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Summer Reading List for Honors and AP
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Friday, March 03, 2017

GHS Summer Reading 2017-2018

Please choose one classic and one contemporary text. 

You will be writing over the summer on one text and taking a test over the other.


Honors English I

Classic (Test)

Contemporary (Writing)



Secret Life of Bees  Sue Monk Kidd

Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family Condoleezza Rice

Ellen Foster  Kaye Gibbons

In the Middle of the Night  Robert Cormier

The Art of Racing in the Rain  Garth Stein

Honors English II

Classic (Test)

Contemporary (Writing)

Silas Marner George Eliot

A Tale of Two Cities  Charles Dickens

A Prayer for Owen Meany  John Irving

The Count of Monte Cristo  Alexandre Dumas


The Book Thief  Markus Zusak

The Things They Carried  Tim O'Brien

Unbroken  Lauren Hillenbrand

The Poisonwood Bible  Barbara Kingsolver

A Thousand Splendid Suns  Khaled Hosseini

Honors/Advanced Placement Language and Composition English III



A Room of One’s Own  Virginia Woolf

Homage to Catalonia George Orwell

Meditations, Marcus Aurelius

Self Reliance and Other Essays  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Boys in the Boat  Daniel James Brown

A Walk in the Woods  Bill Bryson

Devil in the White City  Erik Larson

Twelve Years a Slave  Solomon Northup

Witch Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials  Marc Aronson

Advanced Placement Literature English IV



Pride and Prejudice  Jane Austen

1984  George Orwell

Things Fall Apart  Chinua Achebe

Heart of Darkness  Joseph Conrad

Required:  How To Read Literature Like a Professor  Thomas C. Foster



Note to parents and students:  You are encouraged to research the content of these books before you choose.  Several contain mature themes and controversial issues.  Please make a decision based on family discussion.  The English teachers strongly suggest that students purchase the books if at all possible so they can annotate and have their books and notes for class discussion.




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