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Summer Reading choice books for rising 9th -12th grade.

​"He that loves reading has everything within his reach" - William Godwin

Randolph Upper School - Summer Reading 2018

The purpose of Summer Reading at Randolph is two-fold. First, we strive to encourage the habit of reading for pure enjoyment. By having students select something they want to read over the summer and then discussing it as a group in August, we hope to engender a community of intellectual exchange and dialogue.


Secondly, we endeavor to link students’ reading experiences to their fall learning activities. Students are encouraged to take notes or journal about their reading.


Students will have one (1) required title for their English class. Those titles are listed below. Additionally, they are to pick a title from the “choice” list to read. After reviewing titles, students should go to on or after May 7th to sign up for their title of choice.


Required Summer Reading - English Class Assignments

English 9: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck                              English 10: Lord of the Flies​ by William Golding

English 11: Big Fish​ by Daniel Wallace 

English 12: Personal Narrative packet to be provided to students (see below - both files are required)

The school believes every student is honor-bound to refrain from lying, cheating, plagiarizing, and stealing” (Randolph School Student-Parent Handbook).  The English Department does not permit the use of print or electronic study guides (for example, SparkNotes, Pink Monkey, or CliffsNotes). These types of guides may NEVER be used as a substitute for the assigned reading. Use of such study aids is considered “unauthorized assistance” and therefore an Honor Code violation. Maintain your academic integrity by doing your own work --- read the assigned text and generate original ideas about the reading. 

Additional Summer Reading

In addition to your REQUIRED reading for English, please select a title from the list below. We will gather as groups in August to discuss the reading.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Open to rising 11th and 12th grade students only)

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Two Gentlemen of Verona by Shakespeare (Signet Classic Edition)

Turtles all The Way Down by John Green

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda (Bilingual Edition)

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The Martian by Andy Weir (Open to rising 11th and 12th grade students only)

Dean of Student Research and Library Resources

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Auschwitz: A New History by Lawrence Rees (Open to rising 11th and 12th grade students only)