2024-2025 Summer Reading List

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The Summer Reading Program at Mary G. Montgomery High School is designed to engage students while giving them opportunities to expand their reading skills. This summer we are recommending a school-wide read for all grade levels in regular courses and then there are additional books for honors  and dual enrollment.

MGM Summer Reading List 2024-2025

School-Wide Recommended Read

The Shallows

Every student in grades 9-12 is recommended to read The Shallows by Nicolas Carr.


In addition to the school-wide read honors and dual enrollment students will need to read the honors, and dual enrollment books coordinated to their grade level.

9th Grade Selections


The Face on the Milk Carton
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney

10th Grade Selections


The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

11th Grade Selections

Honors And Dual Enrollment

Of Mice and Men

 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

12th Grade Selections

Honors and Dual Enrollment

The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster (nonfiction)


Summer Reading Disclaimer

Please be aware that these novels and books are choices. If there is a problem with a novel or book on the list, please follow the Mobile County Public School System’s appeal process. See the English department chair for further details. Before your son or daughter chooses a novel, be sure to research them to learn more about the novel’s content.

Students will be expected to have all notes on their selected books once they begin their grade level English course. Teachers will provide specific guidelines on how those notes will factor into their Summer Reading assessment and into their grade for the course. Lastly, all summer reading assessments will be counted as a quiz grade. If you find that your son or daughter's assessment is counted as a test grade, be sure to contact the grade level teacher.

Standards Addressed


     1. Process and employ information for a variety of academic, occupational, and personal purposes.

     2. Analyze how an author’s cultural perspective influences style, language, and themes.

     3. Analyze how authors use characterization, connotation, denotation, figurative language, literary elements, and point of view to create                 and convey meaning in a variety of texts.

     4. Analyze the impact of context and organizational structures on theme, tone, and the meaning of the work as a whole.