2018-2019 Summer Reading and Assignments

Summer reading

Your English teachers are excited to hear what you will say about these volumes in September. Plan to write on the “class book” during the first week of school and three of the recommended texts during the second week of school.

Wishing you a happy summer with books!
The English Department



English

6th Grade

  1. Read (and remember) the required text for your grade level. You will write about this in September.
  2. You are also required to read TWO MORE from this list. You will write on all of these in September.
  3. Naturally, you should feel free to read as many as you like that are not on this list, but three total books from this list are required. We know that you will read what you must, but we promise you will benefit from going well beyond that. We urge you to read as many as you can!

Required Text

The Rose Legacy, Jessica Day George

Grade 6 Book List

Book of Three, Lloyd Alexander
Skellig , David Almond
Before We Were Free, Julia Alvarez
The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate
Seer of Shadows, Avi
Nobody Particular: One Woman’s Fight to Save the Bays, graphic novel, Molly Bang
The Jumbies, Tracy Baptiste
Anything But Typical , Nora Raleigh Baskin
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, Kate Beasley
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret , Judy Blume
Christian the Lion , Anthony Bourke
Cosmic, Frank Cottrell-Boyce
The Manny Files, Christian Burch
Blood on the River, Elisa Carbone
Call Me Maria, Judith Ortiz Cofer
My Brother Sam is Dead, James Lincoln and Christopher Collier
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, Young Reader Edition, Misty Copeland
The Dark is Rising, S. Cooper
Bloomability, Sharon Creech
The Watsons Go to Birmingham, Christopher Paul Curtis
The BFG, Roald Dahl
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, Erin Dionne
City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau
The Birchbark House , Louise Erdrich
Chickadee, Louise Erdrich
Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh
One-Eyed Cat or The Slave Dancer, Paula Fox
Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
Wonder of Charlie, Kimberly Newton Fusco
Coraline, Neil Gaiman
Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos
Jubilee, Patricia Reilly Giff
George, Alex Gino
Leonardo's Shadow, Christopher Grey
Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Goose Girl, Shannon Hale
The Cats in Krasinski Square, Karen Hesse
Among the Hidden, Margaret Peterson Haddix
Hoot, Carl Hiassen
The Vacation, Polly Horvath
The Parker Inheritance, Varian Johnson
The Land of Forgotten Girls, Erin Entrada Kelly
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly
The View from Saturday, E L Konigsberg
Girls to the Rescue, Bruce Lansky
All Summer Long, Hope Larson (graphic novel)
Savvy, Scumble, Law
Meet the Austins, M. L'Engle
Voices, Ursula Le Guin
The Color of My Words, Lynn Joseph
Hana’s Suitcase, Levine
The Brothers Lionheart, Astrid Lindgren
Number the Stars , Lois Lowry
City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction, David Macaulay (nonfiction) Every Soul a Star, W. Mass The Apothecary, Maile Meloy
Dear Olly or Kensuke's Kingdom, M. Monpurgo
My Friend Flicka, Mary O'Hara
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
Higher Power of Lucky, Susan Patron
Dangerous Days of Daniel X, James Patterson
Wolf Brother, Michelle Paver
A Long Way to Chicago and A Year Down Yonder, Richard Peck
The First Rule of Punk, Cecelia C. Perez
The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
Losers, Matthue Roth
Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, Gary Schmidt
The Wednesday Wars, Gary Schmidt
Chronicles of Little Nicolas, Jean-Jacques Sempe
The Schwa Was Here, Neal Shusterman
Where the Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein (poems)
Georges and the Jewels, Jane Smiley
Crash or Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
Heidi, Johanna Spyri
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart
Almost Astronauts: 113 Women Who Dared to Dream, Tanya Lee Stone (nonfiction)
Drama, Raina Teigemeier
Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
Moon Over Manifest, Vanderpool Dragonwings , Laurence Yep
Midnight Without a Moon, Linda Jackson
Devil's Arithmetic, Jane Yolen
Counting on Grace, Elizabeth Winthrop
One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams
Feathers, Jacqueline Woodson

7th Grade

  1. Read (and remember) the required text for your grade level. You will write about this in September.
  2. You are also required to read TWO MORE from this list. You will write on all of these in September.
  3. Naturally, you should feel free to read as many as you like that are not on this list, but three total books from this list are required. We know that you will read what you must, but we promise you will benefit from going well beyond that. We urge you to read as many as you can!

