Summer Reads for Upper School 2020

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:

  • Zenzele: A letter for my daughter, by J. Nozipo Maraire.

11th  Grade:

   US Survey:

  • Stamped -- Racism, antiracism, and you by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

   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

All other math classes: no summer work.

AP French  Summer packet, contact Ms. Greenberg 

AP Spanish  Summer packet, contact Ms. Martin 

All other language classes: no summer work.

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  Honors Physics has a summer assignment that will be delivered to enrolled students by Ms.Kjonaas via email at the end of May.

AP Biology There is a summer assignment for AP Biology. Mr. Wemple will email summer work directly to students enrolled in the course by the end of this school year, so place check your email for the details.

All other science classes: no summer work.

Required 2020 Summer Reading