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Summer Reading

Please read the prescribed books for your grade level. For each book you read, please complete the assignment sheet that was distributed at the end of the school year. Summer reading will be addressed in the classroom upon return to school in September, in the form of a project-based assessment. The exception is at the AP level, where papers are assigned and will be turned in when school begins.


AP Literature and Composition:

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
  • To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien


Grade 12 World Literature:

  • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • ADDITIONAL FOR HONORS: Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years by Sarah L. Delany and Elizabeth Delany


Grade 11 British Literature:

  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Timeby Mark Haddon
  • ADDITIONAL FOR HONORS: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


Grade 10 American Literature:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • ADDITIONAL FOR HONORS: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry


Grade 9 Introduction to Literature:

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai (Young Reader Edition Recommended)
  • ADDITIONAL FOR HONORS: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie