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 Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

Grade 10 Literary Forms Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Grade 11 American Literature Sherman Alexie, Reservation Blues

American Cultural Studies Charlotte Gordon, Mistress Bradstreet

The Unquiet Mind Alex Beam, Gracefully Insane

The Long View Amy Leach, The Things That Are

Dramatic Literature Dennis Kelly, DNA; Will Eno, Middletown

Literature of Modern India Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies

Literature of the 1980s Don DeLillo, White Noise

Literature of the Apocalypse Colson Whitehead, Zone 1

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


General Instructions:

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 semester 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 Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

Grade 10 Modern European HistoryGeorge Orwell, Animal Farm

Grade 11 US History John Okada, No No Boy

Grade 11 American Cultural Studies Charlotte Gordon, Mistress Bradstreet

Grade 11 AP US History: Summer reading was handed out in early June. Please contact Ms. Cooper-Mullin with questions.

AP and Honors Art History Ross King, Michelangelo’s Ceiling; Summer work was handed out in early June. Please contact Ms. Paczkowska with questions.

History of Immigration in America Sonia Nazario, Enrique’s Journey

History of Racism in America Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing

Holocaust and Human Rights Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz

Music and the Human Experience David Kusek and Gerd Leonhard, The Future of Music

Philosophy and Applied Ethics Lisa Belkin, First, Do No Harm

Victorian Woman & Global Impact Ruth Goodman, How To Be A Victorian


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, at

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 the amazing language of patterns and quantities that is mathematics. 2) We want you to bring a TI-83/84 Graphing Calculator with you. PLEASE, only the 83 or 84 models are allowed. ANYTHING else is unacceptable because so many of our assignments and instructions are all geared towards the 83/84 models. 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.

Honors/AP Students

Please note that all students taking Honors or AP Math courses will be contacted by their teachers by July 9 with summer work assignments.



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