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Summer Reading


Natick High School English Department

Required Summer Reading 2013 

Summer Reading Assessments for all classes will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 3 (Red 2) and Wednesday, Sept. 4 (Blue 2).

Entering 9th grade:

All incoming freshmen will read Lay that Trumpet in our Hands by Susan Carol McCarthy.

Students in English 10 classes (honors) will also read Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

Freshmen will be assessed on the summer reading book(s) early in September. To prepare for the assessment, which will include multiple choice questions and an essay, students should consider creating a character list and plot summary as they read.  Students will not be able to use their notes during the assessment.

Entering 10th grade:

Students in English 22 will read Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin.

Students in English 21 classes (college preparatory) will read The Long Valley by John Steinbeck

Students in English 20 classes (honors) will read The Long Valley by John Steinbeck and The Saffron Kitchen by Yasmin Crowther.


 Entering 11th grade:

All students entering junior year will read World War Z by Max Brooks.

Students enrolled in English 30 (honors) will also read A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway. Students are expected to complete the document on the Hemingway Code Hero (For a copy, click here) as they read the novel.


Entering 12th grade:

All students entering senior year will read two books by the same author chosen from the prescribed list found below. These books will be the basis of the required Senior Literary Research Paper (SLRP) which will be completed first semester. Students are expected to declare their choices by Friday, July 12 by completing the SLRP Choice Form (click here).  Students who reconsider their choices and wish to change MUST do so no later than Thursday, August 1 by emailing Ms. Hagemeister directly at mhagemeister@natickps.org

For Summer Reading Handout distributed in junior English classes the week of 6/10 (click here)

For the PowerPoint show in junior English Classes the week of 6/10 (click here).

Students taking English 40 (honors) will also read How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

Students taking AP Literature and Composition will also read Catch 22 by Joseph Heller,  The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, and How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. [Note: Students enrolled should pick up a packet of summer work from Ms. Donnolly (Room 245), including a slightly emended list of acceptable authors for the SLRP,  prior to the end of the 2012-2013 school year.  Click here for the summer work information. ]

Students taking AP Language and Composition will also read How to Read Literature like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. and two books of their choice from the following list: Outliers, The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell; The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow; The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf; This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin; Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell; Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner; Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle. [Note: Students enrolled should pick up a packet of summer work from Mr. Wall (Room 215), including a slightly emended list of acceptable authors for the SLRP, prior to the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Click here for the summer work information.]


Natick High School English Department: Senior Literary Research Paper (SLRP)

Approved List of Authors

(Students must choose two books by the same author for the basis of their Senior Literary Research Paper.
Books may NOT be works studied as part of the existing NHS curriculum. )



Louisa May Alcott

Jane Austen

James Fenimore Cooper

Daniel Defoe

Charles Dickens

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Alexander Dumas

George Eliot

William Faulkner

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thomas Hardy

Ernest Hemingway

Victor Hugo

James Joyce

John Steinbeck

Mark Twain

Edith Wharton

Virginia Woolf


Science Fiction/Fantasy

Douglas Adams

Isaac Asimov

Ray Bradbury

A. C. Clarke

Michael Crichton

Ursula LeGuin

Robin McKinley

Christopher Paolini

Terry Pratchett

Philip Pullman

Ann Rinaldi

JRR Tolkien

H. G. Wells





Chinua Achebe

Isabel Allende

Sherman Alexie

Julia Alvarez

Laurie Halse Anderson

Maya Angelou

Margaret Atwood

Sebastian Barry

Libba Bray

Michael Chabon

Robert Cormier

Sandra Cisneros

E. L. Doctorow

Roddy Doyle

Margaret Drabble

John Green

Louise Erdrich

Alice Hoffman

Zora Neale Hurston

John Irving

Ha Jin

Barbara Kingsolver

Jamaica Kinkaid

Jhumpa Lahiri

Naguib Mahfouz

Cormac McCarthy

Gregory Maguire

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Carson McCullers

Alice McDermott

Ian MacEwan

Walter Dean Myers

Toni Morrison

Joyce Carol Oates

Tim O’Brien

Flannery O’Connor
Jodi Picoult

Chaim Potok

Annie Proulx

Arundhati Roy

Salmon Rushdie

Amy Tan

Anne Tyler

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Alice Walker

Tobias Wolff



Angela Carter

Agatha Christie

Walter Mosely

Dashiell Hammett

Patricia Highsmith

P. D. James

Stephen King

Tony Hillerman

John LeCarre

Dennis Lehane

Sharon McCrumb

Robert Parker

Ruth Rendell

Josephine Tey



Edward Albee

Anton Chekov

Brian Friel

John Guare

Lillian Hellman

Beth Henley


Eugene O’Neill

George Bernard Shaw

Wendy Wasserstein

Oscar Wilde

Tennessee Williams

August Wilson

Lanford Wilson


Historical Fiction

Jean Auel

Geraldine Brooks

Jennifer Donnelly

Michael Cadnum

Forest Carter

Margaret Craven

Hillary Mantel

William Martin

Lisa See

Jeff Shaara