Summer Reading Lists for SY 2018-19

The following books are required reading for students who will be taking honors, IB, or AP English courses. You are responsible for procuring your own copies. You will also find copies at local bookstores (be sure to check the used book stores as well). Please resist the temptation to watch a film version of the novel in place of reading it. SparkNotes are unacceptable, academically irresponsible, and should not be used without the guidance of a teacher. We also recommend reading with a dictionary nearby. Circle new words and then scribble their definitions into the margins. Use a small notebook or your computer to jot down important quotes as well as your own thoughts and questions, as it facilitates close reading. During the first week back some of your teachers may be checking the marks and annotations that you’ve made to your text (or the notes you took). The summer may seem long and limitless in June, but August will be here before you know it. Set a schedule for yourself and stick with it. Don’t wait until the last week. Even if you’re scheduled for English during the second semester, take advantage of the summer. Once school starts, it’s hard to find the time.

9th Grade Honors English 

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

10th Grade Honors English 

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Sklott

11th Grade AP Language and Composition

  • Students will complete Canvas work over the summer. AP teacher will send out more information in May

12th Grade AP Literature and Composition

  • The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White-note this is the first book in The Once and Future King by T.H. White. You will need to purchase a copy of The Once and Future King and not the stand-alone version of The Sword in the Stone
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr  (New as of 5/18/2018)

12th Grade IB English

  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison - there will be additional works and mythologies. IB Teacher will meet with students before the end of this year to discuss summer assignments. Please watch for annoucement.