Required Text

Habibi, Naomi Shihab Nye

Grade 7 Book List

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, Kwame Alexander (poetry)
Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
Broken Bridge, Lynne Reid Banks
The Boy Who Dared, Bartoletti
Lucky Broken Girl, Ruth Behar
Tangerine, Edward Bloor
Serendipity Market, Penny Blubaugh
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne
The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech
Shakespeare on Toast, Ben Crystal (nonfiction)
Catherine, Called Birdy, Karen Cushman
The Maze Runner, James Dashner
Trickster, Matt Dembicki
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
The Surrender Tree, Margarita Engle
By the Great Horn Spoon , Sid Fleischman
90 Miles to Havana, Enrique Flores-Galbis
A Dog in the Cave, Kay Frydenborg
The Graveyard Book, Neal Gaiman
My Mixed Up Berry Blue Summer, Jennifer Gennari
My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George
Once, Morris Gleitzman
Planet Middle School, Nikki Grimes
Scat, Carl Hiassen
All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot (nonfiction)
Northward to the Moon, Polly Horvath
Women in Science: Fifty Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, Rachel Ignotofsky
Redwall, Brian Jacques
Weedflower, Cynthia Kadohata
Annie John, Jamaica Kincaid
Leonardo da Vinci, Kathleen Krull (nonfiction)
A Little Piece of Ground, Elizabeth Laird
Mio My Son or Ronja the Robber's Daughter, Astrid Lindgren
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart
All Heart: My Dedication and Determination to Become One of Soccer's Best, Carli Lloyd
So Silver Bright, Lisa Mantchev
Mango Shaped Space, Wendy Mass
Ghost at the Window, Margaret McAllister
Running Wild, Michael Monpurgo
Saving the Ghost of the Mountain, Sy Montgomery (nonfiction)
Ashfall, Mike Mullin
Riot, Walter Dean Myers
Flying Lessons and Other Stories, edited by Ellen Oh, Editor of We Need Diverse Books
Lyddie, Katherine Paterson
Lily Renee, Trina Robbins
The View from the Cherry Tree, Willo Davis Roberts
Be Light Like a Bird, Monika Schroder
Between Shades of Grey, Ruta Sepetys
Everlost or Unwind, Neal Shusterman
Milkweed, Jerry Spinelli
When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
Warriors (series), Dave Stevenson
A Taste of Salt: A Novel of Modern Haiti, Frances Temple
Breadcrumbs, Anne Ursu
The Running Dream, Wendelin Van Draanen
Climbing the Stairs, Padma Venkatraman
A Time to Dance, Padma Venkatraman
Dicey's Song, Cynthia Voigt
Pardon Me, You’re Stepping on My Eyeball, Paul Zindel

8th Grade

  1. Read (and remember) the required text for your grade level. You will write about this in September.
  2. You are also required to read TWO MORE from this list. You will write on all of these in September.
  3. Naturally, you should feel free to read as many as you like that are not on this list, but three total books from this list are required. We know that you will read what you must, but we promise you will benefit from going well beyond that. We urge you to read as many as you can!

