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AP Summer Reading

Our goal in CCISD is to foster a lifelong love of reading and, simultaneously, engage readers in sophisticated texts and critical thinking so students will be well prepared for Advanced Placement courses. While CCISD does not have required summer reading, we highly encourage and expect AP students continue to read throughout the summer months, held accountable to reflect the rigors of AP, completing at least four complex texts of their choice. To offer guidance to you and your child for selecting texts, here is a list of recommendations from our CCISD AP teachers. 


Recommended CCISD AP Summer Reading:

AP Language and Composition

 

AP Literature and Composition

Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

The Humans by Matt Haig

Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

On Writing by Stephen King

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Life of Pi Yann Martel

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Grit by Angela Duckworth

Power Plays John M. Barry

The Broken Ladder by Keith Payne

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Brain Rules by John Medina

 

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

All My Sons by Arthur Miller

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde


High School Pre-AP and Leadership Students:

Similarly, as students prepare to move forward into Pre-AP and AP courses, we expect a significant volume of summer reading. In order to well prepare our students for advanced courses, here is a list of recommended books for summer reading.

Please note: as our students grow up, so too does some of the content in the books that are designed to meet their reading interests. Some literature contains an increased amount of mature themes, language, and imagery. Additionally, some of these novels were originally published with adults as the target audience. With this in mind, please consider supporting your student in book selection. In CCISD, we strive for students to read books that are “just right” for them and their family values. 


Challenging Text Suggestions:

Night by Elie Wiesel, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1984 by George Orwell, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Far from the Tree by Robin Benway, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan,

Please refer to our Book Lists for other suggestions.
 

Genres

Books and Authors

Memoir

A Long Way GoneMemoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, Night by Elie Wiesel, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen, I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka, Hole in My Life by Gack Jantos

Historical Fiction

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Salt to Sea by Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, Milkweed by Jerri Spinelli, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Refugee by Alan Gratz, 

Non-Fiction

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer, Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Bluemthal, I Am Malala by Christina Lamb &Malala Yousafzai, The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan, Columbine by Dave Cullen, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, Imbeciles:The Supreme Court, American Eugenics and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen, 

Realistic Fiction

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Speak by Laurie Anderson, Ask Me No Questions by Marina BudhosThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini, Monster by Walter Dean Meyers, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Paper Towns by John Green, Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan, Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, Turtles all the Way Down by John Green,

Classics

The Crucible by Arthur Miller, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1984 by George Orwell, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, The Stranger by Albert Camus, Candide by Voltaire, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Brother Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 

Graphic Novels

Maus by Art SpiegelmanBlankets by Craig ThompsonMarch I, II, and III by John Lewis, Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown, Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge, The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan by Bryan Doerries, 

Science Fiction

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, Insignia by S.J. Kincaid, The Six by Mark Alpert, Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Gone by Michael Grant, The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Noggin by John Corey Whaley, Feed by M.T. Anderson, Enclave by Ann Aguire, The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Mort(e) by Robert Repino, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer,

Dystopian 

Storm Sirens by Mary Weber, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, 

Fantasy

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, Guilded Cage by Vic James,

Book Series

Unwind by Neal Shusterman, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Cinder by Marissa Meyers, Uglies by Scott Westerfield, Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Novel in Verse

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Crossover by Kwame Alexander, Booked by Kwame Alexander, Solo by Kwame Alexander, Rebound by Kwame Alexander,

 


Genres

Books and Authors

Memoir

A Long Way GoneMemoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, Night by Elie Wiesel, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen, I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka, Hole in My Life by Gack Jantos

Historical Fiction

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Salt to Sea by Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, Milkweed by Jerri Spinelli, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Refugee by Alan Gratz, 

Non-Fiction

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer, Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Bluemthal, I Am Malala by Christina Lamb &Malala Yousafzai, The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan, Columbine by Dave Cullen, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, Imbeciles:The Supreme Court, American Eugenics and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen, 

Realistic Fiction

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Speak by Laurie Anderson, Ask Me No Questions by Marina BudhosThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini, Monster by Walter Dean Meyers, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Paper Towns by John Green, Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan, Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, Turtles all the Way Down by John Green,

Classics

The Crucible by Arthur Miller, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1984 by George Orwell, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, The Stranger by Albert Camus, Candide by Voltaire, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Brother Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 

Graphic Novels

Maus by Art SpiegelmanBlankets by Craig ThompsonMarch I, II, and III by John Lewis, Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown, Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge, The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan by Bryan Doerries, 

Science Fiction

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, Insignia by S.J. Kincaid, The Six by Mark Alpert, Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Gone by Michael Grant, The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Noggin by John Corey Whaley, Feed by M.T. Anderson, Enclave by Ann Aguire, The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Mort(e) by Robert Repino, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer,

Dystopian 

Storm Sirens by Mary Weber, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, 

Fantasy

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, Guilded Cage by Vic James,

Book Series

Unwind by Neal Shusterman, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Cinder by Marissa Meyers, Uglies by Scott Westerfield, Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Novel in Verse

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Crossover by Kwame Alexander, Booked by Kwame Alexander, Solo by Kwame Alexander, Rebound by Kwame Alexander,

 

Genres

Books and Authors

Memoir

A Long Way GoneMemoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, Night by Elie Wiesel, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen, I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives by Caitlin Alifirenka, Hole in My Life by Gack Jantos

Historical Fiction

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Salt to Sea by Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, Milkweed by Jerri Spinelli, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Refugee by Alan Gratz, 

Non-Fiction

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer, Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Bluemthal, I Am Malala by Christina Lamb &Malala Yousafzai, The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan, Columbine by Dave Cullen, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, Imbeciles:The Supreme Court, American Eugenics and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen, 

Realistic Fiction

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Speak by Laurie Anderson, Ask Me No Questions by Marina BudhosThirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini, Monster by Walter Dean Meyers, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Paper Towns by John Green, Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan, Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, Turtles all the Way Down by John Green,

Classics

The Crucible by Arthur Miller, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1984 by George Orwell, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, The Stranger by Albert Camus, Candide by Voltaire, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, Brother Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 

Graphic Novels

Maus by Art SpiegelmanBlankets by Craig ThompsonMarch I, II, and III by John Lewis, Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown, Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge, The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan by Bryan Doerries, 

Science Fiction

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, Insignia by S.J. Kincaid, The Six by Mark Alpert, Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Gone by Michael Grant, The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Noggin by John Corey Whaley, Feed by M.T. Anderson, Enclave by Ann Aguire, The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Mort(e) by Robert Repino, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer,

Dystopian 

Storm Sirens by Mary Weber, The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey, Scythe by Neal Shusterman, 

Fantasy

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, Guilded Cage by Vic James,

Book Series

Unwind by Neal Shusterman, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Lord of the Rings by J.R. Tolkien, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Cinder by Marissa Meyers, Uglies by Scott Westerfield, Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Novel in Verse

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Crossover by Kwame Alexander, Booked by Kwame Alexander, Solo by Kwame Alexander, Rebound by Kwame Alexander,

 

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