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Summer Reading

Below is our 2021 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 Jenn Watson.

Freshmen, English 1

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly (Advanced)
ISBN-13: 9780358063681

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

Sophomores, English 2

Educated by Tara Westover (AP Language and Advanced)
ISBN-13: 9780399590504

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

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Academic)
ISBN-13: 9780060935467

Juniors, English 3

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

Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Honors 2 and Honors 1)
ISBN-13: 9780399501487

Seniors, English 4

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

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

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

If you have any questions, please email Jenn Watson.

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