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Required Summer Reading for all Students
(three items: two books + the playlist)

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


Read one of these two books


Read the English Book(s) for your Grade




Listen to, watch, or read everything in this playlist




The Summer Reading Challenge (optional)

(six items: five books + the playlist)
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.

Will you take the Summer Reading Challenge?

Faculty-sponsored books

Mr. Bennett- What If? by Randall Munroe
Ms. Patterson – American War by Omar El Akkad
Mr. Bozzi- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Mr. Maurer- The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
Mr. Conklin- Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Mr. Titus- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Mrs. Potash- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Dr. Maurer- Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil
Mr. Hicks – Behave by Robert Sapolsky
Ms. Dyson & Ms. Stephens – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 440 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $6 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance to New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
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