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2020 Summer Reading Novels

We 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 9-12

Students at the high school level 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

Summer Reading Selections

Grade Level Selection
5th The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
6th The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
7th The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth
8th The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
9th The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien     +    The Hobbit (1977)
10th The Book Thief by Markus Zusak     +     The Book Thief (2013)
11th The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald     +     The Great Gatsby (2013)
12th Frankenstein by Mary Shelley     +    Frankenstein (1931)
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