Junior Honors English Summer Reading

Juniors in the Honors English program in District 215 are required to read two novels over the summer.  Please note: Students who do not complete this may find it difficult to pass the first grading period​.

Students will be expected to respond to both books using textual evidence and analysis. Therefore, as you read take notes on characters, plot events, themes, etc. It would be helpful to note important quotes--things that help the reader understand characters, plot, themes, etc. Notes and books will be used during the writing process for both texts. 

Book 1: Required Reading

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes...

Book 2: Select one of the texts from the list on this page