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Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program at Forman School 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 us with the 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

Students are required to read two books of their choice, and Honors students will be required to read one additional book assigned for the class they are entering. Students may pick any title, regardless of what grade they will be entering in the fall.

All English Honors level classes have required reading, and four History courses have required reading - (Ancient History Honors, Cambridge AS Level - International Relations, Honors U.S. History, and Honors European History).

For example, a rising junior will read two books of their choice; rising juniors enrolled in Honors Dystopian Literature will also read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

  • Click here for the complete list of summer reading book choices along with links to their descriptions.
  • Click here for the list of required summer reading for honors courses.


Completing a Project

Students will create a project that reflects their engagement with and understanding of each book they've read. This project must be completed over the summer. 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. Summer reading projects will be graded in the 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.


Book Critique Option

For one of their book choices, students may choose to complete a brief book critique instead of a second project.


Honors History

For students taking Honors History classes (Ancient History Honors, Cambridge AS Level - International Relations, Honors 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.


Have a wonderful summer and happy reading!



Matthew Bender, English Department Chair