To comply with the MMS program, students must read the designated text for their grade level (below) and at least two additional book selections of their choosing. (Here is a link to the Darien Public Library's list of great summer reads.) There is no summer writing assignment that goes along with these readings; all summer reading tasks and activities will be assigned once the new school year begins.

Grade 6

RESTART is one of Gordon Korman's most popular and topical novels yet. Here is a link to a video preview.

Grade 7

A National Book Award winner, Kathryn Erskine's MOCKINGBIRD is as acclaimed as its characters are vital.

Grade 8

OUT OF MY MIND is the best-selling 10th novel by award-winning children's author Sharon Draper.

SUMMER READING AMBASSADORS: Students in grades 6 and 7 are invited to apply for our Summer Reading Ambassador positions. This year, we will be selecting six ambassadors from each grade level, and all successful candidates will need to (a) commit to a summer reading list of public library book selections, (b) promote their selections to grade-level colleagues, and (c) give a book talk at the May 29 Summer Reading Assembly. If your student is interested, download and print the application (link). The deadline for receiving the completed application is March 28.

English 9 Accelerated


This summer, all DHS students will be expected to engage in summer reading.

For some courses, such as English 9 Accelerated, a single book is required (The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman). The department's other honors and AP offerings have specific titles as well as assignments, assessments, and units devoted to them. (See books at the bottom of the page.)

For other courses, students are expected to choose a book within a given genre. (See the genres for each of the 300-level English courses below, and click on the image for further details.)

English 9

Historical Fiction

English 10

World Literature

American Lit 11

American Historical Fiction

English 12



For many years, Philip Pullman's acclaimed fantastical work of science fiction has served to frame the ninth-grade accelerated experience.

ENG 10 Honors

Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere was selected by Amazon as the "best novel of 2017," won the GoodReads Reader's Choice Award for Fiction, and was named a "best book of the year" by NPR, Barnes & Noble, The Guardian, Esquire, and The Washington Post.

AP Lang 11

The summer reading for this course will be determined on June 17. (Students currently enrolled in the course will complete the final major project by selecting, as a group, the summer reading book for next year's AP Lang juniors.)

AP Lang 12

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni invites us to think differently when it comes to colleges, and Jay Heinrichs puts a contemporary spin on the classical art of rhetoric. (Here is a link to the summer reading assignment.)

AP Lit 12

In addition to Charlotte Bronte's 1847 classic, Jane Eyre, students enrolled in AP Lit are required to read one other title from this list.