Summer (or Anytime) Reads for Upper School

Required and recommended reading for the Summer

Summer is a great time to catch up on all those books you've been meaning to read!

This guide not only lets you know the required titles for History and English 9th through 12th grades, but also includes summer work  for other departments and other lists and titles to explore anytime. Click the Departments below to see their selections.

9th Grade

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

10th Grade

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

11th Grade

  • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

12th Grade

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A novel by Jonathan Safran Foer

9th Grade:

  • DaVinci's Tiger by L. M. Elliott

10th  Grade:

  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

11th  Grade:

   US Survey:

   Advanced Placement US History:

  • Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz 
  • Students should also read pp. 29-31 in Chapter 1 and all of Chapter 2 in the textbook, “America’s History” by Henretta et al. (8th edition for the AP Course).

It is expected that students in the following math courses will do the following work over the summer.

Honors Math 1 — Summer packet with answers available here.

Honors Math 2 — WebAssign summer work, contact Mr. Bourbeau

Calculus AB — Summer packet, contact Ms. Collard

Calculus BC — Summer packet, contact Mr. Wharton

Honors Chemistry — Read the following introduction and then review these math skills and their answers.

AP Chemistry  Students will receive an invitation to an online self-paced review course called "FlinnPrep". The first ten units of the course are review to be completed before beginning AP Chem.  The remaining units will be covered next April.  If you have not received an invitation to FlinnPrep, please contact Mx. Perkins.

Honors Physics  Summer packet, contact Ms.Kjonaas

AP Biology  Summer packet, contact Mr. Wemple 

All other classes: no summer work.

Ms. Covintree Recommends

Ms. Henneman Recommends

Mr. Stites Recommends