2018 Summer Reading Lists

 In Academics

We at Catholic High are committed to providing our students with academic excellence. We believe that reading is a fundamental skill, and we continually seek ways to improve our reading program and encourage lifelong learning and reading. Research confirms that if a student is engaged in learning throughout the summer, there is a positive effect when he/she returns to school in the fall. Therefore, the English department at Catholic High feels that summer reading is beneficial for our students. We certainly encourage students to pursue their own interests in books of their choice during the summer; however, we also assign carefully selected titles that blend into the curriculum of each level.

Grades 5-8

This year, we are including our incoming 5th graders in summer reading.
Students at all levels must read the following books during the summer:

Grade Level

Title 1 Title 2
Grade 5

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

Grade 6

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Orphan Train Rider by Andrea Warren

Grade 7

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo

Grade 8

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

Grades 9-12

This year, students entering high school will have a new component in their summer reading assignments. There will be two parts to our summer 2018 high school reading.

Classic Combo

Students are assigned a classic novel and an accompanying movie version of the book. Students must read the book and view the specific assigned version of the movie. Be sure to note the date of the movie to watch. Students will be tested on their reading of the book and their viewing of the movie during the first week back in August.

Among other reading focuses, students should look for:

  • Typical structural elements of the novel (i.e. plot, characters, setting, themes, structure, etc.)
  • New words
  • Connections to the historical period of the author and/or the setting
  • What makes the novel a classic
  • Differences between the novel and the movie and their effect and purpose
  • How the movie’s use of visual elements communicates a specific message

Get Ahead Novel

Students are also assigned an additional novel by level. This novel will be covered in-depth during the first quarter of the school year. Students are encouraged to get ahead by reading the novel during the summer then reviewing during the weeks when the novel is covered in class. Reading the novel twice will solidify the skills and elements taught in class and save the student some homework time during our very busy fall semester.

Grade Level

Summer Classic Movie

Summer Classic Novel

Get Ahead Novel

English I

(all levels)

Ender’s Game (2013)

Ender’s Game by

Orson Scott Card

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

English II

(all levels)

War of the Worlds (2005)

War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

English III

(all levels)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

English IV

Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

English IV Honors

Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

English IV Dual Enrollment

Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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