This year, the English Department is publishing a list of summer reading titles suggested for our CMCP family readers. No title is a required reading; rather, we strongly encourage everyone to take some time to sit back and enjoy a literary escape. Please note that four of the titles (*) have been labeled with a grade level. These books will be incorporated into each grade’s Quarter I Writing Seminar when classes resume in August.

1. A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki (2013, Metafiction)
2. A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini (2007, Literary)
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith (1943, Classic)
4. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie (1939, Mystery/Crime/Thriller)
5. Beloved – Toni Morrison (1987, Classic)
6. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak (2005, Young Adult, Historical)
7. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller (1961, Classic)
8. The Color Purple – Alice Walker (1982, Classic)
9. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (1844, Classic)
10. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon (2003, Young Adult)
11. Dune – Frank Herbert (1965, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
12. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (1953, Sci-Fi)
13. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (1936, Classic)
14. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (1861, Classic)
15. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (1979, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
16. The House on Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros (1984, Young Adult)
17. Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison (1953, Classic)
18. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan (1989, Literary)
19. Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton (1990, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
20. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (2003, Historical)
21. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (2002, Literary)
22. Night – Elie Wiesel (1960, Memoir)
23. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton (1967, Young Adult)
24. Parable of the Sower – Octavia Butler (1993, Sci-Fi)
25. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (1813, Classic)
26. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline (2011, Sci-Fi/Fantasy)
27. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier (1938, Mystery/Crime/Thriller)
28. The Road – Cormac McCarthy (2006, Sci-Fi)
29. The Shack – William P. Young (2007, Inspirational/Crime/Mystery/Thriller)
30. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee (1960, Classic)
31. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte (1847, Classic)
*32. Dandelion Wine – Ray Bradbury (Grade 9, 1957, Fantasy)
*33. Fragile Things – Neil Gaiman (Grade 10, 2010, Fantasy)
*34. The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien (Grade 11, 1990, Historical)
*35. Selected Stories – D.H. Lawrence (Grade 12, 2008, Classic)
*These titles will be read during Quarter I Writing Seminar.