Red Convertible: Collected and New Stories 1978-2008 Louise Erdrich Short Stories http://amzn.to/2qwcoxw
Girl Mans Up M-E Girard Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8OXag
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald Non-Fiction http://amzn.to/2qY1JLI
Tamar Mal Peet Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8PvgA
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings, A Memoir Margarita Engle Memoir http://amzn.to/2pDlJPQ
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi Memoir http://amzn.to/2r45efW
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Biography http://amzn.to/2q8OFAo
Jellicoe Road Melina Marchetta Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8KhkL
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor Fiction http://amzn.to/2po8Tck
American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers Nancy Jo Sales Nonfiction http://amzn.to/2q8LsAH
Fever Pitch Nick Hornby Non-fiction http://amzn.to/2pCTYXM
The Sun is Also a Star Nicole Yoon Fiction http://amzn.to/2q98Nm4
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune Pamela S. Turner Nonfiction http://amzn.to/2pBnyMF
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Fiction http://amzn.to/2q65zBK
Fangirl Rainbow Rowell Fiction http://amzn.to/2q91avJ
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler Detective/Crime http://amzn.to/2qXBsNw
Native Son Richard Wright Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8EYlo
The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry 1st Edition Rita Dove Poetry http://amzn.to/2qwnClG
Poems: 1965-1975 Seamus Heaney Poetry http://amzn.to/2q94tTL
War Sebastian Junger Non-fiction http://amzn.to/2q93kM6
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian Sherman Alexie Fiction http://amzn.to/2poBQ7Z
Awake in the Dark Shira Nayman Fiction http://amzn.to/2po9jzt
Travels With Charlie John Steinbeck Memoir http://amzn.to/2qw4Gna
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky Fiction http://amzn.to/2r5otXw
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath Poetry http://amzn.to/2powoSk
Alanna: The First Adventure Tamora Pierce Fantasy http://amzn.to/2q5MiQT
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams Play http://amzn.to/2poK8wG
The Wyrd Sisters Terry Pratchett Fantasy http://amzn.to/2qvEnNB
Slaughterhouse Five Kurt Vonnegut Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8MZ9W
The Princess Bride William Goldman Fiction http://amzn.to/2q8I34Y
Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger Ficton http://amzn.to/2q8K55a

Honors Reading List
Department Course Title Author Amazon Link
English 9th Grade Honors The Whale RiderNiki Caro Niki Caro http://amzn.to/2qYhXEO
English 10th Grade Honors Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd http://amzn.to/2q5ZfKs
English Dystopian Lit The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood http://amzn.to/2q8LSHg
English British Lit Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad http://amzn.to/2q9rSVj
English Cambridge The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri http://amzn.to/2q9vg2q
Chemistry A/AS Chem Cambridge International AS and A level Chemistry Coursebook with CD_ROM with Enhanced Bundle Lawrie Ryan, Roger Norris http://amzn.to/2q63LIO
History Ancient History Honors SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome By Mary Beard http://amzn.to/2q68NoK
History Cambridge A level - International History Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad http://amzn.to/2q9rSVj
History Cambridge A level - US History The Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era By James M. McPherson http://amzn.to/2qwmWMU
History Economics Honors Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner http://amzn.to/2poENoS
History Modern World History Honors Hegemony of Survival Noam Chomsky http://amzn.to/2pCdB19
History US History Honors Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation By Joseph J. Ellis http://amzn.to/2q9iAs3
Science Physics Honors Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku, http://amzn.to/2poJY8w

 

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