2016-17 Summer Reading List

The English Department feels that reading is an end in itself. Moreover, surveys have repeatedly shown that students who read for pleasure do much better in school and college and score higher on the S.A.T. Verbal.

The list which follows contains books which we hope will provide you with a few hours of pleasure and thought during the summer months. You would probably enjoy many of the books on the list in addition to those listed for your grade level.

Only the texts listed for English 225 (AP Seminar) are required. All other texts are offered as supplementary works that we believe you will find useful and relevant for your fall course work if you choose to read them.

English 210 (grade 9)
  •  The House on Mango Street by Cisneros
  •  Black Like Me by Griffin
  •  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Haddon

English 220 (10th grade)
  •  Slaughterhouse Five by Vonnegut
  •  Ethan Frome by Wharton
  •  1984 by Orwell

English – All Junior and Senior Electives
  •  Emma by Austen
  •  Catch-22 by Heller
  •  Brave New World by Huxley
  •  Twelfth Night by Shakespeare

English 225/Social Science 425 (AP Seminar)
All texts are required for English 225.
  •  Founding Brothers by Ellis
  •  The Scarlet Letter by Hawthorne
  •  The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck
  •  White Noise by De Lillo
  •  The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald (if not previously read)

English 220E (ESL Literary Genres)
Works should be read in English and a vocabulary list should be kept.
  •  To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee
  •  Night by Wiesel
  •  Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck

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