• 2019 Required Summer Reading for Honors English Classes 9-12th grades 

    Please note: students should have books available to them for classroom use, either on paper or electronically, when school starts.

    9-HD Read ONE
    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford or The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 

    10-HD Read ONE
    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    The Namesake Jhumpa Lahiri (contains adult content)

    AP Literature and Composition (12th grade)

    Students should read AT LEAST one of the paired sets of novels below (that is, a minimum of two novels). Students are encouraged to read more than one pairing.

    Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

    The Awakening – Kate Chopin


    Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

    Beloved – Toni Morrison


    Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
    The Quiet American--Graham Greene 

    Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
    A Passage to India -- E.M. Forster 

    Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

    Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen 

    W131 ACP (12th grade) 
    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    AP Language and Composition (11th grade)

    Students enrolling in AP Language and Composition are expected to read ONE NONFICTION BOOK from authors on the list below. Any book chosen must be at least 200 pages long and not have been adapted as a film. If you would like suggestions about which authors to choose, you can consult AP teachers Erin Crowley, Kathleen Mills, Kyla Tosti, or Susie Shelton. Please do NOT consult an older list of authors; this list has been revised. 

    Students will take an assessment on their summer reading. Teachers may assign personal writing, an oral presentation, an analytical paper, or some other way in which students will be held accountable for the reading and note-taking they completed over the summer. It is not necessary to take notes on separate paper, but marking items of note in the book, either written in or on sticky notes, is a good idea. 

    • Edward Abbey
    • Diane Ackerman
    • Hannah Arendt
    • Isaac Asimov
    • Wendell Berry
    • Sven Birkerts
    • William F. Buckley
    • Ian Buruma
    • Truman Capote
    • Nicolas Carr
    • Rachel Carson
    • Charles Darwin
    • Richard Dawkins
    • Jared Diamond
    • Joan Didion
    • Annie Dillard
    • W.E.B. DuBois
    • Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Loren Eiseley
    • Dave Eggers
    • M. F. K. Fisher
    • Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Shelby Foote
    • Thomas Friedman
    • Paul Fussell
    • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    • Atul Gawande
    • Roxanne Gay 
    • Jane Goodall
    • Stephen Jay Gould
    • David Halberstam
    • Christopher Hitchens
    • Edward Hoagland
    • bell hooks
    • Pauline Kael
    • Tracy Kidder
    • Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • Naomi Klein
    • Lewis Lapham 
    • Barry Lopez
    • Bill McKibben
    • John McPhee
    • N. Scott Momaday
    • Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • George Orwell (not Animal Farm or 1984, must be NON-fiction) 
    • Steven Pinker
    • Michael Pollan
    • Rick Reilly
    • Mordecai Richler
    • Richard Rodriguez
    • Carl Sagan
    • Scott Russell Sanders
    • Simon Schama
    • Leslie Marmom Silko 
    • Peter Singer
    • Susan Sontag
    • Shelby Steele
    • Paul Theroux
    • Lewis Thomas
    • John Updike
    • Gore Vidal
    • Sarah Vowell
    • Jonathan Weiner
    • Terry Tempest Williams
    • E.O. Wilson