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Summer Reading

Below is our 2022 summer reading list. The books will be used in 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. 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.

If you have any questions, please email Andrew Gottbrath.

Freshmen, English 1

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (Advanced)
ISBN-13: 978-0358063681
ISBN-10: 0358063681

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson (Academic, Honors 2 and Honors 1)
ISBN-13: 978-1681191072
ISBN-10: 1681191075

Sophomores, English 2

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (AP Language and Advanced)
ISBN-13: 978-0399590504
ISBN-10: 0399590501

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Academic, Honors 2 and Honors 1)
ISBN-13: 978-0142001745
ISBN-10: 0142001740

Juniors, English 3

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (Advanced)
ISBN-13: 978-0380730407
ISBN-10: 0380730405

Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Honors 2 and Honors 1)
ISBN-13: 978-0399501487
ISBN-10: 0399501487

Seniors, English 4

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (AP Literature)
ISBN-13: 978-1616202415
ISBN-10: 0307278255

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green (DC English)
ISBN-13: 9780525555216
ISBN-10: 0525555218

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (Honors 2 and Honors 1)
ISBN-13: 978-0307278258
ISBN-10: 0307278255

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