Summer Reading

  • Summer Reading: 2019

    Summer reading assignments seek to foster love of reading, encourage both creative and critical thinking, develop students’ skills in the area of inference and analysis, and support year-round learning. 

    The focus of Barnstable High School Summer Reading is wellness and health: mental, physical and social-emotional wellness. 

    The reading choices for each grade include both fiction and nonfiction. Students can choose from a variety of lenses and focus on topics such as nutrition, fitness and mental health.

    Students: please choose a book from the list for the grade you will be entering in the fall. As you read, consider the questions on the Summer Reading link on the BHS website associated with your book in preparation for a class assessment during the first week of school.

    Entering 12th Grade

    Get Out of Your Mind and into Your Life for Teens by Joseph V. Chaupochi, et. Al.

    My Stroke, My Recovery and My Return to the NFL by Tedy Bruschi with Michael Holley

    Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher

    Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

    Entering 11th Grade

    Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

    First Part Last by Angela Johnson

    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
    Please Stop Laughing at Me by Jodee Blanco
    In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero

    Entering 10th Grade

    Chew on This by Eric Schlosser

    Dumplin by Julie Murphy

    Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

    Putting Make Up on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright
    Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

    Entering 9th Grade

    The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

    Now is the Time for Running by Michael Williams
    Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
    Dear Bully by Dawn Metcalf

    Entering 8th Grade

    The Trap by John Smelcer

    The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
    Gaia Warriors by Nicola Davies

    Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton


    Creative Writing Students

    On Writing, by Stephen King.


    AP Students

    AP Lit and Composition

    APLC Summer Work Requirements

    All Barnstable High School students are required to participate in the BHS Summer Reading Program. They are held accountable for their reading upon their return in the fall. Not completing this assignment may impact students’ first quarter grade.  Local libraries have been notified of the selected titles. Late summer registrants are to pick up the reading lists from their guidance counselor, the BHS registrar, or from one of the local libraries.