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Summer Reading Assignments
Posted 05/16/2018 12:33PM

Notre Dame Preparatory English Summer Reading 2018


  • 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


  • Incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th graders will read one self-selected fiction or non-fiction book.
  • All Honors and AP English students will be required to read an assigned book during the summer. For grades 10, 11, 12, this is in addition to the self-selected book.
  • Incoming 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 are to read this book and another assigned book. See below. Incoming freshmen who did not pick up the Habitudes book at registration may do so at the front desk.

Assigned Honors and AP Books:

English 1 Honors: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The school will have this book for you to pick up from the front desk.

English 2 Honors: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. (Automatically Appended To Students Shelfit Accounts).

English 3AP: One non-fiction and one fiction choice. Click here for more information.

English 4AP: Sula by Toni Morrison and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. (Automatically Appended To Students Shelfit Accounts).

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.
  • Not one read in an NDP English classes
  • 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 in August for the book(s) you read.

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:


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