Required Text

Outrun the Moon, Stacy Lee

Grade 8 Book List

Saving Hamlet, Molly Booth
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, Ashley Herring Blake
Salt to the Sea, Ruth Sepetys
Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya
Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson
Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher
Proof, David Auburn (play)
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories, Ambrose Bierce
Shift, Jennifer Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
O! Pioneers, Willa Cather
Radioactive! How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World, Winifred Conkling
Family, J. California Cooper
I Am the Cheese, Robert Cormier
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Chris Crutcher
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
Little Brother, Cory Doctorow
Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller (nonfiction)
Lily and Dunkin, Donna Gephart
A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry (play)
Brass Ankle Blues, Rachel Harper
Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
Crimes of the Heart, Beth Henley (play)
Hoop Dreams, Ben Jaravsky (nonfiction)
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution, Ji-li Jiang (nonfiction)
At the Bottom of the River and Other Stories, Jamaica Kincaid
Enchanted, Alethea Kontis
A Separate Peace, John Knowles
Into Thin Air, John Krakauer (nonfiction)
The Natural, Bernard Malamud
Moxie, (Moxie Girls Fight Back) Jennifer Mathieu
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
Jasmine, Bahrati Mukerjee
Monster, Walter Dean Myers
Animal Farm, George Orwell
The Chosen, Chaim Potok
The Wild Trees, Richard Preston
Boy 21, Matthew Quick
The Persian Boy, Mary Renault
In My Father’s House, Ann Rinaldi
Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz
Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser (nonfiction)
A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Naomi Shihab Nye (poems)
Peak, Roland Smith
Chanda’s Wars, Allan Stratton
The Glass Castle (nonfiction) or Half-Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls
This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff (nonfiction)
The House You Pass on the Way, Jacqueline Woodson
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

9th Grade

  1. Read (and remember) the required text for your grade level. You will write about this in September.
  2. You are also required to read THREE MORE from this list. You will write on all of these in September.
  3. Naturally, you should feel free to read as many as you like that are not on this list, but four total books are required. We know that you will read what you must, but we promise you will benefit from going well beyond that. We urge you to read as many as you can!

Required Text

Your Robot Dog Will Die, Arin Greenwood

Grade 9 Book List

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi
Half A Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie
In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez
Speak, Laurie Anderson
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
In the Time of Butterflies, Julia Alvarez
Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story, Peter Bagge (graphic novel, nonfiction)
Growing Up, Russell Baker (nonfiction)
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne
Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
Going Bovine, Libba Bray
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Anya’s Ghost, Vera Brosgol
Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
Kindred, Octavia Butler
Death Comes to the Archbishop, Willa Cather
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
The Great Santini, Pat Conroy
The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
Audacity, Melanie Crowder
Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, Michael Dorris
The Commitments, Roddy Doyle
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer, Robert Fagles, translation
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight or Cocktail
Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Alexandra Fuller
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Ernest Gaines
Bee Season, Myra Goldberg
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green
High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
The Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hoseeini
The Summer Book, Tove Jansson
Obasan, Joy Kagawa
On Writing, Stephen King
Pigs in Heaven or The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
Into the Wild, John Krakauer
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri
In Darkness, Nick Lake
Every Day, David Levithan
The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine, April Lurie
Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
3:59, Gretchen McNeil
The Burning Girl, Claire Messud
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Fallen Angels, Walter Dean Myers
I’ll Give You the Sun, Nelson
The Best Short Stories of O. Henry, O. Henry
1984 George Orwell
Brown Girl, Brownstones, Paule Marshall
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter or A Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers
The Emigrants, Vilhelm Moberg
Lives of Girls and Women, Alice Munro
Mama Day, Gloria Naylor
The Raven and Other Poems, Edgar Allan Poe (poetry)
The Rest is Noise, Alex Ross
The Book of Aron, Jim Shepard
Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld
Stachiko:A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, Caren Stelson
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Dracula, Bram Stoker
This One Summer, M. Tamaki (graphic novel)
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
Cane, Jean Toomer
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth E. Wein
Night, Elie Wiesel
Fences, August Wilson (play)
I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, Jacqueline Woodson
The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon
I Am Malala, Malala Yousafazi
The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak

10th Grade

  1. Read (and remember) the required text for your grade level. You will write about this in September.
  2. You are also required to read THREE MORE from this list. You will write on all of these in September.
  3. Naturally, you should feel free to read as many as you like that are not on this list, but four total books are required. We know that you will read what you must, but we promise you will benefit from going well beyond that. We urge you to read as many as you can!
  4. Students going into Advanced courses should check the list to see if their teachers require one of the books as preparation for that level of study. The required books for Advanced courses “count” as one of the four required texts.

