Summer Reading List 2021

In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, all enrolled students are required to complete their assigned summer reading. The books listed below can be purchased through the BNC Book Store online. If you have any questions about the summer reading, please reach out to Denise Palmer, Assistant Registrar, at denisepalmer@trinitypawling.org.


Required Summer Reading
By grade-level

7th grade

Jewell Park Rhodes’ Ghost Boys

8th Grade

Alan Gratz’s Refugee


9th Grade

Read J.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

9th Grade Honors English should only read James Baldwin's Go Tell it on the Mountain. The Hobbit is optional for students taking this course.


10th Grade

Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front

Honors Modern History should read John M. Barry's The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in HistoryAll Quiet on the Western Front is optional for students taking this course.


11th Grade, 12th Grade, and Postgraduates

Read Mark Sullivan's The Last Green Valley


Additional AP Required Reading
These books must be read in addition to the required grade-level reading listed above.           

AP Biology

Read EITHER David Epstein’s The Sports Gene or Ricki Lewis’ The Forever Fix


AP European History

Read David Fromkin's Europe's Last Summer:  Who Started the Great War in 1914


AP American History

Read Robert A. Gross’ The Minutemen and Their World


AP English Literature and Composition

Read 3 of the several choices provided on a separate list by the AP English instructor. If you did not receive the list, please reach out to Denise Palmer in the Academic Office at denisepalmer@trinitypawling.org.


AP English Language

Read 2 of the several choices provided on a separate list by the AP English instructor. If you did not receive the list, please reach out to Denise Palmer in the Academic Office at denisepalmer@trinitypawling.org.

Everyone should read another book of your choice this summer - try something that is unlike anything you’ve read before! A graphic novel, biography of someone you know nothing about, poetry, a novel in verse, or another genre you like. Need ideas? Check out this Goodreads List of the Best Books of the 21st Century.Amy Foster, Director of Gardiner Library and learning commons