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2020 Summer Reading Assignments

Complete the assignments for the course you will start in September.  You are expected to do journal writing as you read, taking note of characters, setting, plot and conflicts as they develop with corresponding page and chapter numbers. Take note when some aspect of the story surprises or puzzles you, particularly if a scene seems to be significant or memorable. The more writing you do, the better prepared you will be for class discussion and formal writing assignments in the first weeks of school.  

All students must complete the required reading for their course. All students are highly encouraged to read at least one book from the suggested reading list.


Required Reading


Because of Mr. Terupt, Rob Buyea

Wonder, R. J. Palacio


Holes, Louis Sachar

Flush, Carl Hiassen

English 7 

Down River, Will Hobbs or The Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare

English 8 / 8H

Freak the Mighty, Rodman Philbrick or The Trouble With Lemons, by Daniel Hayes
English 9 / 9H

The Pearl, John Steinbeck 

English 10 / 10H 

Animal Farm, George Orwell 

English 11

The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

English 12 

Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer

AP English Literature & Composition (See supplemental assignment from Mr. Stanton)

Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Gabriel García Márquez

How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster

AP English Language & Composition (See supplemental assignment from Miss Kish)

1984, George Orwell

Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises, by Jodie Adams Kirshner

50 Essays: A Portable Anthology, Samuel Cohen

Suggested Reading

“Recent research in cognitive science, psychology and neuroscience has demonstrated that deep reading — slow, immersive, rich in sensory detail and emotional and moral complexity — is a distinctive experience, different in kind from the mere decoding of words.”

– Annie Murphy Paul, Time Magazine, 6/3/2013 

 Middle School

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

Short Stories, Ray Bradbury

The Hunger Games (Series), Suzanne Collins

My Side of the Mountain (Series), Jean Craighead George

The Outsiders, SE Hinton

The Giver, Lois Lowry

Bystander, James Preller

We Beat the Street, The Three Doctors


High School

For One More Day, Mitch Albom The Green Mile / The Shining, Stephen King

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Peace Breaks Out, John Knowles

Sherman Alexie Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer

Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell 

The Radiance of Tomorrow, Ishmael Beah Game of Thrones (Series), George R.R. Martin

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote The Game of My Life, Jason McElwain

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky Moby Dick, Herman Melville

The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros Argo, Antonio Mendez

Elizabeth Street, Laurie Fabiano Beloved, Toni Morrison

The Cellist of Sarajevo, Steven Galloway Killing Patton, Bill O’Reilly

The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, Divergent (Series), Veronica Roth

John Green Nothing is True and Everything is Possible

Bronx Masquerade, Nikki Grimes Peter Pomerantsev

Catch – 22, Joseph Heller A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini The Color Purple, Alice Walker

On the Road, Jack Kerouac Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut



Heading Off to College

In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez

The Stranger, Albert Camus

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

Monkey Hunting, Christina García

100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez

The Swerve, Stephen Greenblatt

Resilience, Eric Greitens

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

1491, Charles Mann

Utopia, Thomas More