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Mandatory Summer Selections/Enrichment Reading List

In an effort to inspire students to read for both enrichment and pleasure, the English Department has approved the following summer reading selections. Alemany’s English teachers have carefully chosen literary works that have both academic and recreational value.

All English teachers will assign a summer reading assessment sometime during the first few weeks of the fall semester. Therefore, all students are required to read at least one selection from the list for the grade they are entering in the fall before school begins. Beyond that, they are encouraged to read as many of these works as they wish for their own intellectual development.

9th Grade
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Albom
Farewell to Manzanar – Houston
April Morning – Fast
Little Women – Alcott
Bless Me Ultima – Anaya
The Red Badge of Courage – Crane
The Princess Bride – Goldman
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Hugo
The Call of the Wild – London
Skeleton Man – Bennett
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Stevenson
Animal Farm – Orwell
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Doyle
Slaughterhouse Five – Vonnegut
And Then There Were None – Christie
Fahrenheit 451 – Bradbury
10th Grade
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Hurston
A Separate Peace – Knowles
My Antonia – Cather
To Kill a Mockingbird – Lee
Parallel Journeys – Ayers
Girl With a Pearl Earring – Chevalier
We All Fall Down – Cormier
Beekeeper’s Apprentice – King
Watership Down – Adams
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Twain
Around the World in Eighty Days – Verne
The Joy Luck Club – Tan
11th Grade
Jane Eyre – Bronte
Wuthering Heights – Bronte
Emma – Austen
Brave New World – Huxley
Grendel – Gardner
The Fellowship of the Ring – Tolkien
The Hobbit – Tolkien
Idylls of the King – Tennyson
David Copperfield – Dickens
Murder on the Orient Express – Christie
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Doyle
Pride and Prejudice – Austen
Dracula – Stoker
The Importance of Being Earnest – Wilde
Sense and Sensibility – Austen
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Carroll
Peter Pan – Barrie
12th Grade
The Age of Innocence – Wharton
The Sun Also Rises – Hemingway
The Iliad – Homer
The Divine Comedy – Alighieri
The Decameron – Boccaccio
Madame Bovary – Flaubert
The House of Mirth – Wharton
The Tale of Genji – Shikibu
Pygmalion – Shaw
Caesar and Cleopatra – Shaw
Faust – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The Power and Glory – Greene
A Man Called Ove – Backman