Required Text

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

Grade 10 Book List

Eva Luna, Isabel Allende
Bastard Out of Carolina, Dorothy Allison
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
Collected Stories, Isaac Babel
The Boat People, Sharon Bala
The Adventures of Augie March, Saul Bellow
Bitter Grounds, Sandra Benitez
Those Who Save Us, Jenna Blum
Behind the Beautiful Forevers , Katherine Boo
The Diviners, Libba Bray
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
The Year Of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks
We Need New Names, Noviolet Bulawayo
Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain
The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay or Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon
Pashmina, Nidhi Chanan, graphic novel
Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
Ghost World, graphic novel, Daniel Clowes
The Lady with the Lapdog or Other Stories, Anton Chekhov
What Girls Learn, Karin Cook
The Road From Coorain, Jill Ker Conway (nonfiction)
The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
After the First Death, Robert Cormier
Anna in the Tropics, Nilo Cruz (play)
Reading in the Dark, Seamus Deane
Born Confused, Tanuja Desai
Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
Room, Emma Donoghue
Don’t Look Now and Other Stories , Daphne du Maurier
Zeitoun, Dave Eggers
LaRose, Louise Erdrich
Poetry Like Bread , edited by Martin Espada
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
Light in August, William Faulkner
A Coney Island of the Mind, Ferlinghetti (poems)
This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer (nonfiction)
Fall of Giants, Ken Follett
Effi Briest , Theodore Fontane
Rock Springs, Richard Ford
A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
Cold Mountain, Ian Frasier
Waiting, Ha Jin
A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
Creative Community Organizing: A Strategy Manual for Rabble Rousers Activists & Quiet Lovers of Justice, Si Kahn
The Bone People, Keri Hulme
M. Butterfly, David Henry Hwang (play)
Cider House Rules, John Irving
Dead Wake or The the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larson
Random Family, Adrian Nicole Leblanc
Native Speaker, Lee
Pachinko, Lee
Selected Stories, Guy de Maupassant
Circling the Sun or The Paris Wife, Paula McLain
Understanding Comics, S. McCloud (nonfiction)
Never Fall Down, McCormick
Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, Lorrie Moore
Christmas is Miles Away, Chloe Moss (play)
The Elephant Vanishes, Haruki Murakami
The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen
Dreams from my Father, Barack Obama (nonfiction)
Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian
Down and Out in Paris and London, Orwell (nonfiction)
Metamorphoses, Ovid
Bel Canto, Ann Patchett
All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
The Best of It, Kay Ryan (poems)
Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris (nonfiction)
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See
Doubt, John Patrick Shanley (play)
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Bronx Primitive, Kate Simon
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot - Required for Advanced Biology
Stitches: A Memoir,, David Small (graphic novel)
Ordinary Light, Tracy K. Smith
Olive Kittrege or The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout
A Grain of Wheat, Ngugi wa Thiongo
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
The Hare with the Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal (nonfiction)
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Collected Stories, Eudora Welty
The Square Root of Summer, Harriet Hapgood
King Leopold’s Ghost, Adam Hochschild (nonfiction)
The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
The Doctor Stories, William Carlos Williams
Ma Rainey’s Black Botto , August Wilson
Parrotfish, Ellen Wittlinger
Red Sorghum, Mo Yan
American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang
Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto
American Street, Ibi Zoboi

11th Grade

  1. Read (and remember) the required text for your grade level. You will write about this in September.
  2. You are also required to read THREE MORE from this list. You will write on all of these in September.
  3. Naturally, you should feel free to read as many as you like that are not on this list, but four total books are required. We know that you will read what you must, but we promise you will benefit from going well beyond that. We urge you to read as many as you can!
  4. Students going into Advanced Biology, Advanced Physics, Advanced US History, and Advanced Economics should check the list for the required books these classes. These required books for Advanced courses “count” as one of the four required texts.

