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

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


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