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BookSmart, English Summer Reading list for students entering grades 9-12.

To Students Entering Grades 9-12:

This year marks the second annual BookSmart: a book club-style one-day discussion of (mostly) modern literature. This year also marks a strange time for education, but one in which many students, in their own spaces, have started to read more on their own. We hope to encourage the continuation of this new trend.

Students will read the book they selected or were assigned to you (follow this link for the list) and participate in a book discussion about it in September (students taking honors or AP English will have other books to read in addition).

This is the Final BookSmart Selections (please note that if students did not choose by 6/17, a book was assigned to them). Students need to complete books by September 10, 2020.

While there is great value in the classics, we have chosen books for BookSmart that are more modern, diverse, and speak to different perspectives on the human condition.

Middle and High School Summer Reading Lists

Once you have decided what book to need to read, try using the Commonwealth’s eBook Collection to find and access it.  Instructions how are here.


Here are the books you (high school students) have chosen to read, just in case you forgot. 🙂


For the High School Reading List, click here.


Addendum to Summer Reading for Honors and AP Courses, 2019-2020

In addition to BookSmart Day (the link above), students taking the following courses should read the following books over the summer and be prepared to discuss and write about them…

AP English Literature*

  • Oresteia, Aeschylus
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neill
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

*Along with the reading of these works, a summer assignment is required, due on the first day of school. There is a mandatory meeting in June to clarify expectations for this assignment.


Honors World Literature

  • The Life of Pi, Yann Martel


Honors English, Grade 11

  • Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain.  Note: Racial slurs are prevalent throughout this satirical novel; however, Twain’s use of them is meant to showcase the hypocrisy of racism. This is one of the seminal works of American literature, and it accurately portrays a specific and pivotal time in history.


Honors English, Grade 10

  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (1818 edition is preferable to the 1831 edition)


Honors English, Grade 9

  • CHOICE: A Separate Peace, John Knowles, OR A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith



For the Middle School Reading List, click here.