10th-12th Grade Summer Reading

Getting Started

Since the focus is reading for pleasure, we’re encouraging you to choose any text – any type – by any author – on any topic – of interest to you. The goal is simply to immerse yourself in the experience. You aren’t limited to fiction – nonfiction or informational texts, graphic novels, etc. are all great options as well.   

So the choice is up to you.

*(If you’re taking honors, specific titles are listed below)

For additional information, please contact Executive Director of Curriculum Dana Ziegler (315-622-7169 or DZiegler@liverpool.k12.ny.us) or LHS Principal Edward Michalenko (315-453-1500 or EMichalenko@liverpool.k12.ny.us).

If you want some suggestions, the first stop should be the LHS Library Web page

Go to the “Books & Libraries” tab – there you’ll find links to several helpful resources and lists – including book recommendation sites, e-books, audiobooks and more.

The Liverpool Public Library Web site also has a great selection of text suggestions.

Other lists that might provide ideas:

YALSA’S Teens’ Top 10

Outstanding Books for the College Bound

Great Graphic Novels for Teens 

Printz Award Winners

ALA Top Ten for Young Adult Books

ALEX Award Winners


English 10 Honors

All students will read J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and be prepared to discuss the book upon returning to school in the fall.

English 11 Honors

All students will read John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and  Jennifer Longo's What I Carry. Be prepared to discuss the dream each respective character embraces.

All students also will read any other book of their choice.

Advanced Placement 11 

11 AP students will read the following book and note at least 20 selections that stand out as particularly well written and/or effective:

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion

AP students should pay close attention to word choice, sentence structure, organization, and tone used in this collection.  Our primary approach will include an analysis of the resources of language and creation of rhetoric. 

Please arrive to class with a list of your 20 quotes.

Advanced Placement 12 

12 AP students will read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and identify two passages from the novel. Be prepared to discuss the book upon returning to school in the fall.

There is no specific summer reading title for SUPA English 12, OCC or 12 Honors. The choice is yours.

We know access to physical books might be limited due to COVID-19 related closures. Here are some online resources to help:

First stop, our library’s eBooks & Audiobooks page

The Liverpool Public Library has lots of resources to help too

Also, check out these resources:


LibriVox: free public domain audiobooks

Project Gutenberg: lists free audio & computer generated readings 

Open Culture: free recordings of short stories & books on the web 

Sora Reading: How to Use

* Please do your best to choose a comparable text if you can’t find one listed on the previous pages.