Summer Reading 2016-2017

In an effort to promote an appreciation for educationally sound reading, students will be required to read a book during their summer months. The English class determines to what extent discussion will occur, when the assignment will be given, and the type of assignment. Your selected reading is based upon the English course in which you are enrolled. The expectation is that the book is to be completed upon your return in August. Included below are study guides for each class. Students should complete assignments according to instructions.

Alternate books should only be chosen if there is serious parental objection to the required book. 


  • Honors English - The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck
  • Study Guide
  • Academic English and English 9 - Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  • Study Guide

Freshmen Alternate


  • Honors English - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  • Study Guide
  • All others - The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  • Study Guide

Sophomore Alternate


  • All English Classes - 1984, by George Orwell
  • Study Guide

Junior Alternate


  • AP English - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Study Guide
  • Advanced Composition W131 - The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
  • Study Guide


All other senior elective English courses have no summer reading requirement. For freshmen, the selected books have been chosen to support discussion framed by our Catholic values. Due to these mature themes, you may choose to read the alternate readings. However, the alternate reading selections will be an independent study.