Summer Reading


This summer, the entire SLUH community will be reading Patron Saints of Nothing, by Randy Ribay (ISBN 978-0525554929).

In addition to this all-school summer reading book, which is chosen not by the English Department but by a special summer reading committee, all students also have a summer reading assignment from their English teacher. Those selections are described below.

For all

Students should expect a reading test over their summer book on one of their first days back; this test will represent a significant grade.

If any student needs help getting a copy of the book for any financial reason, please have contact Mr. Frank Kovarik at as soon as possible. For summer reading only, electronic books are fine as long as they are the same text.

Incoming Freshmen (Class of 2026)

American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang (ISBN-10 : 1250811899)

Sophomores (Class of 2025)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon (ISBN-10 : 9781400032716)


How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster (ISBN-10 : 9780062301673)

Juniors - AP Honors (Class of 2024)

How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster (ISBN-10 : 9780062301673)
Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier (ISBN-10: 0-802142842)

Seniors (Class of 2023)

  • Alienated Hero: Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (ISBN-10 : 0060850523)
  • American Literature: Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer (ISBN-10 : 0385486804)
  • Dante and the Modern World: Tales from Ovid, translated by Ted Hughes (ISBN-10 : 0374525870)
  • Fantasy and Realism: A Wind in the Door, by Madeline L'Engle (ISBN-10 : 0312368542)
  • Irish Literature: Say Nothing, by Patrick Radden Keefe (ISBN-13 : 978-0-307-279-286)
  • Shakespeare: Some Say the Lark, by Jennifer Chang (ISBN-10 : 193858466X)

Seniors: Once a senior learns in which first semester English class he has been placed, he should take immediate action to obtain a copy of the book assigned for his fall semester class. If he switches out of one course and into a new one, he must make sure that he does so so far enough in advance in order to leave himself time to read the book for the new course.

Seniors should also note: Books are selected to fit the content of a particular course, and teachers intend to spend time discussing them during the first few days of the semester.  A student should be prepared to do more than just take a test and move on.

Questions about English Summer Reading? Please contact Frank Kovarik at