2022-2023 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. Each grade level has a set of novel choices for regular, honors, and Advanced Placement students. Guides for what will be covered on the grade-level Summer Reading Test can be found below. Students will take a mandatory Summer Reading Test before the end of August 2022.

MGM Summer Reading List 2022-2023

9th Grade Selections

Regular And Honors

Hoops
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers    OR    The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
Directions: Choose ONE novel. There is a guide below that contains things to pay attention to as you read. The Summer Reading Test will cover most or all of the information addressed in the guide. Your test will be given within the first few weeks of quarter 1.

10th Grade Selections

Regular

Night

Night by Elie Weisel        OR         Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Directions: Choose ONE nonfiction book. There is a guide below that contains things to pay attention to as you read. The Summer Reading Test will cover most or all of the information addressed in the guide. Your test will be given within the first few weeks of quarter 1.

Honors

Matched

Matched by Ally Conde         AND         ONE from the REGULAR list

Directions: Choose TWO novels. There is a guide below that contains things to pay attention to as you read. The Summer Reading Test will cover most or all of the information addressed in the guide. Your test will be given within the first few weeks of quarter 1.

11th Grade Selections

Regular

Crazy Horse Electric

Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voight     

OR 

The Crazy Horse Electric Game by Chris Crutcher

Directions: Choose ONE novel. There is a guide below that contains things to pay attention to as you read. The Summer Reading Test will cover most or all of the information addressed in the guide. Your test will be given within the first few weeks of quarter 1.

Honors And Dual Enrollment

Of Mice and Men

 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck        AND              ONE from the REGULAR list

Directions: Choose TWO novels. There is a guide below that contains things to pay attention to as you read. The Summer Reading Test will cover most or all of the information addressed in the guide. Your test will be given within the first few weeks of quarter 1.

AP Language And Composition

Lion Called Christian

Fiction AP List (CHOOSE ONE)

  • The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Nonfiction AP List (CHOOSE ONE)

  • A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Burke and John Rendall
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • They Cage the Animals at Night by James Michael Burch
Directions: Choose ONE novel from the fiction list and ONE book from the nonfiction list. Read and take notes based on the note-taking guide for your course level. You can find the guide below. The test will cover aspects addressed in the guide. Your test will be given within the first few weeks of quarter 1.

12th Grade Selections

Regular

Lord of the Flies

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen        OR       Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Directions: Choose ONE novel. There is a guide below that contains things to pay attention to as you read. The Summer Reading Test will cover most or all of the information addressed in the guide. Your test will be given within the first few weeks of quarter 1.

Dual Enrollment

Black Boy
  • Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster (nonfiction)
Directions: Read the novels and the nonfiction text. There is a guide below that contains things to pay attention to as you read. The Summer Reading Test will cover most or all of the information addressed in the guide. Your test will be given within the first two weeks of the semester. You will use portions of How to Read Literature Like a Professor based on the teacher’s choice. Your test will be given within the first two weeks of the semester.

Honors And AP Literature And Composition

How to Read Literature Like a Professor

                                       Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

AND 

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

AND 

ONE from the REGULAR list

Directions: Choose ONE novel to read with the nonfiction selection.

 

FOR AP STUDENTS: Read and take notes based on the note-taking guide. You can find the guide below. The Summer Reading Test will cover most or all of the information addressed in the guide. You will use portions of How to Read Literature Like a Professor based on the teacher’s choice. Your test will be given within the first few weeks of quarter 1.

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

CRITICAL LITERACY

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

3. Analyze how an author’s cultural perspective influences style, language, and themes.
4. 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.
5. Analyze the impact of context and organizational structures on theme, tone, and the meaning of the work as a whole.