Summer Reads for Upper School 2019

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

11th Grade

12th Grade


9th Grade:

  • Sugar changed the world, by Marc Aranson & Marina Budhos

10th  Grade:

Read ONE of the following four options:

  • Kim, by Rudyard Kipling
  • Midnight's children, by Salman Rushdie
  • Nervous conditions, by Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • Things fall apart, by Chinua Achebe

11th  Grade:

   US Survey:

  • Curated Live Binder of articles from the US History teachers. Instructions are included there.

   Advanced Placement US History:

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 
  • All AP US History students should also read pp. 30-36 in Chapter 1 and all of Chapter 2 in the textbook, “America’s History” by Henretta et al. (9th 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.

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

Calculus AB — Summer packet, contact Ms. Collard

Calculus BC — Summer packet, contact Mr. Wharton

AP French  Summer packet, contact Ms. Greenberg 

AP Spanish  Summer packet, contact Ms. Martin 

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 Assignment - Refer to AP Biology Course Classroom Page - Link sent by email in June. Contact Mr. Wemple for assistance 

All other classes: no summer work.

Required 2019 Summer Reading