Junior Honors English Summer Reading

Junior Honors English Summer Reading

Juniors in the Honors English program in District 215 are required to read one novel (in preparation for a writing assignment) AND complete the analysis of four nonfiction articles during the summer. Please note: Students who do not complete this may find it difficult to pass the first grading period​.

PDF DocumentComplete printable assignment for Summer Reading
Read, and if necessary, print this document. It contains directions NOT on this webpage.


The basics:

Required Reading Text (select one):

You will be expected to write a response to this book using proper MLA format. Be prepared to discuss and write about this book on the first day of school. If you do not purchase the text, be sure to bring 30+ quotes from the book to use for your essay. See the assignment sheet above for complete information and a template to help you . 
External LinkCheck your options for book, eBook, and audiobook offerings here.

-Fiction Options-

  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  • Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
  • The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
  • Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz
  • The Reader by Traci Chee
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

-Nonfiction Options-

  • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
  • This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barret Osborne
  • Notorious RGB: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
  • March: Vol. 1-3 by John Lewis (please note, you may find these as three separate volumes or as one book. You must read volumes 1, 2, and 3 if they are separate.)

Article Analysis

This summer you must read and respond to FOUR articles found from a reputable source.  Please see the full assignment above for the template and directions. You must choose articles from the sites below:

Again, please read this document for the complete directions.