Summer Reading 2023

 Holliston High School

Incoming Freshman

Heroes take on many different forms and evolve from many situations. Select a summer reading book which explores the concept of heroism.

Read at least one book which explores how a character or characters experience the pursuit of The American Dream.

Incoming Juniors

Many characters embark on a journey throughout a novel; this journey can be emotional, physical, or spiritual. For your summer reading, select a book where a character takes a journey.


AP Language and Composition

In preparation for Advanced Placement Language and Composition, please read and annotate the books Thank you for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs and Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes by Jessica Pan.

In a 600 word essay apply your understanding of at least two rhetorical techniques identified in Thank you For Arguing to the book Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: One Introvert’s Year of Saying Yes. Within the analysis, also consider audience, tone, and purpose. Please turn in written responses by 11:59 PM on August 25, 2023.

Assignments will be assessed in the quiz category following small group discussions that will be planned after Labor Day weekend. Please be prepared to discuss each reading by carefully annotating the books and preparing discussion points in advance.

Incoming Seniors

For your summer reading, find a book which examines how a character or characters deal with some of the complex issues faced by people in the twentieth century.


AP Literature and Composition

This course places enormous importance on improving your critical reading, writing and thinking skills. In order to get you warmed up and ready to go in the fall, there is summer work for you to complete.

Choose TWO novels to read this summer from the list below: