Summer Reading Information

for Incoming Freshmen
Class of 2020

All WCCHS students participate in the District 94 Summer Reading Program.

Incoming freshmen who have enrolled in English 1, English 1 Honors, ESL 3/ESL 4, or Global Studies are required to read one book from the freshman list, which includes four fiction and four non-fiction titles:


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (600L)

Monster by Walter Dean Myers (670L)

The Old Man and the Sea* by Ernest Hemingway (940L)

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (690L)


Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd (1110L)

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (920L)

The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir** by Gaby Rodriguez (970L)

Tomboy by Liz Prince

Freshmen who have enrolled in English 1 Honors also read two additional texts and complete written work.

Additional Required Reading for English 1 Honors:

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (630L)

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (790L)

Summer reading expectations for incoming freshmen are detailed in the summer reading letter for ninth graders, which can be accessed through the links on the language arts main page. Materials for English 1 Honors students are linked on the language arts main page, also. 

Please contact Mary Howard, language arts chair, at with questions.

* The Old Man and the Sea is available as a free ebook.
** Includes mature subject and content 
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