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English Summer Reading


Summer has arrived, and while we want all students to enjoy themselves with family and friends, we also know that students must read during the break, not only for enjoyment but also to keep their skills sharp. With this in mind, we ask that all middle/upper school students read at least one book. Please choose a title from the list provided on the right. We have also included several links to practice grammar skills over the summer.

We encourage students to take notes as they read to retain and/or strengthen their reading and writing skills. When we return to school in September, students will work on assessments, activities, or assignments based on the book, so please make sure your child finishes it by the end of the summer and brings it on the first days of school. Students can use their books and notes for all writing activities.   

Grade 5

Students entering grade 5 are required to read the novel A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden.


Grades 6 to 8

Download a list of suggested books here.


Grade 9

Download a list of suggested books here.


Grade 10

Download a list of suggested books here.


Grade 11

Please read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton and bring it to class in September. We will begin the school year with a writing assignment based on the novel.


Grade 12

Please finish reading The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, and read the following short stories:

  • "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" by Katherine Anne Porter
  • "Two Soldiers" by William Faulkner
  • "A&P" by John Updike
  • "Red Dress, 1946" by Alice Munro
  • "The Destructors" by Graham Greene