Below please find the required summer reading lists for 2016-2017 by division.
Students grades 9-12 should read at least five books over the summer. The required titles for each grade level are listed below and will be discussed in class in September. Please be sure to find the edition with the ISBN number indicated for ease of reference to the text in class.
Make additional selections from the Upper School Summer Reading Lists (PDF):
Please note there is one list for grades 9 and 10, a different list for grades 11 and 12. Students may read “up,” but not “down.” Please direct any questions to the English Department.
Entering Grade 9
Haddon, Mark The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time ISBN 978-1-4000-3271-6
Kidd, Sue Monk The Secret Life of Bees ISBN 978-0142001745
Entering Grade 10
Hemingway, Ernest The Sun Also Rises ISBN 978-0-743-29733-2
Wright, Richard Black Boy—Part One ISBN 978-0-061-13024-3
Entering Grade 11
Dangarembga, Tsitsi Nervous Conditions ISBN 978-0-9547023-3-5
Shelley, Mary Frankenstein - any 1818 ed.
Entering Grade 12
Wyss, Susi The Civilized World ISBN 978-0-805-09362-9
Middle School students are to read a total of five (5) books over the summer including the required English and history reading.
The required titles for each grade level are listed below and will be discussed in class in September. Please be sure to find the edition with the ISBN number indicated for ease of reference to the text in class.
Please make additional selections from this Middle School Summer 2016 Reading List.
REQUIRED SUMMER READING 2016
Entering Grade 7:
- Fletcher, Susan Shadow Spinner ISBN 0689830513
- Yen Mah, Adeline Chinese Cinderella ISBN 0-440-22865-4
HISTORY World Studies
- Alexander, Heather A Child's Introduction to the World: Geography, Cultures, and People ISBN 978-1-57912-832-6
- Activities Packet (PDF)
- Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders ISBN 978-0-14-240733-2
- R.J. Palacio Wonder ISBN 978-0552565974
- Farmer, Nancy The House of the Scorpion ISBN 978-0689852237
- Zusak, Markus The Book Thief ISBN 978-0375842207
HISTORY U.S. Political History: Foundations of American Government
The only required book for summer reading is Mirrors by Jeannie Baker and was distributed at the end of the school year. If you are new to Holton, the book will arrive in the mail. There is no set number of books you must read for the summer. This does not mean you should only read the required book. By reading often and widely you will improve your skills, build back ground knowledge and begin school in September a stronger student than ever before. There is no reading project required; instead, we hope you will spend more time reading. There will be many opportunities to celebrate your great summer reading in the opening weeks of school.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jillian Van Ells by email at firstname.lastname@example.org