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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 (scroll down for Honors)
Title Author ISBN Amazon Link
The River King Alice Hoffman 978-0425179673
Nelly Dean: A Return to Wuthering Heights Alison Case 978-1681773391
The Ground on Which I Stand August Wilson 978-1559361873
The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver 978-0061097317
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Benjamin Alire Sáenz 978-1442408937
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson 978-0812984965
Power of One Bryce Courtenay 978-0345410054
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe C.S. Lewis 978-0064404990
Carpathia: Poems Cecilia Woloch 978-1934414262
Before We Visit The Goddess Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 978-1476792019
Prep Curtis Settfield 978-0739456729
Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice Curtis Sittenfeld 978-1400068326
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier 978-0380730407
What is the What Dave Eggers 978-0307385901
Consider the Lobster David Foster Wallace 978-0316013321
The Wright Brothers David McCullough 978-1476728759
Naked David Sedaris 978-0316777735
I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith 978-0312316167
The Light of the World Elizabeth Alexander 978-1455599868
All Quiet on Western Front Erich Maria Remarque 978-0449213940
A Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines 978-0375702709
Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania” Frank Bruni 978-1455532681
The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College Harlan Cohen 978-1492613329
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 978-0446310789
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Helen Simonson 978-0812981223
Pride & Prejudice Jane Austen NA
Briar Rose Jane Yolan 978-0765382948
The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy Seal Jason Redman 978-0062208323
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) Jerome K. Jerome 978-1440465901
Luckiest Girl Alive Jessica Knoll 978-1476789644
Grendel John Gardner 978-0679723110
March: Book Three John Lewis 978-1603094023
Missoula: Rape & The Criminal Justice System in a College Town Jon Krakauer 978-0804170567
Where Men Win Glory Jon Krakauer 978-0307386045
The Daughter of Time Josephine Tey 978-0684803869
Ordinary People Judith Guest 978-0140065176
The Passion of Dolssa Julie Berry 978-0147512963
Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History Karen Blumenthal 978-1250115119
Conversion Katherine Howe 978-0147511553
Ellen Foster Kaye Gibbons 978-1616203023
Kenneth C. Davis 978-1627793117
A Separate Peace Knowles 978-0743253970
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson 978-0312674397
Boy Meets Boy Levinthan 978-0375832994
This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration Linda Barrett Osborne 978-1419716607
The Red Convertible: Collected and New Stories 1978-2008 Louise Erdrich 978-0061536083
Girl Mans Up M-E Girard 978-0062404176
Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald 978-0345528438
Tamar Mal Peet 978-0763640637
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings, A Memoir Margarita Engle 978-1481435239
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi 978-0375714573
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou 978-0345514400
Jellicoe Road Melina Marchetta 978-0061431852
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor 978-0142401125
American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers Nancy Jo Sales 978-0804173186
Fever Pitch Nick Hornby 978-1573226882
The Sun is Also a Star Nicole Yoon 978-0553496680
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune Pamela S. Turner 978-1580895842
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho 978-0062315007
Fangirl Rainbow Rowell 978-1250030955
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler 978-0394758282
Native Son Richard Wright 978-0060929800
The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry 1st Edition Rita Dove 978-0143121480
Poems: 1965-1975 Seamus Heaney 978-0374516529
War Sebastian Junger 978-0446556224
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian Sherman Alexie 978-0316013697
Awake in the Dark Shira Nayman 978-0743292818
Travels With Charlie Steinbeck 978-0140053203
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky 978-1451696196
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath 978-0060837020
Alanna: The First Adventure Tamora Pierce 978-1442426412
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams 978-0811214049
The Wyrd Sisters Terry Pratchett 978-0062225733
Slaughterhouse Five Vonnegut 978-0385333849
The Princess Bride William Goldman 978-0156035217
Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger 978-1451645859

Honors Reading List
Department Course Title Author ISBN Link
English 9th Grade Honors The Whale RiderNiki Caro Niki Caro
English 10th Grade Honors Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd 978-0142001745
English Dystopian Lit The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood 978-0385490818
English British Lit Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 978-0486264646
English Cambridge The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri 978-0618485222
Chemistry A/AS Chem Cambridge International AS and A level Chemistry Coursebook with CD_ROM with Enhanced Bundle Lawrie Ryan, Roger Norris 9781316637739
History Ancient History Honors SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome By Mary Beard 978-0871404237
History Cambridge A level - International History Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 978-0486264646
History Cambridge A level - US History The Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era By James M. McPherson 978-0195168952
History Economics Honors Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner 978-0060731335
History Modern World History Honors Hegemony of Survival Noam Chomsky 978-0805076882
History US History Honors Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation By Joseph J. Ellis 978-0375705243
Science Physics Honors Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel by Michio Kaku, 978-0307278821

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