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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 http://amzn.to/2po7qTf
Nelly Dean: A Return to Wuthering Heights Alison Case 978-1681773391 http://amzn.to/2r3N0LM
The Ground on Which I Stand August Wilson 978-1559361873 http://amzn.to/2pCT5ys
The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver 978-0061097317 http://amzn.to/2pD6iHt
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Benjamin Alire Sáenz 978-1442408937 http://amzn.to/2pobWBh
Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson 978-0812984965 http://amzn.to/2pnLd7S
Power of One Bryce Courtenay 978-0345410054 http://amzn.to/2q5Jao8
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe C.S. Lewis 978-0064404990 http://amzn.to/2q8GCDH
Carpathia: Poems Cecilia Woloch 978-1934414262 http://amzn.to/2q5ZHbJ
Before We Visit The Goddess Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 978-1476792019 http://amzn.to/2popdK3
Prep Curtis Settfield 978-0739456729 http://amzn.to/2q61Gg2
Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride & Prejudice Curtis Sittenfeld 978-1400068326 http://amzn.to/2qXP8IJ
Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier 978-0380730407 http://amzn.to/2q8FWy6
What is the What Dave Eggers 978-0307385901 http://amzn.to/2r3U7ni
Consider the Lobster David Foster Wallace 978-0316013321 http://amzn.to/2qwfWji
The Wright Brothers David McCullough 978-1476728759 http://amzn.to/2qw48h7
Naked David Sedaris 978-0316777735 http://amzn.to/2q5FL8L
I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith 978-0312316167 http://amzn.to/2qwk6aT
The Light of the World Elizabeth Alexander 978-1455599868 http://amzn.to/2q8XREP
All Quiet on Western Front Erich Maria Remarque 978-0449213940 http://amzn.to/2q8QQUq
A Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines 978-0375702709 http://amzn.to/2poMlIz
Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania” Frank Bruni 978-1455532681 http://amzn.to/2q8GXpW
The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College Harlan Cohen 978-1492613329 http://amzn.to/2pnXbOF
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee 978-0446310789 http://amzn.to/2qXKwlD
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Helen Simonson 978-0812981223 http://amzn.to/2q8RlxL
Pride & Prejudice Jane Austen NA http://amzn.to/2qXpi7G
Briar Rose Jane Yolan 978-0765382948 http://amzn.to/2qwbyRh
The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy Seal Jason Redman 978-0062208323 http://amzn.to/2r3HBo6
Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) Jerome K. Jerome 978-1440465901 http://amzn.to/2po4u94
Luckiest Girl Alive Jessica Knoll 978-1476789644 http://amzn.to/2q8L3hF
Grendel John Gardner 978-0679723110 http://amzn.to/2q5VdBO
March: Book Three John Lewis 978-1603094023 http://amzn.to/2q5SdW6
Missoula: Rape & The Criminal Justice System in a College Town Jon Krakauer 978-0804170567 http://amzn.to/2qvQUko
Where Men Win Glory Jon Krakauer 978-0307386045 http://amzn.to/2qYfOZE
The Daughter of Time Josephine Tey 978-0684803869 http://amzn.to/2q8PfOr
Ordinary People Judith Guest 978-0140065176 http://amzn.to/2poaIWB
The Passion of Dolssa Julie Berry 978-0147512963 http://amzn.to/2r3STbD
Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History Karen Blumenthal 978-1250115119 http://amzn.to/2r5oMBq
Conversion Katherine Howe 978-0147511553 http://amzn.to/2q8ML2J
Ellen Foster Kaye Gibbons 978-1616203023 http://amzn.to/2qYr1JP
Kenneth C. Davis 978-1627793117 http://amzn.to/2q8I34T
A Separate Peace Knowles 978-0743253970 http://amzn.to/2r4jepZ
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson 978-0312674397 http://amzn.to/2q8Yf6f
Boy Meets Boy Levinthan 978-0375832994 http://amzn.to/2pnPesW
This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration Linda Barrett Osborne 978-1419716607 http://amzn.to/2q8qq5y
The Red Convertible: Collected and New Stories 1978-2008 Louise Erdrich 978-0061536083 http://amzn.to/2qwcoxw
Girl Mans Up M-E Girard 978-0062404176 http://amzn.to/2q8OXag
Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald 978-0345528438 http://amzn.to/2qY1JLI
Tamar Mal Peet 978-0763640637 http://amzn.to/2q8PvgA
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings, A Memoir Margarita Engle 978-1481435239 http://amzn.to/2pDlJPQ
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi 978-0375714573 http://amzn.to/2r45efW
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou 978-0345514400 http://amzn.to/2q8OFAo
Jellicoe Road Melina Marchetta 978-0061431852 http://amzn.to/2q8KhkL
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor 978-0142401125 http://amzn.to/2po8Tck
American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers Nancy Jo Sales 978-0804173186 http://amzn.to/2q8LsAH
Fever Pitch Nick Hornby 978-1573226882 http://amzn.to/2pCTYXM
The Sun is Also a Star Nicole Yoon 978-0553496680 http://amzn.to/2q98Nm4
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune Pamela S. Turner 978-1580895842 http://amzn.to/2pBnyMF
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho 978-0062315007 http://amzn.to/2q65zBK
Fangirl Rainbow Rowell 978-1250030955 http://amzn.to/2q91avJ
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler 978-0394758282 http://amzn.to/2qXBsNw
Native Son Richard Wright 978-0060929800 http://amzn.to/2q8EYlo
The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry 1st Edition Rita Dove 978-0143121480 http://amzn.to/2qwnClG
Poems: 1965-1975 Seamus Heaney 978-0374516529 http://amzn.to/2q94tTL
War Sebastian Junger 978-0446556224 http://amzn.to/2q93kM6
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian Sherman Alexie 978-0316013697 http://amzn.to/2poBQ7Z
Awake in the Dark Shira Nayman 978-0743292818 http://amzn.to/2po9jzt
Travels With Charlie Steinbeck 978-0140053203 http://amzn.to/2qw4Gna
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky 978-1451696196 http://amzn.to/2r5otXw
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath 978-0060837020 http://amzn.to/2powoSk
Alanna: The First Adventure Tamora Pierce 978-1442426412 http://amzn.to/2q5MiQT
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams 978-0811214049 http://amzn.to/2poK8wG
The Wyrd Sisters Terry Pratchett 978-0062225733 http://amzn.to/2qvEnNB
Slaughterhouse Five Vonnegut 978-0385333849 http://amzn.to/2q8MZ9W
The Princess Bride William Goldman 978-0156035217 http://amzn.to/2q8I34Y
Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger 978-1451645859 http://amzn.to/2q8K55a

Honors Reading List
Department Course Title Author ISBN 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 978-0142001745 http://amzn.to/2q5ZfKs
English Dystopian Lit The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood 978-0385490818 http://amzn.to/2q8LSHg
English British Lit Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 978-0486264646 http://amzn.to/2q9rSVj
English Cambridge The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri 978-0618485222 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 9781316637739 http://amzn.to/2q63LIO
History Ancient History Honors SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome By Mary Beard 978-0871404237 http://amzn.to/2q68NoK
History Cambridge A level - International History Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad 978-0486264646 http://amzn.to/2q9rSVj
History Cambridge A level - US History The Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era By James M. McPherson 978-0195168952 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 978-0060731335 http://amzn.to/2poENoS
History Modern World History Honors Hegemony of Survival Noam Chomsky 978-0805076882 http://amzn.to/2pCdB19
History US History Honors Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation By Joseph J. Ellis 978-0375705243 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, 978-0307278821 http://amzn.to/2poJY8w

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