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Summer Reading 2022

Information about Summer Reading 2022 Choices

Summer Reading List 2022

All-School Summer Reading List 2022



Every single student, regardless of grade or track, chooses and reads one of these books.

Quick Look for Each book: Here  or click on a title below for individual book pages.

Honors/AP students ALSO read the book below that corresponds to their course. Honors/AP Students read a total of 2-3 books.


The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

The Last Cuentista, by Donna Barbra Higuera

Love, Hate, and Other Filters, by Samira Ahmed

March, by John Lewis, Andew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. remixed by Jason Reynolds, from Ibram X. Kendi.

Honors I (9th):

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and one other book from the all-school list (2 books total)


Honors II (10th):

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,


It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime (Adapted for Young Readers)by Trevor Noah.

Honors III (11th):

Students taking Honors English III will read two additional books from lists prepared by the teachers of that course. More information here.

AP (12th):

Handmaid's Taleby Margaret Atwood


Hypothetical Examples:

  • Nina Ninthgrader is entering English I (9th grade),  she chooses to read The Last Cuentista from the list. Yay!
  • Norman Nines is entering Honors English I (9th grade), he chooses to read The Crossover  AND ______.
  • Terry Twelvsies is entering English IV (12th grade), they choose to read Six of Crows from the list.  Done.
  • Torquil Twelvingham is entering AP English (12th grade), he chooses to read The Book of Joy from the list, AND WILL ALSO READ TBA.
  • Eamonn Elevener and Tamika Tenners use pattern-recognition and knowledge of their schedules to choose books from the list, and also read required books as necessary if they are in Honors.

More information: About Summer Reading.

For each book on the list, we have prepared a short guide that includes background material, context as to why the book is relevant, resources to go deeper, and questions to think about to help guide your reading, as well as links to places to find a copy of the book.  You can find those links in the left-hand column of this page.

When we return to school in the fall, we will engage cross-grade-level discussions.

What Do You Plan to Read?

**Returning Students: What Do You Plan to Read? (Survey)**

You're not "locked in" with this choice, but we'd love to know what you think you might read. Please click on the survey link below (Thanks!!!)

If you have filled this out in class, you don't need to do it again. If you fill this out here, you don't need to do it again in class...

Guiding Questions


These are the kind of questions you should be prepared to answer and discuss in the fall, using evidence and quotations from the book you chose. 

All of the books on the reading list relate to these questions in some way, and you will be discussing these questions with people who have read other books.

There are also useful guiding questions on the pages for each individual book. Being able to answer those questions will help you participate in the conversation, and find supporting textual evidence.

Guiding Questions for All Books

Consider these questions as you are reading your book. Having answers to them, with quotations from the book (cite the  page number) as supporting evidence will be very helpful when it is time to discuss and assess your reading.

We show empathy and work to help others.

Identify at least two instances where a character demonstrates compassion.

  • In which situations does a character or person in the book demonstrate compassion?

  • In what way does a character  or person demonstrate compassion?

  • How would the story have changed if that character or person acted without compassion?

Consider also:

  • Are there instances in the story where a character acts without compassion?
  • Why did they make that choice?

  • What were the effects of that choice?

  • How could a demonstration of compassion have changed the story or outcome?

We express gratitude for what we have

Identify at least two instances where a character or person acts with humility. 

  • What is the situation where a character or person acts with humility?

  • How does the character or person demonstrate humility?

Consider also:

  • Are there instances where a character chooses not to be humble?
  • What drove a character to not be humble?

  • What effect did this choice have?

  • How might the story have been different if a character had been humble at that moment?

We demonstrate devotion to others

Identify at least two instances where a character or person is loyal.

  • How does a character act with loyalty?

  • What is the result of their action?

Consider also:

  • How might the story have changed if a character was disloyal?
  • What is an instance where a character act without loyalty?

  • What is the result of this action?

  • In your opinion, why does the choice to be loyal matter to the overall story?

We display the willpower to rise to our principles

Identify at least two instances where a character or person shows self-discipline. 

  • How does the character demonstrate self-discipline?

  • To what goal is the character striving as they demonstrate self-discipline?

Consider also:

  • Are there instances in the story where the character acts recklessly?
  • How did the character act recklessly?

  • How did this affect the story?

  • If the character had been more self-disciplined, how would the story have changed?