ALL SCHOOL SUMMER READING CHOICES
ADDITIONAL HONORS/AP REQUIRED READING
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.
Handmaid's Tale , by Margaret Atwood
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.
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THEMATIC DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR ALL BOOKS
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.
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.
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?
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?
What is the situation where a character or person acts with humility?
How does the character or person demonstrate humility?
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?
How does a character act with loyalty?
What is the result of their action?
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?
How does the character demonstrate self-discipline?
To what goal is the character striving as they demonstrate self-discipline?
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?