Summer Reading

Audubon Junior-Senior High School

 All Grade Levels / Summer Reading List 2017

Grade 7


All levels will read the short stories “Seventh Grade” and “The Challenge” by Gary Soto

All levels will also read “Malala Yousafzai: A ‘Normal’ Yet Powerful Girl” and  “Excerpt from The Story of My Life”


All levels must complete the appropriate study guides.  


Copies of the texts and study guides are available in the SPS office as well as Mrs. Allman’s school website.



Grade 8


Honors ELA 8:  Select one of the following novels  

  • The Adventures of  Tom Sawyer

  • Treasure Island

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • Little Women

  • Kidnapped


ELA 8 Resource, I and II::  Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix


Grade 9:  


English I College Prep and Honors:  Take notes on the theme of “power” for ONE of the following books. You will be writing an essay when you return to school.


The Storyteller* by Jodi Picoult (* MA - does contain Mature material)

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

A Long Way Gone: Memoir of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah


English I: Please be prepared for an assessment on the reading selection when you return to school. Please visit the AHS website for summer assignments for the study guides to help with your reading.


The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Rumblefish by S.E. Hinton


Grade 10


English II Honors: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury


English II College Prep: Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury


English II: Rocket Boys, by Homer Hickam


Grade 11


AP English Language and Composition:  Must read all of the following and see Mrs. Kavanaugh for their reading assignment.  


  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

  • Daisy Miller by Henry James

  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller



Honors English III:  Must read ALL of the following. Write a paper answering the following question: Using evidence from the 3 books you read, analyze the relationship between literature/rhetoric and American values.


  • One of the following by Louise Erdrich:

  • The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

  • Round House

  • An Independent Reading book as follows: American fiction (May NOT read The Crucible, The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby)

  • "The Heretic’s Daughter” (Kathleen Kent)



College Prep English III and English III:  Choose one of the following.


  • Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles


English III RCR: Please check Ms. Loomis’ (Morrison’s) website -

  • Digital downloads are available for all short readings

  • Assignments attached on website

    • “American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality” by Ari Shapiro

    • From, The World Around Him by Horatio Alger Jr.

    • From, Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

    • From, A Civil War Nurse by Louisa May Alcott



Grade 12


AP English Literature and Composition:  Must read The Sirens of Titan, the “Death of a Naturalist” section from the Seamus Heaney collection, and one other book from the list below. See Mr. Rowan for further instructions.


  • The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy

  • All My Sons by Arthur Miller

  • King Lear by Shakespeare

  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  • The Sirens of Titan  by Kurt Vonnegut

  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski



Honors English IV: Read  Hard Times by Charles Dickens and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls.  (These texts are available at school.)


Assignment: All notation work must be included with assignment.  Notes will be handed in with papers first day of class.

  1. Select 10 significant passages from each novel.  Copy the passage completely and note the page number.

  2. From the 20 passages choose four from each novel that you see as a connecting thread of meaning between both novels.  (Think theme!)

  3. Create an outline of a paper that analyzes how each author reveals the theme.  (Think characterization or setting.) Make sure you use the chosen passage as an example for your analysis.

  4. Compose a typed 2-3 page paper (double-spaced) with parenthetical citations and works cited in which you analyze how these passages connect in a significant way.  Support your analysis with quotations from texts.



English IV College Prep: The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. (These texts are available at school.)



English IV:  Read the following. As you read, please make a list of the “life lessons” learned. If you would like a copy of the novel to borrow for the summer, please see Ms. Gidjunis (C206) or Ms. Pitt (A126) for a copy.


  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom


English IV RCR: Please check Ms. Loomis’ (Morrison’s) website

See website for summer assignment

  • A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer