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Summer Reading List
Summer Reading List


Each student must read two books from his upcoming grade-level list. Incoming freshmen must complete the summer reading note-taking chart for each title. Students should save their books for the start of the school year, as they will be able to use them during the summer reading assessments.


  • Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation) Laura Hillenbrand
  • Black Ice (novel) Andrew Lane
  • Luka and the Fire of Life (novel) Salman Rushdie
  • Maus, Vol. 1 & 2: A Survivor's Tale (graphic) Art Spiegelman
  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler (non-fiction) Phillip Hoose
  • Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Steve Sheinkin
  • Indian School (non-fiction)

All incoming freshmen must read Unbroken as one of their two summer reading titles.


  • March: Books One, Two, and Three (graphic) John Lewis, et al.
  • Black Like Me (non-fiction) John Griffin
  • All American Boys (novel) Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds
  • Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White (graphic) Lila Quintero Weaver
  • Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team Warren St. John
  • That Changed a Town (non-fiction)
  • No Direction Home (documentary film) Martin Scorsese

All rising sophomores must read March: Books One, Two, and Three as one of their two summer reading titles.

All students who requested Honors American Lit should watch No Direction Home in addition to reading March. The film is available to rent from and iTunes.


  • Don Quixote (novel) Miguel de Cervantes
  • Just Mercy (non-fiction) Bryan Stevenson
  • The Boys in the Boat (non-fiction) Daniel James Brown
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (novel) Mark Haddon
  • Defending Jacob (novel) William Landay
  • The Kite Runner Graphic Novel Khaled Hosseini, et al.

    All students who requested AP Language and Composition should read Chapters I-XIV of the First Part of Don Quixote. Students will finish reading the First Part as part of the class in August and September.


  • A Tale of Two Cities (novel) Charles Dickens
  • Game of Thrones (novel) George R.R. Martin
  • The Way Home (novel) George Pelecanos
  • Red Rising (novel) Pierce Brown
  • Between the World and Me (non-fiction) Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Cathy O'Neil Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (non-fiction)

All seniors taking AP English Literature and Composition must read A Tale of Two Cities as one of their two summer reading titles.