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Maine West English Department

Engaging every student in meaningful learning.

Dr. Tim C. Pappageorge, Chair

2016 Summer Reading Program

The Maine West English Department is excited to announce our 2016 Summer Reading Program!  Please select one text from the list below and read it over the summer and do the added assignment if you are in Accelerated English.  

All English classes:

Accelerated English classes:

Read one of the books from the list below and come to school ready to discuss it in August when school starts. 


Read one of the books from the list below and come to school ready to discuss it in August when school starts.


Do an additional assignment per grade level (link to Accelerated English added assignments).  


We also have school-wide group on  Please join up with GoodReads using your school email account, and then ask to join our group, Maine West Warrior Library.  You'll be able to read and post student reviews! 





The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Skloot, Rebecca *

First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

Ung, Loung

Between The World And Me

Coates, Ta-Nehisi

The Count of Monte Cristo

Dumas, Alexandre

The Island of Dr. Moreau

H.G. Wells

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

This Song Will Save Your Life

Sales, Leila *

The Book of Unknown Americans

Henriquez, Cristina *

A Monster Calls

Ness, Patrick

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

Aveyard, Victoria *

The Hobbit

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Barbed Coil

Jones, J.V.

Wonder Struck

Selznick, Brian

All the Light We Cannot See

Doerr, Anthony *

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter, #1)

Shepherd, Megan *


Halpern, Jake

The Girl on the Train

Hawkins, Paula *

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side Of The All-American Meal

Schlosser, Eric

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind

Stossel, Scott *

Humans of New York: Stories

Stanton, Brandon

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Cain, Susan*

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Munroe, Randall *

El Deafo

Bell, Cece *


Shulman, Mark *

Fast Break

Lupica, Mike

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Adams, Douglas

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1)

Maberry, Jonathan *

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)

Lyga, Barry *

Cryer's Cross

McMann, Lisa *

The Serpent King

Jeff Zenter

Goals of the Program

The English program has the following major goals: students will be able, at various levels of skill development, (1) to read with understanding and fluency, (2) to understand the expressed meaning in literature representative of various societies, eras, and ideas, (3) to write in order to communicate for a variety of purposes, (4) to listen and speak effectively in a variety of situations, (5) and to use reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to research and apply information for specific purposes. Regardless of the course selected, students will have experiences leading them to the successful accomplishment of the program’s five goals.



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