Required Summer Reading for all Students
(two books)

Each student is required to read one all-school selection (book one) and the summer reading book required for next year’s English class (book two).


Read one of these three books (click on book cover to read more)



Students will have a choice of four exciting ways to respond to the 2019 Summer Reading. Click on the icons below to learn more about each option. Students will complete and submit one response by the end of the second week of Fall Term classes. Summer work is welcome but not required. A team of faculty members will review and evaluate each response.

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  • Podcast

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  • In-class Essay

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Read the English Book for your Grade

The Summer Reading Challenge (optional: five books)

  1. One of the three required reads (see above)

  2. The English book for your grade (see above)

  3. Faculty sponsored read (see below)

  4. One fiction book of your choice

  5. One nonfiction book of your choice

Faculty-sponsored books

When you return to school, you will sign an honor pledge stating that you read the five designated books. You will also participate in a seminar led by the faculty member who sponsored your chosen book.

Any student who completes the challenge will receive an “I Took the Summer Reading Challenge” shirt that entitles the wearer to a jeans day on a designated date during the fall term. In addition, we will sponsor a Summer Reading Challenge event based on how many students take the Challenge. If 25 students take the Challenge we will sponsor an ice cream party. If 50 students take the Challenge, we will sponsor a trip to the movies. And, if 100 students take the Challenge, we will sponsor a trip to Hersheypark.

If you have questions about Summer Reading, email Alexandra Patterson, director of library services. 

Will you take the Summer Reading Challenge?
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