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Summer Reading List & Summer Reading Challenge

 Holy Names High School English Department

2019 Required Summer Reading


The following books will be required summer reading as students will be given an assessment on their reading upon returning to school in August. Please pace your time accordingly so the reading will be completed upon the student’s return to school.


HNHS Summer Reading Book Club: Students who complete a typed five-paragraph essay by responding to their book prompt and submit it to their teachers by Friday, August 16th. will have the opportunity to participate in the HNHS Summer Reading Book Club. There will be a hosted lunch gathering for the students who have submitted the essay on time to their English teachers and have the opportunity to discuss the novels with their peers.



Incoming 9th Graders- English 9: Coming of Age Studies

The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon

ISBN - 9780385512107


Essay Prompt: The author has used his extensive knowledge of Asperger's syndrome to allow us to see the world through Christopher's eyes.  How do you think the story further enhances our attachment to the character and our enjoyment of the book in general? What does the book teach us about empathy and forgiveness?



English 10: Morality & Identity

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime that Changed Their Lives

by Dashka Slater

ISBN – 9780374303235


Essay Prompt: The fire on the bus impacted Sasha and Richard in profound ways, but it also affected the people around them. What were some of the repercussions for those people? Are there other crimes in the book that had far-reaching impacts?



English 11/Honors English 11: The American Experience

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

ISBN - 9781594485152


Essay Prompt: The word "translation" figures prominently in the title of the novel, and learning to translate between her two languages is key to Kimberly’s ability to thrive in her new life. Does she find herself translating back and forth in anything other than language? Clothing? Priorities? Expectations? Personality or behavior? Can you cite instances where this occurs, and why they are significant to the story as a whole?


English 12: The Feminist Lens

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

ISBN - 9781400052189


Essay Prompt:  Consider the ethical issues that this book discusses, specifically, the taking of one’s cells without his or her consent. Did Henrietta have a clear understanding of her condition and the research behind it? Discuss how her cells changed the medical community and what may have happened if they never were collected.  Given Henrietta’s attitudes towards medical care, would she have given explicit consent if she had been given all of the information?


Advanced Placement English

1984 by George Orwell

ISBN – 9780452262935


Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

ISBN – 9780007350810


How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

ISBN -  9780062301673


Choose one:


1984 Prompt: In the afterword, the commentator describes 1984 as "a warning." Indeed, throughout the text, Orwell plants both subtle and overt warnings to the reader. What do you think are some of the larger issues at hand here?


Wuthering Heights Prompt:  Discuss the role of women in Wuthering Heights. Is their depiction typical of Bronte's time, or not? Do you think Bronte's characterizations of women mark her as a pioneer ahead of her time or not?



Hello Rising HNHS Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors,
Congratulations on completing the school year!   
Ms. Kneeland and I want to encourage you to write and read for your own enjoyment this summer, so we are inviting you to consider taking on a summer writing and/or reading challenge.  
What:  Read 5 books (100 pages each ) and/or write 15 pages in a journal
When:  Over the summer
Why:  (1) Have fun! (2) Win prizes! (3) Join other readers and writers at a celebration early in the first semester!  (4) Keep building your writing and reading skills over the summer! (5) Win endless appreciation and accolades!
See the more detailed information about the challenges shared in the document below.  Please also note that the reading challenge is optional and separate from the required summer reading for each grade level that all students must complete.  See the school website and the Back-To-School Information Packet (expected to arrive by mail early next week) for details about your assigned summer reading.  
Please feel free to reach out to us with questions.
Have a wonderful summer!  We hope you enjoy the reading and writing of your choice, and that you have time to relax, to explore, and to dream.  
Ms. Carson and Ms. Kneeland