US Summer Reading & Resources

2018 Summer Reading & Resources

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English Department Summer Reading Titles 2018-2019

Note: For summer reading texts, please read any paper or eBook copy. ISBN listed are inexpensive copies available on Amazon. Teachers will send students an email letter in mid-July with overall course and summer reading instructions. A PDF of the info below is also available for download here.

9th Grade English

Reading Intensive:

  • The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian (paperback or ebook)
  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Expository Focus:

  • The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashjian (paperback or ebook)
  • Three short stories:

10th Grade English

There is no required summer reading for 10th grade English.

11th and 12th Grade English

Required reading for 11th and 12th grade English classes are listed below.

African American Literature I

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (ISBN-13: 978-0062498533)

American Literature I

  • The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin Classics Edition) By John Steinbeck (ISBN-13: 978-0143039433)

AP British Literature

  • Atonement by Ian McEwan (ISBN-13: 978-0385721790)

AP Dramatic Literature

  • How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel (ISBN-10: 082221623X)

AP Language and Composition

  • Last name begins with A-L: read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Last name begins with M-Z: read The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Banned Books

Choose one of the five titles.

  1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Book One is sufficient, but you’re welcome to read all three!)
  4. Harry Potter series by by J.K. Rowling (Book One is sufficient, but you’re welcome to read all seven!)
  5. Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher

Comedy and Humor

  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (ISBN-10: 0374533571)

Critical Writing I

Read one (1) of the following dystopian books:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block
  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

World Literature I

  • The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic (Penguin Classics Edition) by R.K. Narayan (ISBN-13 978-0143039679)

Literary Linguistics

Choose one book from the following list:

  1. The Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle
  2. The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
  3. The Coming of the Dragon by Rebecca Barnhouse
  4. Peaceweaver by Rebecca Barnhouse
  5. The Legend of Lady Ilene by Patricia Malone

Race, Gender, and Nationality I

  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Class reading and assignments are listed below. If there are any questions, please direct them to Kathy Laughlin, the History Department Chair, at

AP US History and Government:
The American Revolution: A History by Gordon S. Wood
Download reading guide
Reading quiz will be given the first day of classes

AP European History:
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
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Reading quiz will be given the first full day of classes

World History I:
A Little History of the World by EH Gombrich
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World History II:
When China Ruled the Seas by Louise Levathes
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AP World History:
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
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Middle East Studies:
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
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US History and Government:
Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
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AP Comparative Government and Politics:
Chapter 1: Essentials of Comparative Politics with Cases by O’Neil, Fields, and Share
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Native American History
The Dance Boots by Linda Legarde Grover
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Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
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Latin American History

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of Pillage of a Continent
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There is no required summer work for math. The Upper School Mathematics Department recommends the following free and interactive websites for students to review and practice the math skills they learned this year.

  • Khan Academy: (also available on iPad app) - Video tutorials and practice problems for all levels of mathematics. Students can also personalize learning via the dashboard.
  • CK-12: (also available on iPad app) - Written and video tutorials as well as practice problems for all levels of mathematics (note: Analysis is the non-trigonometry material in Precalculus)
  • Code Combat: Online game introducing programming for students taking Introduction to Computer Science
  • Brilliant: More challenging problems for students who would like to extend their skills

Global Languages


No assigned summer work for Science courses.

Arts & Ideas

The Arts & Ideas students will be expected to read "Free Play: Childhood's End." Some questions to help guide your reading are linked here, as well, but the questions will not be officially assigned until the first week of school.


ESOL World History II assigned summer reading:

World History II:
When China Ruled the Seas by Louise Levathes
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There is no assigned summer reading for ESOL English courses or for ESOL World History I.