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)

Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations
Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Attached document on theme

For each of the 3 summer reading novels, identify a theme. Then write a paragraph examining how the theme is portrayed in the text. You will be writing 3 separate paragraphs.

This assignment will be your first grade for the class, so please put forth your best effort and demonstrate your knowledge of English grammar and mechanics. This assignment requires no outside resources or assistance! Avoid the temptation to seek help from online resources such as or I want to learn your insights into the text—not someone’s else’s. You should not need to use the library databases for this assignment either. Although you may discuss the assignment with your peers, make sure the work that you do is your own. Be wary of “sharing” documents/ideas with someone else who may try to pass them off as his own.

This assignment will be due Monday, August 13. It should be typed according to MLA formatting. Any quotations used should be cited according to MLA format.

Please email Mrs. Neuman at with any questions.

Senior English (Regular)

  • Brave New World  by Aldous Huxley

Senior English (Honors)

  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Life of Pi by Yann  Martel

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.