2017-2018 Summer Reading List

Freshman List

 (2017-2018) REQUIRED SUMMER READING Freshman List

All incoming freshmen must read two books chosen from the following list.  The books may be two fiction books, two non-fiction books, or one of each.  The first week of school, students will be evaluated on each book, so they may want to take notes as they read. Students and parents may find more information about each book at www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.com..

Fiction (Classics and Contemporary)

  1. 1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  2. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  3. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  4. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  5. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne
  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  7. 7. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  8. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  9. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  10. Once and Future King by Theodore White

Fiction (Young Adult)

  1. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
  2. The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan
  3. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  4. The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld                          
  5. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
  6. QB 1 by Mike Lupica
  7. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  8. Ruined:  A Ghost Story by Paula Morris
  9. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  10. The Berlin Boxing Club by Rob Sharenow
  11. The Lost Songs by Caroline B. Cooney

Non –Fiction

  1. Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment by Carla K.


  1. Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What it Means to be a Hero by Peter Collier
  2. Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve        Sheinkin
  3. Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman
  4. A Treasury of Miracles for Teens: True Stories of God’s Presence Today by Karen Kingsbury
  5. Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas and Michelle Burford.
  6. Word by Word: Slowing Down with the Hail Mary by Sarah A. Reinhard


Honors students must also read The Chosen by Chaim Potok


Sophomore List

(2017-2018) REQUIRED SUMMER READING Sophomore List

All incoming sophomores must read two books chosen from the following lists.  The books may be two fiction books, two non-fiction books, or one of each.  Students and parents may find more information about each book at www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.com.

Fiction (Classics and Contemporary)

  1. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom                                      (Overdrive)
  2. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson                                                               (Overdrive)
  3. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara                                                                   (Overdrive)
  4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  5. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie                                             (Overdrive)
  6. The Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien             (Overdrive)
  7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley                                                                             (Overdrive)
  8. Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther                                                                (Overdrive)
  9. Don Quxiote by Cervantes                                                                                   (Overdrive)
  10. A Lesson before Dying by Ernest Gaines (Overdrive)

Fiction (Young Adult)

  1. Maximum Ride by James Patterson                            (Overdrive)
  2. Orleans by Sherri L. Smith                                           (Overdrive)
  3. Variant by Robison Wells                                             (Overdrive)
  4. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson                              (Overdrive)
  5. Matched by Allyson B. Condie                                    (Overdrive)
  6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson                               (Overdrive)
  7. Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
  8. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley  (Overdrive)
  9. Backlash by Sarah Littman
  10. A Single Bead by Stephanie Engleman (Overdrive)


  1. Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself by Jennie Finch  (Overdrive)
  2.  I Am Malala:  The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malafa Yousafzai (Overdrive)
  3.  Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose                                                       (Overdrive)
  4. Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens by Earl Hipp       (Overdrive)
  5. Steve Jobs: The Man who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal          (Overdrive)
  6.  Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore                                                      (Overdrive)
  7. Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks for a Better Life by John Wooden and Jay Carty  (Overdrive)

HONORS ENGLISH II STUDENTS: Honors English II students must also read:  Anthem by Ayn Rand    (Overdrive)

Junior List

(2017-2018)  REQUIRED SUMMER READING Junior List

All incoming juniors must read two books chosen from the following lists.  The books may be two fiction books, two non-fiction books, or one of each.  Students and parents may find more information about each book at www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.com.

 Fiction (Classics and Contemporary) 

  1. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  2. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas                                     (Overdrive)
  5. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston                          (Overdrive)
  6. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien                                                  (Overdrive)
  7. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison                                                                     (Overdrive)
  8. For One More Day by Mitch Albom                                                            (Overdrive)
  9. Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov                                                     (Overdrive)
  10. Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin                                                              (Overdrive)

Fiction (Young Adult)

  1. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes                    (Overdrive)
  2. 3. Bitter Melon by Cara Chow                                  (Overdrive)
  3. Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick             (Overdrive)
  4. The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen    (Overdrive)
  5. Any of the Unwind series by Neal Shusterman (Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled)
  6. VIII by H. M. Castor           (Overdrive)
  7. Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano    (Overdrive)
  8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart     (Overdrive)
  9. Being Henry David by Cal Armistead    (Overdrive)
  10. Armada by Ernest Cline    (Overdrive)
  11. Backlash by Sarah Littman
  12. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard    (Overdrive)
  13. A Single Bead by Stephanie Engleman    (Overdrive)


  1. Quiet Power: Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids by Susan Cain and Gregory Mone (Overdrive)
  2. Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston    (Overdrive)
  3. Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis by Peter Nelson (Overdrive)
  4. Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Power of Adversity by Drew Brees   (Overdrive)
  5. Black like Me by John Griffin                                     (Overdrive)
  6. Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza (Overdrive)
  7. Iron Heart by Brian Boyle       (Overdrive)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH III STUDENTS:  Students enrolled in AP English III must also read: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Senior List

(2017-2018) REQUIRED SUMMER READING Senior List

All incoming seniors must read two books chosen from the following lists.  The books may be two fiction books, two non-fiction books, or one of each.  Students and parents may find more information about each book at:  www.barnesandnoble.com or www.amazon.com.

Fiction (Classics and Contemporary)

  1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini
  3. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving                              (Overdrive)
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen                                      (Overdrive)
  5. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis                                     (Overdrive)
  6. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  7. Dune by Frank Herbert                                                            (Overdrive)
  8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy                                                 (Overdrive)
  9. Evil under the Sun by Agatha Christie                                     (Overdrive)
  10. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton                                (Overdrive)
  11. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho                                                (Overdrive)
  12. Fool Me Once by Harlen Coben (Overdrive)

Fiction (Young Adult)

  1. Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
  2. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Slone          (Overdrive)
  3. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline                                     (Overdrive)
  4. Hate List by Jennifer Brown                                                (Overdrive)
  5. The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt               (Overdrive)
  6. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith             (Overdrive)
  7. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson                    (Overdrive)
  8. Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd                        (Overdrive)
  9. Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher      (Overdrive)

Non Fiction

  1. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan           (Overdrive)
  2. No Easy Day by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer (Overdrive)
  3. Confessions of a Scholarship Winner by Kristina Ellis                      (Overdrive)
  4. Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris (Overdrive)
  5. Have a Little Faith: A True Story by Mitch Albom                              (Overdrive)
  6. Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life by Eric LeGrand and Mike Yorkey (Overdrive)
  7. The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens                                            (Overdrive)


Students enrolled in AP English IV must also read the following two books:

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini AND Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

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2017-18 Summer Reading List