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Summer Reading Assignments
Summer Reading Assignments

      Notre Dame Preparatory English Summer Reading 2019


  • Encourage a lifelong habit of reading
  • Engage students by allowing choice in what they read
  • Prevent the “summer slide” that occurs between May and August
  • Ignite the literary conversation among students and between teachers and students


  • All rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders will read one self-selected fiction or non-fiction book.

  • All Honors and AP English students will also be required to read an additional assigned book(s) during the summer (see below). For Honors and AP students, this is in addition to the self-selected book.

  • All 9th graders will read the same book, Habitudes: The Art of Self-Leadership by Dr. Tim Elmore, to provide a foundation for their years at NDP. 9th graders in Honors will read this book and the assigned book (see below). Incoming freshmen who did not pick up the Habitudes book at registration may do so at the front desk.

  • In summary, all students in regular college prep (CP) English read one book of their choosing. All Honors/AP students in Grades 9, 10 read two books: one self-selected and one assigned. Grade 11 AP read one fiction and one non-fiction from the attached Eng 3AP Summer Reading lists. Grade 12 AP students read three books: one self-selected and two assigned books.


Additional Assigned Honors and AP Books:

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English 9 Honors: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Habitudes by Tim Elmore.

English 10 Honors: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and one self-selected book.  

English 11 AP: One non-fiction and one fiction choice. Book lists and directions attached here: Eng 3AP Summer Reading.

English 12 AP: Sula by Toni Morrison, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and one self-selected book.


Selection Guidelines:

  • Be appropriate for high school--not something read in middle or elementary school.

  • Have at least 150 pages.

  • Not have been made into a movie or TV series.

  • Not one read in any NDP English classes or for summer reading previously.

  • When choosing your book, challenge yourself to read one that has a Lexile score appropriate for your year in high school. A Lexile score can range from below 200L for beginning readers to above 1600L for advanced readers. Students in regular English ought to aim for a minimum score of 600, while those in Honors/AP ought to aim for a book with a score of 800 or higher. To check your book’s score, go to



Your English teacher will assign a project, presentation, or writing assignment the first week of school for the book(s) you read. Be prepared to bring a digital or hard copy of the book(s) with you to class.


Summer Reading Suggested Titles:

If you are not sure where to begin your search for a summer reading book, here are some places to start.

Links to lists that include recommended and classic works:


Parents! Do you need tips on how to encourage your students to read this summer? Click here for some great ideas!