Summer Reading Lists for SY 2019-20

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
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

10th Grade Honors English 

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

11th Grade AP Language and Composition

  • Self Reliance by Emerson
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

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

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy