Rockwood Summit High
1780 Hawkins Road, Fenton, MO 63026
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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 Recommendations Young 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 LeVine

Helter Skelter
by Vincent Bugliosi

Big weather : chasing tornadoes in the heart of America
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 Markus Zusak

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​

2019-2020 Gateway Finalists

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All students must read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.


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

AP Lang:

All students must read Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.

AP Lit:

All students must read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.