Summer Reading

Students in grades 9 – 12 are responsible for the applicable reading assignment listed on this page.

Reading should be completed PRIOR TO the first day of school.

Within the first full week of school, teachers will ask students to complete an assignment/s about their summer reading. The assignment(s) will have at least one WRITING component. The grade earned for summer reading will be averaged into the first marking period grade.

Class of 2023 (Incoming 9th grade)

EEN001 and EEN101: Read TWO titles of your choice (age and content appropriate). Use this requirement as an opportunity to explore your interests. See suggestions for summer reading below.

EEN005 (HONORS): October Sky by Homer Hickman AND A Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind.

Class of 2022 (10th grade)

EEN402: Read the selections, answer the questions, and complete the reading log in the reading packet (students will receive a copy of the packet).

EEN404: Read TWO titles of your choice (age and content appropriate). Use this requirement as an opportunity to explore your interests. See suggestions for summer reading below.

EEN485 (HONORS): Honors tenth grade students are required to purchase Four Great American Classics which includes novels by Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Students should read Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage and annotate their copy as they read. The book will be used during the school year.

Class of 2021 (11th grade)

EEN702: Read the selections and answer the questions in the reading packet (students will receive a copy of the packet). 

EEN704: Read TWO titles of your choice (age and content appropriate). Use the requirement as an opportunity to explore your interests.

EEN785 (HONORS) AND EEN786 (AP English Language): Read and annotate Dracula by Bram Stoker AND ONE title of your choice (age and content appropriate). Use the requirement as an opportunity to explore your interests. See suggestions for summer reading below.

Class of 2020 (12th grade)

Select according to the class for which you are registered

Please Note: Uppers registering for senior English courses must consider their options carefully. Students are generally not allowed to change senior elective courses once the school year begins. Students who change electives will have one week to meet the summer reading requirement in their new course.

EEN956 UCONN/AP ENGLISH LITERATURE

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy AND A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

EEN902 ENGLISH 4

Read the selections and answer the questions in the reading packet (students will receive a copy of the packet).

EHC904 HUMAN CONCERNS IN LITERATURE

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

ESH904 SHAKESPEARE AND MODERN DRAMA

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

ESF904 SCIENCE FICTION

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

ECB904 CONTEMPORARY BESTSELLERS

Choose TWO of the following titles:

    • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Fiction)
    • World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler (Post-Apocalyptic Fiction)
    • At the End of the Road by Grant Jenkins (Fantasy)
    • The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz (Fiction)
    • Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand (Nonfiction)
    • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Fantasy)
    • The Passage by Justin Cronin (Science Fiction/Fantasy)
    • The Martian by Andy Weir (Science Fiction)
    • American Sniper by Chris Kyle (Nonfiction)
    • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Fiction)
    • A Sudden Light by Garth Stein (Fiction)
    • A Darker Shade of Blue by John Harvey (Short Stories)
    • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane (Fiction)
    • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Fantasy)
    • Any Stephen King novel EXCEPT The Shining and Doctor Sleep

ESL904 SPORTS LITERATURE

Complete the assignments described in the letter.

EMW904 MODERN WRITERS

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

ESP904 PUBLIC SPEAKING

Talk Like Ted by Carmine Gallo

(You must also complete the assignments described in the letter.)

EMC904 Multicultural Literature

Read Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie AND ONE title of your choice (age and content appropriate). Use the requirement as an opportunity to explore your interests.

English Learners (EL)

ENGLISH LEARNERS (EL) select according to the class for which you are REGISTERED.

GLS301 BEGINNER EL ENGLISH: Read Celebrate National Nutrition MonthWhere Does Food Go?Junk Food Battles, and Will You Go to School This Summer? and answer the questions in the reading packet (students will receive a copy of the reading packet).

GLS311 INTERMEDIATE EL ENGLISH: Read Whatever it Takes by Paul Tough and answer the questions in the reading packet (students will receive a copy of the packet).

GLS321 ADVANCED EL ENGLISH: Read Forged by Fire by Sharon M. Draper and answer the questions in the study guide (students will receive a copy of the guide).

Prize Information (All Grades)

For every book you read beyond the requirement outlined in NFA’s Summer Reading List, you will receive a prize in September.

NFA’s Edwin H. Land Library -Summer Hours: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., M-F (June 23 – August 2, 2019), and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., M-F, beginning August 19, 2019).

  • Canterbury Public Library
  • Janet Carlson Calvert Library - Franklin
  • Otis Library - Norwich
  • Preston Public Library
  • Salem Free Public Library
  • Slater Library - Jewett City
  • Sprague Public Library
  • Voluntown Library

Follow these steps to earn Prizes:

  1. Write a short book review (4-5 sentences) and submit via the online Google Form as you finish reading each book.  Book reviews will be accepted through Friday, September 20, 2019.

  2. Come to the Edwin H. Land Library at NFA before Friday, October 11, 2019 to claim your prizes.

SUMMER READING PRIZES: 

(1-2) Extra Book = (1) FREE Slushie at the Cat Shack
(3-4) Extra Books = (1) FREE Pass to the Brickview
(5-6) Extra Books = a FREE NFA T-Shirt AND a FREE lunch at an area restaurant (e.g.: Philly's, Irene's).
(7+) EXTRA BOOKS =

ALL Students - are eligible for (1) FREE paperback book if they read (7+) books.

9th & 10th Grade - In addition to (1) FREE paperback book, the (2) readers in each class (9th & 10th grade) who read the most books (7+) will get either (1) FREE pass to all Football and Basketball home games, OR (2) Homecoming Tickets.

11th & 12th Grade - In addition to (1) FREE paperback book, The student who reads the most books (7+) from each class (11th & 12 grade) will receive (1) FREE Prom.

Suggestions For Summer Reading

Submit Your Wildcat Book Review