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2016 Summer Reading

Below is our 2016 summer reading list. The books will be used within English classes beginning on the first full day of classes.

***For all the books listed below, electronic or paper copies of the book are acceptable. Also, any edition/version is acceptable. Pay close attention to the level listed on your daughter’s schedule to make sure you are purchasing the correct book.

Freshmen, English 1

They Came Like Swallows by William Maxwell (All Levels)

Sophomores, English 2

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (Academic, Honors 1, and Honors 2)

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Advanced)

Juniors, English 3

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh (Advanced)

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Honors)

Seniors, English 4

Clay's Quilt by Silas House (AP, Advanced and Honors)

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton (AP)

*note two books for AP English 4

If you have any questions, please contact Laurel Wyatt via email: lwyatt@mercyjaguars.com


Goals for Summer Reading

There are numerous obvious benefits for students reading in the summer. A few specific English class related goals are the following:
  • enables students to broaden their literary experiences
  • develops cultural literacy and enhances cultural perspective
  • provides students an opportunity to develop reading comprehension skills and vocabulary
  • exposes students to valued literature likely to be seen on ACT, SAT and AP exams




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