Summer Reading List


Summer Reading 2019

Book Review Assignment - Required

THE ASSIGNMENT - Due 8/5/2019

Book Review

This assignment is 100 Points. You will need to read one novelfrom the reading list and complete the assignment below. This assignment will be submitted through Request to enroll in the Summer Reading Class using the

12th grade/AP Literature Class ID 21201442 Enrollment Key SUM19.

11th grade/AP Language Class ID 21201465 Enrollment Key SUM19.

10th grade/Pre-AP Class ID 21201486 Enrollment Key SUM19.

9th grade/Pre-AP Class ID 21201525 Enrollment Key SUM19.

(Length – 3-5 typed - double-spaced - pages)


The idea of a professional book review is to briefly summarize the ideas of the book, but mainly to give your opinion about the book’s merits – it is a critical analysis of the book. Just like in the literature critique assignment, ‘critical’ does not imply that you are going to be mean or harsh in your review. It means that you are going to evaluate objectively whether the author(s) have fulfilled their objectives in the book, and whether they have used persuasive and unbiased evidence to support their claims. Did you find the book engaging? Persuasive? Did you agree with it? Did you enjoy it? Would you recommend it to others? What is the intended audience of the book? Does it succeed in reaching this audience?


Work hard on making your book review very readable to a general audience. You should have an Introduction, Body(discussion of the book), and clear Conclusion (although these do not have to be broken into explicit sections – you can write this like an essay).


(1) The title and author of the book you are reviewing

(2) The author’s objective(s) and the audience

(3) The author’s main arguments

(4) Your evaluation of the author’s support of his arguments (provide examples)

(5) Your evaluation of the author’s interpretation and success with his/her objectives in writing the book (provide examples)

(6) Comparison with other books or sources if appropriate

(7) Your conclusions about the book

(8) You can rate the book - would you recommend this book to other people?

- why or why not


Be sure to put any quotes from the novel in quotation marks and to cite any sources used.

Novel List

  1. Throne of Glass Series

  2. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vazzini

  3. Fifth Wave Series by Rick Yancey

  4. The Mortal Instruments (series)

  5. Maximum Ride (series)

  6. The Furnace Series - Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

  7. Period.8 by Chris Crutcher

  8. Delirium by Lauren Oliver (trilogy)

  9. Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer (trilogy)

  10. The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

  11. Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilber

  12. Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick

  13. The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks

  14. The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline-Probably liked more by girls

  15. Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

  16. The Darkest Path- Jeff Hisirch

  17. A Walk among the Tombstones- Lawrence Block

  18. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen

  19. The Demon King (series) - Cinda Williams Chima

  20. Son of the Mob-Gordon Korman

  21. Into Thin Air-Jon Krakauer

  22. The Kane Chronicles-Rick Riordan

  23. The Warrior Heir Cinda Williams Chima

  24. Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  25. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

  26. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

  27. The Naural by Bernard Malamud

  28. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

  29. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

  30. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

  31. A Separate Peace By John Knowles

  32. Dracula by Bram Stoker

  33. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

  34. Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  35. The House on Mango Street by Susan Cisneros

  36. Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kruger

  37. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis

  38. Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

Why Summer Reading?

Summer may be your chance to take a break from school, but you can still continue your learning over the summer and have fun at the same time.


High school students that read during the summer months are more likely to score higher on standardized tests like the SAT, ACT and AP Exams. While literary classics are vital to developing written and verbal skills, contemporary novels can provide just as much help and influence to students preparing for tests as well as classes.


Taken from the article “Fun, Smart Summer Reading Lists for Students” by Kathryn Knight Randolph - April 17, 2018.

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