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Summer Reading 2019-2020

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. Please contact Amy Gonzagowski at for alternate readings. 


Honors English - The Good Earth by Pearl Buck

Academic English - And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

English 9  - Big Fish by Daniel Wallace


Honors American Literature - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

  • Study Guide - see Canvas

Academic American Literature - Unwind by Neal Shusterman

American Literature - Big Fish by Daniel Wallace

  • Study Guide Coming Soon!


AP English Literature- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Honors English Literature - Choose a modern odyssey novel from the approved list, click here 

Academic English Literature - 1984 by George Orwell

English Literature - The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis


AP English Language - A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink

Advanced Composition W131 - A Collection of Selected Readings - click here

CCR Bridge Literacy Reading - The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis


--> 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.