Summer Reading Program

In the interest of encouraging our students to enjoy reading, we evaluate our summer reading program each year and will be using the following books for this summer. The books we have chosen are a mixture of classic novels, as well as contemporary popular fiction recommended by the Young Adult Library Services Association.

The high school years are challenging academically, as well as emotionally. We understand that teens in particular are faced with learning about difficult adult topics, complicated language in the world and in literature, and ideas that may seem contradictory or difficult to understand. Books are a safe space to explore new, and sometimes difficult, ideas. As the National Council of Teachers of English writes,

One of the foundations of a democratic society is the individual’s right to read, and also the individual’s right to freely choose what they would like to read. This right is based on an assumption that the educated possess judgment and understanding and can be trusted with the determination of their own actions. In effect, the reader is freed from the bonds of chance. The reader is not limited by birth, geographic location, or time, since reading allows meeting people, debating philosophies, and experiencing events far beyond the narrow confines of an individual’s own existence.

Our goal in the summer reading program is to help our students understand and appreciate F. Scott Fitzgerald's words: “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” Hopefully the books that we have chosen will help our students to feel the same way.

Required Texts

The format of the program is as follows:

  • All grade levels have one required book listed.
  • Dual Enrollment English students have an additional required book listed.
  • All students then need to choose one of the optional books listed.


  • All students not enrolled in the Dual Enrollment English class will read TWO books.
  • All students enrolled in the Dual Enrollment English classes will read THREE books.


Additional information about choice novels can be found on the pages for individual courses. Make sure to select the course you will be in during the 2019-2020 school year.

12th Grade

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen


11th Grade

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

10th Grade

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

9th Grade

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee