Summer Reading Assignment

June 2018

Dear Parents, Guardians:

To read a book is to open a mind, to travel to new places, to meet unforgettable people, to imagine the impossible, and to stir the spirit into awakening. In the words of Charles William Eliot, “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

This summer, we are asking you to go on a journey with your child. We have assigned a summer reading list of titles that you and your child can read over the long summer vacation. Reading during the summer helps children keep afresh the skills they learned the semester before vacation. It helps to maintain their reading levels and in some cases, may actually allow your child’s reading skills to improve.

We have included a wide range of options for children that should satisfy their particular interests, and your child can read as few as two, or as many as all the books on the summer reading list if they so choose. 

Please help your child obtain a copy of the books on the list. Books can be borrowed for free at your local library, they can be purchased at a bookstore, or you may order used copies online from sites such as

Our goal is to provide an opportunity for our children to grow over the summer. We want students to come back to school refreshed with new ideas and new experiences that they can share with their classmates and their teachers. The summer vacation is a long period off and, if used wisely, can be time well spent. As William Styron said, “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end.” Thank you for your support and happy reading!

Please complete and sign the form below and ask your child to return it to their English teacher.


 Ms. S. Thomas, AP English



Summer Reading 2018

Each student is required to read two books for the summer. Find your class on the list below and choose two texts. Please feel free to read more books on the list. They are all great reads!

Incoming Freshman:

Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner

Left to Tell by Immaculee Iibagiza

The Astonishing Life of Octavio Nothing by MT Anderson

Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinonez

July’s People by Nadine Gordimer

When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago


Rising Sophomores:

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Polan

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir by Eddie Huang


Rising Juniors:

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

The River King by Alice Hoffman

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oats

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Cavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen

112263 by Stephen King


Rising Seniors:

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine

Rocket Boys (October Sky) by Homer Hickam

Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self by Lori Gottlieb

A Walk in the Wood: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, by Bill Bryson

The Pact: Three young men make a promise and fulfill a dream by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Lisa Frazier.


Advanced Placement English Literature only

Read the following and one of the books assigned to your grade above:

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

by Thomas C. Foster

The Secret History by Donna Tartt


Advanced Placement English Language and composition only

Read the following and one of the books assigned to your grade above:

On Writing Well by William Zinsser (including chapter 10)


AP Capstone Seminar

Outliers by M. Gladwell

Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015 by Amy Stuart


AP Capstone Research

Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt

Outliers: The Story of Success by M. Gladwell