Required Text

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Grade 11 Book List

War Dances, Sherman Alexie
The Stories of Eva Luna, Isabel Allende
The Age of Wonders, Aron Appelfeld
Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood
Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
White Boy Shuffle, Paul Beatty
Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (graphic novel)
Mother Courage, Berthold Brecht (play)
The Best We Could Do, Thi Bui (graphic novel, nonfiction)
The Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (nonfiction)
A Rumor of War, Philip Caputo
Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy
Breath, Eyes, Memory, Edwige Danticat
Libra, Don Delillo
The Unredeemed Captive, John Demos
Evicted, Matthew Desmond (nonfiction)
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
USA Trilogy, John Dos Passos
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Townie, Andre Dubus III
Longer, Barbara Ehrenreich (nonfiction)
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius or What is the What, Dave Eggers
The Roundhouse, Louise Erdrich
Go Down Moses, William Faulkner
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
A Room with a View or Howard’s End, E. M. Forster
The Sportswriter, Richard Ford
Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines
The Tipping Point, Blink or Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell (nonfiction)
Six Degrees of Separation, John Guare (play)
The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman (nonfiction)
Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America, Michelle Kennedy (nonfiction)
The Children’s Hour or Little Foxes, Lillian Hellman (plays)
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand (nonfiction)
The Wild Duck, Hedda Gabler or A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen (plays)
Blazing the Trail: Essays by Leading Women in Science, Emma Ideal and Rhiannon Meharchand (nonfiction)
The Europeans, Henry James
Lab Girl, Hope Jahren (nonfiction)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri
Devil in the White City, Eric Larson
Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - Required for Advanced Economics
Glengarry Glen Ross, David Mamet (play)
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, Gucci Mane
Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Burn, Baby, Burn, Meg Medina
Moby-Dick or Billy Budd, Herman Melville
How to Read the Air, Dinaw Mengestu
Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, Daniyal Mueenuddin
Lives of Girls and Women, Alice Munro
Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
Linden Hills, Gloria Naylor
Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
Ruined, Lynn Nottage (play)
The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien - Required for Advanced Topics in US History
Appointment at Samarra, John O'Hara
The Iceman Cometh, Eugene O'Neill (play)
Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
Complete Stories, Dorothy Parker
Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak
State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Ship of Fools, Anne Porter
The Yellow Birds, Kevin Powers
American Pastoral, Philip Roth
Swamplandia! , Karen Russell
Hallucinations, Oliver Sacks (nonfiction)
Nine Stories, J.D. Salinger
Tenth of December, George Saunders
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot - Required for Advanced Biology
Killer Angels, Michael Shaara
Transfer, Naomi Shihab Nye (poems)
Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko
Gimpel the Fool and Other Stories, Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Coldest Winter Ever, Sister Souljah
Just Kids, Patti Smith
Travels with Charley in Search of America, John Steinbeck (nonfiction)
Confessions of Nat Turner, William Styron
Thinking in Numbers, Daniel Tammet
Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, Alexandra Teague, editor (poems)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
Twenty Under Forty: Stories from the New Yorker, Deborah Treisman, editor
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson (REQUIRED FOR ADVANCED PHYSICS)
How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel (play)
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
Chemistry: A Novel, Weike Wang
Salvage the Bones, Jesmyn Ward
Coming to My Senses, Alice Waters (nonfiction)
Educated, Tara Westover
Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman (poetry)
Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom or Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, August Wilson (plays)
Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
Native Son, Richard Wright
Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, Erika Wurth

12th Grade

  1. Read (and remember) the required text for your grade level. You will write about this in September.
  2. You are also required to read THREE MORE from this list. You will write on all of these in September.
  3. Naturally, you should feel free to read as many as you like that are not on this list, but four total books are required. We know that you will read what you must, but we promise you will benefit from going well beyond that. We urge you to read as many as you can!
  4. Students going into Advanced English, Advanced Biology, Advanced Physics, Advanced US History, and Advanced Economics should check the list for the required books these classes. These required books for Advanced courses “count” as one of the four required texts.

