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Summer Reading Lists

Good Reading Lists for ALL Students

Required Reading for Language Arts Classes

10 Honors:

All students must read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the  Night-time by Mark Haddon

In addition, all students must read either one nonfiction book or one young adult fiction book. See the list below.

Nonfiction RecommendationsYoung Adult Recommendations

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
by Jeff Hobbs

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell

Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda's Children
by Faith J.H. McDonnell

Just Like Us
by Helen Thorpe

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls

Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam
by Mark Le


Helter Skelter
by Vincent B


by Mark Svenvold

Patient by Patient: Lessons in Love, Loss, Hope, and Healing
by Emily R. Transue

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Devil in the White City
by Erik Larson

The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret
by Seth Shulman

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer

Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager
by Buzz Bissinger

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)
by Tom Vanderbilt

Three Little Words: A Memoir
by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
by Eric Schlosser

A Rip in Heaven: A Memoir of Murder and Its Aftermath
by Jeanine Cummins

The Other Wes Moore
by Wes Moore

After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story
by Michael Hainey

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition
by Karen Blumenthal

by Steve Sheinkin

I am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai

One Summer: America, 1927
by Bill Bryson

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
by William Kamkwamba

O Pioneers!
by Willa Cather

by Chris Crutcher

Copper Sun
by Sharon M. Draper

Between Shades of Grey
by Ruta Sepetys

The Book Thief


by Scott Wester

Paper Towns
by John Green

It's Kind of a Funny Story
by Ned Vizzini

I Love You, Beth Cooper
by Larry Doyle

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
by Matthew Quick

by Meg Wolitzer

by M.T. Anderson

by Patricia McCormick

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

Winter's Bone
by Daniel Woodrell

Billie Standish Was Here
by Nancy Crocker

The Musician's Daughter
by Susanne Emily Dunlap

Five Flavors of Dumb
by Antony John

by Lauren Oliver

Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi

Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher

2016-2017 Gateway Finalists 

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2017-2018 Gateway Finalists

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All students must read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the  Night-time by Mark Haddon

AP Lang:

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

AP Lit:

All students must read "How to Mark a Book" by Mortimer Adler, Ph.D. (Article)

This year, AP Lit students are not assigned any specific titles to read. Instead, they should read a minimum of two to three novels or plays of their choice. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase a copy of each book so that they can
use the suggested annotation strategies described in the article, “How to Mark a Book” by Mortimer Adler. 

Below is a list of suggested authors whose works are not only interesting but also challenging enough to help prepare students for success on the AP English Exam.
It is recommended that students choose a book with a friend so that they have a reading buddy with whom they can discuss the works as they read. Students should be prepared to share the books they read during the first week of school in August.

Suggested Author List for AP Lit
Chinua Achebe
Sherman Alexie
Isabel Allende
Rudolfo Anaya
Margaret Atwood
Jane Austen
James Baldwin
Saul Bellow
Emily Bronte
Willa Cather
Anton Chekhov
Kate Chopin
Sandra Cisneros
Joseph Conrad
Edwidge Danticat
Daniel Defoe
Anita Desai
Charles Dickens
Fyodor Dostoevsky
George Eliot
Ralph Ellison
Louise Erdrich
William Faulkner
Henry Fielding
Thomas Hardy
Ernest Hemingway
David Henry Hwang
Kazuo Ishiguro
Henry James
Ha Jin
Edward P. Jones
James Joyce
Sue Monk Kidd
Maxine Hong Kingston
Joy Kogawa
Jhumpa Lahiri
Margaret Laurence
D.H. Lawrence
Chang-rae Lee
Bernard Malamud
David Mamet
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Cormac McCarthy
Ian McEwan
Herman Melville
Arthur Miller
Toni Morrison
Bharati Mukherjee
Eugene O’Neill
Orhan Pamuk
Marilynne Robinson
George Bernard Shaw
Tom Stoppard
Mark Twain
John Updike
Luis Valdez
Alice Walker
Edith Wharton
Oscar Wilde
John Edgar Wideman
Tennessee Williams
Virginia Woolf
Richard Wright