2019 Summer Reading Lists

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

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

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


Grade Level

Summer Classic Movie

Summer Classic Novel

English I

(all levels)

Ender’s Game (2013)

Ender’s Game by

Orson Scott Card

English II

(all levels)

War of the Worlds (2005)

War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

English III
(all levels)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

English IV (all levels)

Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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