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 Discussion Questions)

Senior English (Regular) (choice of two)

  • The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens
  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • Night by Elie Weisel
  • Amish Grace by Donald Kraybill

Senior English (Honors) (read all three)

  • The Little Prince by Anyoine de St. Exupery
  • Perfume by Patrick Süskind
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

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.