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Summer Reading

Students in both Middle and Upper School have summer reading requirements, as specified below. Please note that all students have a School-wide reading assignment as well as other reading assignments for English and humanities courses.

Middle School

Books 1 and 2

Book 1

Based on your incoming grade level, for your English or Humanities class:

Grade 6: Pay It Forward: Young Readers Edition by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Click here to read assignment.
Click here for a helpful character chart you can use.

Grade 7: The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
Click here to read assignment.

Grade 8: a banned book from list provided here.
Click here to read assignment.

Book 2

One book of your own choice (that you haven’t read yet) in any genre and on any topic you are interested in!
Assignment for your free choice book:

We want to hear from you! After you read your book, send us a postcard letting us know what you chose and how you felt about it.

  • Write a few sentences including the name of the book, the author, whether you liked or disliked the book, and why. Make sure to sign your card!
  • Illustrate or decorate the other side of the card with something that represents your book or your reaction to the book.
  • Pop the card in the mail when you finish so we get them all by the end of August.

Incoming sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students will receive a blank postcard in the mail to use, so watch for an envelope from School.

Upper School

Summer Reading for English Courses

English I, English I Honors, and English I/LC

Please note the special instructions for each course!

Required reading selection for all three courses: Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

ISBN: 9780140157376

English I and English I Honors: Please click here for Summer Reading Preparation.

Note for English I/LC: This book is available in audio format from a variety of sources, including Learning Ally. If you are not a Learning Ally member, and/or you have questions about how to obtain an audio version, contact Susan Bradstreet at 609-737-6143.

English II, English II Honors, and English II/LC

Please note the special instructions for each course!

Required reading selection for all three courses: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
ISBN: 9780385486804

English II: Please click here for Summer Reading Preparation.

English II Honors: In addition to Into the Wild, read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Please click here for Summer Reading Preparation.

English II/LC: Please click here for Summer Reading Preparation. Also note: This book is available in audio format from a variety of sources, including Learning Ally. If you are not a Learning Ally member, and/or you have questions about how to obtain an audio version, contact Susan Bradstreet at 609-737-6143.


English III and English III/IV LC

Please note the special instructions for each course!

Required reading selection for both courses: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
ISBN: 9780399501487

English III: Please click here for Summer Reading Preparation.

Note for English III/IV LC: This book is available in audio format from a variety of sources, including Learning Ally. If you are not a Learning Ally member, and/or you have questions about how to obtain an audio version, contact Susan Bradstreet at 609-737-6143.

AP English Language and Composition

Required selections (read both as directed):

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
ISBN: 9780375725609

Thank You for Arguing (revised and updated edition) by Jay Heinrichs

ISBN: 9780385347754

Please click here for Summer Reading Preparation.


AP English Literature and Composition

1. Read The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

ISBN: 9780307387899

2. Watch two films of Hamlet: one being the Kenneth Branagh version, and the other your choice (Mel Gibson, Ethan Hawke, Laurence Olivier, or a filmed stage version).

3. Read another novel or play from the following list:

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
  • The Mask of Apollo by Mary Renault
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston



English IV: The Beats and Their Influence

Required reading selection: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
ISBN: 9780451163967


English IV: The Empire Writes Back

Required reading selection: No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
ISBN: 9781607961529

English IV: Finding Identity

Required reading selection: Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
ISBN: 9780807083109


English IV: Irish Literature

Required reading selection: A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry

ISBN: 9780143035091

English IV: War Literature

Required reading selection:

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
ISBN 9781476764528