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Wednesday, May 24, 2017



Rising 9th grade Pre-AP English: Read Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

See this link for 10-12th grade AP and Pre-AP Purchase Lists

End of document explains how credit will be given for summer reading.


The English Department at Spain Park High School recognizes the value of students reading over the summer.  Students who read over the summer become better readers, writers, and thinkers. Reading is not just an English class activity; we do it in every class and in life. To encourage students to read a variety of texts rather than just literary works, we have changed how we approach summer reading. This allows more freedom for students to read about topics that interest them, and it provides suggested titles from different departments. Students then can earn credit for the meaningful, relevant reading they do over the summer by answering questions on a Google document.  


We encourage students to pursue knowledge by reading about their interests and passions.  Students are encouraged to read anything intellectually stimulating. They are not forced to read particular works but are free to choose titles and topics of their interests. Our vision is to allow students to be able to read what they would like to read and then be rewarded for acquiring knowledge and skills. The reading done over the summer should be meaningful, and the students will be asked to demonstrate why their reading was relevant.         



  • Students are able to choose what they would like to read over the summer

  • Students must complete the text and answer questions on a Google Document to earn credit- the Google doc will be on the school website in June


Students may read works from any discipline and earn a grade in those classes for reading.

Books should be categorized in one of the subject areas: English, history, math, science or an elective. This is to help determine which classes will assign points when school resumes in the fall.  To help guide students, our departments have submitted a “suggested reading list” for our students to explore.   




Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher - by Lewis Thomas

King Solomon's Ring:  New Light on Animal Ways - by Konrad Lorenz

A Sand County Almanac - by Aldo Leopold

The Sustainability Revolution:  Portrait of a Paradigm Shift - by Andres R. Edwards

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - by Elizabeth Kolbert

Diversity of Life - by E.O. Wilson

Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living - by Doug Fine (funny)

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - by Yuval Noah Harari

Genome -  by Matt Ridley

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - by Rebecca Skloot

A Brief History of Nearly Everything - by Bill Bryson

Demon in the Freezer - by Richard Preston

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston



Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy


More 'For Fun' science reading:

Body Farm Novels these are fiction by two authors who go by the name Jefferson Bass -

one is William Bass, the author of Death's Acre

Skeleton Detective novels by Aaron Elkins


The following link is just a reference to see the AP biology reading list for more optional titles:



Flatland  by Edwin A. Abbott

The Golden Ratio by Mario Livio

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham



Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (a four-book series)

Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam, Jr.

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Why Sinatra Matters by Pete Hamill

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Paper Towns by  John Green

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Pure by Julianna Baggott

Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Outcasts United by Warren St. John



Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath

Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Incantation by Alice Hoffman

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

by M. T. Anderson

The Kite Runner  by Khaled Hosseini

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Code Talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac


AP Seminar (Capstone Year 1)- Suggested Reading

File:Arrow facing right - Red.svg - Wikimedia CommonsSee List and book reviews:



Science Fiction/Fantasy:

The Fifth Wave (Yancey)

Red Rising (Brown)

The Screaming Staircase (Stroud)

Jackaby (Ritter)

Steelheart (Sanderson)

The Last Dragonslayer (Fforde)

The Graveyard Book (Gaiman)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Riggs)

The Raven Boys (Stiefvater) (suggested for11th/12th grade)


Realistic Fiction:

Fat Boy vs the Cheerleaders (Herbach)

Out of My Mind (Draper)



The Night Circus (Morgenstern)

The Midnight Palace (Zagon)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Gaiman)



Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock's Central High (Beals)


Foreign Language Books must be read in English to receive credit in your Foreign Language class. The only exception is for those whose first language is French or Spanish.


Spanish -Requires completion of the Foreign Language Reading Form Located at this link:

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

A Boy a Burrito and a Cookie -by Richard Montanez

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros


Latin -Requires completion of the Foreign Language Reading Form Located at this link:

Pompeii by Robert Harris

Alexandria by Lindsey Davis


French -Requires completion of the Foreign Language Reading Form Located at this link:

The Little Prince- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Persepolis- Marjane Strapi (Graphic Novel)

Around the World in Eighty Days- Jules Verne

So Long a Letter- Mariama Bâ

The Stranger- Albert Camus



Students may read as their passions direct them.  Any book, magazine, news article, biography, etc...will be counted as an assignment.  We hope your reading will fit into a subject area- however- if your chosen reading does not fit with a discipline associated with school- it will count in English.  We encourage students to read from a wide variety of texts and earn a grade in those classes to start the year.   


Spain Park




Keep up with your reading on one of the forms below. When school begins, there will be a Google form in the Grade Level Google Classrooms to submit your work. If you are not yet a member of your grade level google classroom. Please email with your name and grade for the 2017-18 school year.


Google Document Version of the Summer Reading questions


PDF version of the summer reading form/questions

All responses should be submitted through the Google Form format to be counted.

Online Google Form will be posted in the Grade Level Google Classrooms at the start of school.   

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