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Summer Reading List

Central High School Summer Reading

Dear Parents and Students,

HCDE would like for all Hamilton County high school students to read at least two appropriate books over the summer. We need to close the gap from lost classroom time as well as develop reading habits that will prepare us for college and post-high school careers. All students are allowed to use Audible for their summer reading, but taking notes is highly recommended to prepare for the test at the beginning of the year. Watching movies or using online summaries to avoid the reading is not permitted.

Regular English students should choose one book from their grade-level list to read and choose one additional book on their own. The student-selected book must be at least 100 pages long and can not be something he or she has already read. Honors students should read two books from their grade-level list.

English 9
Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli
Call of the Wild - Jack London
Go Tell It on the Mountain - James Baldwin
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
The Road - Cormac McCarthy

English 10
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Harriet Jacobs
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
Blindness - Jose Saramago

English 11
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
The Jungle - Upton Sinclair

English 12
Narrative of Sojourner Truth - Sojourner Truth
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
King Lear - William Shakespeare
The Alchemist - Paul Coelho
Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

AP students should read:
How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Thomas C. Foster
Choose any novel by Jane Austen

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