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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading

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

The Alchemist - Paul Coelho

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd


English 10

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie

Blindness - Jose Saramago

The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson

Long Way Down - Jason Reynolds

Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson


English 11

The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger

The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls

The Help - Kathryn Stockett

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck


English 12

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Dr. Faustus - Christopher Marlowe

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien


AP students should read:

How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Thomas C. Foster

Choose any novel by Jane Austen

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