You can view full Summer Reading on the District Website under SUMMER READING (under Students)

The High School Summer Reading Assignment allows students and their families to select a book that is of personal and academic interest to them. Students and their families can choose from the district provided list or look at other curated lists for suggestions.

Honors students should read the required books listed in the document below.

High School Summer Reading Program
Instructions on Summer Reading program for High School students

High School Summer Reading Suggestions
List of suggested books

Wayne Hills Honors Summer Reading


Below are options to help you find eBooks and Audiobooks. There are specific options and links given for the suggested and mandatory readings, as well as general places to go to find eBooks and AudioBooks for free.

As always, remember you have our Wayne Hills Overdrive and the Wayne Public Library as free options to use for books.

Available as eBooks and/or AudioBooks from PALS*/Wayne Public Library*/Sora App

* you must have a library card number to take out the WPL or PALS books- contact the Wayne Public Library to get one by filling out this Google Form

9 and 10 eBook Shelves
12 Summer Reading

Full List of Suggested Books from Wayne Hills (with links to free online versions if available)

***if you are looking for the PALS Plus/Wayne Public Library/SORA app versions, go to the virtual shelves for links!***

9th Grade:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (read online)

Charles and Emma: The Darwin's Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman (Enriched)

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories by Megan Kelly Hall

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Ethan Frome (REQUIRED- 9th Grade Honors)
Flowers in the Gutter by K.R. Gaddy General

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic bySteven Johnson (Enriched)

The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway (Enriched)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (free pdf)Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Audiobook)

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Rebecca (ebook)
This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda
We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai
11th Grade:Angela's Ashes (11th Honors required*)
Atonement (read online) (Enriched)
The Chrysalids (read online)
Emma (read online) (Enriched)Emma (free mp3)Emma (read online)Emma (audiobook)
The House of Spirits: A Novel by Isabel Allende (Enriched)
I Capture The Castle (11th grade honors option*)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (read online)

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Man at the Helm (11th grade honors option*)
The Old Man and the SeaThe Old Man and the Sea – free download or read online Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut (read online) (Enriched)Slaughterhouse Five (audiobook)Slaughterhouse Five (audiobook)
Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix by Ibi Zoboi
Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain (Enriched)
V for Vendetta - A Graphic Novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (read online)
*11th Grade Honors students MUST read Angela's Ashes, AND either Man at the Helm OR I Capture the Castle

10th Grade:

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (read online)
Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah (read online)Chinese Cinderella (audiobook)
Educated (10th Honors option*)
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran-Foer (download pdf)
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (Enriched)
Hillbilly Elegy (10th Honors option*)
In a Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (Enriched)
Kindred by Octavia Butler (Enriched)
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (read online)The Life of Pi (audiobook on YouTube)
Monster by Walter Dean Meyer
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (read online) (Enriched)
Radium Girls by Kate Moore (Enriched)
Soul Enchilada by David Macinnis Gill (read online)
*10th Grade Honors MUST read either Educated or Hillbilly Elegy

12th Grade:

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Beloved (*REQUIRED for AP Literature and Composition 12) Black Boy by Richard Wright (read online) (Enriched)Black Boy (audiobook)

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Code Talker by Chester Nez

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen (Enriched)

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Enriched)

The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Sophia Al-Maria

Hotel at the Corner of Bitter Sweet by Jamie Ford

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Enriched)

How to Read Literature Like a Professor (*REQUIRED for AP Literature and Composition 12)How to Read Literature Like a Professor (*REQUIRED for AP Literature and Composition 12)
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (download pdf) (Enriched)

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Persepolis: The Story of Childhood (read online)

What Is The What by Dave Eggers (Enriched)

*AP Literature and Composition 12 students MUST READ BOTH Beloved AND How to Read Literature Like a Professor

Additional places to look for good books/reading materials

*Library card required

The majority of selected titles have been published over the past two years and are available in ebook format. Many of their summer picks have earned starred reviews or have appeared on the most recent SLJ Best Books lists. Here's a link to the 2020 lists too in case you want to check those out!

  • NoveList*- through Ebsco, this is a search engine that will allow you to plug in books (or genres, authors, etc.) you enjoy, and get suggestions for additional works that are similar.

*Go to, log in, then scroll down to NoveList, NoveList Plus or NoveList K-8, depending on the types of books you are interested in. Use our usual Ebsco login and password (available HERE to logged in Wayne Hills staff and students)

Wayne Hills Teacher "Staff Picks"

Staff Picks for Summer Reading