School Reading Lists

Summer Reading


 Rogers High School

Thompson Middle School

Booklists from Cluny School are available in the library at the YA (Teens) and Children’s Reference desks.

J.H. Gaudet 8th Grade Summer Reading Packet

J.H. Gaudet 7th Grad Summer Reading Packet

Middletown High School Summer Reading List

Middletown High School AP Summer Reading List

Portsmouth Middle School Summer Work Lists

Portsmouth High School Summer Reading Suggestions

Portsmouth High School English AP Summer Assignments




2013 – 2014

GRADES 9 -12

            The English Department believes reading is an essential component of lifelong learning. Avid readers are more successful in the classroom and beyond. We strongly encourage students to continue reading over the summer break. We require reading one (1) book from the “Suggested Summer Reading List.”


All students are required to produce book evidence in two parts for the first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year. The deadline will be the week of the 23rd of September. Each English teacher will assign a specific due date at the start of the school year. You may use the summer to complete this assignment.



  • Identify a minimum of five (5) direct quotes from your independent reading book.
  • Analyze the significance of the direct quotes – why are they important?
  • Reflect upon a common theme found within the quotes, and write an essay analyzing the significance.
  • The written response will be assessed using the RHS Response to Literature Rubric.


Final Product

  1. 1.      Five (5) quotes with analysis in a graphic organizer of your choice (e.g. T-chart)
  2. 2.      Typed essay (500-750 words) in MLA format


This assignment will be used as a baseline writing sample for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.


Suggested Summer Reading-First Quarter List

The Education of Little Tree, Forest Carter

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Marc Haddon

Somewhere in the Darkness, Walter Dean Myers

Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson

Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay

The Afterlife, Gary Soto

The Color of Purple, Alice Walker

Letters Home from Vietnam, Edelman (editor)

God Grew Tired of Us, John Bul Dan

No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row, Susan Kuklin

The Little Friend, Donna Tart

Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Paolo Giordano

Paper Towns, John Green

War, Sebastian Junger

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon

The Help, Kathryn Stockett

Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris

1984, George Orwell

A Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Buried Onions, Gary Soto

Sold, Patricia McCormick

Give a Boy a Gun, Todd Strasser

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Copper Sun, Sharon Draper

Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Note: See further suggested reads at these links.

2014 RI Teen Nominated Books