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Pittsfield High School Summer Reading List
Freshman | Sophomore | Junior | Senior |
Student will complete ONE book choice with a response journal.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Night Hoops by Carl Deuker (or another from this author)
Far North by Will Hobbs
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (or another from this author)
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
Thirteen Reasons by Jay Asher
Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Uglies by Scott Westerfield
First Part Last by Angela Johnson
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Regular English requires ONE book choice with a response journal. Intensive requires TWO book choices and journals.
Silver Fin by Charlie Higson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (or another by this author)
Marie Dancing by Carolyn Myer
Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
Handbook For Boys by Walter Dean Myers
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
The Messenger by Lois Lowry
Travel Team by Mike Lupica
Romeo’s Ex: Rosalind’s Story by Lisa Fiedler
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (or another by this author)
Sophomores Honors Reading List
Honors 10 students should read TWO of the titles from the list above and complete an excerpt journal for each. In addition, Honors 10 students must read Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez.
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Regular English requires ONE book choice with a response journal. Intenseive requires TWO book choices and journals.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Heart of the Sea by Nat Philbrick
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Into the Wild by John Krakauer
Night Country by Stewart O’Nan
The Odd Sea by Fredrick Reiken
Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen
Rite of Passage by Richard Wright
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
Junior Honors Reading List
Honors 11 student should read TWO of the titles from the list above and complete an excerpt journal for each. In addition, Honors 11 students must read a title of their own choosing.
Junior Advanced Placement Language and Composition
Complete one exceprt journal for each book.
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Read all essays from The Best American Essays
The excerpt journal for The Best American Essays should include an excerpt from five different essays.
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- Senior Intensive and Regular Level Reading List
Regular English requires ONE book choice with a response journal. Intensive requires TWO book choices and journals. Honors requires THREE book choices and journals.
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Foul Ball by Jim Bouton
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger
What is the What by Dave Eggers
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Senior Search for Values Honors Level Reading List
An excerpt journal is required for each novel. Everyone will first read How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C Foster. Then each student selects either choice A or choice B.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Gift of Fear by Gaven de Becker
There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975 by Jason Sokol
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Senior Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Reading List
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
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