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Rising Senior Summer Reading 2019

Parents and Students, be sure to read the entirety of this page. Your student is required to read a book for both E.L.A. and Social Studies.


E.L.A. Department Summer 12th Grade Reading List 


Bonner & Prendergast is committed to encouraging literacy among our students. Below is a list of books recommended by our ELA Department - books our teachers are sure you will enjoy. The choices allow you to find something that interests you, the students.


Incoming seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen should investigate their listed books and select at least one that attracts their interest. Taking time to investigate the titles will help you select one that you will enjoy. Keep good notes. ( Use the forms linked to this page as guides). Be prepared to discuss your book and complete a written assignment during English classes in September.


  • Shelter by Harlan Coben
  • American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • G-Dogs and the Homeboys; Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles by Celeste Freeman
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
SENIOR AP Language and Composition
Senior AP students need to read all the books listed for those classes.
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Social Studies 12th Grade Summer Reading List

Includes Law & Psychology & Comparative, Gov’t/Economics,
Excludes AP Comparative Gov’t


Social Studies Book Requirements: You must read ONE of the required books for your grade level for your Social Studies class next year.  A book report is to be handed in to your Social Studies teacher on the first Friday of the week you return to school.  The mark received on the book report will be included in your first quarter grade.

The Grade 12 report should include:
1. Describe the law, psychology, government, or economic topic depicted in your novel.
2. Choose TWO characters or concepts and show how they are affected by this topic.
3. If you choose characters, describe the final consequences for your characters.
4. If you choose concepts, discuss how they evolved throughout the novel.
5. In a separate paragraph, discuss your reaction or response to the novel.

  • The Chamber by John Grisham
  • Sybil Flora by Rhea Schreiber
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • The Rainmaker by John Grisham
  • Awakenings by Oliver Sacks
  • Rain Man by Lenore Fleischer
  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
  • Gideon’s Trumpet by Anthony Lewis
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan
  • The Armchair Economist: Economics And Everyday Life by Steven E. Landsburg