Summer Work and Reading Lists

Students are expected to complete all summer work prior to the first full day of class. Students will have required summer reading for English and history. Students may have summer work in language, math, and science depending on their course placement in each subject. See below for a more detailed listing of summer work requirements. Please contact the relevant department chair with any questions about summer work.


Please see the book list for more details and correct edition/ISBNs


Grade 9 Sharing Voices Tara Westover, Educated

Grade 10 Literary Forms Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn

Grade 11 American Literature Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

American Cultural Studies Forrest Carter, The Education of Little Tree
Charlotte Gordon, Mistress Bradstreet (through chapter 10 & chapter 12 only)

The Unquiet Mind Bebe Moore Campbell, 72-Hour Hold

The Long View William Finnegan, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Songwriters & Storytellers PDF to be emailed by the teachers                                                                   

Literature of Modern India Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies

Literature of the 1980s Ray Carver, Where I’m Calling From

From Dracula to Jigsaw; Literary Horror Max Brooks, World War Z


All History students are required to complete a summer reading assignment prior to the commencement of school in September. You can purchase these texts easily online, or keep your local bookstore in business by buying locally: we recommend the Bookshop at Beverly Farms (978.927.2122) where the owner, Pam Price, will keep your reading proclivities engaged. She will be happy to order any book for you if it is not available at the store. Students should be prepared to bring their summer reading books to class at the beginning of the trimester and should anticipate an evaluative opportunity based on their summer reading within the first week or two of school.

Prospective AP Students: Students interested in taking an Advanced Placement course must receive departmental permission to do so in the spring, prior to enrolling. Summer reading will be assigned to prospective AP students on an individual basis prior to summer vacation. Students enrolling in Pingree over the summer who would like to take an AP course should contact the Department Chair, Carolyn Paczkowska, for further information

Grade 9: World History: Cultures in Conflict
Firoozeh Dumas, Funny in Farsi (NY: Random House, 2004. ISBN-9780812968378)

Grade 10: Modern European History
William Golding, Lord of the Flies (NY: Penguin, 2003. ISBN- 978-0399501487)

Grade 11: US History
John Okada, No No Boy (Washington: University of Washington Press, 2014. ISBN-13 978-0295994048)

Grade 11: AP US History
America’s History, 8th Edition by Henretta, Hinderaker et al.  (Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2015. ISBN 978-1457628931).

Specific summer reading assignment is handed out to enrolled students in early June, prior to summer vacation.  Any questions, please contact Ms.Paczkowska, Department Chair.

Grade 11: American Cultural Studies
Forrest Carter, The Education of Little Tree ( New Mexico: University of New Mexico Press. ISBN-13: 978-0826328090)

Charlotte Gordon, Mistress Bradstreet  (Boston: Little, Brown & Co, 2005. ISBN 978-0316169042). 
NOTE: Read up to chapter 10, chapter 12.

Grade 12 Electives

Art History (AP & Honors)The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton (NY: Vintage Press, 2008. ISBN-13 978-0307277244)
Art History, 6th Ed, by Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothren (Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education Inc., 2017. ISBN-13: 9780134485041). 
NOTE: See specific summer textbook reading assignment handed out in the summer work packet. A link to this can be found on the Schoology site which will be shared with you by July 1. Note: be sure to purchase the 6th edition of the textbook, updated for the new AP Art History curriculum.

History of Immigration in America: Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario (NY: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014.  ISBN 978-0812971781)

Holocaust and Human Rights: Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi, translated by Giulio Einaudi (NY: Orion Press, 1956. ISBN 978-1492942580)

Intro to EconomicsFreakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by S. D. Levitt, S.J. Dubner (NY: William Morrow, 2009. ISBN 978-0060731335)

Just War: Regeneration, by Pat Barker (NY: Plume, 2013. ISBN 978-0142180594)

Intro to Psychology: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman (NY: Bantam Books, 2005. ISBN 978-0553383713).


Students enrolled in the following language course are required to complete summer work assignments: Honors Chinese 5, Honors French 3, Honors French 4, AP French, Honors Spanish 3, Honors Spanish 4, and AP Spanish. Summer assignments for students enrolled in all other courses are recommended and encouraged, but not required.

Please note that book purchasing information will be available on the Pingree website. Students are expected to have required books for the first day of school. Should you have any questions regarding summer work or book purchasing, please contact Andrea Johnson, Language Department Chair.

Chinese | French | Spanish


All New Students

If you are a new student coming to Pingree, we want you to know a few key things:

  1. Welcome! We are looking forward to getting to know you and sharing our passion for mathematics—the amazing language of patterns and quantities.
  2. We require you to bring a TI-83/84 Graphing Calculator with you. Please, only the 83 or 84 models are allowed since all of our assignments and instructions are all geared towards these devices.
  3. Please watch (multiple times, if necessary!) our 10 minute tutorial video on the use of your TI calculator. These are fundamental skills that we use daily. You will be given a short quiz on the use of these graphing calculators to verify that you have watched the video.

Links to Specific Coursework

Mathematics 1 | Mathematics 2 | Mathematics 3 | Calculus |Honors Mathematics 3 | Honors Pre-Calculus

AP Students

Your teacher will be in touch with you by early July regarding summer assignments. 


New Students (Regardless of grade level or course placement. This is the same assignment that should be completed for math; students should complete the assignment once.)
AP Biology
AP Environmental Science
AP Chemistry
Honors Chemistry


If you have any questions about purchasing books for a specific class, please contact the relevant department chair: