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Summer Reading

As part of each English class at Saint Thomas Academy, students are required to complete assigned reading over the summer. This will likely take the form of 2-3 specific novels depending on their individual length and the level of the course. Students may have a summer reading expectation for their social studies course as well.

More information about the Summer Reading program can be found by clicking here.

Books are available at the Barnes & Noble in Eagan or Barnes & Noble Mall of America or you may purchase through your preferred book seller.


6th Grade

 Memory Boy by Will Weaver


 Hatchet by Gary Paulson 

7th Grade

 Peak by Roland Smith


 Old Yeller by Fred Gibson

8th Grade

 Heat by Mike Lupita


 If You're Reading This by Trent Reedy

9th Grade

Rhetorical Skills

 Persepolis (vol 1) by Marjane Satrapi 


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


 The Pearl by John Steinbeck 

10th Grade

Literature and Composition


 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Christopher Haddon 


 When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka 

Honors Literature and Composition 

 Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover


 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

11th Grade

American Literature and Composition 

 Between the world and me cover

 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates


The Old Man and the Sea

 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Heminway



Honors Critical Reading and Writing 

 Between the world and me cover

 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates



 The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka 

12th Grade

AP English 

Cover photo of Invisible Man

 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 


Cover of Frankenstein

 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 




Book of Choice from Ms. Benz's provided list - (list will be emailed as well by July 30 along with course placement/schedule).

Social Studies

6th Grade

 The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

7th Grade

 Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong

8th Grade

 Animal Farm by George Orwell

10th Grade

All quiet on the western front

 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

11th Grade

US History and AP US History Summer Reading:

Over the earth I come

 Over the Earth I Come by Duane P. Schultz