Required Summer Reading List

  • Students enrolled in the courses listed below are required to do summer reading. You are responsible for having the book(s) read on the first day of school. Please see the list below to determine what you should read. If you have any questions, please contact the English Department Chairperson Heather Westerfield (hwesterfield@pearlk12.com). 

     * ALL Advanced Placement English III and Dual Enrollment students must complete the Summer Reading Assessment Sheets. ALL 9th Grade Accelerated English I students must complete the Tuesdays with Morrie Project.  These may be accessed using the links in the table below or by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

     Students enrolled in regular English I, II, III, or IV do NOT have summer reading.


    Pearl Junior High School

    2nd Grade

    Choose One

    Dinosaurs Before Dark

    by Mary Pope Osborne

    The Chalk Box Kid

    by Clyde Robert Bulla



    3rd Grade

    Choose One

    Sideways Stories from Wayside School Series

    (the first book in the series)

    by Louis Sachar



    4th Grade

    Because of Winn Dixie

    by Kate DiCamillo


    5th Grade


    by Andrew Clements


    6th Grade

    Bud, Not Buddy

    by Christopher Paul Curtis

     Bud, Not Buddy Comprehension Questions - click here for questions


    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    by John Boyne


    8th Grade

    The Pigman

    by Paul Zindel



    Please refer to the appropriate supply list for additional information.

    Pearl High School

    Accelerated English I (9th Grade)

    Tuesdays with Morrie

    by Mitch Albom

    MUST COMPLETE Tuesdays with Morrie PROJECT

    Accelerated English II (10th Grade)

    Read Both

    The Old Man and the Sea

    by Ernest Hemingway

    Separate Peace

    by John Knowles


    AP English III (11th Grade)

    Complete Summer Reading Assessment.

    (Click on "Summer Reading Assessment" for form.)

    Read Both

    The Great Gatsby

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    A Raisin in the Sun

              by Lorraine Hansberry

    Dual Enrollment/English Comp I (11th/12th Grade)

    Complete Summer Reading Assignment.

    (Click on "Summer Reading Assignment" for form.)

    Read Both


    by William Shakespeare

    The Metamorphosis

    by Franz Kafka


    Dual Enrollment/American Literature (11th/12th Grade

    Read Both

    The Scarlet Letter

    by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    A Raisin in the Sun

    by Lorraine Hansberry


    The edition of the book does not matter as long as it is the correct author and title and NOT an abridged version of the book. ALL AP English III and Dual Enrollment Comp I students must complete the Summer Reading Assessment pages on their book(s).  ALL 9th Grade Accelerate English I students must complete the Tuesdays with Morrie Project with their book.   These can be found by clicking on the appropriate links above.

    Books may be purchased online, from any metro area bookstores, or checked out at the Pearl Public Library.  Please read supply lists carefully.  Students need to have their own copies of some books for classroom/home use.