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English II Honors/Pre-AP/AP

Okeechobee High School         2018 Summer Reading List for 10th grade

For students entering English II Honors: Mr. Talas (NOT pre-AP):

All students are to read Lord of the Flies by William Golding and one of the other novels listed in Column B. Both novels should be completed BEFORE the first day of their sophomore year.  Students will be expected to complete a project/test on their novels within the first two weeks of school. If you have any questions over the summer, you may contact Mr. Michael Talas at  


Column A (All students must read)

Column B (choose one)


Lord of the Flies by William Golding

I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

For students entering English II Honors/ Pre-AP (sophomore):

Bulfinch’s Mythology  (UNABRIDGED EDITION)                                                                                          

(NOTE: Edition chosen should be UNABRIDGED and include “The Age of Fable”/ “The Age of Chivalry”/ “Legends of Charlemagne”; the final selection should be “Ogier, the Dane”; Students should read entire book.)


For students entering Advanced Placement Language and Composition (junior):

Aristotle’s The Art of Rhetoric (Penguin Classic Edition Suggested)                                                     

Students should also read the following speeches:                                                   (available on-line)

“I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King

“The Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln


(NOTE: Students who did not take Pre-AP English II Honors may wish to also read Bulfinch’s Mythology and Ayn Rand’s We the Living.)



       For students entering Advanced Placement Literature and Composition (senior):


                Author                                                  Title                                      


Burgess, Anthony                      A Clockwork Orange                                                                                      

Dickens, Charles                       Tale of Two Cities                                                            

Faulkner, William                      The Sound and the Fury                                

Huxley, Aldous                          Brave New World                                            

Maugham, W. Somerset               Of Human Bondage                                                                       

Morrison, Toni                           Beloved                                                                                               

Vonnegut, Kurt                         Slaughterhouse Five                                       

(NOTE: Students are to read ALL SEVEN books listed above.  Students who did not take Advanced Placement Language and Composition should also consider reading Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged)