Summer Reading 2021

The year’s All-School Read selection is E. Lockhart’s No. 1 New York Times bestseller We Were Liars, a novel about family, betrayal, privilege, and one young person’s reckoning with a terrible mistake.



Welcome to our Summer Reading guide for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. We ask you to read over the summer because we believe reading expands your worldview, exposes you to new ideas and enriches your life.


All English class-specific titles are part of our core curriculum and are chosen to support the work you will do throughout the year. Click on the title of your Form below to read a review. Knowledge of these Form titles will be assessed immediately upon your return to school.  


For students taking AP or Advanced level courses, your teacher has chosen a book(s) that will add to your understanding of the material you will cover in your course.

AP English Language
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

AP English Literature
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

French IV (Regular & Advanced), French V
Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

AP French Language & Culture
Le fils du pauvre by Mouloud Feraoun

Spanish IV (Regular & Advanced)
La Casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Spanish V
Diarios de Motocicleta: Notas de Viaje por América Latina by Ernesto Che Guevara

AP Spanish Language & Culture
San Manuel Bueno, Mártir by Miguel de Unamuno

AP Comparative Government & Politics
Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India by Shashi Tharoor

AP U.S. Government & Politics
Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy

AP U.S. History
Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne
and The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

Advanced Economics
Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science by Charles Wheelan

AP Biology
The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters by Sean B. Carroll

AP Environmental Science
The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Advanced Environmental Science Research
Field Notes on Science and Nature edited by Michael R. Canfield

Advanced Math/Science Research
At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator by Kathy Barker
and/or The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee