Pathways Summer Reading List 2020-2021

Students may read only the books listed.  They may not substitute other books.

No credit will be given for a book that has been read or studied in another class.  For example, if a student reads The Good Earth for her history class, she may not use it for outside reading in English. 

The English department at Pathways Middle College does not allow the use of any such superficial and often faulty literary supplements such as Cliff’s Notes, Pink Monkey, Spark Notes, and so forth.  These supplements are not permitted for any outside reading texts or for classroom texts read throughout the year in any English class.  

No outside sources of any type are permitted for the outside reading evaluation.


Students must have read completely each book on which they report.

As always, any deliberate, careless, or negligent use of another’s ideas—whether a direct quotation or a borrowed idea—must be fully and correctly cited in any outside reading report.  The English department reports every instance of plagiarism, and the student receives a zero for the assignment. 

Parents:  Please help your students to select age and content appropriate titles.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Klasek or Ms. Manning for guidance.


Your summer reading is Lord of the Flies by William Golding.


In preparation for your first unit in World Literature, please select and read a dystopian novel from the list below.  Only novels on the list below may be used!

Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley

The Family by Marissa Kennerson

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

1984 by George Orwell

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis


Please select any novel by an author listed below: 

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis.


Please read a biography or autobiography of someone you admire; someone who changed the world; someone whose life or career you’d like to emulate.  No athletes!

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