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2022-2023 MHS Summer Reading

 Moody High School Summer 2022-2023 Reading Selections

All English classes will require summer reading. All standard English classes grades 9-12 will have an assignment based on the reading during the first two weeks of the 2022-2023 school year. The assignments will include questions that target the main ideas, themes, and characters of the novel. Summer reading lists can be found on the school’s website, every English teacher’s website, the library’s website, and in the school office beginning in May. NOTE: All new students who register in the summer or at the start of school will be tested on their summer reading book on a later date as worked out with the teacher.


All students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), will be provided an alternate book based on his/her documented reading level. 

Be aware that some books may confront controversial issues, explore adult situations, and contain strong language. As you read you may want to take notes, outline chapters, and do whatever works best for you to ensure you retain the material.


General English Reading Requirements:

All students taking general English courses in the fall should choose one book from the appropriate grade level list.


9th Grade General English                                                      

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie 

The Last Book in the Universe** – Rodman Philbrick 

Fahrenheit 451-Ray Bradbury 


10th Grade General English

Wild Bird – Wendelin Van Draanen

Tears of a Tiger – Sharon Draper

I am the Messenger** – Markus Zusak


11th Grade General English                                                     

Book of Choice (on appropriate Lexile)^


12th Grade General English

Book of Choice (on appropriate Lexile)^                                 


**Book is available on for free text/audio.

^See final Performance Series score mailed with report card for Lexile.


Honors and Advanced Placement Reading Requirements:


Honors English 9

Read Lord of the Flies by William Golding (ANNOTATED) AND ALSO one book from 9th Grade General English list.

And also complete the assignment listed on the MHS website.


Contact with questions.


Honors English 10

Read Of Mice and Men –John Steinbeck (REQUIRED)

AND ALSO choose one of the following:

Children of Blood and Bone

All of the Light

We Cannot See

Also complete the thematic writing assignment listed on the MHS website.


Contact with any questions.


Advanced Placement English Language 11

Summer assignment is due the first day you are scheduled to be present in class. After that, a standard reading assessment will be given within the first two weeks of the beginning of school. 


All questions about the summer assignments for AP Language should be emailed to


Read The Grapes of Wrath –John Steinbeck

And complete assignment listed on the MHS website.


Advanced Placement English Literature 12

Students will read two novels over the summer and complete the accompanying assignment for each novel. The summer reading assignment is due on the first day of school, with a 10 pt. penalty for each day work is submitted late, up to four days.  Reading check tests will be administered the first week of return to school.


All questions about the summer assignments for AP Literature should be emailed to


All students must read King Lear by William Shakespeare.


Students must select and read one of the following novels:

  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • Blindness by José Saramago
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Husseini (contains mature themes)


The accompanying assignment can be found on the MHS website but will include a critical essay component.