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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 (9th Grade Honors, 10th Grade Honors, Dystopian Literature Honors, World Mythology Honors, and Cambridge AS Level - English); Five History courses have required reading (Ancient History Honors, Cambridge AS Level - International Relations, Honors U.S. History, Honors European History, and Economics Honors); Two science classes have required reading (Physics Honors and Cambridge International AS Level Chemistry.

For example, a rising sophomore will read two books of their choice; rising sophomores enrolled in Honors English 10 will also read Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying.

The complete list of summer reading book choices along with links to their descriptions can be viewed here.

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


Students will create a project that reflects their engagement with an understanding of the 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.

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


Students enrolled in Cambridge AS Level - Chemistry has a set of assignments over the summer which can be found here.


For the second or third book for those enrolled in Honors English, students may choose to complete a brief book critique instead of a second project.  The book critique form is located here.

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

Have a wonderful summer and happy reading!

Matthew Bender, English Department Chair
Jamie Severy Dwan, Director of Studies
Sean Padgett, Director of Library Services


Summer 2018 Reading List
Title Author Genre
#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy Non-Fiction
A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole Fiction
A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemmingway Fiction
A Gift Upon The Shore M.K. Wren Fiction
A Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia-Marquez Fiction
A Prayer For Owen Meany John Irving Fiction
A River Runs Through It and Other stories Norman Maclean Fiction
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Fiction
An Antropologist on Mars Oliver Sacks Non-Fiction
Andy Warhol Diaries Andy Warhol Non-fiction
Another Brooklyn Jacqueline Woodson Fiction
Ash Malinda Lo Fiction
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Dai Sijie Fiction
Black Boy Richard Wright Non-fiction
Black Hawk Down Mark Bowden Non-Fiction
Boy Meets Boy David Levithan Fiction
Cats Cradle Jon Vonnegt Fiction
Chronicles: Volume One Bob Dylan Non-fiction
Cinder Marissa Meyer Fiction
Crank Ellen Hopkins fiction
Devils Within S.F. Henson Fiction
Dracula Bram Stoker Fiction
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card Fiction
Everything That Rises Must Converge Flannery O'Connor Fiction
Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air Richard Holmes Non-fiction
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders Neil Gaiman Fiction
Girl Mans Up M-E Girard Graphic
Going Postal Terry Pratchet Fiction
Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Adichie Fiction
Hombre Elmore Leonard Western
Home Toni Morrison Fiction
House of The Spirits Isabel Allende Fiction
In Cold Blood Truman Capote Non-Fiction
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace Fiction
Interpreter of Maladies Jhunpa Lahiri Fiction - Short Stories
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte Fiction
Jellicoe Road Melina Marchetta Fiction
John Dies at the End David Wong Science Fiction
Kaffir Boy Mark Mathabane Non-fiction
Killers of the Flower Moon David Grann Non-Fiction
Liar's Poker Michael Lewis Non-fiction
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Misty Copeland Non-fiction
Lives of Girls and Women Alice Munro Fiction
March John Lewis Graphic Novel
Mr. Potter Jamaica Kincaid Fiction
Muhammed Ali: His Life and Times Thomas Hauser Non-Fiction
My Favorite Thing is Monsters Emili Harris Graphic Novel
My Losing Season Pat Conroy Non-Fiction
Naked David Sedaris Non-fiction
Neuromancer William Gibson Science Fiction
Never Cry Wolf Farley Mowat Non-Fiction
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro Fiction
Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Strout Fiction
On The Road Jack Kerouac Fiction
Once and Future King TH White Fiction
Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better Jane McGonigal Non-fiction
Road Swing Steve Rushin Non-fiction
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson Fiction
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife Mary Roach Non-Fiction
Stand Up Straight and Sing Jessye Norman Non-fiction
Swagger Carl Deuker Fiction
The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach Fiction
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler Crime Fiction
The Bluest Eye` Toni Morrison Fiction
The Book of Unknown Americans Christina Henriquez Fiction
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz Fiction
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas Fiction
The Duke of Deception Geoffrey Wolff Non-fiction
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls Non-fiction
The Hate U Give Angie Thomas Fiction
The Help Kathryn Stockett Fiction
The Hungry Ocean Linda Greenlaw Non-fiction
The Hunt for the Red October Tom Clancy Fiction
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson Walter Isaacson Non-fiction
The Looming Tower Lawrence Wright Non-fiction
The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy Fiction
The Mosquito Coast Paul Theroux Fiction
The Omnivore's Dilemma Michael Pollan Non-Fiction
The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver Fiction
The Round House Louise Erdrich Fiction
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne Fiction
The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found Martin W. Sandler Non-Fiction
This is where the world ends Amy Zhang Fiction
Tortilla Flat John Steinbeck Fiction
Travels with Charlie John Steinbeck Non-Fiction
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers Deborah Heiligman Non-Fiction
Waverly Sir Walter Scott Fiction
We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity bell hooks non-fiction
We Were Eight Years In Power Ta-Nahesi Coates Non-fiction
Zeitoun David Eggers Fiction
Zone One Coulson Whitehead Fiction

Summer 2018 Honors Reading List
Class Title Author
English 9 Honors What it the What Dave Eggers
English 10 Honors A Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines
English Dystopian Honors The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

English Mythology Honors American Gods Neil Gaiman
English Cambridge Small Island Andrea Levy
Ancient History Honors 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed Eric H. Cline
Cambridge International Relations Woodrow Wilson H.W. Brands
Economics Honors Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

European History Honors The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Stephen Greenblatt
U.S. History Honors The Killer Angels Michael Shaara


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