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

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” – Fran Lebowitz

Randolph Upper School - Summer Reading 2019

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: All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg

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.


Dry by Neil Shusterman

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Disappearing Spoon: And other True Tales of Madness. Love and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean

Freakonomics (choose either Freakonomics or Think Like a Freak) by Steven D Levitt

Last Bus Out by Beck McDowell

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all small stuff: Simple ways to keep the little things from taking over your life by Richard Carlson (The original book)

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Truly Devious: A Mystery by Maureen Johnson

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

Dean of Student Research and Experiential Learning

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Woman who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone

Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt 2nd Revised, Updated Edition by Barbara Mertz

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Open to rising 11th and 12th Grade Only)

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Death of a Salesman (play) by Arthur Miller