Summer Reading List

Students entering the following grade levels will be required to read at least one title from the selections listed below. At the beginning of the next school year, an objective and/or subjective examination will be administered to determine the student's familiarity with the work.

Freshman English (Regular) (read one)

  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  • The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Freshman English (Honors)

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

(in addition read one below)

  • Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusack
  • The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Sophomore English (Regular) (read a novel by one of the following authors)

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Toni Morrison
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sophomore English (Honors) (read two)

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

Junior English (Regular) (read both)

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Junior English (Honors) (read all)

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Click here for the reading chart.)

Senior English (Regular)

  • Brave New World  by Aldous Huxley

Senior English (Honors) (You will read three books, one from each category.)

**One writing assignment is due June 30; the other is due July 31 (you decide which to do first).  To turn it in, email the essay to me.
**The third book will be due when school starts; there will be an in-class test on Friday of the first week.

African/  Caribbean

After reading the book in this category, you will write a paper about the protagonist.
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

African American

After reading the book in the category, you will write a paper connecting the book to its historical background. 
  • The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest J. Gaines

Asian/ Hispanic

You will take an objective test over this book.
  • Life of Pi by Yann  Martel
  • The Kite Runner by Hosseini Khaled
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende

Senior English (AP) (read all four)

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

Students will be responsible for finding the recommended titles.
Suggested approach: Students should take notes on main characters and events for a quick review, particularly if they decide to complete the reading early.