Summer Reading 2019

Every student who plans to enter or return to Padua for the new academic year is required to conscientiously fulfill the “SUMMER READING PROGRAM.” 

Freshmen: All incoming freshmen are expected to read the assigned novel for their class. (See classes below.) Study guides are available on the website for your benefit (though they will not be taken for a grade and are meant as supplemental help as you read). 

All students are expected to thoroughly analyze their assigned book(s), paying special attention to plot structure, characterization, setting, symbolism, tone, style, theme, literary/historical significance, etc. The book(s) will become the subject matter for instruction, discussion and evaluation in the first days of school. 

  TITLE AUTHOR
English 9 – (Mrs. Zolkowski) Swallowing Stones Joyce McDonald
Regular English 9 (212A) Swallowing Stones Joyce McDonald
Regular English 9 (212) Swallowing Stones Joyce McDonald

Honors Freshmen: All incoming freshmen scheduled for Honors English 9 are required to read and complete the following 2 novels before the school year begins. A written assignment is required for Honors English 9 students.

  TITLE AUTHOR
Honors English 9* (218) Maus I
Lord of the Flies
Art Spiegelman
William Golding

* Reminder: all Honors 9 students must read both books and complete study questions – they will be collected for credit.


Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors:  All returning (and transfer-in) sophomores, juniors, and seniors (both Regular English AND Honors English) will be participating in the Bruins Big Read, a community-wide reading program which will culminate in a community day of book discussions and activities. Students will be required to read 1 selection from the Padua 2019 Summer Reading List.

*See informational letter for details on how selections will be determined.

*Honors/AP students must also read a 2nd assigned novel. (See below.)

Honors Sophomores:  In addition to selecting a novel for the Bruins Big Read, all incoming Honors English 10 students will ALSO be required to read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and complete the Summer Reading assignment. 

Honors Juniors: In addition to selecting a novel for the Bruins Big Read, all incoming Honors English 11 students will ALSO be required to read The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and complete the Summer Reading assignment. 

AP Seniors: In addition to selecting a novel for the Bruins Big Read, all incoming AP English 12 students will ALSO be required to read A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and complete the Summer Reading assignment. 

Padua’s 2019 Summer Reading List

A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson
Above the Line Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Program Urban Meyer
Angels and Demons Dan Brown
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride Cary Elwes
Band of Brothers Stephen Ambrose
Becoming Michelle Obama
Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate
Being Mortal Atul Gawande
Born on a Blue Day Daniel Tammet
Countdown to Zeroday Kim Zetter
Destined For War Allison Graham
Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover
Far From The Tree Robin Benway
Field Notes on Love Jennifer Smith
Fever 1793 Laurie Halse Anderson
Five Feet Apart Rachael Lippincott
iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us Jean Twenge
In Cold Blood Truman Capote
Lovely War Julie Berry
Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
Scythe Neal Shusterman
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon
The Energy Bus Jon Gordon
The Great Awakening Jim Wallis
The Greatest Salesman In The World Og Mandino
The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life Shawn Achor
The Help Kathryn Stockett
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot
The Last Lecture Jeffrey Zaslow & Randy Pausch
The Maze Runner James Dashner
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco
The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman
The Reckoning John Grisham
The Same Kind of Different as Me Ron Hall
The Wizard of OZ L. Frank Baum
To America: Personal Reflections of a Historian Stephen Ambrose
Turtles All the Way Down John Green
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China Alec Ash
Wonder RJ Palacio

Informational letter for details on how selections will be determined