Required Summer Reading

To nurture a love for reading and broaden their literary repertoire, the English Department is requiring the Marquette, upper-level students to read a classic novel over the summer.  All students, except incoming freshman, will read ONE novel from the choices below for their upcoming grade.  If one of the books is something the student has already read, please have them choose the second option.

Upcoming Sophomores:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Night by Elie Wiesel


Upcoming Juniors:

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton


Upcoming Seniors for English IV:

Metamorphosis by Franz Katfa

1984 by George Orwell


During the first week of school, students will be given a writing prompt over their chosen book.  This will be used to assess their writing skills and provide the teacher insights on what the student needs to concentrate on during the semester.  Since the books will not be taught directly,  there will be no test over the entire book.  Please encourage your child to read a novel as it is to their benefit to start the new school year off well by demonstrating knowledge of the material and a good work ethic.

Novels/Plays to be Bought for the 2019-20 School Year


Lord of the Flies by William Golding (College Prep & Honors)

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (College Prep & Honors) 

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Honors)



The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (College Prep & Honors)

The Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Honors) 



The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (College Prep & Honors)

Our Town by Thorton Wilder (College Prep & Honors)

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Honors) 



Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (English IV)

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (English IV)

Beowulf Translated by Seamus Heaney (English IV)

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (AP Literature and Composition)

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (AP Literature and Composition) 

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (AP Literature and Composition)

Turn of the Screw by Henry James (AP Literature and Composition)