Summer Reading

May 2019

Dear Students and Parents:

To encourage the habit of reading in our students, we will continue required summer reading. Each student is required to read a minimum of three books this summer—the two required books assigned for his class (listed below) and one other of his choice. Beyond these requirements, students are urged to read as many books as possible. I’ve enclosed a list of recommended titles from the English department, but students are not restricted to this list.

Students should return to school in August prepared to discuss the assigned books with a group of peers and a faculty member. Each student will also be required to submit to his English teacher a list of the books he read, and parents are asked to sign the list as verification of their son’s reading. Students should place more emphasis on quality than on quantity and should read a wide variety of literature. They will receive extra credit in English class for reading books beyond this minimum.

It remains our conviction that reading represents the richest path to a full education and that the educated man continues to read throughout his life. Our hope is that reading becomes a common practice in your home and that you discuss works together. In addition, the reading skills and vocabulary measured by national tests develop most naturally and easily in the person who reads habitually. Summer with its free time provides an opportunity for families to read and to enjoy books. I hope this will be the case in your home.

Respectfully,

John F. Mohrmann
English Department 

Summer Reading Assignments

Form I

Required Books for Summer Reading

  • The Boys in the Boat, Brown
  • Treasure Island, Stevenson
  • + one additional book

Some Books Recommended by the English Department:

Bradbury: Dandelion Winter; Fahrenheit 451; The Martian Chronicles
Christie: Murder on the Orient Express
Clarke: Childhood’s End
Defoe: Robinson Crusoe
Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities; Great Expectations
Herriot: All Creatures Great and Small; All Things Bright and Beautiful
Higgins: The Eagle Has Landed
Jordan: The Eye of the World
Kipling: Kim
L’Amour: The Last of the Breed
Maclean: Ice Station Zebra; The Guns of Navarone
Steinbeck: The Pearl; Travels with Charley
Wodehouse: The Code of the Woosters; Right Ho, Jeeves

Form II

Required Books for Summer Reading

  • Animal Farm, Orwell
  • October Sky, Hickham
  • + one additional book

Some Books Recommended by the English Department:

  • Bradbury: Dandelion Wine; Fahrenheit 451; The Martian Chronicles
  • Clarke: Childhood’s End
  • Christie: Murder on the Orient Express
  • Defoe: Robinson Crusoe
  • Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities; Great Expectations
  • Herriot: All Creatures Great and Small; All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • Higgins: The Eagle Has Landed
  • Jordan: The Eye of the World
  • Kipling: Kim
  • L’Amour: The Last of the Breed
  • Maclean: Ice Station Zebra; The Guns of Navarone
  • Stevenson: Kidnapped
  • Wodehouse: The Code of the Woosters; Right Ho, Jeeves

Form III

Required Books for Summer Reading 

  • Peace Like a River, Enger
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II, Makos & Alexander
  • + one additional book

Some Books Recommended by the English Department:

  • Bradbury: Dandelion Wine; Fahrenheit 451; The Martian Chronicles
  • Clarke: Childhood’s End
  • Christie: And Then There Were None; Murder on the Orient Express
  • Courtenay: The Power of One
  • Defoe: Robinson Crusoe
  • Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities; Great Expectations
  • Higgins: The Eagle Has Landed
  • Jordan: The Eye of the World
  • L’Amour: The Last of the Breed
  • Maclean: A River Runs Through It
  • Steinbeck: The Pearl; Travels with Charley
  • Stevenson: Kidnapped
  • Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Wodehouse: The Code of the Woosters; Right Ho, Jeeves

Form IV

Required Books for Summer Reading

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Haddon
  • Native Son (Abridged), Wright
  • + one additional book

Some Books Recommended by the English Department:

  • Bradbury: Dandelion Wine; Fahrenheit 451; The Martian Chronicles
  • Christie: And Then There Were None; Murder on the Orient Express
  • Courtenay: The Power of One
  • Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities; Great Expectations
  • Jordan: The Eye of the World
  • Junger: The Perfect Storm
  • Krakauer: Into Thin Air
  • Maclean: A River Runs Through It
  • Steinbeck: The Winter of Our Discontent
  • Twain: Life on the Mississippi; Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Wodehouse: The Code of the Woosters; Right Ho, Jeeves
  • Vonnegut: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Slaughterhouse Five

Form V

Required Books for Summer Reading

  • Into the Wild, Krakauer
  • Mississippi Solo, Eddy Harris
  • + one additional book

Some Books Recommended by the English Department:

  • Doctorow: Billy Bathgate; Ragtime
  • Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment; Brothers Karamazov
  • Ellison: Invisible Man
  • Faulkner: Light in August
  • Frazier: Cold Mountain
  • Heller: Catch-22
  • Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Huxley: Brave New World
  • McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses
  • Malamud: The Natural
  • Morrison: Beloved; Song of Solomon
  • Salinger: Franny and Zooey; Nine Stories
  • Steinbeck: The Winter of Our Discontent
  • Tan: The Joy Luck Club
  • Twain: Life on the Mississippi; Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Vonnegut: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Slaughterhouse Five

Form VI

Each senior is required to read at least ONE book of fiction. He can choose the book, but it must be something he reads this summer. And he should return to school ready to present some of the salient issues of his book with a group of peers and a faculty member during the first week of classes in August. Each student will also be required to submit to his English teacher a list of the book(s) he read, and parents are asked to sign the list as verification of their son’s reading.

Note: The English Department hopes to retain the positive spirit of the summer reading tradition; please approach the requirement accordingly.

Some Books Recommended by the English Department:

  • Austen: Pride and Prejudice
  • Doctorow: Billy Bathgate; Ragtime
  • Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment; Brothers Karamazov
  • Ellison: Invisible Man
  • Faulkner: Light in August
  • Frazier: Cold Mountain
  • Heller: Catch-22
  • Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Huxley: Brave New World
  • McCarthy: All the Pretty Horses
  • Malamud: The Natural
  • Morrison: Beloved; Song of Solomon
  • Salinger: Franny and Zooey; Nine Stories
  • Steinbeck: The Winter of Our Discontent
  • Twain: Life on the Mississippi; Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Vonnegut: God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater; Slaughterhouse Five