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.
|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.
|Honors English 9* (218)||Maus I |
Lord of the Flies
|Art Spiegelman |
* 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|
|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|
|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|
|Wish Lanterns: Young Lives in New China||Alec Ash|
Informational letter for details on how selections will be determined