Required Text

Another Brooklyn, Jacqueline Woodson

Grade 12 Book List

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, Hanif Abdurraquib (nonfiction)
Call Me By Your Name or Harvard Square, André Aciman
Fascism, A Warning, Madeleine Albright (nonfiction)
The Oresteia, Aeschylus
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee and Walker Evans (nonfiction)
The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander (nonfiction)
Bless Me, Ultima, R. Anaya
Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood
Slaves in the Family, Edward Ball (nonfiction)
Regeneration, Pat Barker
Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
The Plague, Albert Camus
Song of the Lark and My Antonia, Willa Cather
Stories of John Cheever, John Cheever
The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov (play)
Sharp: The Women Who Have Made an Art of Having an Opinion , Michelle Dean
This is How You Lose Her, Junot Diaz
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow
USA trilogy, John Dos Passos
Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser
2$ a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, Kathryn Edin
Wit, Margaret Edson (play)
You Shall Know Our Velocity, Dave Eggers
Middlemarch, George Eliot
The Roundhouse or The Master Butcher’s Singing Club, Louise Erdrich
Light in August or The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
Rock Springs, Richard Ford
Grendel, John Gardner
Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
Howl and Other Poems, Allen Ginsberg
July's People, Nadine Gordimer
Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann (nonfiction)
Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, Stephen Greenblatt (nonfiction)
Ordinary People, Judith Guest
Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
Hunger, Knut Hamsun
Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
The American, Henry James
The Orphan Master's Son, Adam Johnson
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce
The Laramie Project, Moises Kaufman (play)
The Liars' Club or Lit, Mary Karr (nonfiction)
On the Road, Jack Kerouac
The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston
Mischling, Affinity Konar
Angels in America, Tony Kushner (play)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
Leaving the Atocha Station, Ben Lerner
August, Osage County, Tracy Letts (play)
Survival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi (nonfiction)
Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - Required for Advanced Economics
This is Your Brain on Music, Daniel Levitin
A Map of Tulsa, Benjamin Lytal
Dr. Faustus, T. Mann
No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Coming of Age in Samoa, Margaret Mead
A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
A Gate at the Stairs, Lorrie Moore
Jazz, Toni Morrison
The Love of a Good Woman, Alice Munro
Dear Life, Alice Munro
Lolita or Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov
Sweat, Lynn Nottage (play)
The Outsider, Stephen King
Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak - Required for Advanced English
Ariel, Sylvia Plath (poems)
Housekeeping, Marilynne Robinson
The Human Stain, Philip Roth
The Life of an Amorous Woman, Ihara Saikaku
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot - Required for Advanced Biology
Testimony, Anita Shreve
River Bound, Brian Simoneau (poems)
Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit
Almost Gone, Brian Sousa
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
Wild: From Found to Lost on the Pacific Trail, Cheryl Strayed (nonfiction)
The Father or Miss Julie, August Strindberg (plays)
Blueprints for Building Better Girls, Elissa Schappell
Illness as Metaphor or On Photography, Susan Sontag (nonfiction)
East of Eden, John Steinbeck
A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
View with a Grain of Sand, Wislawa Szymborska (poems)
The Barbarian Nurseries, Hector Tobar
Baltics, Tomas Transtromer (poems)
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson - Required for Advanced Physics
Rabbit, Run, John Updike
The House of Broken Angels Luis Alberto Urrea
Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese
Spring Awakening, Frank Wedekind (play)
The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams
Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
Smashed: The Story of a Drunken Girlhood, Koren Zailckas (nonfiction)

History

Advanced Topics in US History

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

Advanced Economics

Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt - revised and expanded edition


World Languages

Math

Advanced Calculus

Assignment to be provided by the teacher

Honors Calculus

Assignment to be provided by the teacher

Honors Precalculus

Assignment to be provided by the teacher


Science

Advanced Biology

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Advanced Physics

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson