Summer Reading 2017

Dear New Hoyas and Parents,

Welcome to Georgetown Prep!

In order to generate enthusiasm for reading, we are providing students some choice for their summer reading. We believe that if students choose a book that they want to read, it will help them on their journey to become lifelong readers. To that end, teachers and administrators have chosen which books they will read over the summer. We invite all students to select one of those books to read themselves.

I have posted a list of those books on under the group name GP Summer Reading so that students can browse available titles. Students will sign up to read one of these books through an online Google form, not on Goodreads. The link to the form is available here. Each group is limited and will fill up on a first come, first served basis, so please sign up in a timely fashion.

When we return to school in the Fall, teachers and students will gather in 63 separate small groups to discuss the books that they read over the summer. These discussions will be informal in nature and will provide students with a low-stakes opportunity to talk about their books. By holding these discussions simultaneously, we hope to convey the importance and the power of reading across the school community.

Rising 9th graders may select any of the books available and should select a book that best suits their interests. However, some readers may want to find a book specifically tailored to their reading level. With that in mind, please find a list of books that is specifically curated for a rising 9th grade reading level on the reverse of this page.

Please note that this program is for the English department only. Other departments still have summer reading programs that students are expected to complete. A complete list of required summer reading is available below.

To summarize, you need to take the following steps:

  1. Browse the GP Summer Reading Group bookshelf for books that might interest you.
  2. Sign up via the Google Form, linked here.
  3. Enjoy your book!

If you have any concerns or questions about this program, please email Mr. Venker at

Again, welcome to Prep. We in the English Department are excited to share our love of books with you!


Tom Venker
Chair, English Department

Texts recommended specifically for rising 9th grade students:

The Curious Incident of the Dog and the Night Time by Mark Haddon
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba\
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Looking for Alaska by John Gree
The Nights in August by H.G. Bissinger
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson
The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

2017 Summer Reading Requirements*

* - In addition to the books listed below, for all English and ESL classes, students are required to sign up for a read one book from the GoodReads GP Summer Reading group list. Sign ups for returning students were completed during the school year. New students should sign up via the Google Form.

English I – Freshmen
  • Montana, 1948, Watson
World History – Freshmen
  • Sharpe’s Rifles, Cornwell
Global History – Sophomores
  • Siddhartha, Hesse
AP World History – Sophomores
  • The Walking Drum, L’Amour
U.S. History (all) – Juniors
  • 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America, Gillon
  • Prompt and Utter Destruction, Walker
AP U.S. History – Juniors
  • Andrew Jackson, Wilentz
  • 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America, Gillon
  • Prompt and Utter Destruction, Walker

AP Language and Composition – Juniors
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, King
  • In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal, Jones/Kitchen – read 5 essays of the student’s choosing
Comparative Politics – Seniors
  • The Man Without a Face, Gessen
  • Hardball, Matthews
AP Modern European History – Seniors
  • Eiffel’s Tower, Jonnes
Economics (all) – Seniors
  • Naked Economics, Wheelan
AP Psychology - Seniors
  • Crazy Like Us, Watters
AP Art History – Seniors
  • Barron’s AP Art History, 2nd Edition
AP Literature and Composition – Seniors
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Foster
  • Slaughterhouse V, Vonnegut