Summer Reading

Upper School: Grades 9–12

The desire we have for our students is simple: for them to fall in love with reading. Summer reading is essential in both the development and advancement of our students. It is said that “those who read in the summer do better in the fall” and those who do not read over the summer risk a decline in reading ability, Fink. Because of this, the LCA English Department encourages students to read over their summer break. Reading two books of choice is our minimal suggestion because we believe that students should continue to read throughout the entire summer. Below is a suggested summer reading list, but you are not restricted to choosing books only from that list. The classics are timeless, however, you may want to read about the life of a Christian martyr, or how to become a successful entrepreneur, or simply escape into a fictional land that takes you to a place you would have never imagined otherwise. Find books on topics that you are passionate about or books that challenge you and make you a better person, while improving your reading skills. Parents, we ask that you help your child with his or her reading goals. Share with your son or daughter books that you have read or would like to read. Be aware of their choices making sure they coincide with your family values. Enjoy reading. 

Upper School Suggested Reading List

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Verne
A Separate Peace, Knowles
Aeneid, Virgil
All the Pretty Horses, McCarthy
Angela’s Ashes, McCourt
As I Lay Dying, Faulkner
Band of Brothers, Ambrose
Christy, Marshall
Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius
Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky
East of Eden, Steinbeck
Emma, Austen
Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury
Gone with the Wind, Mitchell
Great Expectations, Dickens
How the Other Half Lives, J. Riis
Jane Eyre, Bronte
Journey to the Center of the Earth, Verne
Killer Angels, Shaara
Les Miserables unabridged, Hugo
Life of Pi, Martel
Middlemarch, Eliot
Moby Dick, Melville
My Name Is Asher Lev, Potok
Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck
Othello, Shakespeare
Our Town, Wilder
Rebecca, Du Maurier
Red Badge of Courage, Crane
Return of the King, Tolkien
Sense and Sensibility, Austen
Space Trilogy, C.S. Lewis
Tale of Two Cities, Dickens
The Black Arrow or Kidnapped, Stevenson
The Book Thief, Zusak
The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky
The Chosen, Potok
The Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas
The Fellowship of the Ring, Tolkien
The Hobbit, Tolkien
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hugo
The Jungle, Sinclair
The Once and Future King, White
The Plague, Camus
The Prince, Machiavelli
The Road, McCarthy
The Scarlet Pimpernel, Orczy
The Three Musketeers, Dumas
Things Fall Apart, Achebe
Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
Two Towers, Tolkien
Walden, Thoreau
War of the Worlds, Wells
Watership Down, Adams
Wuthering Heights, Bronte

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