SLHS Summer Reading

Seattle Lutheran High School 2017 Summer Reading

“We know from research that students often lose some of their reading skills during the summer break, so it’s important to encourage children to keep up those skills.”

Former U.S. Secretary of Education, Rod Paige

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

18th-century English essayist Sir Richard Steele


Seattle Lutheran High School is committed to helping its students become lifelong learners. In order to achieve this, students must be ready to pursue their education both inside and outside of the classroom. Studies have shown that summer vacation is detrimental to students if they do not continue to exercise their minds over the long holiday break. Reading not only helps students maintain skills they already have, but also helps students excel in the year to come. It is vital, however, that parents encourage and support summer reading. In a 2001 National Education Association poll on the reading habits of adolescents, the report found that more than half (51%) of parents do not encourage their students to read except for necessary school assignments. While it is mandatory for every Seattle Lutheran High School student to read one book from the lists provided below, please encourage your student to read more than just one book this summer. It will have a positive (and lasting!) effect on his or her future.

Instructions for this summer: Pick one book (or more!) from the grade-appropriate reading list. While you are reading, flag or underline ten significant passages that stand out to you. There will be a follow-up assignment on the book during the first week of school in September, so you must have a copy of the book with you when you arrive at school. (Check for these titles at the Seattle Public Library or your local bookstore.)

Email teachers if you have questions.  Meredith Zandi, Jen Foster, Amanda Smoyer and  Peter Wilson 

Happy reading!

 Summer Reading List for Students Entering 12th Grade

 British Literature

Austen                        Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park

Bronte                         Jane Eyre

Collins                         The Woman in White

Dickens                       Oliver Twist; David Copperfield

Eliot                             Adam Bede; The Mill on the Floss

Joyce                           A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Huxley                        Brave New World

Shakespeare               King Lear

Thackeray                  Vanity Fair

Wilde                           The Picture of Dorian Gray

Woolf                          To the Lighthouse


Summer Reading List for Students Entering AP English 12:

Please read both of the following selections.

Bronte                          Jane Eyre

McCarthy                     All the Pretty Horses


Summer Reading List for Students Entering 11th Grade

 American Literature

American Literature

Burns, Olive Ann         Cold Sassy Tree

Dorris, Michael            A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Fitzgerald, F. Scott      The Beautiful and Damned; Tender is the Night

Kingsolver, Barbara     The Bean Trees

Knowles, John               A Separate Peace

Hemingway, Ernest      The Sun Also Rises

James, Henry                The Turn of the Screw

Lee, Harper                   To Kill a Mockingbird

Salinger, J.D.                 Catcher in the Rye

Steinbeck, John             Of Mice and Men

Vonnegut, Kurt              Slaughterhouse-Five; Cat’s Cradle

Wharton, Edith               Ethan Frome; House of Mirth

Wright, Richard              Black Boy


Summer Reading List for Students Entering 10th Grade

World Literature II

Austen                       Sense and Sensibility

Defoe                          Robinson Crusoe

Homer                       Iliad

Mallory                      Le Mort D’Arthur

Shakespeare             The Tempest; A Midsummer Nights’ Dream

Shelley                       Frankenstein

Sophocles                  Oedipus Rex

Stevenson                 Kidnapped

Swift                          Gulliver’s Travels

Summer Reading List for Students Entering 9th Grade

 World Literature I

Achebe, Chinua                       Things Fall Apart

Beah, Ismael                            A Long Way Gone

Cisneros, Sandra                     The House on Mango Street

Green, John                             Paper Towns

Hinten, S.E.                             The Outsiders

LeGuin, Ursula K.                   A Wizard of Earthsea

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia       The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor

Martel, Yann                           Life of Pi

Potok, Chaim                           The Chosen

Hosseini, Khaled                     The Kite Runner

Verne, Jules                            20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Zusah, Markus                        The Book Thief