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Summer Reading

Below is our 2020 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 Andrea Peavler.

Freshmen, English 1

House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Academic, Honors 2 and Honors 1)
ISBN-10: 0679734775; ISBN-13: 9780679734772

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Advanced)
ISBN-10: 0060736267; ISBN-13: 9780060736262

Sophomores, English 2

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Academic, Honors 2 and Honors 1)
ISBN-10: 0142001740; ISBN-13: 9780142001745

Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto by Tilar J. Mazzeo (Advanced & AP)
ISBN-10: 1476778515; ISBN-13: 9781476778518

Juniors, English 3

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (Honors 2 and Honors 1)
ISBN-10: 0062073486; ISBN-13: 9780062073488

1984 by George Orwell (Advanced)
ISBN-10: 0451524934; ISBN-13: 978-0451524935

Seniors, English 4

Clay's Quilt by Silas House (Honors 2 and Honors 1)
ISBN-10: 0345450698; ISBN-13: 978-0345450692

Advanced English 4: Student Choice from Approved list

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (AP)
ISBN-10: 1616202416; ISBN-13: 978-1616202415

The Awakening by Kate Chopin (AP)
ISBN-10: 0486277860; ISBN-13: 978-0486277868

*Note there are two books for AP English 4.
If you have any questions, please email Andrea Peavler.

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