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Reading List 2024-25


Summer Reading List - Mrs. Ward

          9th Grade English Appreciation

Animal Farm    George Orwell

The Outsiders    S.E. Hinton


9th Grade Honors English Appreciation (Total of 3 novels) 

Animal Farm    George Orwell

The Old Man and the Sea    Ernest Hemingway

Choose one of the following:

Divergent    Veronica Roth 

The Outsiders    S.E. Hinton 


12th Grade British Literature 

Hamlet      William Shakespeare

You can use this website to read the play

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society        Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows



10th, 11th, 12th, AP Language and Comp and AP Literature and Comp Reading List:

If you are an AP student, you WILL need to annotate your reading assignments.


10th Grade Reading List:

All 10th graders are required to read ONE of the following books: 

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  • The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  • Ordinary People – Judith Guest
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Maus (volume one only) – Art Spiegelman
11th Grade Reading List:

All 11th graders are required to read ONE of the following books:

  • Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • Martin and Bobby – Claire Rudolph Murphy
  • The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
  • Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  • If You Come Softly – Jacqueline Woodson
12th Grade Reading List:

All 12th graders are required to read ONE of the following books:

  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • The Storyteller’s Secret – Sejal Badani
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Jean-Dominique Bauby and Jeremy Leggatt
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion – Father Gregory Boyle
  • The Cradle Will Fall – Mary Higgins Clark
  • Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky – Mark T. Sullivan
  • Educated – Tara Westover
  • The Odyssey – Homer (Robert Fragles Translation)

AP English Reading List:

AP Literature and Composition:

*How to Read Literature Like a Professor Revised Edition by A Lively and Thomas C. Foster

+  ONE book from your grade’s reading list

AP Language and Composition:

*Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate (Yes, this is the same title on the 11th reading, so you  will still need a second book.)

+ ONE from your grade’s reading list



There will be a grade taken at the beginning of the school year over the titles you have read.  

DISCLAIMER FOR PARENTS:  The reading list was developed using recommendations from College Board, AP English Language curriculum, AP English Literature curriculum and award winning non-fiction with a Lexile score of 1100 or above. The content of these books can be sensitive in nature. Parents are advised to review the list, read summaries of the books, and assist students in determining which books are appropriate for them.