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Summer Reading

About the program

Dear Parents and Students:

We know that summer is time to kick back, relax, and enjoy friends and family. We also know this is a good time for reading and reflection. A requirement for Honors and AP English 10-12th grade is summer reading.  The selections are listed by grade below.  Students will be able to check out a copy through the library and will be responsible for returning it  when school resumes. 


For Honors English 10, 11 & AP Language and Literature:

All work will be competed in Google Classroom.  Students will have been guided through joining the classroom at the time they check out the novels, but links are included below. During the month of June students will be expected to read the novel they selected and respond to all questions by the end of June.  To receive credit for participation, students must post a response to 4 questions total and add comments to at least four peer responses.

In addition, students who are taking AP Language and Literature will complete the summer reading assessment within Google Classroom. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at Windsor High School (636) 464-4429.

Also, if you know of someone who will be participating in Honors English classes next year but has not received this information, please let them know that the BOOK LISTS AND SUMMER READING ASSESSMENT FORMS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE WINDSOR HIGH SCHOOL WEBSITE.

Have a great summer!

Incoming Sophomores:

Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children (available on through Overdrive e-books) – A mysterious island with an abandoned orphanage, illustrated with vintage photographs. Google Classroom Code: 7vwhpyw


Ashfall, Mike Mullin – After the eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished. Google Classroom Code: hbzu4o


Kite Runner  Khaled Hosseini (parent permission requiredA sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.Google Classroom Code: 54c3nij


Incoming Juniors: 

The Martian Andy Weir – Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Google Classroom code: Mirzz1p


The Language of Flowers  by Vanessa Diffenbaugh  –After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them.  And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.Google Classroom Code:7x2yzm


The Hobbit, JR Tolkien  – Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf whisks him away on an adventure.  Bilbo reluctantly joins a quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. Google Classroom code: zbfmxz


The Age of Miracles, Karen Walker- Spellbinding, haunting, The Age of Miracles is a beautiful novel of catastrophe and survival, growth and change, the story of Julia and her family as they struggle to live in an extraordinary time. On an ordinary Saturday, Julia awakes to discover that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and nights are growing longer and longer, gravity is affected, the birds, the tides, human behavior and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. Google Classroom code: 7sxete

AP Juniors : 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer –  January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.  Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. Google Classroom code: n8vik1m

The Book Theif Markus Zusak –The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books.  Google Classroom code: f5helpo

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore Robin Sloan-  (available on through Overdrive e-books) – A Winner of the Alex Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything―instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Google Classroom code: 6jbtmt

AP Seniors:

AP Seniors will not be in Google Classroom.  They will need to bring the completed Summer Reading Form (links below) printed out and completed on the 1st day of school. 

1984 George Orwell  View our feature on George Orwell’s 1984.Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.

Summer Reading Form (Word)

Summer Reading pdf