Summer Reading Boosts Overall Learning

A little enlightenment through summer reading helps expand our students' skills and horizons. The assigned books are readily available at public libraries, area bookstores, our Cadet Maker Bookstore, or may be downloaded onto a mobile device.

Summer 2017 Reading Requirements

Students are required to read the books listed below to further develop intellectual and academic skills. Students discuss and write about these books in English and Social Studies classes in the fall. Up to 20% of the quarter grade is based upon the ability to show familiarity with the books.

More information about the summer reading book selections

12th Grade Reading List

AP English

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
* In addition, a novel selected by the student from the AP reading list;
it must come from the list provided in class and cannot be a title already covered in STA course work.
Letter from Ms. Benz about the additional book

World Literature and Composition

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat
* Students are to write their Senior Speech in lieu of reading a third book.

Honors Critical Reading and Writing

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Over the Earth I Come by Duane Schultz (Social Studies)

American Studies

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
1776 by David McCullough (Social Studies)

American Literature and Composition

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Over the Earth I Come By Duane Schultz (Social Studies)

When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (Social Studies)
A Short History of the World by Christopher Lascelles (Social Studies)

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
The Pearl
by John Steinbeck

Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes
Animal Farm by George Orwell (Social Studies)

Peak by Roland Smith
Old Yeller by Fred Gibson
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong (Social Studies)

Memory Boy by Will Weaver
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (Social Studies)

Updated 03/14/2017