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Summer Reading Lists 2017

Burrillville High School Summer Reading 2017


Purpose:  To improve reading skills, to raise academic standards including excelling in all academic areas and becoming superior critical and creative thinkers as well as effective communicators, and to assess the reading skills before the school year begins.



College Prep. - one book

Honors - two books

AP - three books                           


For Honors and AP classes, students must complete specific teacher-designed projects and/or papers based on their readings. Teachers of these classes will post their assignments separately, most of which specify texts not on the general reading lists.  

Students who are taking BOTH English 11 CP and English 12 CP this year are required to read both books from the grade 11 and grade 12 lists.

Deadline/Assessments:          Books must be read by WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017.

Remember to take notes while you read (keep a reading journal)


Make note of things such as:

  • setting
  • characters (protagonist and antagonist)
  • important passages/quotes (document not only the quotes themselves, but also the page numbers)
  • conflicts and resolutions
  • anything else you see as important to the understanding of each book


Reading logs will be collected on the first full day of class. Students will be allowed to use them when taking the summer reading test.


                                                     Grade 9 College Prep Summer

                                                 YOU MUST READ THE BOOK LISTED HERE


Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Tally Youngblood lives in a futuristic society that acculturates its citizens to believe that they are ugly until age 16 when they'll undergo an operation that will change them into pleasure-seeking "pretties."  Ethical concerns will provide a good source of discussion as honesty, justice, and free will are all oppressed in this well-conceived dystopia. Characterization, which flirts so openly with the importance of teen self-concept, is strong, and although lengthy, the novel is highly readable with a convincing plot that incorporates futuristic technologies and a disturbing commentary on our current public policies. Fortunately, the cliff-hanger ending promises a sequel.–Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT  - “Amazon.com”


Grade 10 College Prep Summer Reading



Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Seventeen-year-old “Hank” has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anything—who he is, where he came from, why he’s running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry David—or “Hank”—and takes first to the streets, and then to the only destination he can think of—Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.  Cal Armistead’s remarkable debut novel is about a teen in search of himself. Hank begins to piece together recollections from his past. The only way Hank can discover his present is to face up to the realities of his grievous memories. He must come to terms with the tragedy of his past to stop running and to find his way home. – “Amazon.com”


Grade 11 College Prep Summer Reading



We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

An Amazon Best Young Adult Book of the Month, May 2014: E. Lockhart’s novel, We Were Liars, is clever, alluring, and wildly addictive. Each summer the wealthy, seemingly perfect, members of the Sinclair family gather on their private island. We Were Liars is the story of those annual reunions; in particular what happened during a summer that protagonist Cadence is unable to remember. Prejudice, greed, and shifting patriarchal favoritism among the three adult sisters contrasts with the camaraderie and worldview of the teenage cousins and their dear friend Gat. Lazy days of sticky lemonades on the roof and marathon Scrabble games give way to twisty suspense, true love, and good intentions gone horribly wrong. We Were Liars is a story that begs to be read in one sitting. --Seira Wilson


Grade 12 College Prep Summer Reading



Brave New World by Aldus Huxley

"Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren't yet to come.

- “Amazon.com”


Michael Whaley, Principal
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David Alba, Assistant Principal

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Mitchell Cournoyer, Assistant Principal
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